Medical Student Education Research Grants (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 4th annual Medical Student Education Research Grant (MSERG) Call for Applications. The 2019 MSERG will provide $5,000 grants to nine Ontario medical students to support research projects in medical education. Six of these nine grants will be awarded in the Compassionate Care Stream. At least one grant will go to a student from each of the six Ontario medical schools, provided that they meet the eligibility criteria. Please note that the MSERG is a scholarship for the student and is not intended to fund the project itself, although you are free to do so if you choose. The application deadline is March 10, 2019 at 11:59 pm ET. The submission instructions and application forms are available below:

We'd like to thank Associated Medical Services (AMS), OMA Insurance, MD Financial Management (MD) and Canadian Medical Association for their generous funding and support of this program.

Past Recipients

You can find more information on the past MSERG recipients and their projects in the following editions of Scrub-In:

2018 OMSA Open MSERG

  • Madeline McDonald (Toronto) — Advocating for Advocacy: The state of the advocate role in Canadian Family and Emergency Medicine training programs
  • Alexander Cormier (Queen's) — Quick Refresher Sessions (QRS): Improving chest compression training for medical students
  • Stephanie Napoleone (McMaster) — Family Violence in Medical Education: Qualitative Perspectives from Medical Students
  • Anahita Sharifabadi (Ottawa) — Perceptions around competency-based post-graduate medical education and resident hour restrictions: A qualitative study of online Canadian and American medical student discussion groups

2018 OMSA/AMS Compassionate Care MSERG:

  • Roslyn Graham (NOSM) — Examining a Simulation-based Cultural Competency Education Program and its Perceived Impact on Patient-Centered Care: A Pilot Study
  • Meredith Barr (Western) — "Weaving with Common Threads": Using multi-voicedness methodology to explore surgeons' reflections and experiences with complex cases
  • Alexandra Raynard (Western) — Understanding medical students' perspectives on fatigue and fatigue risk management in academic and rural communities
  • Graham Kasper (Toronto) — Post-Operative Prevalence of Depression and Anxiety in Patients with Meningiomas: a Combined Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis

2017 OMSA Open MSERG:

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

2017 OMSA/AMS Compassionate Care MSERG:

  • Brittanie Labelle (NOSM)
  • Kat Butler (McMaster)
  • Sachin Pasricha (Queen's)
  • Vivian Tam (McMaster)

2016 OMSA Open MSERG:

  • Amanda Chen (Toronto)
  • Erene Stergiopoulos (Toronto)
  • Tina Hu (Toronto)

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: My classmate(s) and I will be working together on the same project. Can we apply as a group?
A: Group applications will be accepted with a maximum of two student leads. Pleasure ensure that you list a maximum of two applicants for each application that you submit. You may list other research members under co-investigators, but the MSERG will only be awarded to the two listed applicants. The grant may be used as is seen fit by both applicants.

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 favourably 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 of the applications and black out any identifiers that the applicant may have missed. Please note that points may be deducted if the application has not been properly anonymized.

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. This includes your PI's letter of support.

Q: Am I eligible to apply if I'm in my 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 .docx?
 For the 2018 MSERG application, please use the application form found on this page and submit your application as the same .docx format. In addition, please use Calibri font size 11 and please do not change the margin width.


This year's MSERG program has been made possible from the generous support of our sponsors: