About the MedSoc

The Medical Society Executive Council is the elected governing body of The Medical Society, the undergraduate medical students. The Executive Council represents medical students to the Faculty of Medicine, Alumni, other faculties within the university, the medical profession, and the community at large. The Council organizes a wide variety of student events and is concerned with both academic and non-academic aspects of student life. The Executive Council is also actively involved in serving as a liaison between pre-clerkship and clerkship students and continues to foster a sense of community within the student body.

 

For more information, please see our University of Toronto Medical Society Constitution and our University of Toronto Medical Society By-laws. For specific meeting minutes, please click here.

 

President

The President is elected on the General Ballot of the Spring Elections for a one-year term. 

The Medical Society President works to direct the resources of the Executive Council and the Medical Society so that the best interests of the student body are always priority. The President serves as a liaison between the student body, the faculty, and the alumni, and any other individual organization as is necessary.

The President is a voting member of the Executive Council and is an official member of all committees of the society. S/He is a voting member of University of Toronto Medical Alumni Association Board of Directors. The current Medical Society President and the past President serve as the two student representatives to the Board of Examines. The current President is a voting member of the Board of Examiners. The President serves as a representative of the society on the Faculty Council, and meets monthly with Faculty at the Council of Presidents meeting. S/he acts as the official spokesperson for the Executive Council and the Society to the Faculty of Medicine or any other individual or organization as necessary.

 

Executive Administrator

The Executive Administrator is elected  in the Fall Election for a one-year term. The Executive Administrator's term of office runs until the fall of his/her second year when they become the Speaker of the Executive Council.

The Executive Administrator is voting member of the Executive Council. S/he is responsible for recording and filing the minutes of Executive Council meetings. S/he maintains and up-to-date email address list of all members of the Medical Society Executive and regularly updates the MedSoc web page with meeting minutes and a members contact list. The Executive Administrator also performs other duties as become necessary during his/her term of office.

 

Speaker of the Executive Council

The speaker is a one-year term that is automatically filled by the previous year's Executive Administrator.  

The speaker is a member of the non-voting member of the Executive Council. The speaker chairs all meetings in accordance with the Constitution of the Medical Society. The speaker is responsible for booking rooms for all Executive meetings and for informing members of meeting dates and times. The speaker maintains and updates the Medical Society Constitution. S/He acts as Chief Elections Officer in accordance with the Medical Society Constitution. The speaker also performs other duties when necessary as decided by the Executive Council during his/her period of office.

 

Vice President Communications

The Communications portfolio is largely responsible for disseminating key information to the student body on behalf of the Medical Society. This is primarily done through the TorontoMeds website.

The Communications portfolio consists of two co-VPs. Both VPs are voting members of the Executive Council.

The VP Communications is responsible for the maintenance of the TorontoMeds website, the official web site of the University of Toronto Medical Society. In addition to updating the site with current information that is made available to the student body, the VP is responsible for working with club directors to upload changes and new information for their personal websites as needed.

 

Vice President Community Affairs

The Community Affairs portfolio seeks to maintain a strong, positive relationship between the University of Toronto Medical Society and its neighboring communities. It provides opportunities for medical students to gain leadership and teaching experience through community projects and enables medical students to make a positive contribution to the community at large.

The Community Affairs portfolio consists of two co-VPs. Both VPs are voting members of the Executive Council.

The  VP Community Affairs are representatives on the Medical Society on Faculty Council. Both VPs are responsible for the management of our nine Community Affairs programs: Blood Drive Committee, Healthy Sexuality, Saturday Morning Program, St.Felix Mentoring Program, Community Outreach, Speaker Series, Let's Talk Science, Food Buddies, and Cuts for Cancer. The VPs aid the outgoing program directors in the selection of new directors, and meet with the directors of each program on a monthly basis. The VPs also organize new initiatives and evaluate the interest and viability of existing programs on a yearly basis. Finally, the VPs Community Affairs are responsible for communicating all events relating to their portfolio to the student body.

 

Vice President Education

The Curriculum Affairs portfolio seeks to communicate student concerns and opinions about curriculum to the Faculty and facilitates the process of change within undergraduate medical school curriculum.

The Curriculum Affairs portfolio consists of two co-VPs, both VPs are voting members of the Executive Council.

The VPs Curriculum serve as co-chairs of the Student Curriculum Evaluation Committee (SMEC) and serve as representatives of the Medical Society on the Faculty's Undergraduate Medical Education Curriculum Committee (UME-CC). The VPs Curriculum also serve as student representatives for the Medical Curriculum matters to the Faculty of Medicine and to the University of Toronto as a whole. The VPs Curriculum are also involved in the implementing of new curriculum initiatives and of new teaching awards. They are responsible for regular communication with the Associate Dean of Medicine in order to facilitate student-faculty cooperation and coordination of curriculum events. Finally, the VPs Curriculum prepare a year-end SCEC Final Report that summarizes curriculum developments during the year.

 

Vice President External Affairs

The external affairs portfolio represents the Medical Society to other medical schools and their societies, the medical profession and its organizations, organizations outside the Faculty of Medicine within the University of Toronto, and other external organizations as necessary. This portfolio serves a way of communicating medical undergraduate concerns to external organizations and allows the Society to inform undergraduate medical students of important events occurring in external organizations.

The VP External Portfolio consists of two co- Externals.

The VP Externals serve as representatives of the Medical Society on the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS), the Student Section of the Ontario Medical Association (SSOMA). They are actively involved at both the provincial and the national level in initiatives of these two organizations and are also responsible for keeping students up-to-date on issues that are brought up at such events. Finally, the VP Externals are also called upon to assist in other projects as decided upon by the Executive Council.

