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Enjoy a change of pace and learn evidence-based transformative skills!

Throughout the year, a series of workshops will be offered to medical students at the Faculty of Medicine.  Typically, these workshops will last 45 minutes and will take place during the lunch period. 

We aim to offer these workshops at times that do not conflict with other scheduled or pre-planned training or events in order to maximize and encourage full student participation.  Some workshops might require pre-registration, but alerts and updates regarding this will be communicated to you through email, twitter and this website. 

Please click below on the various series of workshops to get more details on each one and for scheduled dates and times of when these workshops will take place. 


Career Series

Getting to know yourself and exploring your career choices!

Throughout the four years of medical school, we will help you examine your options, assess yourself (strengths, preferences, goals, values) and strategize about career options that are best suited for you.

The Student Affairs Office will offer several workshops throughout the year, based on the AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges’) Careers in MedicineÓ program. We invite you to visit this site often to consult the workshop schedule in the calendar (insert link to calendar) section.

Please note that our workshops are currently tailored to years 1 and 2. The Faculty of Medicine offers other career-related activities and workshops for years 3 and 4, such as: CaRMS information session, Career conference, introduction to electives/selectives, Review of CaRMS and Match Process, Residency Application: Interview Skills/CV/Personal Letter, etc.


  • This workshop is tailored for first year students and is built to introduce the CiM program.  It will set the tone for future career planning activities within the school/student’s four years of study.  It will get students to start thinking about the career planning process, what it entails, and the decisions they will be making while in medical school.  It will also convey the importance of the specialty and residency decision-making process in addition to providing resources for career planning to students. 
  • WHEN AND WHO? This workshop will be held during the first semester for first year medical students. 


  • This workshop is tailored for first year students and introduces the concept of self-assessment and its importance in the career planning process.  It will help students understand the value of investing time in making well-informed career decisions, starting with a thorough self-assessment.  Students will be encouraged to access the various resources and tools found on the CiM website tailored to exploring values and interests. An interactive exercise during this workshop will help students begin the self-assessment process.
  • WHEN AND WHO? This workshop will be held during the second semester for first year medical students. 


  • This workshop is tailored for second year students and reinforces the importance of conducting thorough self-assessments.  It will introduce the concept of career exploration and will explain how knowing yourself is related to career exploration and the ability to narrow down specialty possibilities.  This workshop will provide resources for conducting exploration activities and it will encourage students to narrow down their options to a couple of specialties to consider for further exploration. 
  • WHEN AND WHO? This workshop will be held during the first semester for second year medical students. 


  • This workshop is tailored for second year students and is designed to introduce more in-depth career exploration techniques and resources.  It will also encourage students to continue gathering information on specialty choice through personal contacts and from information obtained during clerkships. 
  • WHEN AND WHO?  This workshop will be held during the second semester for second year medical students. 

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Wellness Series

Looking at the various facets of wellness and how to incorporate them in your lives!

Our series of wellness workshops look at different strategies and ways to help students deal with stress and anxiety.  A variety of tools and techniques will be explored to offer students a fuller spectrum of options to help them deal with everyday stressors. 

Wellness 1


This mini-workshop will help identify “problem situations” and the distortions and feelings that arise during these situations.  Those feelings and distortions will be extracted and a set of complex skills in assertive communication for interpersonal effectiveness will be explored. 
Wellness 2 This mini-workshop will look at how slower and deeper breathing can help reduce stress and anxiety.  An interactive exercise will help put to practice these breathing techniques.
Wellness 3
This mini-workshop will explore the benefits of journaling and writing for various stressors and situations that may arise in one’s life.  There will be an opportunity to practice journaling during the workshop. 
Wellness 4 This mini-workshop will focus on an ancient tradition of self-massage and will help you put into practice this helpful de-stressing exercise.
Wellness 5 This mini-workshop will focus on narrative medicine - a model for empathy, reflection, profession and trust.

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Self-Exploration Series

Putting the pieces together: knowledge and application.  Gaining additional skills and knowledge on a variety of topics!

The self-exploration series of workshops are designed to complement the wellness series.  That said, they will cover more specific topics such as anxiety and depression and will also cover topics that are of interest to the student population (i.e. Substance abuse, domestic violence, how to help a friend in need, more on eating disorders, etc).  This series will look to students to help determine what topics would be of interest and appropriate to offer throughout the year. 

Look for our polls on this website where we’ll ask students to provide feedback on what topics they would be interested in for this series of workshops.  When possible, external speakers will be invited to discuss and explore these topics further.

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