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James Mattina – Medical Student's Society

James Mattina

Hi! My name is James Mattina, and I’m running for MSS VP External Affairs Canada, the liaison between the MSS and the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS).

I was the VP External for the neuroscience department during my undergrad, connecting neuroscience students to the broader Faculty of Science. Now, I want to apply the skillset I acquired in that role on the larger scale, connecting McGill medical students to other medical school societies across Canada.

The role of the VP External Affairs Canada is also to inform medical students about the CFMS and the benefits of already being a member – from flight/hotel discounts during electives and interviews, to CaRMS preparation and financial advice. CFMS special projects expand upon advocacy, education, global health and wellness initiatives (for more info, visit !)

Below, I have listed several goals and new ideas for the VP External Affairs Canada position and the MSS:


  • Due to the success of the caffeinate a resident program, I would be interested in communicating with the Faculty of Medicine Alumni Association to pair students to attendings across the country who match their interests, to discuss their career, lifestyle and pathway in medicine.


  • The caffeinate a resident program this year was a *stimulating* experience that I would continue next year. Medical students were matched up with residents over coffee to get ideas about electives, life in residency and career path.


  • The post-match talks provide some helpful information about electives, research and extracurricular choices, but it can be difficult to organize them all into your schedule and remember all the details. Consolidating all the post-match talks into an online “post-match survival guide” that can be made available to the student body would be a valuable resource for students. This would involve coordinating with the VP Internal and collaboration with interest groups.


  • The VP External Affairs Canada works closely with the Government Affairs and Advocacy Committee to increase student awareness and involvement in health policy decisions and represent MSS positions to the CFMS. I would work alongside this committee to help organize panel discussions and debates on current health policy issues.


  • Medical students who have just matched have fresh information about the interview process, electives and their locations. Coordinating a buddy program between recently-matched students and those entering clerkship with a career path in mind would be helpful for choosing electives and preparing for the CaRMS tour – sort of like a one-on-one post-match talk.

For more information about my campaign, ask me in person or visit the Facebook page!