Medical Student Education Research Grant (MSERG)

Canada is a world leader in medical education scholarship, with achievements including problem-based learning (PBL), multiple mini-interviews (MMIs), and the first national licensure objective structured clinical examination (OSCE). Medical students are in a unique position to contribute to the medical education literature – our personal experiences with the training curricula can shed light on what works and what doesn’t, generating ideas and stimulating new research questions.

OMSA is excited to announce the winners of our annual Medical Student Education Research Grant (MSERG) program. These grants will provide the following 8 students with $5000 in financial support to conduct research projects in medical education. We received many high quality applications this year, and are excited to see what these students will accomplish. 

Katherina Baranova (Western)
Aatif Qureshi (Toronto)
Victoria McKinnon (McMaster)
Anna Liu (Ottawa)

OMSA/AMS Compassionate Care MSERG
Brittanie Labelle (NOSM)
Kat Butler (McMaster)
Sachin Pasricha (Queen's)
Vivian Tam (McMaster)

We'd like to thank the Associated Medical Services, OMA Insurance, MD Financial, and the Canadian Medical Association for their generous funding and support. Congratulations to all the recipients!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: If I am selected for the MSERG, how should the funds be used?
The MSERG is a student award. The money is yours to spend at your own discretion. You do not need to use it to support your research project, although you are free to do so. 

Q: I am a medical student at McMaster, which means that I don’t have protected time during the summer. Am I still eligible to apply?
Absolutely. Although most students will choose to apply with their summer project, any project is eligible, so long as the results will be available by September. 

Q: The project I am working on is not in undergraduate medicine. Are projects in postgraduate medicine or continuing professional development eligible for MSERG?
Yes. MSERG accepts projects in education for medical students, residents and fellows, and practicing physicians. 

Q: The project is not related to education per se, but the participants in the study are learners. Will I still be eligible to apply?
These projects will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis depending on impact on medical education. For example, a project surveying medical students’ opinions on opioid prescribing to determine if more education regarding this practice is required, would be eligible for MSERG.  

Q: Why and how are applications blinded?
MSERG applications are blinded to ensure judges do not look favorably upon the applications of their colleagues/friends/classmates etc. It is up to the applicant to ensure that the application is properly anonymized. However, The Director of Education will also go through all the applications and black out any identifiers that the applicant may have missed. 

Q: Who judges the applications?
MSERG applications are judged based on standardized marking criteria by three members of the OMSA Education Committee. These three members are asked to excuse themselves from judging a particular application if they are familiar with the project. 

Q: Would you want my research PI to submit their letter of support and CV directly to you, or should I, the applicant, forward these materials to you? 
We would like you as the applicant to forward all the forms and materials to us in one email and this includes your PI's letter of support and CV.

Q: Am I eligible to apply if I’m in my last year of medical school?
Absolutely. You are eligible to apply even if you are in your last year of medical school.

Q: Is it possible to send two applications by the same student (different projects and different investigators)?
Yes. You can send two or more applications if they are completely different projects.

Q: Should I submit my application file as a .pdf or .doc?
For the 2018 MSERG application, please use the application form found on our website and submit your application as the same .doc format. In addition, please use Calibri font size 12 and please do not change the margin width.


The MSERG has been made possible from the generous support of our donors: