The SRPC Student Committee is comprised of medical students from across Canada
collectively committed to supporting students interested in rural and remote medicine. 

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Indigenous Health Series

SRPC's Indigenous Health Committee is in the process of developing a series of virtual, educational events to bring awareness and provide learning opportunities for all SRPC members about Indigenous health education. 

The presentations, "Jordan, Joyce, and Justice: Decolonizing Healthcare for Indigenous Children and Youth", and "Moving Towards Cultural Safety, Reconciliation, and Anti-racism" can be found at

Stay tuned for future presentations! 

Accepting Submissions for the SRPC Student Blog!

Do you have an interesting story or reflection about a rural or remote clinical experience? If you would like to share your story, consider submitting it to our blog! 

Click here to send your blog submission.

If you would like to read submissions from other medical students and residents, view our blog at the link below:

LGBTQ2S+ Health in Rural Canada

The LGBTQ2S+ population in rural Canada is under-serviced and under-researched. This infographic provides an introduction to the health and wellbeing of this community, including demographics, risk factors, and lots of resources!  Visit the LGBTQ2S+ resource page for the PDF copy and quick links to the referenced organizations. 

Student Committee Co-Chairs

Anchaleena Mandal (She/Her)
MD Candidate/Candidat MD
Class of 2023/Promotion 2023
Queen’s University/Université Queen's

Samantha Gibbon
MD Candidate/Candidat MD
Class of 2024/Promotion 2024
UBC Southern Medical Program

Anchaleena grew up in the arctic territory of Nunavut as a settler. She is passionate about rural medicine, Indigenous health and mental health. During her pastime, Anchaleena loves to play musical instruments, volunteer in the community, learn new languages and explore different cuisines!

Samantha Gibbon is a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta and a descendent of Peayasis band on Treaty 6 territory. She is from the UBC Southern Medical Program class of 2024. Shes a proud mother to her daughter Valentina, and she loves to spend her time doing traditional crafts, creating digital art, and teaching Métis jigging to youth.

Keeping up with the SRPC Student Committee

  • Members can request to join the RuralMed Listserv for general SRPC communications, and or the Rural Med Student Listserv to keep in touch with us via email. 
  • Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for quick updates, contests, and more!
  • Join your school's Rural Medicine Interest Group for SRPC information specific to your medical school


SRPC Mentorship Program


If you are looking for a Rural Mentor. Please ensure your SRPC membership is up to date. Send your email request to Louise for a list of mentors and instructions. (

Mentees Must be SRPC members to participate in this program. (Join here)

Our Committee

As a subset of the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada, we are a committee of medical students from across Canada collectively committed to supporting student interest in rural and remote medicine.  Our aim is to increase the visibility of and engagement in student-relevant rural and remote medicine initiatives nation-wide.

Our committee includes student representatives from medical schools across Canada. Committee members contribute to subcommittees working on specific initiatives, as student representatives on SRPC Physician Committees and as liaisons between their medical school communities and the SRPC.

Our growing committee includes liaisons from the schools listed below.

Check below to see which of your classmates represents your school.

Don’t see your school on the list? It is our goal to have representation from each of the 17 schools across the country, but we still need to fill some of those spots!  Contact us at if you know someone who could fill one of these vacancies.


School Liaisons

  • Alberta: Catherine Palme (2022)

  • UBC (South): Emily Wiesenthal (2023)

  • UBC (North): Caitlin Blewett (2022)

  • Calgary: Jezuina McDonald (2023)

  • Dalhousie: Sina Sedighi (2023)
  • Manitoba: Corli Barnes (2022)
  • McMaster: Elisabeth Fortier (2022)
  • McGill: Ann-Rebecca Drolet (2024)
  • Montréal: Magalie Dubois (2023)
  • MUN: Rebecca Tizzard (2025)
  • NOSM: Erika Lau (2022)
  • Ottawa: Emma Hennessey (2024)
  • Queens: Jehan Irfan (2024)
  • Saskatchewan: Lauren Klammer (2023)
  • Toronto: Adrian Witol (2022)
  • Western: Kamel Omer (2023)

Our committee doesn’t stop there!  We have members working on numerous projects.  For more information, contact your school liaison above, join the student Listserv and get connected with us via social media!

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Upcoming Events



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 Current Initiatives

We have been expanding our SRPC Student Committee team recently and are working to form connections with all Canadian medical schools. Below are some of the exciting projects that we are currently working on! 

Rural Outreach & Mentorship Initiative (ROMI)

The Rural Outreach & Mentorship Initiative (ROMI) offers free one-on-one mentorship for high school students from rural communities interested in exploring a career in medicine. 

ROMI is recruiting high school students to join our 2020-2021 program! We are looking for grade 9-12 students from rural or remote areas that are interested in being partnered 1-on-1 with a medical student mentor with the option of participating in our monthly virtual panel discussions. Interested? Please complete this Google Form. 

Rural & Isolated Support Endeavor (RISE)

The Rural & Isolated Support Endeavor (RISE) was created by a working group of the SRPC Student Committee with the goal to emotionally support clients who live in rural areas across Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our initiative partners medical students with clients in rural communities across Canada to provide weekly check-ins via phone and social connection.

We are looking for RISE program volunteers! For more information about RISE and to volunteer, please check out the recruitment form.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the RISE team at

Rural Residency Catalogue

Are you interested in applying to rural family medicine? Look no further! Check out the annual Rural Residency Catalogue for 2022 created by the Society of Rural Physicians Student Committee, which compiles information on rural sites all across Canada.

