About the Global Health Program
The CFMS Global Health Program (GHP) was developed over the last 14 years in response to a growing need for coordinated programming and collaboration focused specifically on global health. The program is based on the following principles:
Vision: Recognizing that its members, as future physicians, are uniquely and strategically placed to promote the values of health equity and social responsibility, the CFMS-GHP will strive to empower students with all the tools they may need to grow as global health leaders and global citizens.
Mission: In the spirit of responsible and sensitive global collaboration, we will facilitate ethical global health education, advocacy, action and experiences through coordinated national programming.
The GHP is composed of a diverse team of student leaders from across the country:
- VP Global Health (VP GH): Responsible for guiding and coordinating GHP activities. Also sits on the CFMS Executive Board.
- National Officers (NOs): Provide specific services and/or representation on behalf of Canadian medical students.
- National Exchange Officers (NEOs)
- National Officer of Reproductive and Sexual Health (NORSH)
- National Officer of Partnership (NOP)
- National Officer of Human Rights and Peace (NORP)
- National Officer of Global Health Education (NOGHE)
- National Officer of Indigenous Health (NOIH)
- Global Health Liaisons (GHLs): 1-2 students at each member university who act as the official link between the GHP and students at their medical school.
- Global Health Advocates (GHAs): 1-2 students at each member university who carry out local and national advocacy initiatives around a chosen theme for the year.
- Local Exchange Officers (LEOs): 1-2 students at each member university who work specifically on coordinating CFMS international clinical and research exchange programs.
Local Officer of Reproductive and Sexual Health (LORSHs): 1-2 students at each member university who carry out educational and advocacy initiatives around the theme of reproductive and sexual health.
- Local Officer of Global Health Education (LOGHEs): 1-2 students at each member university who work on educating their peers about global health.
- Local Officer of Indigenous Health (LOIHs): 1-2 students at each member university who carry out educational and advocacy initiatives around the theme of Aboriginal health.
"I am heartened to know that students in the CFMS Global Health Program are our partners in the fight for health equity and social justice. You promote global health education, sexual and reproductive health, Indigenous health, and global health advocacy in Canada and around the world. Thank you for your commitment and solidarity, and thank you for being my retirement plan."
- Dr. Paul Farmer, Co-Founder of Partners In Health (PIH), and Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General for Community-based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti