As president of the 2019 Alberta Medical Students’ Conference and Retreat (AMSCAR), planning over the last year has taken an immense amount of time, energy and collaboration. With my incredibly passionate team, I was honored to bring together over 250 medical students on the weekend of January 18-20 in beautiful Banff, Alberta, for the 15th annual AMSCAR. We also hosted over 30 sponsor organizations, including the AMA, without whom the event would not be possible.
Each year AMSCAR provides a great opportunity for medical students to meet and mingle with their future colleagues from across the province. AMSCAR 2019 participants engaged in a number of sessions centered on clinical skills, artistic activities, financial management, and personal and professional development. These sessions are designed to promote skills necessary to lead healthier lives as medical professionals and provide education addressing unique challenges faced as future physicians. The event was an informative and memorable experience and even included time for hikes through beautiful Banff and the surrounding area.