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Ontario Medical Student Weekend 2015

Hosted by Queen’s University School of Medicine, Kingston
Oct 30 – Nov 1, 2015

The Ontario Medical Student Weekend (OMSW) is the largest annual academic medical student conference in Canada. OMSW is a two-day conference inviting first year medical students from across all the medical schools in Ontario for an unforgettable experience. At OMSW, students will be able to meet and network with future colleagues, hear from some of today’s best leaders in health care, expand their procedural skills, and learn about this year’s theme: “Be Well to Do Well”.

Physician health and wellness is an important part of medical education and has increasingly become a topic of public discourse. This year, OMSW will give attendees a chance to hear from experts and colleagues in healthcare about how to take care of themselves in order to provide the best care for others. Students will be introduced to tools that enable them to become more resourceful in their self-management during medical school, and in their future careers.

For many years, OMSW has been a rite of passage for medical students. Upper year medical students are sure to recount the many memories and friends they made over the weekend. OMSW is sure to be a highlight of one's medical education!

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The Student Section of the Ontario Medical Association

The Ontario Medical Students Association (OMSA) is the dedicated student voice of the OMA. They represent the views and concerns of the over 3,000 Ontario medical students on a number of issues.

Over the past few years, OMSA has been very concerned about the decrease in medical school accessibility and the negative effects this will have on our healthcare system. Since 1998, OMSA has fought against tuition deregulation and has actively lobbied the provincial government to freeze tuition levels and increase government assistance to lower income students.

OMSA has appealed to their future colleagues as well. In 2000, the Ontario Medical Student Bursary Fund was established after executive members of OMSA recognized the need for more financial assistance programs. Students appealed to Council members of the Ontario Medical Association who responded by developing and contributing to this financial assistance program.

More recently, OMSA has also started working to make certain that all Ontario medical students are able to access postgraduate training positions in this province. While medical school enrolment has increased steadily in the last few years, residency positions have not kept pace. OMSA is committed to working toward ensuring that there are adequate postgraduate training positions in Ontario, and that these positions are appropriately distributed among the various disciplines so graduates are able to enter their disciplines of interest.

The Student Section of the OMA was officially founded during the Ontario Medical Association's AGM in May 1974 and started using the acronym "OMSA" in 2004. Students at each of the six Ontario medical schools (Western, McMaster, Toronto, Queens, Ottawa, and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine) elect two representatives to serve on the Student Section Executive for a two-year term. These representatives elect a Chair, Vice-Chair and Treasurer to serve for a one-year period.

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OMSA Executive Committee

University of Toronto
Ali Damji

Queen's University
Marianne Stroz

Information Officer and Treasurer
Queen's University
Alana Fleet

Director of Communications
University of Toronto
Samik Doshi

Director of Services
University of Ottawa
Christine Prudhoe

Director of Representation
Western University

Justin Cottrell

Director of Education
Western University
Tavis Apramian

OMSA External Representatives

McMaster University

Cameron Lam

Vivian Ng

Northern Ontario School of Medicine

Kristen Zahn

Talia Ryan

University of Ottawa

Jonathan Gravel 

Max Deschner

Queen’s University

Graham Skelhorne-Gross

Andrew Dawson

University of Toronto

Claudia Frankfurter

Sujen Saravanabavan

Western University

Justin Cottrell

Brandon Chau

Published on: 5/9/2010 9:35 AM
Printed on: 12/01/2015 12:36 AM
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