Office of Student Affairs

Student Interest Groups

Congratulations to the Monte Carlo Committee on the 43rd Monte Carlo Gala held on November 23, 2019. The effort of the Committee was displayed by the organization of all the activities throughout the event. It was a job well done.
Dr Greg Radu

The medical school at Memorial University boasts a very active Medical Students' Society and student representation on most committees including Faculty Council. Students are involved in a wide range of community activities and Student-Led Interest Groups that enhance their education and contribute to individual wellness and community engagement. Student-Led Interest Groups sanctioned within the Faculty of Medicine are required to meet certain guidelines. The following are some of the groups and community services led by students in our Faculty:

ACCESS Women’s Clinic Inc.

ACCESS Women’s Clinic is a physician-mentored student initiative providing monthly walk-in medical clinics.  OUR GOAL is to provide health care to women who feel that their needs have not been met by traditional health care services.  We use an inclusive definition of “woman” and “female” and welcome any individual who identifies as female in a way that is significant to them, including but not limited to trans* women, gender queer women, cis-women and non-binary intersex or trans* individuals.  OUR HOPE is to provide a safer space where all women can receive comprehensive, respectful and anti-oppressive medical care.
Contact:          Taylor Anderson

Anesthesia Interest Group

Phase 1-3 Resident lead initiative with practical skill sessions and low fidelity simulation.

Contacts:         Sarah Bugden            
                        Logan Slade

Arts and Medicine Interest Group (AMIG)

The Arts and Medicine Interest Group is a group run by students in Memorial’s Faculty of Medicine.  “AMIG” aims to offer an outlet for arts expression and appreciation within Medicine. We plan to celebrate through events, workshops, and collaborations surrounding all forms of the arts integrated with health and the community.

Contact:          Jessa Vokey

Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) MUN Chapter

The Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) MUN Chapter is an interest group for aspiring women surgeons, and those in support of women in surgery. The goal of the AWS is to ENGAGEcurrent and future women surgeons to realize their professional and personal goals. EMPOWER women to succeed. EXCEL in those aspirations through mentorship, education and a networking community that promotes their contributions and achievements as students, surgeons and leaders. Our goal as a chapter is to provide you with networking and mentorship opportunities with surgeons and surgical residents at MUN, highlight women surgeon role models, and facilitate discussion related to professional development and challenges that women surgeon’s face. Although the AWS is primarily a support group for women in surgery, we welcome all genders to join us in our talks, events and skills development sessions.

Contacts:        Nicole Ralph                           
                       Nadine Rockwood                   
                       Sarah Branton                        
                       Chantae Garland        
Biomedical Engineering Student Interest Group

The Biomedical Engineering Interest Group (BEIG) is a group dedicated to providing and creating opportunities for students that have an interest or background in the engineering that goes into the field of medicine.  It seeks to provide up-to-date information on technological innovation in the field of medicine and how it is applicable in future practice.  Activities include speaker series with individuals who work in the field, and workshops on various aspects of biomedical engineering such as how 3D printing can be utilized in medicine.

Contact:           Aanchal Ralhan
Choosing Wisely Canada @ Memorial Interest Group
Choosing Wisely N.L., a branch of Choosing Wisely Canada, is a program to help clinicians and patients engage in conversations about unnecessary tests and treatments and make smart and effective choices to ensure high quality care.

Contacts:         Robyn St. Croix
                        Na Nguyen

Collected Works

Collected Works is a collection of artistic works submitted by medical students in each class.  It’s a chance to be creative with such things as poetry, paint or craft, photos, written music, art or whatever talent you have.  The pieces do not need to be medically related or even new.  All pieces submitted will be turned into an awesome little book and everyone will get a copy.
Contact:           Student Affairs

Concussion U

Our goal with Concussion U is to bring awareness on concussions to the community; hockey associations, rugby teams, and schools, through education, media releases, interviews with local athletes and seminars. Moreover, our group looks to further educate the medical trainees and students through luncheon talks, seminars and research. 
Academically, we are compiling literature on current concussion protocols in sports and medicine and educational resources for medical trainees.

For more information visit the website
Twitter: @concussionu           
Instagram: @concussion_u
Contacts:         Scott Bray                   
                        Jared Ryan                  
                        Ryan Kelly                   
                        Shannon Hart              

Dermatology Student Interest Group
The Dermatology Interest Group is dedicated to increasing learning opportunities for MUN Undergraduate Medical Students in the field of dermatology. Through a series of presentations given by local dermatologists, we aim to increase knowledge of dermatology concepts and conditions. 
Contact:           Rebecca Green           

Emergency Medicine Interest Group
A group for medical students who are interested in the specialty of Emergency Medicine.  EMIG holds lecture series, talks and skills presentation.  The aim is to stimulate interest in this field, as well as provide practical knowledge and skills to medical students.

