Students at the College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan will now have access to short-term assistance to support medical students and residents who have experienced unanticipated financial hardship as a direct result of COVID-19 [facing unexpected financial crises due to COVID-19] thanks to the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) Foundation.
“We appreciate this vital support from the CMA Foundation, which will help ease the financial burden for our students,” said Dr. Kent Stobart, vice-dean, education. “These are extraordinary times and the bursary will allow students and residents to focus on their studies and their educational goals.”
This funding is intended to provide support for learners facing challenges such as job loss, access to housing, food, tuition, mental health services, transportation, and more, in the context of COVID-19. The CMA Foundation wants to ensure that the basic needs of medical learners are covered, so they can focus on their studies and overall wellbeing.
“COVID-19 has been a disruptor to our health care system. But we need to make sure that it doesn’t disrupt medical careers that will serve generations to come,” said Allison Seymour, CMAF President. “Our hope is that these funds can provide relief for students as they prepare for the upcoming school year in our new normal.”
The CMA Foundation COVID-19 Support for Medical Learners Bursary was announced in April 2020 and will be available to students for the 2020-21 academic year.