SMSS Executive Position Candidates
Vice President Finance
I am Sunny Lu, and I would like to be your VP of Finance. I have always been interested in the logistical and financial side of things. Not to say I dream about doing taxes, but there is certainly a warm and fuzzy feeling when I see numbers add up. That is why I am currently the Treasurer for 3 different student groups.
In terms numerical and analytical competency, I completed my undergrad in Physics and was awarded the title of “Most Outstanding Graduate in Physics”. I enjoyed physics so much, that I volunteered my time to teach and tutor physics for free, as part of the Peer Assisted Learning Program. Some of you may even remember coming to my sessions. For the past 3 years, I have been keeping up with financial news and partook in stocks and options trading. I now help manage my family’s portfolio, which has seen modest and above market returns. As such, I am confident in my ability to fulfill the roles of VP of Finance.
Of course, that is not to say there won’t be new and unique challenges to face in the role of VP of Finance. With every new role, there comes new challenges and learning opportunities. My internship experience at the Canadian Light Source has taught me this much. Over the 16-month period as “Accelerator Operation and Development Intern”, I learned 2 new programing languages, wrote my first program with real world applications, built the Quantum Materials Spectroscopy Undulator, and learned to operate the 2.9 billion volt synchrotron. Hard work, organization, and good communication were the skills that I found to be most helpful in overcoming new challenges. And I promise to maintain the same fervor and dedication in my role as your VP of Finance, as I have during my internship.
My goal is to be that of a “Team Maker”, by taking care of the miscellaneous backend stuff so that others can achieve their visions/ideas easier. Should you elect me, here is what you can expect:
And good ol’ Fairness
If these things sound appealing to you, vote Sunny Lu.
Vice President Communications
“My name is Javeria Muhammadzai and I am applying for the position of VP Communications for the SMSS. This position is like the SMSS mom: the VP gets to remind all of its SMSS children about events, ensures everyone is present for meetings and then maintains order when these meetings are underway. I am applying for this position because I am confident I would do a very good job of executing its duties. During my academic career thus far, I have been involved in various co-curricular and extracurricular activities in various capacities.
During high school, I was on the executive team for the yearbook committee, responsible for compilation and publication of the annual yearbook for the graduating class. I was also the editor for the Literary Society, and my responsibilities included updating the school website to highlight events that had occurred on campus, and the publication and dissemination of monthly newsletters for the school.
During my undergraduate years, I discovered my love for volunteering, and I spent a significant portion of my time with organizations such as Ronald McDonald House, Global Gathering Place and SWITCH clinic. In each one of these volunteer commitments, I communicated with different subsets of the population ranging from sick children and their families, immigrants and refugees to Canada as well as those who are systematically marginalized in our society.
Through all of these responsibilities and more, I have developed skills for effective communication and collaboration. I enjoy forming and maintaining relationships with my peers that go beyond small talk. Those who know me well would testify that my humor and honesty make for a supportive working environment.
Upon entering medical school, I used the first term to acclimatize myself to this new environment and get into the rhythm of things. I found my group of supportive close friends and proved myself academically, while being involved in volunteering at an old people’s home, fundraising activities for the Charity Date Night, and becoming part of the upcoming Global Health Conference organizing team. Now, I am in a good place to challenge myself and take on a more involved role in the SMSS. Through this role, I want to understand the needs and preferences of the student body for effective and timely communication that keeps everyone in the loop. It would be an honor for me to serve the student body in this capacity, and I hope to win your votes to make this possible. Thank you!”
Thank you for all your hard work!
The Position: The VP of Communications is a unique position that entails the effective communication of important information in the most efficient manner. It involves the management of communication that occurs between different councils and organizations at the College of Medicine and beyond. Another responsibility that comes along with this position is the circulation of information via social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. But the majority of the information is shared via the SMSS website which serves as the main source of communication with our students and faculty outside social media. Maintenance of the website is a significant task that is expected of this position, as it helps ensure that periodic updates are made in order to reflect the most recent changes that directly concern our student body.
My Experiences: All the above-mentioned tasks and responsibilities require an individual with excellent communication skills and that is exactly what I bring to the table. My past experiences predominantly come from the research positions that I held during my undergraduate degree. The most relevant experience to this position is when I was a member of an interdisciplinary research team that was supervised by faculty from the College of Medicine and the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition. During my time as a research assistant, I was responsible for relaying results to my research team as well as to faculty from the two different colleges. This position made me a better interprofessional collaborator and allowed me to develop my summarization skills, something this is extremely appreciated when information is warranted in a timely manner. Seeing the overlap in responsibilities from my previous experiences, I felt compelled to run for the position of VP Communications.
My Philosophy: I am a firm believer in open and transparent communication and believe that the student body deserves no less. With multiple organizations as well as rapidly emerging policy changes, as VP Communications I will take responsibility to condense and present the relevant information via accessible mediums to ensure that you as students are fully informed about the events around you.
I wish I had interned at Apple under their current VP Communications to impress you, but that opportunity never came. However, given this opportunity, I believe that my transparent communication skills, dedicated work ethic, and a keen interest in promoting an informed medical student body make me a VP Communications candidate worthy of your consideration.
I believe that the role of VP Communications has the potential to dramatically enhance our quality of education and life as medical students. It has the promise of transforming the way we connect with the world and transforming the way the world connects with us. I would like to be your next VP Communications because I have a vision for the role that I would like to share with you.
First, I would like to increase transparency between the SMSS Executive, the UGME, and students. The SMSS website has a wonderful ‘News’ tab that can be used to publish updates important to us as medical students. I seek to write multiple newsletters each semester to ensure that everyone is kept in the loop on information that may affect them and their education. An example of this news would be the recent changes to elective application policies.
