Global Health


Work on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide.


Eugène Brailovski – VP Global Health Senior
Liang Cheng – VP Global Health Junior


Canada has two main medical student associations. The Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) and the Fédération Médicale Étudiante du Québec (FMEQ). The CFMS represents all Canadian medical schools outside of Quebec plus McGill and the FMEQ represents all medical schools in Quebec, including McGill. Therefore, McGill is part of both CFMS and FMEQ. Each of these organizations has an international branch that works on global health topics only: FMEQ has IFMSA-Québec and CFMS has CFMS-Global Health. The international branches of all medical student associations are under the umbrella of an international organization that only works on global health projects: The International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA). Similarly, United States have a medical student association called the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), which has an international branch called AMSA-Global Health. So as you probably noticed, the nomenclature used to name the international branch of each medical student association is not consistent. Indeed, some use IFMSA and then add the region (e.g., IFMSA-Qc), while other add global health to the name of the student association (e.g., CFMS-GH). This might cause some confusion, but remember that IFMSA-Qc and CFMS-GH are equivalent organizations, but they simply represent different schools. They also have the same internal structure. Each organization has an executive council and one national officer for each portfolio. In each school, there are local officers for each portfolio. The national officer oversees the work of the local officers in his or her portfolio.


MSS VP Global Health Senior

My goal for this year is to make sure we have a strong team and some institutional memory persists beyond our mandate.
-Eugène Brailovski

MSS VP Global Health Junior

My goal for this year is to promote project innovation and enhance team communication and collaboration.
-Liang Cheng

Global Health

This year, I hope to make global health a better understood and talked-about topic amongst McGill students (in all fields of study) through various different campaigns and projects!
-Tian Yi (Tanya) Chen

Global Health

My goal for this year is to raise awareness among the McGill community at large on global health and, more specifically, on disaster medicine.
-Morgane Laverdure

Rights and Peace

My goal is to start an ethical discussion on how medical practice can enforce discrimination and normativity. The objective is to make physicians realize that their practice shapes the world around them.
-David-Dan Nguyen

Rights and Peace

My vision is to raise awareness and encourage medical students participation in human rights promotional initiatives.
-Hidy Girgis

Public Health

I would like to fight the stigma related to mental health by bringing students closer and to raise awareness for different public health issues like organ donation and chronic illnesses.
-You Jia Zhong

Public Health

I want to encourage both McGill students and the community at large to be active participants in their own health, by working on organ donation, mental health, lung cancer prevention, as well as proper nutrition to prevent of cardiovascular diseases and obesity.
-Vanessa Gueorguieva

Sexual Health

This year, I hope to raise awareness on the link between mental health and reproductive dysfunction through various events and workshops
-Charles Hesswani

Sexual Health

My goal for this year is to develop sustainable strategies to improve adolescent with disabilities’ access to quality sexual and reproductive healthcare services.
-Yi-Hong Shao

Research Exchanges

An effective coordination of outgoings, a diversity of available research opportunites for incomings and an awesome social program will make this year a great year for research exchanges.
-Ke Xuan Li

Research Exchanges

This year, I would like to broaden and diversify the research experiences offered to incomings, as well as facilitate opportunities for cultural exchange and idea sharing amongst exchange students
-Casey Wang

Professional Exchanges

I want to make sure that the clinical exchange program is as accessible, efficient and enjoyable as it can possibly be.
-Ghassen Soufi

Professional Exchanges

This year, my goal is make sure outgoing students have all the resources, support and answers they need, so they can be ready for their clinical exchanges and maximize their experience.
-Elena Llenas

Global Health Advocate

My goal for this year is to raise awareness on the refugee crisis and the Syrian civil war and to show how as students we can work on these issues.
-Samir Touma

Indigenous Health

I want to improve the students understanding of indigenous people in health care and increase communication between local indigenous community groups and the Faculty of Medicine.
-David D’Arienzo

Sexual Health

I would like to help raise awareness about reproductive and sexual health among homeless people, and map out strategies on how to improve it.
-Neyla Boukhili

Global Health Education

My objective is to work on a UGME curriculum that forms medical students capable of facing the diversity of global health issues that arise in real clinical settings.
-Wayne Lok

Global Health Education

I want to work at making the global health curriculum more hands-on by using concepts learned in lectures and applying them to real-world global health issues.
-Nathalie Mackinnon


Solidify this new program so that it will continue without my direct support indefinitely
-Mark Woo


Promotes sexual health to the public and future healthcare providers.

