Society of Rural Physicians of Canada


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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Student Committee Co-Chairs

Jasmine Waslowski
University of Toronto, Class of 2020

Mary Freymond
University of Toronto , Class of 2021

Fall Rural Photo Contest.

Details here
Student Photo Contest 

Deadline for submission is
November 30, 24:00 PST. 

Jasmine is a lover of community, sustainability, and everything nature. Nowadays, you’d find her cycling to the Credit Valley hospital (Mississauga), cooking vegan treats, and advertising rural medicine to everyone at UofT!

Mary grew up in Bancroft, ON and is passionate about nutrition, exercise and rural medicine. Her goal is to increase student awareness and interest in rural medicine. Mary absolutely loves being outside snowboarding, biking, camping, fishing and training for her next marathon.

Congratulations to Tristan, a fourth year medical student from University of Toronto, for winning our 2019 fall photo contest!
This beautiful picture was taken during an elective in Smithers, BC.

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

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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 of about 20 students includes 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

  • Julia Kuzyk - Communications Chair - Alberta - 2020

  • Deanna Fernandes - Communications committee - Alberta - 2020

  • Connor Lengkeek - Communications committee (social media) - Alberta - 2021

  • Catherine Palme - School Liaison - Alberta - 2022

  • Emma Pillsworth - Outreach Commitee Co-chair - Calgary - 2020

  • Deanna Funk - School Liaison - Calgary - 2020

  • Meaghan Ryan - Outreach Committee - Calgary - 2020

  • Caroline Sheppard - Rural Specialists Committee Rep - Calgary - 2020

  • Sina Sedighi - School liason - Dalhousie - 2023

  • Cael Enns - Residency & Electives Catalogue - Manitoba - 2020

  • Corli Barnes - School Liaison - Manitoba - 2022

  • Nathalie MacKinnon - School Liaison and R&R Rep - McGill - 2020

  • Ashley Gerber - School Liaison - McGill - 2020

  • Jodie Hooker - School Liaison - McMaster - 2020

  • Delia Dragomir - Communications (Social media) - McMaster - 2020

  • Chris Arsenault - Researh Rep - McMaster - 2020

  • Sara Hicks - School Liaison, Residency/Electives Catalogue - MUN - 2020

  • Patricia Howse - Communications (Multimedia) - MUN - 2020

  • Dakotah Janes - Maternal and Newborn Care Committee rep - MUN - 2021

  • Emma Barlow - Communications (Website) - MUN - 2021

  • Andrew O'Dea - Awards & Recognition - MUN - 2020

  • Bethany Power - Indigenous Health rep - MUN - 2021

  • Niharika Shahi - Global Health Committee Rep - NOSM - 2020

  • Erika Lau - School Liaison - NOSM - 2022

  • Avery Palmer - R&R Committee Rep - Ottawa - 2022

  • Breton Burke - Outreach Committee - Ottawa - 2022

  • Marie-Ève Dufour - School Liaison - Ottawa - 2021

  • Michelle Lutsch - School Liaison - Queens - 2021

  • Danielle Robinson - R&E Chair - Queens - 2021

  • Anchaleena Mandal - R&E Member - Queens - 2023

  • Caitlyn Davidson - Outreach Committee - Saskatchewan - 2020

  • Lauren Klammer - School Liaison - Saskatchewan - 2023

  • Jasmine Waslowski - Co-Chair - Toronto - 2020

  • Mary Freymond - Co-Chair - Toronto - 2021

  • Muskaan Sachdeva - Outreach Committee Co-Chair - Toronto - 2022

  • Erik Friesen - School Liaison & Rural Research - Toronto - 2022

  • Ravi Parhar - Residency & Electives Catalogue - UBC - 2020

  • Ravi Parhar - School Liaison - UBC - 2020

  • Tommaso Romagnoli - Residency & Electives Catalogue - Western - 2021

  • Hannah Hopper - School Liaison - Western - 2022

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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Have an event you’d like added to the calendar?  Send us an email request


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 Residency Catalogue

No matter what point you are at in medical school, it is never too early to start thinking about residency!  With the number of rural options available throughout Canada, it can become overwhelming trying to learn about them all.

The Rural Residency Catalogue sub-committee of the SRPC student section has developed a catalogue of the sites for rural family medicine residency programs across Canada. The catalogue includes some demographic information for each city/town that hosts a rural residency program, and 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 in CaRMS. If there is a contradiction between information presented in the catalogue and that presented elsewhere by a program then the information from CaRMS or directly from the school should be taken as correct.

Our student members have worked hard to keep this document as up to date as possible, but the rural programs for Toronto have not been updated for the 2019 CaRMS cycle. Additionally, if you notice any errors in the catalogue, or if you have suggestions for how this document could be more helpful for students applying to rural residency programs in the future please let us know through our feedback link available at the end of the document.

Rural Residency Catalogue

Rural Electives Catalogue

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.

Rural Mentorship Program

Mentors can have an immense impact on your medical training.  We are currently rolling out a project that matches medical students with an interest in rural medicine with mentors working in a rural area.  Starting at Western University, we are hoping to eventually expand to more areas.

Rural Medicine Interest Group Toolkit

A large number of medical schools across Canada currently have Rural Medicine interest groups.  Part of the role of our committee is to facilitate connections between these groups. We are currently developing a toolkit for students to start up or expand a similar group at their school.

Student-focused events at the Rural & Remote Conference

At past Rural & Remote Conference we featured a student lunch that was open to all student to attendees.  We received positive feedback on this and are hoping to include more student-oriented events in future R&R conferences.  We hope to see you at the next Rural & Remote Conference in Halifax NS - stay tuned for the schedule of student events closer to the date!

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Rural Electives Photo Contest

What better way to see more of our beautiful country than through rural electives?  It’s no secret that this is one of the many benefits of travelling to learn in Canada’s rural and remote areas, so we want to hear about it!  Share a cool picture you took during a rural elective this semester for your chance to win a $25 gift card of your choice! The photo could be of the hospital or clinic that you worked at, some scenery you saw, an activity you participated in during your spare time there, or anything you can think of!  Just remember to always maintain patient confidentiality and receive consent from anyone featured in your photographs.

Submit photos via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.  Posts will be featured for all our submissions and winners are announced three times a year.  We look forward to seeing your submission soon!

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Medical Student Essay Contest

Each year, the SRPC Nomination and Awards Committee hosts a rural essay contest for medical students.  Students are instructed to submit a non-fiction essay with a rural elective theme. The winners’ essays will be considered for publication in the Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine.  The winner will also win the equivalent of $500 credited towards the cost of attending the annual Rural & Remote Conference.  Eligible costs may include registration, travel to and from the conference, as well as accommodations and social events.

Length: 500 - 1000 words

Deadline for submission: December 31st each year.
Contest opens September 1st each year.

Submit your essay to:

Entrant must be a member of the SRPC.  

Find more information on this contest here.


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, objectives, methodology, summary of the research results, and conclusion. Posters will be judged on rural relevance, research methodology, impact, clarity of presentation and ability to answer questions regarding your research.  The winner of best student research poster will win the equivalent of $500 credited towards attending the conference.

Size: Posters are restricted to a width of 4 feet and a height of 3 feet.

Deadline for submission: Yearly on January 7th.  Stay tuned for the contest open date each year.

Submit your proposal as a Microsoft Word or PDF document to:

Entrant must be a member of the SRPC

Find more information on this contest here

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