Meet the Inaugural CAPM&R Medical Students Committee

The Medical Students Committee (MSC) is a national committee of medical students that serves as the voice of the CAPM&R’s student members; connecting CAPM&R with medical students across Canada. The committee will aim to foster a community for all students interested in pursuing physiatry to learn and grow together.

Responsibilities and opportunities

  • Develop strategies to encourage and foster interaction among medical students interested in a career in physiatry.
  • Recommend or develop ideas, programs, and products to encourage medical students to explore physiatry.
  • Obtain and share feedback from medical students regarding physiatry education at the undergraduate level.
  • Advocate for medical students interested in physiatry. 

Accountability and reporting relationships

The MSC communicates with the CAPM&R Board of Directors. An annual plan will be submitted by the second month of the new term. An annual report of activities will be submitted at the end of each term. All activities will be subject to the approval of the Executive team.

Selection

Any medical student in MS1-MS3 in Canada was eligible to apply. A lottery was conducted to select the incoming candidate for each position.

The following members are asked to participate for 1 year, from July 1 - June 31. Members can serve for up to 3 terms.

Tiffany Got - Chair

Tiffany is a fourth year medical student completing her degree in her hometown at the University of Toronto. She is excited to learn and grow alongside a community of medical students interested in physiatry. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, baking and reading. 

Edward Kim - Vice-Chair

Edward Kim is currently a 3rd year medical student at McMaster University and his hometown is Toronto.  Kim was initially drawn to PM&R because of its focus on improving patient’s overall function, and its wide interdisciplinary teamwork approach to patient care.  He joined the CAPM&R Medical Student Council to help bring more awareness of the specialty to the medical student population, and to help connect interested applicants with additional opportunities and mentorships.  Hobbies include swimming, hiking, variety of racquet sports, working out, and video games.

Nadejda Popov - Secretary

Nadejda is a 2nd year medical student at the University of Calgary who grew up in Newmarket, Ontario. Her career as a Canadian national rugby team athlete sparked her interest in physiatry, and she is especially passionate about the role of mental health in physical rehabilitation. Outside of school, Nadejda enjoys hiking and exploring nature in the Rockies with her friends.

Leah Brummelhuis - Education/Mentorship

Leah Brummelhuis is a first-year medical student at the University of British Columbia. Originally from Rainier, a small town in southern Alberta, Leah became interested in PM&R through her own experience with concussions.  Leah joined the medical student committee as an opportunity to educate herself and others on the multi-faceted field of physiatry. In her free time, she enjoys rock-climbing and sewing.

Joon Mun - Communication

Joon is a 3rd year medical student at the University of Toronto. He grew up in Orillia, Ontario before heading to Hamilton to complete his undergraduate degree at McMaster University. He has a particular interest in the neuromusculoskeletal system and how we can optimize its function. He is looking forward to working on the CAPM&R Medical Students Committee to educate fellow colleagues, the medical field, and the general public about the wonders and importance of the specialty of physiatry. Outside of medicine, he enjoys going to the gym, exploring nature, attempting new recipes, and photography (primarily of his dog).

Anna Nippard - Membership

Anna Nippard is a third year medical student at Memorial University Faculty of Medicine in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Prior to attending medical school, Anna completed an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology and a masters in neurophysiology. Her masters research was focused on neurorehabilitation, specifically how the brain and spinal cord control forward and backward arm cycling in humans. Throughout her degree she gained an appreciation for how the brain works and came to recognize the devastating impact that changes in brain chemistry can have on the human body. This instilled within her a desire to provide care and support to patients, and their family, that have a temporary or permanent functional impairment as a result of a disease or injury. She has witnessed people close to her suffer from the consequences of brain injuries, and have encountered a lack of awareness amongst her peers regarding the profession of physiatry. She is motivated to work with the CAPM&R Medical Student Committee to raise awareness and encourage students to explore physiatry as a potential career. Outside of academics, Anna spends most of her time doing yoga, running, hiking and reading and walking her puppy.

