Health Sciences Calendar
2005 - 2006

3.1.5 Medical Societies

McGill Medical Students' Society Inc.
Mail: 3655 Promenade Sir-William-Osler, 6th Floor
Montreal, QC, H3G 1Y6
Office: McIntyre Medical Sciences Building, Room 508
Telephone: (514) 398-7167     Fax:  (514) 398-1789
The Society is an association of all registered medical students. Acting through its elected council and various Faculty committees, the Society performs a number of functions:
1. to represent medical students' ideas, concerns and problems to the Faculty of Medicine, the rest of the McGill community, the government, and the public at large;
2. to promote interaction among medical students through both the Federation of Quebec Medical Student Societies and Canadian federations of medical students;
3. to attempt the advancement of new forms of learning in response to the desires of the students;
4. to collaborate with the Students' Societies of Nursing, Physical and Occupational Therapy, and Dentistry in running the "Annex", the social centre;
5. to regulate all student sporting and social events within the Faculty;
6. to publish a newspaper, The Placebo, for all medical students;
7. to recognize and supervise the formation and operations of affiliated student societies;
8. to attempt generally to provide the resources and personnel to meet student needs and wishes as they arise.
The M.S.S. has members on many Faculty committees, including the Curriculum Committee and the Admissions Committee. Details of all activities are easily available from the M.S.S. Office and it is hoped that all students will participate in the Society's activities.
L'Association des Étudiants en Médecine est une association de tous les étudiants inscrits en médecine. Représentée par son conseil élu et par les divers comités de la faculté, l'Association accomplit les fonctions suivantes:
1. représente les idées des étudiants, leurs soucis et leurs problèmes à la faculté de médecine, à la communauté McGill en général, au gouvernement et au public en général;
2. facilite la communication des étudiants en médecine par le biais de la Fédération des Associations des étudiants en médecine du Québec et de la Fédération des étudiants en médecine du Canada;
3. essaie de développer de nouveaux cours qui répondront aux désirs des étudiants;
4. collabore avec les Associations des étudiants en nursing, en ergothérapie et réadaptation, et en médecine dentaire dans la direction de "l'Annexe", notre centre social;
5. s'occupe des activités sportives et sociales des étudiants en médecine;
6. publie un journal, The Placebo, pour tous les étudiants en médecine;
7. reconnaît et supervise la formation et le fonctionnement d'organisations ou de sociétés d'étudiants en médecine à des fins diverses;
8. de façon générale, essaie de fournir les ressources et le personnel afin de rencontrer les besoins et les désirs des étudiants qui se font ressentir.
L'Association des étudiants en médecine a des membres sur plusieurs comités de la faculté y compris le "Curriculum Committee" et "Admissions Committee". Des renseignements sur nos activités peuvent facilement être obtenus au bureau de l'Association et nous souhaitons ardemment que tous les étudiants participent à nos activités.
Osler Society

The Osler Society was founded in 1921 to perpetuate the memory and teaching of Sir William Osler, the most illustrious graduate and professor of the Faculty of Medicine at McGill. Through the presentation of lectures and seminars by students and guest lecturers on topics in the medical humanities, the Society strives to uphold Osler's ideals of a liberal medical education.

Meetings are held throughout the academic year approximately once a month. In the fall, the Osler Lecture is given by a distinguished guest. It is followed by the Osler Banquet, a formal dinner in the grand tradition of the Society. Staff, students and the public are welcome at all Osler Society functions. Our website is

Phi Delta Epsilon

The Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity is a professional, coeducational organization with a membership of over 25,000 students, interns, residents, and practicing physicians.

The McGill chapter was founded in 1926 to promote the highest ethical, scientific, and educational standards in the field of medicine. The chapter's activities reflect their long-term commitment to non-profit community service as well as addressing the need among medical students for a supportive, relaxed environment.

Phi Delta Epsilon's international network of graduate members also offers their student members many benefits, including: funding for a variety of projects; advice and support in the selection of electives, research and residency positions; awards for academic and research excellence, and for outstanding community service; low-interest student loans; regional and international conventions. Our website is

McGill Journal of Medicine

The McGill Journal of Medicine (MJM) is a scholarly scientific journal providing an international forum for university students to publish original research, case reports, reviews and expository essays in any field of medicine. Established in May 1994, MJM is published and produced entirely by students in the Faculty of Medicine and in Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at McGill.

Based on the principles of student excellence and education, MJM is unique among existing medical journals. It is the only student-run scientific journal devoted to publishing the original research of students exclusively, on an international scale. MJM has established a national and international base of authors. Please see reviews of MJM in the New England Journal of Medicine (336:885;1997) and JAMA (278:1461-2;1997) and visit online at

Medical and Dental Christian Fellowship (MDCF)

In 1988, several students from Med I and II started the Medical Christian Fellowship, which has since become the MDCF. This group created a place for Christians in medical training to meet weekly for Bible study, encouraging each other in continuous spiritual growth. In addition, various speakers (doctors, faculty, medical missionaries, etc.) expose the members to different ways to effectively integrate faith and medical practice by sharing with members their experiences as Christians in the medical profession.

Ranging from Roman Catholic to Lutheran and from Greek Orthodox to Calvinist, the group covers a large spectrum of denominations and enjoys the richness in thought such a diversity brings. Even though the MDCF is an independent group, it is associated with the Christian Medical and Dental Society (CMDS), the Canada and U.S. wide organization of Christian doctors and dentists.

Medical Students for Social Responsibility (MSSR)

MSSR is a group that recognizes that social, economic, and political factors largely determine the health of individuals and populations. The group's objective is to sensitize participants to alternative aspects of health and to provide a framework for future activism.

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