President's Welcome

Welcome to the U of T med! My name is Shima Shakory, and I'm happily serving as your Medical Society President this year. 


What are your main responsibilities as President? 

  1. Overseeing the Vice President portfolios: I work closely with the Vice Presidents. We bounce ideas off each other, we set goals, and we work together to make things happen.
  2. Representing students to faculty, staff and external organizations: I sit on a variety of boards for different faculty groups. For example, the Board of Examiners handles cases of academic and/or professional misconduct. The Medical Alumni Association keeps students and alumni forever connected. I sit on these and other boards to advocate for students, and to provide the student point of view. 
  3. Communicating and directing: Lots of people contact me with their concerns, comments or questions; I can either help them myself or direct them to the most appropriate resource. So please feel free to contact me with absolutely anything!

What are the primary goals/objectives that the Executive Council hopes to accomplish this year?

Our mission statement for this year is to give students the best student experience possible, and to represent them as best we can. 

The main goal that spans all the portfolios is to be accessible. We want students to know who we are, to stop us in the halls, and to contact us whenever necessary. We need to keep an open dialogue with our peers to be able to represent them. It’s only through communication that we know what topics we should be advocating for and what activities we should be planning.

Aside from accessibility, we are in the planning process of some exciting new initiatives around careers, mental health and advocacy. For example, we have added a new MSAP Careers position, and we are in the process of organizing our first ever career fair!

What are some resources that students should know that the Executive Council provides?

The Council does a lot. We work closely with everything going on in the school.

The Medical Society is the Executive Council that represents the entire medical school – that’s all 1,036 medical students at U of T. On that council, we have the President (myself), the Vice-Presidents, and the Class Council Co-Presidents. While the VPs oversee their respective portfolios, class council co-presidents specifically represent their respective graduating classes.


Here are a few examples:

  • Interested in creating a new club? Get in touch with our VP Internal Affairs.
  • Have a concern about the curriculum? Be sure to speak with our VP Education.
  • Are you interested in programs out in the community? VP Community Affairs is oversees our 26 community clubs.
  • Do you want to advocate a political position to an external organization? Reach out to VP External Affairs.
  • Having an issue that affects students in your particular year? Contact your Class Co-Presidents.

If it’s not us directly running something, we are at least affiliated with whoever is. The staff, faculty and external organizations work really hard to provide students with resources. Feel free to reach out to me, and I will connect them with the right people!