The VP Externals are voting members of the Executive Council.

 

Vice President Finance

The VP Finance Portfolio consists of two co-VP Finances.

The Vice Presidents Finance are responsible for Society finances. They maintain the accounts of the Society and all of its subsidiary organizations and work closely with the President to ensure that all Society regulations regarding finances (as outlined in the Medical Society Constitution) are met. An annual audit is prepared and submitted by the VP finances to the appropriate University of Toronto office prior to December 31st of each year. The VP finances also perform other duties while in office that are assigned by the Executive Council.

The Vice Presidents Finance, as with the other Vice Presidents each hold one vote on the Executive Council.

 

Vice President Global Health

The Vice Presidents Global Health shall: i) Represent the Medical Society to: a) other medical schools and their societies in matters of international health, particularly through international medical student organizations especially the IFMSA: b) external organizations concerned with international aid, health, and development at the local, national, and international level; ii) Coordinate information and awareness events within the Medical Faculty, along with the help of other Global Health groups; iii) Communicate and promote Global Health events, education, conferences, and local and overseas opportunities to the student body, faculty, and to other groups as appropriate; iv) Advocate to Medical Faculty and Administration for inclusion of global health education in the medical curriculum; v) Enact their duties as outlined in the Medical Society By-Laws.

The Vice Presidents Global Health shall hold their office for a two-year term (until September 30th of the second year following their election).

 

Vice President Internal Affairs - St. George

The Internal Affairs portfolio of the Medical Society encourages communication between medical students, the Medical Society, and the Faculty of Medicine.

The VPs Internal Affairs consists of two co-VPs. Both VPs are voting members of the Executive Council of the Medical Society. The VP Internal Affairs is a representative of the Medical Society on the Faculty Council, and Interdepartmental Faculty Council consisting of representatives from Doctor of Medicine, Medical Radiation Sciences, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech-Language Pathology. S/he is also a member of the Interprofessional Education Committee. The VP Internal Affairs is responsible for communicating the services offered by the Faculty and the Office of Student Affairs to the Medical Society and the student body. S/he is also manages the MedLife Committee which is jointly run by the Medical Society, the Office of Student Affairs, and the Medical Alumni Association. MedLife organizes events under several tracks: Career Exploration and Development, Community Fellowship, Diversity in Medicine, and Interprofessional Development. The VP Internal Affairs is also a representative of the Medical Society on the Management Committee of the Peer Support Centre.

S/he also organizes the medicine exhibit at the University of Toronto annual Health Fair, and is responsible for the general maintenance of the Alumni Lounge. S/he organizes the Academy challenges, in serving as representatives of the Peer Support Centre, and in communicating all Medical Society events to the student body and the Faculty.

 

Vice President Internal Affairs - Mississauga

The Vice Presidents Internal Affairs Mississauga shall: i) encourage and promote extracurricular programming within the Mississauga Academy the Faculty of Medicine; ii) act as stewards in maintaining MedSoc resources and programming on MAM campus buildings and MAM-affiliated hospitals (similar to the role of VP Internal Affairs - St. George); iii) sit on the Mississauga Academy of Medicine Committee.

The Vice Presidents Internal Affairs Mississauga shall hold their office for a two-year term (until September 30th of the second year following their election).

 

Vice President Interprofessional Education

The responsibilities of the Vice-President, Inter-professional Education are to be a voting member of the Medical Society Executive Council and to submit an oral monthly report at each Medical Society Executive Council Meeting. The Senior VP-IPE is responsible to liaise with representatives of the National Health Sciences Students’ Association (NaHSSA) as well as serve as a representative of the Society on the Executive Council of the Interprofessional Healthcare Students’ Association (IPHSA). The VP-IPE is also responsible to be a student representative of the Medical Society on the Interfaculty Curriculum Committee (IFCC), and the Office of IPE at University of Toronto. Lastly, the VP-IPE is responsible to ensure that the student body is well informed of national, provincial, and local inter-professional issues, including the IPE curriculum at the University of Toronto.

 

Vice President Publications

The Publications portfolio manages all official Publications of the Medical Society. These include The Essentials of Clinical Examination Handbook, The University of Toronto Medical Journal (UTMJ), The Droopy Lid, The Red Book, and The Medical Student Planner.

The VP Publications manages all existing publications and coordinates regularly with the directors of the three student journals published through out the year. S/He also coordinated with the Class Presidents and the Faculty for the production of the Red Book and the Student Planner. The VP Publications communicates regularly with the Medical Society publishing companies, advertising companies, and various other publications staff. S/he is also involved in the creating and launching of new publications.

 

Vice President Mississauga

The Vice Presidents Mississauga shall: i) Attend Mississauga Academy of Medicine-related meetings with the Faculty, including the Mississauga Academy Steering Committee (MASC); ii) co-chair the Mississauga Academy of Medicine Committee; iii) provide research and advice to the Society and student body regarding Mississauga Academy; iv) provide feedback and continuous monitoring of the videoconferencing system for lecture halls and meeting rooms to the Society and Faculty;

The Vice Presidents Mississauga shall hold their office for a two-year term (until September 30th of the second year following their election).

 

Class Presidents

The Class Presidents shall: i) Be responsible for representing the interests of students currently in their respective years; ii) Enact their duties as outlined in the Medical Society By-Laws as well as their respective Class Council Constitutions.

The Class Presidents shall hold their office for the duration determined by their respective Class Council Constitutions.