Who’s Who in the Canadian Medical Education System?

Associations and Organizations


Student and Resident Associations

Throughout this tool, the term “student” refers to people engaged in Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree studies, also referred to as medical school, medical studies, or undergraduate medical education (UGME). “Resident” and “trainee” are used interchangeably to describe those engaged in residency, also referred to as post-MD education or postgraduate medical education (PGME). The term “training” refers to this aspect of becoming a physician, as well. “Learner” is used as a collective term to reflect both students and residents, while “trainee” is used more exclusively to describe residents.

Student and resident associations serve as the voice of learners throughout their educational journey. They defend learners’ interests at all levels of the political sphere, organize activities to enhance their learning, keep them informed about issues of interest and importance, and strive to reduce their expenses by negotiating rebates. They are learners working for learners.


Student Affairs Offices

Student affairs offices from Canada’s 17 medical schools collaborate to address various issues that have a direct impact on learners. Examples include policies and practices related to such topics as dress code, wellness, electives advising, student disabilities, technical standards, essential skills, advising for the Canadian Resident Matching Service, unmatched graduating students, mistreatment of learners, immunizations, and professionalism.