My name is Liang Chen, and I am running to be your MSS Executive President! Mon nom est Liang Chen, et j’aimerais être votre Président Exécutif du MSS!
For the past year, I have been actively involved in the MSS as the VP Global Health Jr., co-chairing the MSS Global Health Committee. From participating in the executive council, general council, GH standing committee, CFMS Annual General Meeting, IFMSA Mid-Term Meeting, and more, I have gained extensive insight into the workings of the MSS and its relation to the student body and internal/external organizations. These experiences will help me steer the MSS towards furthering its commitments to student engagement, visibility, and support.
The mission of the MSS is to represent the student body, foster community, coordinate student groups, and disseminate relevant information. Over the past few years, the work accomplished by the MSS has had broad positive impact on the student community, and with this forward momentum the MSS is now positioned to take on even greater challenges for the future. This year the MSS took incredible initiative towards reaching out to student groups and obtaining feedback on the needs of the student body, and from this data, the MSS has developed the Strategic Plan 2017-2020 and Focus Group Notes. With the help of these insightful resources and from my own interactions with all four cohorts and student groups, I have strategized how to tackle the main concerns facing Med1/2/3/4, standing committees, and clubs.
My vision for the upcoming year centers upon furthering initiatives in Engagement, Visibility, and Support. In the following sections of my platform, I will draw out my goals on how to continue making the MSS more representative and relevant for you.
I welcome any suggestions, comments, or questions that you may have about my platform, and encourage you to reach out to me in person, on my campaign page, or through any other means of communication.
Students have many engagement opportunities within the MSS, whether it’s through clubs, committees, councils, or grassroots projects. However, with so many innovative initiatives available, navigating to find the one best suited for you can be a difficult task. Additionally, there is an opening to facilitate more effective communication between groups to foster more potential productive collaborations. For the MSS to most effectively serve all of you, more occasions for discussion and feedback are essential.
The following plans are aimed at engaging the student body.
- Continue to cement the standardization of recruitment for standing committees + clubs at set dates to centralize and clarify student engagement opportunities (Fall/Winter)
- Round table discussions with M1/2/3/4 Class Presidents to facilitate communication and collaboration between cohorts
- Expand focus group sessions to twice a year for cohorts, committees, and clubs to quickly target areas for improvement
- Systematize and quantify student feedback directed to the faculty to provide stronger advocacy
- Further develop Chez Meredith to build community within and between all cohorts
The visibility of the MSS is an important factor in its successful functioning, and to adequately meet the needs of student groups and cohorts, clear consistent communication and constant feedback is key. Additionally, a strong understanding of the role of the MSS in your medical education is critical in knowing how to benefit from the opportunities and resources provided.
The following items aim to enhance the MSS’ visibility.
- Continue propagating the move towards the McGill MSS website (aka TheThrill) as our primary centralized communication and organization tool. Further enhance visibility of student groups and available resources through this stage. Continue expanding the calendar to encompass all MSS relevant events. Establish an FAQ organized by cohort, to explain questions that are commonly discussed in each respective year.
- Increased reporting from the MSS and affiliated student groups. MSS Video reports to update progress of Vice Presidents and disseminate relevant information. Publicized council meeting notes to enhance transparency. Standing Committee updates to explain ongoing initiatives.
- Further consolidate email communication to decrease redundant emails, clarify communication purpose, and increase relevant content.
One of the most important mandates of the MSS is to provide support for the MSS student body, and that comes in many forms ranging from student spaces to academic resources to peer networks. The MSS currently supplies many resources to support students’ medical education and wellness, and I plan to continue expanding this to encompass existing needs.
The following goals aim to increase support for students.
- Support for student spaces: Continue pursuing extended hours for the McGill Life Sciences Library. Install student lockers available in McIntyre. Survey the student body on repurposing the 5th floor computer room to meet current needs. Incorporation of medical training tools in the Annex (laparoscopic trainer, suturing model, etc.).
- Increase student resources: Establish effective skills workshops for CaRMS interview prep. Partner with apps centered on wellness (Meditation, Fitness, Diet, etc.). Continue to centralize academic resources on TheThrill to increase accessibility.
- Student peer network: Expand the Buddy program for Med2s transitioning into clerkship, and for Med3’s transitioning into electives and CaRMS. Create a McGill residency network to help guide residency decisions.
If you’ve reached here that means you’ve read to the end (or quickly scrolled down). In either case, thank you so much for reading my platform!
If you have any questions, comments, suggestions about my platform please don’t hesitate to talk to me in person, send me a message, or post on my campaign page.