Global Health


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


Kelan Wu – VP Global Health Senior


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.

Contact the VPs Global Health at to add McGill-based global health opportunities to the list.


Contact the VPs Global Health at to add regional, national and international global health opportunities to the list.

MSS VP Global Health Senior


-Kelan Wu

MSS VP Global Health Junior


Global Health

-Cristina Pop

Global Health

My goal is to develop McGill Med students’ habit to think globally and their enthusiasm to act locally.
-Shuyi Zhai

Rights and Peace

This year, I would like to raise awareness on issues about human rights and accessibility as well as contribute to the community.
-Rockey Chen

Public Health

Our main goal this year is to sensibilise and involve both the McGill and the local Montreal community to important public health issues affecting us.
-Arielle Springer

Public Health

Our main goal this year is to sensibilise and involve both the McGill and the local Montreal community to important public health issues affecting us.
-Anissa Chirico

Sexual Health

My main goals for this year is to raise awareness about different aspects of sexual health and to promote equity in the access of sexual education ressources.
-Rosa Lakabi

Sexual Health

My goal for the year is to get people thinking about sexual and reproductive health as a key part of overall wellbeing.
-Avigayil Sorokine

Research Exchanges


-Alexandre Ni

Research Exchanges

Goal for the year: Ensure that everyone has the greatest time of their lives on their research exchanges.
-Karmin Yu

Professional Exchanges

Smooth hair, smooth skin, smooth exchanges – 2018 be like lotion.
-Sissi Nguyen

Professional Exchanges

-Jerry Zheng

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


-Jennifer Robinson

Sexual Health

My goal this year is to shine light on women’s reproductive health, both in Canada and abroad, with a focus on difficult choices that they may have to face and resources available to help navigate their options.
-Rea Konci

Medical Education

As LOGHE this year, I want to make it easier for students to be involved in global health as well as prepare them for what they may encounter while working in the field.
-Léanne Roncière


Being available to students and starting a buddy program for those going on exchanges.
-You Jia Zhong


Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS

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: Rosa Lakabi and Avigayil Sorokine

Medical Education

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: Léanne Roncière

Public Health

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: Arielle Springer and Anissa Chirico

Indigenous Health

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: Jennifer Robinson

Clinical and Research Exchanges

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.

For Research Exchanges Contact: Alexandre Ni and Karmin Yu

For Clinical Exchanges Contact: Sissi Nguyen and Jerry Zheng

Sexual Health

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: Rea Konci

Rights and Peace

  • to be updated

Contact: Rockey Chen

Global Health Advocate

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

Global Health Education 

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: Cristina Pop and Shuyi Zhai


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: You Jia Zhong

Student Run Projects



  • Kacper Niburski
  • Gordie Best
  • David-Dan Nguyen
  • Elitsa Papazova

Student-Run Clinic


  • Shermaine Li
  • Tanya Chen
  • Audrey Brochu

Public Health Curriculum Review


  • Lena Zotova
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