Contacts:          Marisa O’Brien           
                         Julia Chalker                

Environmental Medicine Interest Group

Student lead initiative which aims to promote awareness of environmental medicine at Memorial University’s Faculty of Medicine.  Environmental factors have major impacts on the health of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, yet environmental medicine is a field that currently receives little attention in the province.  Our interest group aims to demonstrate how students, researchers, physicians, and the general public can engage with environmental medicine, and how that engagement can have important and long-lasting effects on healthcare.

Contact:           Thomas Farrell

Exercise is Medicine Interest Group

Exercise is Medicine at MUN is a group that aims to provide opportunities for greater exercise education within the medical school, while also reaching out into the community to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyle behaviours among the general public. Furthermore, the group seeks to raise awareness regarding the importance of exercise as a tool for the prevention, treatment and management of chronic disease, in hopes of promoting regular exercise (and lifestyle) counselling behaviours from physicians in clinical interactions with their patients.
Contacts:         Jared Ryan      
                        Ryan Kelly                   
                        Samantha Sweet        
Family-Low Risk Obstetrics Interest Group

A group for medical students interested in women’s health and maternal care from a family medicine perspective.  This group will focus on the holistic care family doctors provide for mom and baby, prenatal visits, postnatal care and include weekly shadowing at the prenatal clinic.  Information will also be provided via talks on post graduate training in low risk obstetrics and other related programs across Canada.
Contact:           Aanchal Ralhan                       

Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG)

Family Medicine Interest Groups (FMIGs) are run by medical students for medical students. Our goal is to increase exposure of Family Medicine during undergraduate medical training. We offer a variety of student activities to help increase awareness and understanding of the opportunities, roles and responsibilities within Family Medicine. 

Contacts:         Jillian McCarthy          
                        Helena Paddle
For more information visit the website.  

Federation of Medical Women of Canada (FMWC) Interest Group
The Federation of Medical Women of Canada (FMWC) is a national organization committed to the professional, social and personal advancement of women physicians and to the promotion of the well-being of women both in the medical profession and in society at large.  The FMWC has been connecting Canadian women in the medical profession with each other, medical students, and the community for nearly 100 years. 

For further information visit our website.

Gender and Sexuality Advocacy Group

The mandate is to share information and facilitate discussion on health issues related to gender or sexuality diverse (GSD) communities, commonly referred to as the LGBTQQ2SIPPA+ community.  By facilitating or sharing events, talks, online resources, recommended books, other multimedia and more, we hope to investigate the health outcomes of GSD communities from a holistic perspective and educate the larger medical community about GSD issues. 

Contact:           Katelyn Larson

General Internal Medicine Interest Group (GIMIG)

Our group aims to help medical students learn about internal medicine and to establish communication with faculty and other students who share similar interests. GIMIG has a faculty advisor who provides guidance and lends continuity to the group. We organize talks, arrange shadowing opportunities for students to learn more about internal medicine and subspecialties as possible careers.

Contacts:         Christian Pearce
                        Phil Hillier
                        Scott Bray
                        Nguyet Nguyen

Global Health Interest Group

Increase awareness and provide global health learning opportunities in order to create a socially accountable community that promotes global engagement both locally and abroad.
Contacts:         Erin Marshall
                        Brett Holloway
For more information, visit the website.

Indigenous Health Interest Group (IHIG)
MUN medicine IHIG aims to educate future physicians on Indigenous well-being, whether it be traditional methods of healing, or incorporating cultural beliefs into healthy lifestyles. Our interest group advocates for cultural awareness for medical students in order to promote culturally sensitive practice and promote equitable care for Indigenous populations. 

Contacts:         Bethany Power           
                        Erin Baker      

Infectious Disease Interest Group

The Infectious Disease Interest Group strives to supplement the learning of medical students in topics involving infectious disease through the shared real-life experiences of physicians and researchers in the field. This information is usually given in the form of scheduled presentations and covers a variety of material. Some topics of interest we may cover include history of provincial infectious disease outbreak, spread of disease vectors, emerging infectious disease, infectious disease research, clinical practice for handling infectious disease and more.
Contacts:          Cody Diamond           
                         Holly Dempster          

Medical Students for Choice Interest Group
Medical Students for Choice works to ensure that all medical students have access to abortion education and training. We do this through the following programs:  Student OrganizingCurriculum ReformReproductive Health Externship Funding ProgramConferences and Institutesand Abortion Training Institute.

