News at Medicine - October 2016 - Faculty hosts student affairs experts for fall meeting

Faculty hosts student affairs experts for fall meeting
October 7, 2016
On Monday, Oct. 3, the Faculty of Medicine’s Office of Student Affairs hosted the Association of Facilities of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) Student Affairs Ontario/Atlantic annual fall meeting.
Some of the committee members of the Association of Facilities of Medicine of Canada Student Affairs Ontario and Atlantic group who attended the bi-annual Student Affairs ON/Atlantic meeting in St. John's
Memorial’s Faculty of Medicine is a participant in the AFMC, a body that is made up of all the faculties of medicine across the country. This is the first time the fall meeting has been held at Memorial.
Scott Moffat is the assistant dean for Student Affairs at the Faculty of Medicine and the chair of the Ontario/Atlantic regional committee. He says the gathering is always a good learning experience. “Student Affairs offices in medical faculties are challenged by our accrediting body to provide a lot of different services to medical students,” he noted. “Having an opportunity to hear how other schools provide these services, and how different offices react to students in distress is invaluable as we try to ensure that  our medical students journey though the medical education program is the very best that it can be.”
In attendance were assistant deans of student affairs departments as well as a few other staff such as wellness and career counsellors, from the various faculties of medicine from the following universities: Dalhousie University, University of Toronto, University of Ottawa, Queen’s University, McMaster University, Northern Ontario School of Medicine, University of Western Ontario – Schulich, and of course Memorial. In addition, the event was attended by Dr. Leslie Nickell from the University of Toronto who is the national committee chair. Dr.Nickell felt it was a very successful meeting. "While we engaged new regional members of student affairs, conferences like this one go a long way to maintaining a strong student affairs community, providing support and sharing goals. It also builds community and capacity while sharing expertise."
Topics which were covered during the daylong event included The Unmatched Student and Sharing Stories of Risk