NEW this year we have included a google map so you can see where each program is located, check out the links on page 2 of the catalogue. Also find testimonials and FAQ from real residents attending many of these programs. Best of luck with CaRMS!

Our student members have worked hard to keep this document as up to date as possible by contacting CaRMs and every program coordinator, but can sometimes miss new sites as they are created. A survey is linked on page 2 for any feedback you may have! 

While this has been developed with input from the residency programs, it is not designed in any way to replace the information that is available via CaRMS. If there is a contradiction between information presented in the catalogue and that presented elsewhere, then the information from CaRMS or directly from the school should be taken as correct.

Students of Rural Medicine Blog

This blog is designed for Canadian medical learners to reflect on their rural and remote experiences, share stories with others, and learn about the ways that the our national network of peers are engaging with rural medical practice and community. Click the link below to view the blog!

Have a story to share? Send in your submission here.

If you have any questions, reach out to us at .

Rural Electives Catalogue **ON HOLD due to lack of visiting electives**

This is in the works. Picture this as your one-stop shop for planning rural electives as a medical student. This is meant to complement the AFMC student portal, focusing on rural and remote elective opportunities that may not be associated with a school.  Here you will find information about the various locations across Canada that accept learners, what specialties are available in each location, how to apply to them, and practical details about the areas. 

Additionally - a rural filter for the AFMC portal is coming! (Once visiting electives are opened again). In lieu of visiting electives, check out the National Events Calendar to learn about residency programs by joining virtual info sessions, resident academic days and meetings with the Program Directors.

Annual Rural & Remote Conference

Each year, the Rural and Remote course, organized by SRPC, offers a wonderful opportunity for medical students to learn about rural medicine. Register for the 29th Annual Rural and Remote Medicine Course April 21-23, 2022 in Ottawa Ontario.

We hope these slideshows can inspire some students about the future and motivate others to brainstorm while they have time. These are not meant to stress you out, just mix things up during a tumultuous time. Enjoy, and please let us know if you have questions or feedback. 

CaRMS Primer:  Tips for preparing for CaRMS as a rural applicant

Rural Elective Across Canada:  A sampling of electives, including one from each province!

Social Isolation handout, designed for the general public


Click on Image to print the PDF

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Indigenous Health Challenges

Your SRPC Indigenous Health Student Committee would like to share our monthly Indigenous Health Challenges initiative with you! Every month you will be given a challenge related to Indigenous Health in Canada, and you will be given the opportunity to submit your responses with a Google Form. Each submission will get you an entry into a giveaway hosted at the end of the challenge. The giveaway prize will be a traditionally beaded item (with pictures to follow). 

We welcome you to participate in this month’s challenge, included below! Be sure to submit what you discovered to the Google Form included for your entry into the beadwork giveaway.

April's Challenge: Traditional Food from a Territory on Turtle Island

This month's challenge focuses on the importance of food awareness and food sovereignty as they pertain to Indigenous people in Canada. The right to traditional hunting, fishing, and harvesting/gathering still remains a contentious issue across Canada. Access to traditional food is a right, and a traditional, food sovereign lifestyle is crucial in maintaining Indigenous health and wellness and should be encouraged and supported at all times.

Indigenous diets vary greatly across the country due to differences in terrain and cultural practices. The most well-known pan-Indigenous food is bannock, which is traditionally fried or baked and comes from the introduction of a flour-biscuit recipe from Scottish traders around 250 years ago. 

  1. Your challenge for this month is to research a traditional food from a territory on Turtle Island. Find a picture of the food online to familiarize yourself with it. I invite you to research "country food" from the North, especially from either Dene territory or Inuit territory, as food prices are incredibly high; navigating food sovereignty and maintaining traditional food practices is especially important in Northern communities.
  2. Submit your answers to the google form provided. Be sure to describe the food and include how it's prepared if you can. Your answer will earn you a spot in the year-end giveaway.

Hint: use these resources to help you get started:

Country Food (Inuit Food) in Canada

The High Cost of Food In Nunavut Should Shock all Canadians

Submission form:

Rural Student Leadership Award

The Rural Student Leadership Awards are presented to students and residents in good academic standing who have demonstrated a sustained interest in rural medicine. Find more information about application/nomination requirements here. Cash prizes of $250 will be awarded to the two student winners each year. 

Submit your application/nomination to  

Deadline for submission: January 31st each year. 

Entrant must be a member of the SRPC

Find all the details on the SRPC Award Page.

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Rural Research Poster Presentation

Each year, a rural research poster session is hosted at the SRPC's Rural & Remote Conference. Poster proposals must include a clear research purpose, objective, methodology, summary of the research results and conclusion. We will judge the posters on rural relevance, research methodology, impact, clarity of presentation and your ability to answer questions regarding your research. Posters are restricted to a width of 4 feet and a height of 3 feet.

SRPC Students will have the opportunity of being awarded the best student research poster. The winner of best research poster will win the equivalent of $500 credited towards attending the conference.


  • The entrant must be a member of the SRPC
  • The deadline for submission is December 31st each year.
  • Format: Microsoft Word
  • Please submit your proposal to

Medical Student Essay Contest

Each year, the SRPC Nomination and Awards Committee hosts a rural essay contest for medical residents. Students are asked to submit a self-reflection from their elective in rural medicine. 

The winners will win the equivalent of $500 (students) credited towards the cost of attending the SRPC's Annual Rural and Remote Medicine Course, and the essays will be considered for publication in the (CJRM) Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine.

    • The entrant must be a member of the SRPC.  
    • Length: 500 - 1000 words
    • Deadline for submission: December 31st each year.
    • The contest opens on September 1st each year.
    • Submit your essay to:

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