Contacts:         Kaitlin Quinlan
                        Dakotah Janes

Monte Carlo Committee
Monte Carlo event began in 1977 to raise money for a classmate in need.  It has evolved into a major annual charity fundraiser that involves the community at large and raises funds for several deserving local charities. Different charities are selected each year, and the funds are raised through donations, casino-style games, live and silent auctions, and much more. It has also become a formal gala event with spectacular music and entertainment throughout the night. 
True to the spirit of its conception, Monte Carlo is the result of the passion, care, and dedication of Memorial University of Newfoundland's Faculty of Medicine. It is organized each year by the Undergraduate Medical Students of the Faculty of Medicine and is an opportunity for all involved to contribute and further make a difference in the province.  
Contact:           Jaime Wilson

MUN Med Art Gallery Student Interest Group
The MUN Med Art Gallery is an opportunity for students, faculty and staff associated with the Faculty to display their creative side in a live art gallery format!  All types of submissions are accepted including, but not limited to; paintings, photographs, sculptures, musical submissions, written pieces and mixed media.  The gallery spans for a number of days and takes place each spring with call for submissions going out in the Fall.

Contact:           Jessa Vokey

MUN Med Gateway Program

MUN Med Gateway is a service-based, volunteer learning program for medical students at Memorial University, led by students and supported through a partnership between the Faculty of Medicine, the Association for New Canadians (ANC) and Eastern Health.
The purposes of Gateway are to:
To improve access to medical care for refugees in the St. John’s area by providing premedical services, and
Train student in cross-cultural medicine and engage them in community action.
Contacts:         Na Nguyen                  
                        Luke Duffley                
For more information, visit the website.

MUN Medicine Hacking Health Group

MUN Medicine Hacking Health Group is a sub-group of Hacking Health St. John’s.
As part of a global movement, we are a student-led group focused on innovation in healthcare through a multidisciplinary approach.

Contact:           Hilary Strong
MUN Obstetrics and Gynecology Interest Group (MUN OB/GYN)

The MUN OB/GYN Interest Group allows medical students at Memorial University to share issues related to women’s health, and to promote opportunities to gain experience in the field of obstetrics and gynecology.
Contacts:         Sarah Devereaux         
                        Kayla Chubbs   
                        Melissa O’Brien          
Opioid Awareness and Support Team (OAST) Student Interest Group

The Opioid Awareness and Support Team (OAST) was formed in 2018 by a group of medical students out of interest in increasing awareness, education and support in response to the Opioid Crisis in Newfoundland and Labrador. Currently, OAST consists of 10 medical students.  Our team has three principle working mandates moving forward: Opioid overdose awareness at MUN; Medical Education; and Community Engagement and Social Accountability.

Contact:           Richard Berish

Pediatrics Special Interest Group (PSIG)

The Pediatrics Special Interest Group (PSIG) is organized by and for medical students interested in the field of Pediatrics.  The aim of the PSIGN is to help connect medical students with pediatricians and pediatric residents through a variety of events.  These include interactive sessions on various pediatrics related topics and event such as ‘Pediatric Resident Night” and “Trivia night”.  The PSIG also advocates for youth in the community in the form of fundraising for local charities such as the Ronald McDonald House.
Contacts:         Katie Smith
                        Amy Powell
                        Jasmine DeZeeuw
                        Ryan Wade

Psychiatry Interest Group (PsyG)

A group open to anyone who is interested in learning more about Psychiatry! The PsyG is run by students at MUN’s Faculty of Medicine who would like to raise awareness about the opportunities within the Discipline of Psychiatry, and to promote wellness and healthy coping among the students of our medical school.
Contacts:         Luke Duffley
                        Maria Flynn

Radiology Interest Group (RIG)

The objectives of this organization are to:
-Enhance radiology education through a scheduled series of lectures, workshops, and events.
-Promote a greater understanding of the diverse and important roles that radiologists have in healthcare.
-Stimulate interest in radiology among medical students.
-Provide an opportunity for medical students to explore and make informed decisions about radiology as a career.
-Inform medical students about radiology residence and CaRMS process.
- Connect medical students interested in radiology or radiology related research with faculty mentors.
Contacts:         Victoria Linehan                      
                        Kieran Lacey 

MUN RIG Facebook Group:

For more information visit the website.

Rural Medicine Interest Group

A student group that aims to increase the presence of medical student leaders from rural backgrounds, or who have an interest in practicing rurally.

Contacts:        Erin Bonisteel             
                       Michael Gilbert           
Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN)

The Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN) is sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) to provide medical students an opportunity to learn about neurology and its clinical, research, and service activities.
Membership with SIGN provides opportunities to participate in clinical, research, and service activities in neurology; increase neurologic knowledge; connects with the AAN and other SIGN chapters; and have access to exclusive SIGN member scholarships.

Contact:         Jade Quirion

Surgery Interest Group

The Surgery Interest Group provides students with talks and skills nights related to various surgical specialties. These including talks on interesting cases, how to match to a surgical specialty and maintaining work-life balance as a surgeon. Skills nights include learning suture techniques, hand ties and the opportunity to practice skills on 3D printed models. 
Contacts:        Shannon Hart              
                       Martha Ennis