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collectively committed to supporting students interested in rural and remote medicine. 

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   Residency information sessions

Applying for residency and interested in programs with rural sites? Check out the following upcoming residency sessions! For more information visit the National Web Calendar of Events!

    Jan 25, 3:15-4pm (EST), UBC, Family Medicine - Nanaimo 

    Jan 26, 6-7pm (EST), McMaster, Family Medicine - Town Hall, Q&A with Current Residents 

      Jan 26, 6:30-7:30pm (EST), MUN, Family Medicine - Eastern Stream

        Jan 26, 8-9pm (EST), University of Manitoba, Family Medicine - Bilingual program

          Jan 26, 8-9pm (EST), University of Saskatchewan, Family Medicine - North Battleford, Prince Albert, and La Ronge

          Jan 26, 8:30-9:30pm (EST), University of Alberta, Family Medicine - Story Sharing Session 

          Jan 27, 6-7pm (EST), University of Calgary, Rural Family Medicine, Virtual Social

          Jan 27, 7-8pm (EST), UBC, Family Medicine, Rural Fort St John Site Info and Q&A Session

          Student Committee Co-Chairs

          Mary Freymond, MSc

          MD Candidate, Class of 2021

          Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

          Avery Palmer, BSc
          MD Candidate/Candidat MD
          Class of 2022/Promotion 2022
          University of Ottawa/Université d'Ottawa

          Rural Photo Contest for SRPC Students

          Details here
          Photo Contest

          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.

          Avery loves being in nature, cooking and talking to her classmates about how incredible rural communities are! She grew up in Nakusp, BC and has always had a passion for rural medicine. You will commonly find her outdoors running, cycling, camping and hiking!

          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



          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: Gemma Percival (2021)

          • Dalhousie: Sina Sedighi (2023)
          • Manitoba: Corli Barnes (2022)
          • McMaster: Elisabeth Fortier (2022)
          • McGill: Patrick Mooney (2021)
          • MUN: Emma Barlow (2021)
          • NOSM: Erika Lau (2022)
          • Ottawa: Marie-Ève Dufour (2021)
          • Queens: Jehan Irfan (2024)
          • Saskatchewan: Lauren Klammer (2023)
          • Western: Courtney Fleming (2023)
          • Toronto: Muskaan Sachdeva (2022)
          • Western: Courtney Fleming (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

            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 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. 

            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. Unfortunately, this year's Rural and Remote course was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 29th Annual Rural and Remote medicine course will take place April 22-24th, 2021.

            Since we were not able to see you at Rural & Remote 2020, we put together some slideshows for the presentations we planned on delivering! We know things will be pretty different for folks applying for electives and CaRMS this year, but 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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            Rural Electives Photo Contest

            It's no secret that one of the many benefits of rural medicine is the ability to experience the beautiful rural and remote parts of Canada. Share a cool picture of rural Canada for a 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 else you can think of! Please remember to always maintain patient confidentiality and receive consent from anyone featured in your photograph. 

            Submit photos via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. We look forward to seeing your submission soon!

            Submission deadline: January 31st, 2021

            Photo Contest



            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. 

            Submit your application/nomination to

            Deadline for submission: January 31st each year. 

            Entrant must be a member of the SRPC.  Find more information on this contest here.

            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 nonfiction 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 a $500 Cash Prize.

            Length: 500 - 1000 words. Contest opens September 1st each year. 

            Deadline for submission: December 31st each year.

            Print the #SRPC2021 Essay contest flyer here

            Submit your essay to:

            Entrant must be a member of the SRPC.  Find more information on this contest here.

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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, 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 $500 cash prize.

            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:

            Print the #SRPC2021 Research Poster flyer here

            Entrant must be a member of the SRPC. Find more information on this contest here

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