Canadian Medical Association

For over 20 years, the CMA has handed out these colourful backpacks during medical student orientations. As a first-year Canadian medical student, you’ll receive a backpack that’s recognizable on campus by your colleagues across Canada and abroad — with a new colour for each new school year. Our goal is to unite the medical profession at an early age and create a sense of community among medical students. 

CMA backpack timeline

Choose the CMA backpack colour

In 2017, for the first time ever, a group of medical students representing each university joined The Secret Society of Backpacks and chose the 2018 backpack colour. Last year, we opened it up to the entire 2018 cohort of students and they chose the 2019 backpack colour. 

Check out the 2019 backpack reveal video from the University of Calgary!

2020 Backpack — now, it’s your turn! Are you a first-year medical student who recently received a backpack? Share a photo of your new CMA backpack on Instagram or Twitter using #MyCMABackpack to receive your personal link to vote on next year’s colour! 

*If your channel is private, please direct message your photo to us to receive your link to vote.

CMA backpack warranty

High Sierra bags are warranted to the original owner against defects in materials or workmanship under normal recreational use. If a warranted product fails due to a material or manufacturing defect, we will repair the product at our discretion. This warranty covers only defects in materials and workmanship. It does not cover normal wear and tear, accidents, normal fading, abuse, negligence and misuse or airline damage. Please email to inquire if you’re eligible for repairs.

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