Welcome to the Canadian Undergraduate Conference on Healthcare
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The Canadian Undergraduate Conference on Healthcare (CUCOH) is a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to engage in seminars, debates, and workshops about the Canadian healthcare system. Being the largest student-run conference at Queen’s and of its kind in the country, CUCOH brings inspirational speakers and hands-on workshops to over 375 students each year. Perspectives on the ever changing field of healthcare are shared and students are molded into the leaders of the future.
This year, the 11th annual conference will be held at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario from November 13th-15th, 2015. Students from coast to coast in all programs and faculties will unite to discuss our theme this year, “Partners in Progress.” To us, this really speaks to the interdisciplinary aspect of healthcare in that it truly takes a team of professionals with diverse backgrounds to provide comprehensive knowledge for one another. Additionally, it is with this breadth of information that we can continue to inspire and innovate one another in improving and advancing the healthcare system as it is today to provide for the better tomorrow. We cannot express our excitement in preparing to host another unforgettable conference this year!
On behalf of the entire CUCOH 2015 Team, we look forward to meeting you at CUCOH 2015,
Vivienne Hsu and Jennifer Williams
CUCOH 2015 Co-Chairs
"...PARTICULAR ATTENTION WILL BE PAID TO DEVELOPING AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE INTELLECTUAL AND POLITICAL CLIMATES OF THE HEALTHCARE ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH TOMORROW'S PROFESSIONALS WILL BE WORKING."
WHAT'S OUR MISSION?
- Present a cohesive overview of the current state of Canadian healthcare and explore specific areas of future change, especially those relevant over the ten years.
- Increase the exchange of knowledge between professionals and students from across Canada by facilitating interdisciplinary discussions and debates.
- Encourage student research (at the undergraduate and graduate level) in the sciences through a poster and an oral competition.
- Present a broad perspective of the Canadian medical sector by introducing a range of topics that highlights the diversity of health-related professions.
- Initiate a well-informed and proactive generation of leaders by providing early involvement in diverse health- related professions which will better shape the future of Canadian healthcare
SPEAKERS FOR CUCOH 2015 ARE STILL BEING SELECTED. A FULL SCHEDULE WILL BE RELEASED SOON.
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When and where is CUCOH 2015?
This year, the 10th annual conference will be held at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario from November 13th - 15th. The main conference events are held in Biosciences Complex (116 Barrie Street), with additional social events held elsewhere on or near campus. Clear directions and maps will be provided.
Who is allowed to attend CUCOH?
CUCOH is open to any and all undergraduate students who are interested in learning about Canadian healthcare. There is no selection process or preferences for programs of study, only deadlines by which interested students must register and pay to attend the conference.
Could you briefly describe a typical weekend at CUCOH?
The bulk of the conference will take place on Saturday and Sunday, with check-in and a meet-and-greet occurring on the Friday. Saturday and Sunday are jam-packed with keynote speakers, seminars, case challenges, an information fair, and workshops. Light continental breakfast and lunch are served on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday night also hosts an evening social atwhich dinner is served and a keynote speaker presents, while Sunday boasts our Research and Initiatives competitions and award ceremonies.
What if I am only available to attend one day of CUCOH?
It is possible to attend select days or speakers/seminars. Varying ticket prices are TBA this fall in time for registration.
Who can I go to for help if I am not a student at Queen’s University?
You can refer to http://www.cucoh.com/ambassadors to contact the CUCOH 2015 External Ambassador(s) for your university. External Ambassadors are responsible for marketing and promoting CUCOH to students from their university. They also work on sponsorship and fundraising to reduce fees associated with travel, hotels, and the conference registration.
If there is no one representing CUCOH at your school, contact our External Relations Coordinators at email@example.com
Registration and Fees
How do I register to become a delegate at CUCOH?
