Medical Students

Canadians Physicians for Life is committed to supporting pro-life medical students who represent the next generation of medical practitioners in Canada. Canadian Physicians for Life connects medical students with the broader pro-life medical community and offers ongoing formation and support on today’s pressing bioethical issues.

We offer a range of opportunities and support, from teaching how to respond when issues like abortion or euthanasia are raised, to providing ongoing education and training on how to address these issues in clinical practice, to offering emergency support to students and doctors who may face ethical challenges.

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Our Programs Include

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National Conference

Our national conference is our premier event. Each conference features Canadian and international experts as well as opportunities to connect with doctors and medical students from across the country. Held each fall, generous sponsorship opportunities are provided for medical students and residents to attend the conference.

Mentoring Program

At Canadian Physicians for Life we believe that a pro-life physician is first and foremost an excellent physician. Our goal with the mentorship program is to help you grow to be the absolute best version of yourself, both professionally and personally.

The mentoring program has these four elements for you to access.

A mentor for one-on-one discussions about your professional and personal goals. With your physician mentor you will set goals in your professional and personal life so that you can achieve excellence in your work, have a spirit of service and be at the forefront of innovation in your chosen area of practice.

A monthly personal/professional development handout based on the seven CanMEDS roles. These CanMEDS roles identify core competencies identified by The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as essential for the development of physicians. We have broken the CanMEDS roles into more specific virtues that underlie these core competencies.

A resource bank of physicians who are willing to take on medical students for rotations during their electives. When you are planning your electives, you can consult this list to determine if there are physicians in your area of practice whom you might wish to complete a placement with. We will facilitate an introduction and you can take it from there.

A subscription to the Optimal Work program. A core part of your mentoring sessions will be to focus on best practices and work on refining your application of these best practices to your professional life. The Optimal Work program, developed by psychiatrist Dr. Kevin Majeres of Harvard Medical School, gives you tools to help develop this focus. We have partnered with Optimal Work to provide this resource to you.

To apply for the mentoring program: Click Here.

if you have more questions about the program, reach out to Sophie McGuire, our program lead, for more information. Contact Sophie at sophie@physiciansforlife.ca

Emergency Assistance

The Crisis Line is available to students and physicians who require legal support or advice on dealing with the media and institutional politics, or who face difficult ethical circumstances.

Learning Platform

We have developed resources on bioethics, abortion, euthanasia, palliative care on our Learning Platform. Our annual conferences and other articles and videos are also hosted here.

Local Events and Webinars

Other events occur across Canada, featuring doctors and other experts in the field. Such events offer expert commentary and advice as well as opportunities for networking and mentoring. These events are advertised through our email lists. Please sign up to our email list to ensure that you are notified of events in your area. Financial support is also available to enable students to attend events.

We frequently host webinars either targetted to meet student needs or of general interest, which students are invited to join.

Vital Bylines
Ongoing updates and commentary on current events facing the medical community are provided on our website and through our bi-monthly Vital Bylines email updates. Sign up online.

“Before even starting medicine, I was very worried about current trends towards a ‘culture of death’ within medicine where procedures like abortion and euthanasia are celebrated as triumphs of modern medical ethics over ‘antiquted’ Hippocratic’ medicine.
I struggled with finding resources for the pro-life side of the discussion as well as a substantial community of like-minded professionals.
Enter Canadian Physicians for Life. It was exactly what I was looking for.”

University of Alberta Medical Student