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Dr. Lemmie Odell Tan is a Psychiatry resident at McMaster University. Born and raised in Saskatchewan, he completed a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree at the University of Regina before receiving his medical degree from the University of Saskatchewan.
Throughout his medical education, Dr. Tan has developed a passion for learner advocacy and leadership. He gained valuable experience in these areas serving the Student Medical Society of Saskatchewan first as Vice President External and subsequently as Clerkship Class Representative and completed two terms on the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) Board of Directors. He has often provided the sole learner perspective on numerous academic and non-academic committees at the University of Saskatchewan and at McMaster University and has effectuated meaningful change for his peers: experiences that would greatly benefit the CMPA Council.
Dr. Tan would also bring a wealth of knowledge regarding not-for-profit finances and governance. As CFMS Vice President of Finance, he initiated and led the organization’s first zero-based budgeting process and created its first Finance Portfolio Strategic Plan. He was also a member of the CFMS Governance Committee and led the rewriting of the organization's By-laws leading to the standardization of the By-laws to be gender-neutral and the implementation of a new governance structure (dyad leadership model). His understanding of governance was furthered through his role as the inaugural CFMS Board Vice-Chair as he contributed to the orientation process for new CFMS volunteers. Dr. Tan continues to develop his financial acumen as a current member of the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) Finance and Audit Committee and his governance proficiency as a member of the CaRMS Board of Directors.
Dr. Tan fosters a deep interest in the medical-legal interface and is committed to peer professional development to ensure that all physicians, both residents and attendings, have the knowledge and tools needed to comfortably and efficiently provide safe patient care.
Canadian Resident Matching Service
Member, Finance and Audit Committee
Canadian Federation of Medical Students
Vice President of Finance, Board of Directors
Vice-Chair, Board of Directors
Member, Finance, Audit, and Human Resources Committee
Western Regional Representative, Board of Directors
Member, Governance Committee