The Confederation of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology Students (CLAMPS) is the annually elected student council of the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. CLAMPS seeks to provide assistance to M.Sc. or Ph.D. students within the department in matters pertaining to the university, academia, research, and establishing social events.
Since the department encompasses students from diverse geographies (Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center, Women’s College Hospital, University Health Network (Ontario Cancer Institute, Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto Rehab, Princess Margaret Hospital), the Hospital for Sick Children, Mount Sinai Hospital, St. Michael’s Hospital, Medical Science Building, Canadian Blood Services building), and research backgrounds (Cellular and Molecular Pathology, Clinical Biochemistry, Medical Microbiology), CLAMPS endeavors to organize various informational and social venues that will help bring members of the department together throughout the year. These include both academic events (Annual Graduate Student Research Day; Special Seminar sessions) and social events (annual BBQ, socials, sports, and excursions). Each of these environments aspire to ultimately increase student participation in the department, while fostering friendships and contacts.
While CLAMPS will remain fiscally responsible each year, it will also try to organize and subsidize as many academic and social events as possible in achieving its goal of increasing student spirit and participation in the department.