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The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic greatly altered normalcy with respect to daily life across the globe, and medical education was not spared, though the leadership and dedicated teachers across the School of Medicine at McGill moved swiftly to find alternative means of providing valuable learning opportunities for students. McGill medical student Jad Abi-Rafeh and McGill resident Dr. Tyler Safran, decided to, first, look at the impact on medical education from the student’s perspective, publishing a commentary on the topic in CMEJ, and subsequently collaborate on to develop a series of virtual lectures intended for students. The two recently took some time to speak with us and answer some questions about the various initiatives they have been leading over the past months, and the impact these have had.
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Dr. Julian Willett, a PhD student in Qualitative Life Sciences shares his experience this past summer using 3D printing to produce PPE for frontline health care workers battling the coronavirus pandemic.
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Recognizing the racial inequities that exist in the care of patients with blood cancers or blood-based diseases, a team of medical and dental students at McGill University decided to take action, founding the McGill chapter of Swab The World.
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The first cohort of trainees from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre will complete a novel training program in Clinical and Regulatory Affairs next month. Called the CRA Experience, the program is designed to help them develop the skills and expertise to transition into a variety of clinical and regulatory career paths in the life science sector.
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What was this new virus that seemed to target the elderly? How do we protect ourselves and our loved ones? This was the tenor of the questions from fearful and anxious callers to the Montreal Centre for Health and Care (Refuah V’chesed) COVID-19 hotline. It was late March, early April, and Montrealers realized the novel coronavirus was not contained in far-away places like in Wuhan, China and northern Italy. The team at the clinic on Avenue du Parc established a COVID-19 helpline to respond to the crisis within the community and had recruited 19 McGill medical students to help.
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At both the societal and individual levels, food insecurity has become an important and concerning issue, among the litany of consequences of the havoc wreaked around the globe by the COVID-19 pandemic. With local food banks and shelters struggling to keep up with an increased demand, a group of McGill Medical students have launched the Meet the Need Montreal initiative, with the goal of raising funds and collecting other goods to support local organizations with whom they have partnered.
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To help alleviate some of the burden of working and homeschooling for health professionals with school-aged kids, a group of McGill medical students have formed a group offering to help with the children’s education for a few hours per week through virtual tutoring, known as the Teletutor Outreach initiative. 
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As a teenager Vincent Brissette saw several friends make poor decisions that led them down a dark path. This taught him firsthand a lesson in the importance of having strong support systems in one’s life. Acting as a resource for his friends during the time also instilled in Vincent a desire to give back to other youth facing similar issues.  Over the past year,  Vincent, now a second-year medical student at McGill University, has been volunteering with Head & Hands, a Montreal-based organization that has been working to promote physical and mental health for at-risk youth in the city since 1970.
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Women’s shelters and organizations in Montreal are important pillars in the city, providing support, services and shelter to women and children experiencing homelessness and domestic violence. With the social distancing directives brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, families are forced to stay home together, leading some authorities to anticipate an escalation in domestic violence due to the combined stressors of the pandemic and accompanying economic hardship. Enter Helping Hands, a McGill medical student-led initiative founded three years ago by Minuoja Chandramohan and Daniel Kaufman, that aims to help women from disadvantaged backgrounds by providing them a form of primary prevention through a feminine hygiene kit.
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Since its launch in March, the whohascoronavirus.com website has amassed more than 200,000 views from visitors in over 100 countries. Developed in large part in response to the lack of information and Canadian tracking available when the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Quebec in late February, the site is the brainchild of third-year McGill medical students Kacper Niburski and Yibin Dang.
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