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OMSA Lobby Day 2013 Ask Mentioned by Minister of Health

  • Posted on: 5 November 2013
  • By: OMSA Admin

OMSA was mentioned on Oct 29, 2013 by the Hon. Deb Matthews in the Review of 2013-2014 Estimates for the MOHLTC. She and her Deputy Minister cited the concerns of Ontario medical students regarding specialty job shortages and they referenced the Health Force Ontario (HFO) projections of 2010 (available here) as evidence that the Ontario government is eager to facilitate a

Fall Back

  • Posted on: 3 November 2013
  • By: OMSA Admin

I used to get so excited for the start of Daylight Savings Time. Similarly I would hate the end of it each fall. 

Afterall, the addition of an extra hour to each day meant longer nights out with friends and warmer weather overall. And the shorter and darker days seemed to clamp down on fun like a frigid fist. 


  • Posted on: 2 November 2013
  • By: OMSA Admin

Surgery clerkship is amazing and I'm sad it's going so quickly. I think I'm experiencing gen surg withdrawal already and it just ended today. It's been the most fun month of med school so far!

Anonymous Clerk, Western University

Editor suggests: Thirteen-hour work day + sleep deprivation, once daily, prn for withdrawal symptoms

The Iskren Kantchev & Shane Daniell Scholarship for Pre-Clerkship Students

  • Posted on: 20 September 2013
  • By: OMSA Admin

In September of 2010, a short five weeks after beginning their time at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, Iskren Kantchev, 23, and Shane Daniell, 24, tragically passed away as a result of a motor vehicle accident. Although they had only known their classmates for a short time, they had both become integral members of their year and have been missed greatly. Iskren was known for always helping others when he had the opportunity to and as an incredibly kind-hearted young man. Shane had been known

The Nishant Fozdar Scholarship for Clerkship Students

  • Posted on: 20 September 2013
  • By: OMSA Admin

Nishant Fozdar was a third year medical student at the University of Toronto. Those that knew him, describe him as a hardworking individual who genuinely loved learning medicine and had a passion for research. Giving back to his community was always a priority for Nishant. Whether through being a TA, MCAT tutor, or even informally as a big brother, he would often dedicate his time to mentoring younger students and help them achieve their goals. This compassion and drive to better his community shone

The Start of Something New

  • Posted on: 9 September 2013
  • By: OMSA Admin

The beginning of a school year brings milestones in our lives. For some, it is the first step into the path to become a doctor; for others, it is the beginning of clinical clerkship; for some, it is the first test of balancing parenthood with academia.... for everyone, the beginning of a school year marks one step closer to that M.D.

To all the new initiates, the 1/4 MDs, the 1/2 MDs, and the 3/4 MDs, good luck this year!

Yin H., Western University

A Poem about CaRMS... A Message from our Co-Chair

  • Posted on: 23 November 2012
  • By: OMSA Admin

'Twas the night before CaRMS when all through the web,
Not a med student was sleeping, laptop glued to their head.
The letters were assigned to each program with care,
Knowing a program director soon would be there.

The students were pulling the hair from their head,
As CaRMS' faulty programming gave an "error message" again.

And "Where should I list this publication?" one asked,
"Who knows? Email CaRMS?! It's too late!" they all gasped.

OMSA Passes Four Motions at OMA General Council Meeting 2011

  • Posted on: 17 November 2011
  • By: OMSA Admin

OMSA successfully passed FOUR motions at the most recent OMA General Council meeting held in Toronto, Ontario during the weekend of November 12, 2011! The General Council represents one of the avenues through which OMSA advocates on behalf of Ontario medical students. We would like to thank everyone who submitted responses to the Negotiations Survey sent out a few weeks ago - your answers were very helpful in clarifying the proposed motions.

The motions passed by the General Council were as follows: