First GM of Fall 2013

MEDLIFE McGill had its first general meeting of this school year on September 19th. Weren’t able to make it? Fear not! We’ve got a summary of what was discussed.

General Information

What is MEDLIFE? The acronym stands for Medicine, Education, Development for Low Income Families Everywhere. The organization was founded in 2005 in Ecuador, and now has expanded to Peru, Tanzania, and India. The McGill chapter was started 5 years ago, and we were voted the best MEDLIFE chapter for 2011-2012. All funds raise through our chapter go to the MEDLIFE fund, which goes towards projects worldwide.

Fundraising: We just finished our first fundraiser, the 5K RED Run, last weekend and we’ve got lots more events headed your way!

MEDtalks: Started last spring, MEDtalks is lecture series given by McGill professors and Montreal community members, focused on various aspects on international development. It strives to create a forum to facilitate discussions and share ideas about how to ensure that sustainability and education remain a priority while volunteering opportunities continue to grow. Our first seminar will be happening in late October/early November.

Mobile Clinics: We will be offering one-week mobile clinics during the winter break, spring break, and summer. Find out more here, and check back in October for December trip information!

Dev Corps: Dev Corps is a new initiative that allows student to oversee an entire development project from start to finish. We will be offering trips two times this year. More information here.

Volunteer Opportunities

Fundraising Committee: Applications for the fundraising committee has closed for Fall 2013 – check back in January for any openings. We’re always looking for volunteers to help out at our events! Add yourself to our listserv to be notified of any opportunities.

PR Committee: Unfortunately, applications for the PR committee has also closed for Fall 2013 – please check back in January!

Tutorials Committee: Tutorials is our largest fundraising initiative at McGill. Committee members will organize the tutorials with professors and executive members, and also help promote them to students. If you’re interested in joining the committee, please fill out an application! Or, if you’re interested in tutoring a class, contact Dan or Pinkal at

MEDtalks Committee: Interested in international development initiatives? We are looking for people to join our committee and help with contacting professors and Montreal community members to speak at our lecture series. Please contact Minnie at for more information.

Sponsorship Committee: Currently, there are no open positions for Fall 2013 – check back in January!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email us at!

Committee Applications are Open!

Want to get involved in MEDLIFE McGill? Of course you do. We have a number of committees that do incredibly important work for our club and for the larger organization as well. To learn more about all of our available opportunities and get more information about how to apply, click here!

Exec Positions – Now Open!

MEDLIFE McGill Executive Positions for the 2013-2014 Academic Year

MEDLIFE is a non-profit, student organization that aims to provide Medicine, Education, and Development to rural areas of Ecuador and Peru. As a chapter, we fundraise for the building of clinics, schools, and other development projects, as well as organize our own mobile clinics to Ecuador and Peru to provide medical services with trained professionals.

Applications are now closed – all applicants will be notified in the next few days. Thank you all for your thoughtful applications!

Having attended or planning to attend a Mobile Clinic is strongly recommended for all applicants.

First GM of the Winter 2013 Semester: Summary

The Basics

Development Corps: This is a brand-new initiative being planned right here at MEDLIFE McGill!  During our mobile clinic trips, students usually get an opportunity to help build something for the community – a development project.  Our hope is to expand on that project and give students interested in the development side of MEDLIFE’s mission a chance to first use whatever knowledge they have to plan a project, and then get their hands dirty while they build it in Ecuador or Peru!  We’re planning this with the hope that we’ll get our first Development Corps brigade down to South American this summer.  This kind of hands-on experience will be invaluable for anyone interested in development, especially for engineering students.

Fundraising: We have so many fundraising projects coming up!

    1. We’re planning a trivia night at Gert’s this Friday! Entry will be by donation, and we’re offering a free pitcher for the winners of every round! Bring your friends, and together you might have an unbeatable knowledge base.
    2. We’ll be promoting our Development Corps project at McConnell on February 4th, either selling samosas or candy while also distributing information on our trip.
    3. We’ll be back at Gert’s for one last hurrah before March break starts up!  Friday, March 1st we’ll be holding a themed Gert’s night – and we could really use some theme suggestions, by the way, so inbox any and all to
    4. We’re hoping to do a club night soon – potentially take over Tokyo for a Thursday night.

MEDx Talks: MEDx Talks sprung from a TEDx talk given by Daniela Papi where she explains what is wrong with volunteer tourism and what can be done to help fix it. She (and we) believes that a lot of good can come from structured discussions before a foreign aid experience.  In that spirit, we’d like to start up a series of 10 – 20 minute talks, given by a mix of students and professors, focused on the various aspects of international development.

Trips: We are, of course, very excited for our March clinic to Esmeraldas!  For the first time, we’re going to offer some Spanish prep classes to prepare our clinic participants.  Register now!

Opportunities to volunteer

Development Corps: We need people not only who want to go on our trip, but also people to help us plan our project before the trip, and to help spread the word so people who might be interested about it can learn about it! If any of these things sound interesting, let us know!

Fundraising: We need some volunteers!  We may need some volunteers at our trivia night, for our tabling in McConnell on February 4th, and for our Gert’s night on March 1st.  Let us know via e-mail if you are available and interested!

MEDx Talks: There will be an information request form available soon for those who want to help set the talks up, and also a speaker application form for those who want to share their knowledge!

Tutorials: If you know a subject like the back of your hand and want to use your academic talents for good, think about becoming one of our tutors!  Contact Alan and Dan at, or think about swinging by to meet our current tutors at Bar des Arts in the Arts Lounge this Thursday.

PR Committee: If you’re interested in getting some PR experience, shoot Sameer an e-mail at

Any ideas?  Let us know!

Future GMs

We’re hoping to have our GMs every other week in room B-29 in SSMU, but always check our website (here!) and our listserv (sign up if you haven’t already!) for the most updated information.