Registration takes place online. Interested students will enter a series of personal information, their first and second preferences for conference events (seminars, workshops, case challenges, etc), and make their payment for the conference. There will also be an option to pay an additional fee to cover your accommodation at the Holiday Inn and to enter your roommate preferences.
It is best to register early since activity preferences and hotel requests are filled on a first-come, first-served basis!!!
When does registration open and close?
Registration will open in mid-September (dates to be confirmed) and will close approximately one week before the conference. The timeline should be similar to last year’s conference. However the exact dates for registration are yet to be officially determined.
Registration opened: TBA
Early bird registration: TBA
Registration closed: TBA
What is the price for registration and what does the registration fee include?
There will be varying prices depending on how early one registers for the conference. However at the moment, official prices for the conference are TBA.
Note: The prices will include attendance to seminars, workshops, the Friday night social, the Saturday evening dinner, and light continental breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday.
Am I guaranteed my choice of events?
No. While we do our best to fulfill everyone's first preferences for seminars and other activities, spaces are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. This means that those who register earlier are more likely to get their first choices.
Are there additional costs I should anticipate?
If you are from outside Kingston, you will have to find your own accommodation. During the registration process, there is an option to pay an additional fee for a room at the Holiday Inn. You can either book through here or on your own.
In addition, you are responsible for arranging transportation to Kingston. Depending on how you arrive, you may also need to pay for taxis or parking.
Accommodation and Transportation
Do I need to book my own accommodation for the weekend?
Yes, because the registration fee does not include accommodation. During the registration process, there will be an option to pay an additional fee for us to book you a spot at the Holiday Inn and to enter any roommate preferences you may have. If you decide against this, it is up to you to find your own accommodation.
If you are a student from outside of Queen’s University, we highly recommend getting in touch with your university’s External Ambassador (seewww.cucoh.com/ambassadors) since they may be organizing accommodation for delegates from your school on their own. Alternatively, they may simply direct you back to the CUCOH website to book a room through us.
How can I get to Kingston, Ontario?
Kingston, Ontario is accessible by car, bus, train, and airplane. The Kingston Bus Station is located at 1175 John Counter Boulevard. Coach Canada and Megabus operate busses to Kingston from Brockville, Cornwall, Kirkland, Montreal, Scarborough Town Centre, Toronto, and Whitby. Greyhound Bus Lines also provides two to three departures and arrivals for people coming from Ottawa.
The Kingston Train Station is located at 1800 John Counter Boulevard. Via Rail provides connections to Kingston from Aldershot, Belleville, Brockville, Charny, Dorval, Kitchener, London, Montreal, Niagara Falls, Oakville, Ottawa, Quebec, Sarnia, Stratford, Toronto and Windsor.
Norman Rogers Airport (YGK) is located at 1114 Len Birchall Way. There are 9 daily commercial departures and arrivals to and from Toronto Pearson Airport (YYZ).
Is food included? What about if I have any allergies or food restrictions?
Hors d’oeuvres will be served at the Friday night social, where you may also check-in for the conference and pick up your Delegate Badge and Package. Light continental breakfast and lunch will be provided on Saturday, November 14th and Sunday, November 15th. Saturday evening’s social will also serve dinner.
If you have any allergies or food restrictions, there will be an option to indicate these during the online registration process. We will do our best to accommodate all of your nutritional needs.
Is it possible to walk everywhere I need to go in Kingston?
Kingston is a very walkable city. Queen’s University happens to be located within a 10 to 15 minute walk of the downtown core. Most hotels, including the Holiday Inn, are located by the waterfront in the downtown area. It is a 15-20 minute walk to get from there to Biosciences Complex, where the bulk of conference events will be held. You can also call a taxi in advance or on the morning of if you are worried about timing, are the type to sleep in, or are afraid of navigating the city. The ride should take from 5 to 8 minutes.
When you arrive to Kingston, you will likely need to take a taxi to your hotel/accommodation since the Bus Station, Train Station, and Airport are all located relatively far from the downtown/university area.