Be Part of NGIG
What is NGIG?
NGIG is the National Geriatrics Interest Group, a centralized student-led group started by medical students with the goal of bringing together individual GIGs and creating Canada-wide education initiatives in the field of aging.
Our mandate focuses on providing guidance to students across the country who are setting up or running their own GIG groups, including advice and support for events, assistance with funding opportunities, and information dissemination (via the CGS student website). The NGIG also has an active role in the Canadian Geriatrics Society (CGS) by taking part in the Education committee of the CGS, addressing student issues, and helping with curriculum reviews.
The NGIG creates a student-led presence that helps raise the profile of Geriatrics in the academic community, facilitates partnership and communication between the health care programs across Canada, and offers support to students interested in the field of aging and health issues of older adults.
Want to know more? read National Geriatrics Interest Group (NGIG): A Student-driven Initiative, by Katrin Dolganova (published in UTMJ, Volume 88(1), 2010).
Want to contribute? Check out the NGIG Publication, where students can submit articles and learn more abou geriatrics.
If your school has a GIG and would like to be involved in NGIG, or if you'd like to be a part of the NGIG executive, please contact the NGIG VP Communications (external). To see if your school is represented at NGIG, click here.
If you're interested in starting a GIG at your school, please visit the Start Your Own! section of the website.
Membership of the NGIG Executive for 2012/2013:
1) President - Catherine Cheng (Ottawa)
3) VP Education
4) VP Events
5) VP Finance - Amanda Halpin (Saskatchewan)
6) VP Communications (internal) - Emily Yeung (NOSM)
7) VP Communications (external) - Carolyn Wong-Ranasinghe (Calgary)
8) VP Media & Technology - Belinda Fung (Western)
9) VP Research & Knowledge Translation - Peng You (Queen's)
10) NGIG Conference Chair - Patrick Ong (Toronto)
11) Editor-in-Chief of NGIG publications - Wilson Kwong (Queen's)
GIGs represented at NGIG:
Dalhousie University: Joanne Reid (Chair)
Queen's University: Katrin Dolganova (Chair)
McMaster University: Alexandrea Peel (Chair)
University of Manitoba: Sara Hosseini (Geriatrics Rep, Internal Medicine Interest Group)
University of Ottawa: Jordache McLeod
University of Saskatchewan: Laura Sims (Co-Chair)
University of Calgary: John Lam (President)
University of Alberta: Kimberly McRae
University of British Columbia: Alyson Wong & Clara Westwell-Roper (Co-Chairs)
Northern Ontario School of Medicine: Emily Yeung (Chair)
Founding Chair/Advisor: Magda Lenartowicz (University of Saskatchewan)
Past Chairs/Advisors: Ayaz Kurji (Queen's University), Allison Mitchell (University of Saskatchewan)
Medical schools not yet represented at NGIG: Memorial University, University de Montreal, University de Sherbrooke, Universite Laval, McGill University
* If your school has a GIG (not listed here) and would like to be listed on the CGS student website and be involved with NGIG, please email the NGIG VP Communications (external).