  • Examples of projects

    • Sexual health workshops in high schools (SEXPERT);

    • HIV/AIDS awareness activities;

    • Raising awareness towards sexual diversity;

    • Dinner talk on urban health.

Contact: Charles Hesswani and Yi-Hong Shao

Aims at promoting and preserving health by acting upstream on the social determinants of health, such as life habits, access to proper healthcare, education and environment.

  • Examples of projects:

    • Mental health awareness activities;

    • Nutrition workshops in primary schools;

    • Talks on public health matters such as non-communicable disease and epidemiology;

    • Mental health workshops in high schools.

Contact: You Jia Zhong and Vanessa Gueorguieva

Raises awareness towards global health issues and health injustice, as well as train a generation of students aware of their role on the global scale and their impact on health.

  • Examples of projects:

    • Talks on global health matters;

    • Climate change awareness workshops;

    • Attending global health conferences such as the Canadian Conference on Global Health.

Contact: Morgane Laverdure and Tian Yi (Tanya) Chen

Work towards human rights respect in a health perspective and demonstrate the direct link between human rights and social determinants of health.

  • Examples of projects:

    • Talks on human rights matters, such as

      • Geo-politic conflicts and migration;

      • Raising awareness towards refugee and migrant health;

      • Social justice campaigns;

      • Indigenous health.

Contact: David-Dan Nguyen and Hidy Girgis

Organize clinical and research internships in more than 30 countries.

  • Roles:

    • Make sure all the internships offered by IFMSA-Qc run smoothly on their campuses.

    • Prepare the outgoing students applications and make sure nothing is missing.

    • Welcome and manage the incoming students’ internships.

    • Work with the support of the Social Program Coordinator, towards developing the Social Program on their campus.

Consists in leading and implementing projects and initiatives at McGill that promote knowledge and awareness of reproductive and sexual health.

  • Examples of projects:

    • Awareness days (World AIDS Day, International Women’s Day);

    • Workshops;

    • Electives.

Contact: Neyla Boukhili

Raise awareness about the health issues of the Indigenous peoples of Montreal, Quebec, and Canada. The officer sits on the MSS Equity Committee in order to implement their mandate within McGill Medicine.

  • Examples of projects:

    • Liaising and building partnerships with local Indigenous community organizations in order to determine how to best meet their health needs.

Contact: David D’Arienzo

The Global Health Advocate represents McGill in the Global Health Advocacy program and coordinate local and national advocacy initiatives around the CFMS advocacy theme. The Global Health Advocate also has an executive (voting) position on the Government Affairs and Advocacy Committee (GAAC) as the representative of global health in advocacy work.

  • Examples of projects:

    • Work with the VP GH and the GAAC president to organize global health advocacy for Provincial and National Lobby Day to represent the MSS at these initiatives.

Contact: Samir Touma

The local officer is responsible for cultivating an understanding of the current status of global health education at their medical school, especially in the areas of global health curriculum and pre-departure training, and work with the National Officer of Global Heath Education and the VP Global Health to improve it.

  • Examples of projects:

    • Formalize global health in the UGME curriculum via the implementation of global health core competencies.

Contact: Wayne Lok and Nathalie Mackinnon

Responsible for organizing and managing the CFMS clinical and research exchange program at McGill.

  • Roles:

    • Help prepare the outgoing students applications and facilitate the application process, as well as being available to exchange students to answer any questions and troubleshoot any issues.

Contact: Mark Woo 

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