Student Recognition Awards

The Ontario Medical Student Association is proud to recognize students for their contributions and talents outside of the academic realm. We will be offering two different awards in Spring 2022. The award winners will be recognized at the OMSA Leadership Summit in May 2022.

1) The Art of Medicine Award

Amount: $250

Number of awards: 2

Description: Show your interpretation of the annual theme through a written, artistic, or musical means. Written submissions should be no more than 500 words and musical submissions should be no more than 3 minutes in length. We want to showcase the artistic talents of Ontario Medical Students, so please get creative with your piece!

Evaluation: The top 6 pieces, as determined by OMSA Council, will be put for public vote by all Ontario medical students.

Voting for the 2022 Art of Medicine Award will open in spring 2022! The theme for 2022 will be "Building Back". Any questions or concerns can be directed to Zack at

** See past years’ winners and finalists here **


2) The Hidden Hero Award

Amount: $250 ($125 to applicant + $125 to charity of applicant's choice)

Number of awards: 2

Description: 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 by writing a maximum 500 word essay on the ways in which the nominee has contributed to the betterment of their community in a grassroot effort way.

** See past years’ recipients here **

Note: Each nomination letter is considered and marked independently. The total number of letters submitted does not positively impact one individual's application.

Nominations will open in Fall 2021

*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 Zack ( and cc the VP EDI, Sauliha ( OMSA strives to support each and every Ontario Medical Student and we commit to providing a tailored solution that meets your needs.

The deadline to apply for both awards is Sunday, March 13th, 2022 at 11:59 pm. All questions can be directed to Zack Chuang at