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CFMS celebrates physicians who are contributing to a safe and supportive learning environment for medical students across Canada.

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – April 26, 2022 – The Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) is pleased to announce its annual Culture Changers Campaign on National Physician’s Day. May 1st is celebrated as National Physician’s Day to express profound gratitude towards physicians for their relentless dedication to the health of Canadians.

CFMS also marks this day by recognizing the exemplary conduct of staff and resident physicians who have made a lasting and positive impact on medical students’ learning experience. In this campaign, medical students are given the opportunity to nominate “Culture Changers” – those resident and staff physicians who have made positive contributions to the culture of medical education. On May 1st, we celebrate the efforts of these physicians by publicizing their accolades over social media.

This year, CFMS received 123 nominations from medical students in acknowledgment of the “Culture Changers”. CFMS has partnered with the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada to help create a larger impact on the culture of medical education through the Culture Changers Campaign.

“As we celebrate our third year of the Culture Changers Campaign, we would like to acknowledge the impact of positive role models on medical students’ throughout their training. This culture of safety and mentorship fostered by medical students, preceptors, and administrative staff have helped learners reach their full potential as students and will become the foundation for training the next generation of nurturing and compassionate physicians. The CFMS team would like to thank the incredible work of the Student Mistreatment Task Force and Co-Chairs Terra Morel and Parmeet Kahlon for championing this work.”

— Alex Young Soo Lee (Director of Student Affairs, CFMS)

The Canadian Federation of Medical Students is the national voice of Canadian Medical Students. We connect, support and represent our membership as they learn to serve patients and society. The CFMS represents over 8 000 medical students from fifteen Canadian medical student societies from coast to coast.


Founded in 1943, the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) represents Canada’s 17 faculties of medicine and is the voice of academic medicine in this country. Our member faculties graduate over 2 ,700 MDs per year; teach over 11,500 undergraduate medical students; train over 15,000 postgraduate trainees; employ nearly 48,000 full and part-time faculty members and undertake over 3 billion dollars of biomedical and health care research annually.

For more information:

Annie Barrette
Manager, Government and Media Relations
The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada

Parmeet Kahlon
CFMS Student Mistreatment Taskforce Co-Chair
MD Candidate | 2023
Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine