The Ontario Medical Students’ Association (OMSA) applauds the Ontario provincial government’s efforts to make education accessible to all Ontario residents. The tuition structure of postsecondary education, and especially professional programs like medical school, have too long favoured students from high income earning families. While many additional financial barriers exist to entering medical school, high tuition costs can deter individuals from low income earning families from even
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Meet Katherine Steckham (University of Toronto), our student of the month for February 2016!
Katherine isn’t one to seek the spotlight, and as a result very few people are aware of the many improvements she has orchestrated this year in her various extracurricular roles.
Minimize screen time – Computers provide a vast breadth of information and entertainment but provide a constant drive to do more with the entire internet at our fingers. Although an important tool to study and destress, one must be careful to not overstimulate themselves before bedtime. Taking care of computer work earlier in the day and switching to reading hardcopies later can ease strain on the eyes and help prevent sleeplessness.
Beep! - "Have you had your calm moment today?" is a message that pops daily on my phone at noon - an app I downloaded on my cell.
This year, the OMSA Ontario Political Advocacy Committee (OPAC) has created the OPAC Representation Update to help highlight the incredible work that has been ocurring in the portfolio over the past 5 years.
Within this document, you will find information on:
Want to know what OMSA has been up to these past few months? Check out our new Round Up, summarizing major developments from May-December 2015. In this edition we highlight the residency position reductions, the launch of new education grants, updates about the New Graduate Entry Program (NGEP), new partnerships, student wellness, the creation of a new strategic wellness, and our Students of the Month.
Meet Lauren Welsh (Queen's University), our student of the month for January 2016!
Being a medical student can be hard sometimes. When you’re digging your car out from under the snow to go to 6 AM rounds and haven’t done your laundry or eaten a well-balanced meal in weeks, it can be hard to take a step back and see the whole picture. It’s super important to spend time doing the things we enjoy, and to practice mindfulness and gratitude in our everyday lives. Here are a few TED talks that I’ve loved, bookmarked, and watch periodically that help keep me well, balanced and grounded: