Abeera Shahid Student Recognition Award

Abeera Shahid was a medical student at the University of Ottawa and OMSA’s Vice President of Advocacy for 2022-2023, who passed away unexpectedly on December 19th, 2022. Abeera also had roles within various OMSA Advocacy committees, and was the epitome of medical student excellence: trustworthy, empathetic, hard-working, sincere, and dedicated. She was an incredible leader, mentor, listener, and friend. This award was renamed in her honour in 2023. Read our members’ full tribute to Abeera here.


This award serves to recognize Ontario Medical Students who are making a positive impact in their community, whether that be at the medical school, university, local, or provincial level. You can self-nominate, or nominate a peer. Each award is valued at $1000 ($500 to the applicant + $500 to a charity of the applicant’s choice). Three winners will be chosen per year. 

*Note: As of September 2021, all grant applicants must be registered/active members of the Ontario Medical Association (OMA). This requires both online registration and paid annual dues of $10. Please visit OMA My Account and log in to see your membership status. If you have a dues balance of $0.00 then you are considered registered and active! If you have an outstanding balance, please make the appropriate payment by following the prompts. Applications from non-registered/non-active applicants will be disqualified. Should you require special consideration or if you feel that this membership may be cost-prohibitive, please email VP Finance ( and cc the VP EDI ( OMSA strives to support each and every Ontario Medical Student and we commit to providing a tailored solution that meets your needs.

Deadline: March 29, 2024

Past Winners


Zara Uddin

Western University, Class of 2024

Tania Kazi

McMaster University, Class of 2024

Cynthia Larche

NOSM, Class of 2026

Andrew Nguyen

Western University, Class of 2024

Colin Whaley

McMaster University, Class of 2023

Sydney McQueen

Queen's University, Class of 2023

Harsukh Benipal

University of Toronto, Class of 2024

Angela Dong

McMaster, Class of 2022

Nomination Letters: 1, 2

Quinten Clarke

McMaster, Class of 2021

Nomination Letters: 1, 2

Sasha Letourneau

Queen’s University, Class of 2021

Nomination Letter: 1

Dalia Karol

University of Ottawa, Class of 2020

Nomination Letters: 1, 2, 3