Secondly, I would like to increase our social media presence. As the medical students of this province, we can have a powerful voice. With help from other executives, I would like to use social media as a platform for this voice. Specifically, I hope to further highlight and publicize the achievements of our medical school and brilliant classmates. I would like us to be proactive and engage in scientific publications and reports relevant to our curriculum. For example, the SMSS Twitter account has over 550 followers and a lot of potential as a networking tool. Our image can improve by connecting with other healthcare groups and institutions, and we as students will benefit both now and in the future, particularly during CaRMS season.
Lastly, I will do my best to represent our interests as medical students here at the U of S. I will collaborate with executives and students to better understand pertinent concerns and opinions. I will aim to be as accessible as possible. (Most importantly, I will do my best to secure as much free food as possible for everyone.)
I believe that I have the background experience necessary to fulfill these promises, in addition to navigating the regular duties of the role. Before starting medical school, I accumulated experience with social media and website design. I previously helped create a website for a non-profit similar in size to the SMSS. I also used to manage a Facebook page with over 10K followers, and I currently manage a page with over 3K followers. Do not tell the IT department, but the laptop I use to run Examplify was given to me by Microsoft many years ago for creating apps for the Windows Store.
Thank you for reading my statement. I hope to serve you as best I can.
Vice President Academic
My name is Lucas King, & I’m running for VP Academic. This past year, I have been a part of the Academic Division, the Year 1 Sub-Committee, the Wellness Committee, attended a curriculum retreat in December, & met with numerous instructors, course directors, & module directors to discuss course & curricular changes. Through these experiences I have developed strong working relationships within the CoM faculty & the UGME, which will be instrumental to my success in this position. Below I have listed a few select areas of interest & relevant experiences.
Areas of Personal Interest
* Student Wellness: I believe that student wellness needs to be one our main priorities. As both the 1st year Class Rep & Wellness Rep I have had valuable experience working with the Wellness Committee, the UGME, Dr. Nair, & others that will aid me in continuing to have a positive impact on student wellness through future curricular changes.
* Communication & Inclusion: I want to see more inclusion of those in clerkship & anyone located at a site outside of Saskatoon. I would like to make sure that all students feel they have been listened to & benefited from SMSS initiatives. As a Regina based student, & past 1st year class rep, I will be able to better understand the concerns of students in Regina & the incoming Class of 2023. Additionally, I would like to work more closely with clerkship students to make sure that their needs are being met & they are being well-represented within the SMSS.
* SMSS Policy: In order to have lasting changes, it is important to implement sound policy & create structure for our future colleagues. Recently, I have been involved in an initiative within the Saskatchewan Weightlifting Association to revamp our policies & procedures manual to increase transparency & structure going forward. This experience will be invaluable when it comes to working effectively with the rest of the SMSS executive to continue making policy & constitution changes.
* 1st Year Class Rep for the Class of 2022 (Current)
* Saskatoon Wellness Task Force Rep (Current)
* Secretary for the Exercise Interest Group (Current)
* Board Member of the Saskatchewan Weightlifting Association a Provincial Sport Governing Body under Sask Sport (Currently serving my 2nd 2-year term)
* 4 years as a member of the Kinesiology & Health Studies Student Society at the U of R (3 years as a part of the executive in various roles, 2013-2015 & 2016-2018)
* Yearbook Director & Executive Member of the Students’ Council at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (2016)
* Founder & President of the Diagnosis Club at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (2015-2016)
Hello! My name is Nathan Baron and I want to represent your interests as the next VP Academic. I am the most qualified candidate for this position because of my experiences, most recently as a member of the SCRC. Since the beginning of medical school, I have been involved with the SCRC, sitting as a student representative for the Curriculum Committee and the Program Evaluation Committee. On these committees, I have been involved in representing the student position on issues such as the electives cap policy, foundations exam times, course objective changes, student course evaluation feedback, and more. In December, I attended the curriculum committee planning retreat where we discussed the best direction to take the curriculum, and I tried to provide ideas that aligned with the issues and suggestions brought up by classmates. Currently, I am helping lead a project aimed at improving interprofessional learning opportunities at our school by connecting with other medical schools. Previously, I’ve attended academic conferences and been the representative for my colleagues on national issues of graduate education, and I spent several years working as a teaching assistant in university.
In addition to my experience and demonstrated interest in academic issues, I believe I have the right skills to be successful as VP Academic. I have the work ethic and attention to detail required to be a successful leader and advocate. I am organized and enjoy collaborating with people to find innovative solutions to challenging problems. These skills will help me represent your concerns in meetings with the Curriculum Committee, Faculty Council, nationally with the CFMS, and more.
As an example of how I look for novel solutions, I would like to work with the PGME Committee, in concurrence with our president, to establish clearer guidelines for how to be successful as an applicant under the new elections cap policy. With regards to other academic issues, I support the shift away from NBME exams during clerkship in favour of more relevant Canadian national exams. I will advocate for these exact issues when I attend the upcoming CFMS-SGM.
Most of all, I want to listen to concerns that you have about anything school related! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me as I would love to discuss these ideas further, address any questions, or speak further about my credentials. You can e-mail me at email@example.com, message me on Facebook, or come talk to me in person!
Other Relevant Experience:
President, Vice President, Past President, Secretary, and Director of Internal Affairs – Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honours Society, Campion College
Chief Financial Officer – Psychology Students Association
Associate Departmental Representative – Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science
Board of Directors, Finance Committee – Saskatchewan Team Handball Federation