Thank You to All 28 Medical Students Who Applied!
**Give them all kudos for wanting to make an impact on the specialty.**

MS3 Cyril Boulila Montreal
MS2 Nathan Chen Vancouver
MS2 Henry Cheng London
MS3 Dion Diep Toronto
MS3 Isabel Eisen Ottawa
MS2 Vishrut Gulhati Edmonton
MS3 Shaila Gunn Vancouver
MS2 Farris Kassam Vancouver
MS3 Kwang Hyun (Kevin) Kim Hamilton
MS3 Karolin Klement Edmonton
MS3 Michael Lee Prince George
MS2 Alyssa Lee Hamilton
MS3 Christopher Lee Hamilton
MS1 Yohanan Levin London
MS3 Luke MacLeod Fredericton
MS2 Daniel Muller Halifax
MS3 Kyung Joon Mun Toronto
MS2 Eric Poon Halifax
MS2 Anna Scheidler Halifax, NS/Saint John, NB
MS2 Jeremy Slayter Saint John
MS3 Steven Wong Vancouver

Medical Students Committee
Terms of Reference

Purpose
The Medical Students Committee (MSC) is a national committee of medical students that serves as the voice of the CAPM&R’s student members. We connect the CAPM&R with medical students across Canada. Ultimately, we aim to foster a community for all students interested in pursuing physiatry to learn and grow together.

Responsibilities and opportunities

  • Develop strategies to encourage and foster interaction among medical students interested in a career in physiatry.
  • Recommend or develop ideas, programs, and products to encourage medical students to explore physiatry.
  • Obtain and share feedback from medical students regarding physiatry education at the undergraduate level.
  • Advocate for medical students interested in physiatry. 

Accountability and reporting relationships

The Medical Student Committee communicates with the Executive team of the CAPM&R. An annual plan will be submitted by the second month of the new term. An annual report of activities will be submitted at the end of each term. All activities will be subject to the approval of the Executive team.

Members

  • 1 Chair
  • 1 Vice-Chair
  • 1 Secretary
  • 1 Education/Mentorship representative  
  • 1 Membership representative
  • 1 Communications representative

All members are expected to:

  • Participate in at least 8 meetings per year of 1 hour each
  • Participate in projects between meetings, amounting to approximately 6 hours/month

Term:

Members are asked to participate for 1 year, from July 1st to June 31st. Members can serve for up to 3 terms.

Selection:

Any medical student in MS1-MS3 in Canada is eligible to apply by submitting a statement of interest and their resume. A lottery will be conducted to select the incoming candidate for each position. Selected candidates may swap positions amongst themselves if all parties are mutually agreeable. The deadline for the swapping period is one week following the release of the results of the lottery.   

Committee Membership:

  • Eligibility:
    • 5 medical students across Canada in MS1-MS3
    • Active member of CAPM&R at time of application
  • Membership roles:
    • Chair (1)
      • Organizes Medical Student Committee annual action plan and pursues set goals
      • Presides over all student council meetings
      • Serves as a liaison to the CAPM&R
    • Secretary (1)
      • Assists Chair with organizing the annual action plan
      • Organizes Medical Student Council meetings and conference calls
      • Takes roll call and records meeting minutes
    • Education/Mentorship representative (1)
      • Works with the CAPM&R on faculty and resident mentorship programs for medical students
      • Collaborates with the Communications representative to develop webpage with compiled resources
      • Organize quarterly virtual journal club sessions
    • Membership representative (1)
      • Provides information and support to current Student Interest Groups throughout the country
      • Assists CAPM&R staff with marketing and communications efforts focused on recruiting medical students to join the CAPM&R and attend the CAPM&R's Annual General Meeting
      • Compiles quarterly newsletter for student membership
    • Communications representative (1)
      • Promotes online engagement focusing on medical student interests
      • Works with CAPM&R staff to update and maintain the CAPM&R Medical Student Council webpage
      • Manages the Medical Student Council Twitter account

Meetings:

  • Biweekly virtual meetings
  • Annual general meeting at the CAPM&R

Activities 2020-2021:

  • Quarterly newsletter
    • Update membership on MSC activities and opportunities for engagement
  • Networking and educational events at the CAPM&R Annual General Meeting
    • Potential events include: Speed Mentorship, Tips for PM&R Electives, Student scholars networking
  • Resource compilation
    • Webpage compiling resources for medical students interested in physiatry
  • Virtual journal club
    • Quarterly virtual journal club inviting student/resident presenters to discuss journal articles of significance in the field of physiatry
  • MS4/Resident/Faculty panels
    • Virtual sessions covering topics from career paths in physiatry to tips for residency applications