Latest news from McGill on COVID-19

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Student financial aid

Students with urgent and immediate financial concerns relating to travel, living expenses or to access remote learning (internet or equipment related), may apply to McGill’s Scholarships & Student Aid Office for In-Course Financial Aid. This is a bursary and loan program for Masters or PhD students based on demonstrated financial need.

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Faces of Health Research: CIHR

The FMGSS is very proud to share that several of our students and student initiatives, including Vaso Rahimzadeh (Ph.D. Candidate), Nadia Souriel (PhD Candidate), and “Pizza and Politics” have been featured on the CIHR Faces of Health Research campaign! Click the link to read about all their exciting health research and progress.

Congratulations to our amazing students and researchers featured!


Awards won by FMGSS

2020 PGSS Awards

The Family Medicine Graduate Student Society (FMGSS) was recognized by the Post Graduate Students’ Society (PGSS) of McGill University, and received two awards:

Best Social Event” for the Winter Cottage Retreat


Medium PGSA of the Year


2018 PGSS Awards

The Family Medicine Graduate Student Society (FMGSS) was recognized by the Post Graduate Student Society (PGSS) of McGill University, and was awarded both the “Best Post Graduate Student Association” and “Best Academic Event” for the upcoming 4th Annual Family Medicine Research Symposium. The FMGSS was honoured at the 2018 PGSS Awards Night, an event that aims to recognize students, student groups and student-run events that have proven themselves to be outstanding within PGSS. The awards were presented by Dean Josephine Nalbantoglu of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, and the FMGSS name will be engraved on a plaque at the entrance of Thomson House.

See photos from the event on the PGSS Facebook page.

Resources available

Department of Family Medicine 2017 orientation materials

Written by Jamie DeMore, shared with permission

Thesis Submission Deadlines

Orientation Package 2017


Department of Family Medicine links



Genevieve Gore, our Liaison Librarian for our department has office hours on site every first Monday of the month from 1:30-4:30 PM in room 325. If you would like to make an appointment with her, please email her at . She will also accept “walk-in” or “sans-rendez-vous” appointments during this time as well.


Textbooks on loan

Did you know that there is a dedicated reserve in the Jewish General Hospital’s library for Family Medicine graduate textbooks? Check it out in the A pavillion, room 200 (enter from Cote-des-Neiges on the corner of Cote-Ste-Catherine and up one flight of stairs).


Post Graduate Student Society


Mandatory human research ethics training

All McGill students (undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral), faculty and staff must have completed the Tri-Council Policy Statement2 (TCPS2) online tutorial BEFORE submitting an application for research ethics review or a renewal request.  Supervisors of student applicants will also be required to complete the tutorial before submission for review. To complete the online tutorial go to the TCPS2 Course on Research Ethics (CORE) website ( and create an account selecting McGill as your institution and using your McGill email address. Completion can then be verified online by the REB office. You will also be able to print a certificate of completion for your records. The tutorial is available in English and French.


Funding application resources

Most funding applications will require a version of a Canadian CV (CCV). In the past, FMGSS has encouraged students to maintain their CV using Uniweb, which is a free service provided to all McGill students and staff. Uniweb will export your CV into a variety of formats, with frequent updates to incorporate any recent formatting changes for the CV.


Other helpful resources


Academic activities & workshops

Next, and last, journal club is April 12 from 2-4PM in Videoconference Room 3. Email if you’re coming.


Did you know that FMGSS has arranged for a dedicated textbook reserve at the Jewish General Hospital library? Some books are physical, and all others are available online.


Nadia has extended her peer-support writing group to both M.Sc. and Ph.D. students. The group meets every Thursday from 9-12 in the student lounge; email if you plan to attend so that she can be sure to book enough space.


Don’t forget our biggest academic event of the year – our 4th Annual Family Medicine Research Symposium! For more details, please visit 



5th Annual Family Medicine Research Division and Student Society Research Symposium 2019

The Family Medicine Research Symposium is an annual student-run event hosted by the Family Medicine Graduate Students’ Society (FMGSS). This year marks the 5th consecutive Research Symposium, which brings together faculty, students, and community members to share and discuss current advances in research conducted by graduate students in areas such as family medicine, community health, health technology, and health policy. This year our invited keynote speaker will be Sister Monique Bourget (MDCM’92) a family physician who, for the past 22 years, has been a leader in establishing Primary Healthcare in São Paulo, Brazil. Sister Monique will share her lessons learned in changing healthcare practices in the global health context. We will also host a panel discussion titled Life After Your Degree: Career Planning for the Primary Care Research Graduate, which will feature perspectives from recent graduates in primary care and health-related research programs. Additionally, FMGSS is partnering with the McGill Journal of Medicine to publish the top 15 student abstracts in a special June 2019 issue. Financial support from PGSS is integral in our efforts to increase participation in the event and create a forum for students to gain valuable experience presenting their research to faculty, clinicians and community members.

Family Medicine Research symposium 2018

The 4th Annual Family Medicine Research Symposium will be held on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at Thomson House. This is an excellent opportunity to present your thesis work to your peers and our faculty and receive valuable feedback!

