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What do Student Advocates do?

Student Advocates are here to lend an ear. When you feel like you’ve been mistreated, it’s hard to figure out the next step alone. Advocates are a confidential resource, here to support you and guide you through the process—whether you chose to report or not.

Meet the Student Advocates:

Dr. Deirdre Jenkins


“Whatever you need to talk about stays between us until you decide to proceed to the next step. We are here to listen.”

Why do you like working with med students?

I have always enjoyed working with medical students because they remind me ,through their energy and compassion, about all the reasons I originally decided to go into medicine. I really value those relationships and view teaching and learning as a privilege.

What do you feel most grateful for?

My health. Full stop.

Tell us about your ideal day?

My ideal day, if I could have it would include: sitting in the sun with my dog, playing tennis, and embracing my family in whatever chaos we find ourselves in.

Dr. Reg Sauve


“We’re here so let’s talk it over”

Why do you like working with med students?

I have always enjoyed working with med students both here in Calgary and through some international work I have done in India, Thailand and Africa. Not surprisingly, I always find them smart and devoted people regardless of where I have worked with them. One of my daughters graduated from med school at U of C and I loved being involved in that way too – especially listening to her experiences, evolving insights etc. When I am expecting a difficult or hectic day at work, I try to walk by the bank of class photos near the bookstore and I smile when I see her photo.

What do you feel most grateful for?

Early on I might have said I was most grateful for being a Pediatrician and a bit later it would have been for having my family and the good life we enjoyed. Now, while I still enjoy my family, I am most grateful that I still have interesting and meaningful work to do and hands down, the peak thing I am grateful for is my two amazing grandsons – Marc and Niko!

Tell us about your ideal day?

It is spent with both friends and family, it probably includes great food and wine and it is mainly out of doors, perhaps in the mountains or exploring a new area during a travel adventure

If you are not comfortable submitting your concern to a SAM or do not think a SAM is the right medium for your concern, please feel free to contact the Associate Dean of UME or the Student Professionalism Committee anonymously using the following links:

Contact the Student Advocates

Choose where your form will go
Your contact information: use N/A for anonymous
Not comfortable meeting with a SAM? You can also submit an anonymous incident above.

The Student Advocate for Mistreatment:

  • Listens to your concerns
  • Discusses your concerns and helps clarify the most important issues to you
  • Helps identify and evaluate with respect to reporting, or not reporting, mistreatment incidents
  • Gathers and discovers information pertinent to your case. Explains CSM procedures for dealing with reported mistreatment incidents
  • If desired by the student, can serve as a neutral party to help resolve conflicts with the involved parties, by using mediation and other conflict resolution strategies if needed
  • Facilitates conversations among parties
  • Can refer you for counselling, within CSM (student affairs) or external to CSM (e.g. PFSP)
  • Tabulates (with all identifying information removed) a yearly “report card” of activities

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