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Death of a medical student | “We want a safe environment”

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Shaken by the death of a medical student, the Quebec Student Medical Federation demands a “change of culture” within the medical community.

Conditions must change to allow future physicians “the space and time to take care of [leur] health,” argued the Quebec Student Medical Federation (FMEQ), following the recent death of a fourth-year medical student at McGill University. “We want a safe environment where we can speak out loud and clear when we are at the end of our rope and need help, without fear of reprisal or judgment,” reads a letter posted on social networks. , Tuesday.

In order to honor the memory of the student, the FMEQ promises to “continue to work on the internship conditions file” in order to find “permanent solutions”. The student, the letter recalls, had campaigned for the improvement of study conditions in the faculties of medicine. “She had made student well-being her hobbyhorse,” writes the FMEQ.

In a post on Facebook, the group of Quebec Doctors for the Public Regime (MQRP) offered its condolences to the student’s relatives. ” [Elle] was an active member of MQRP and an activist with unshakable convictions, the message reads. We already miss her a lot. »

Joined by The Press, McGill University said it has informed members of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of the sad news. “We have encouraged our students affected by this sad event to get the help they need during this difficult time,” said Shirley Cardenas, Media Relations Officer.

If you need support, if you are having suicidal thoughts or if you are worried about someone close to you, call 1 866 APPELLE (1 866 277-3553). A suicide prevention worker is available for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Quebec physician assistance program can be reached by calling 1 800 387-4166 or 514 397-0888.

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