We are thrilled to share that this year we have partnered with the McGill Journal of Medicine (MJM), which will publish a special conference proceedings issue featuring the top 15 submissions from our Symposium. This is the first special conference proceedings issue for our Department, and significant in that our students’ work can be made visible to both Canadian as well as international clinical audiences.

The abstract submission deadline is closed. Please click here to register for the event. Note that registration is open to the general public. 

The keynote speaker is Dr. Mark Clarfield, from Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Dr. Clarfield was received his MD from the University of Toronto in 1975, and went on the specialise first in Family Medicine, then Community Medicine and Public Health and finally in Geriatrics. He was with the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University from 1978 -1992, where he was Chief of Geriatrics at the Sir Mortimer B. Davis – Jewish General Hospital as well as head of the McGill University Division of Geriatric Medicine. He maintains an adjunct status at McGill University.  Dr Clarfield’s research interests include Alzheimer disease and the related dementias, the organization of health care services, medical history and ethics. As well, he publishes medical humour, book reviews and miscellaneous pieces in various newspapers. A bit of a journalistic nudnik,  he has published many letters to the editor in publications around the world.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to the peer review committee coordinators Stephanie Long or Vaso Rahimzadeh for any questions you may have regarding the peer review process and/or the special issue. We are looking forward to another successful Symposium and to working closely with the MJM to highlight your abstracts!

Other conferences

Students are encouraged to submit abstracts to present at conferences. Listed below are a sample of the conferences FMGSS members may be interested in:

Organizational Behaviour In Health Care (OBHC)

May 13-16 2018, Montreal

McGill Family Medicine Annual Research Symposium

May 30 2018, Montreal

TUFH Annual Meeting

August 16-20 2018, Limerick (Ireland)

Graduate Student Research Symposium

The 3rd Annual Family Medicine Graduate Student Symposium (May 4th, 2017) Registration!

The 3rd Annual McGill Family Medicine Research Division & Graduate Student Society Symposium will be held on May 4, 2017 at the Thompson House. The keynote address will be given by Dr. Rick Glazier, program lead at the Institute of Clinical and Evaluative Sciences in Ontario. Through the panel talk “Life after Graduate School: Exploring Professional Career Options after your MSc. and Ph.D. Degrees,” which features four professionals from the fields of academia, industry, and government, registrants will have the opportunities to learn about different careers after graduate school. Finally, twenty current Family Medicine graduate students will orally present on their thesis projects. The registration ends on March 15, 2017, on 11:59 PM EST. There is no registration fee. If you’re interested in participating, please sign-up through through this LINK.

New Community Partnership! Share the Warmth


We are excited to announce our new community partnership with Share the Warmth (STW). This new partnership will provide FMGSS graduate students with opportunities to give back to the community, both in terms of participating as a volunteer for STW fundraising events as well as providing skills-based research volunteering for STW needs assessments and evaluation of interventions in youth and families who are below the poverty line. For more information on STW, please visit: .

Anna Dion – Trudeau Scholar

 Anna Dion, PhD candidate in the Department of Family Medicine, was awarded the prestigious Trudeau Doctoral Scholarhip. Her research examines how vulnerability and marginalization intersect with the provision and receipt of perinatal care in Canada. By integrating the perspectives of marginalized women, together with those of service providers and policy and program advisors, this research draws on both participatory approaches and Bayesian statistics to collaboratively develop recommendations to reorient perinatal care for marginalized women, specifically among at-risk adolescents in Ottawa and immigrant and refugee women in Montreal.

According to Anna, “receiving a Trudeau Doctoral Scholarship gives me the opportunity to dig deeper, and ask more meaningful questions about what aspects of our public services might exacerbate social exclusion. I am truly honoured to have both the financial and outstanding intellectual support that comes with the Trudeau Doctoral scholarship, and would also like to thank my supervisor and department of Family Medicine for their unwavering support.”

See the Trudeau Foundation website to find out more about her research.

About the Trudeau Foundation
The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation is an independent and non-partisan charity established in 2001 as a living memorial to the former Prime Minister by his family, friends, and colleagues. In 2002, with the support of the House of Commons, the Government of Canada endowed the Foundation with the Advanced Research in the Humanities and Human Sciences Fund. By granting doctoral scholarships, awarding fellowships, appointing mentors, and holding public events, the Foundation encourages critical reflection and action in four areas important to Canadians: human rights and dignity, responsible citizenship, Canada’s role in the world, and people and their natural environment.

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation promotes outstanding research in the humanities and social sciences, and fosters a fruitful dialogue between scholars and decision makers in the arts community, business, government, and civil society organizations. The Foundation:

  • encourages emerging talent by awarding scholarships to the most talented doctoral students in Canada and abroad;
  • entrusts fellows and mentors distinguished for their knowledge and wisdom with the mission to build an intellectual community to support the work of the scholars; and
  • creates and maintains an international network of fellows, scholars, and mentors.

Learn more about the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation here.