OMSA Wellness Retreat 2022 Highlights

We were honoured to have celebrated this year’s 10th annual OMSA Wellness Retreat in-person on May 20-22, 2022 at Camp Eden Woods, Haliburton. The weekend greeted us with bright blue skies and the warm sun to help us kayak, canoe, hike, and learn archery. Crafts, tie-dye, and team-building obstacle games paired nicely with the encouraging words from Dr. Eric Crawford. His dialogue will continue to impact the culture of medicine for years to come.

We are so honoured to thank all our sponsors for the OMSA Wellness Retreat. This incredible weekend would not have been possible without these talented businesses, institutions, and people. 

Bonus freebies for Ontario Medical Students! Talk to your 2022 Medsoc VP External about a discount code for 50% off a QE Home weighted blanket @QEHome and 15% off of Cross Instruments Medical Supplies! “


Wellness Retreat 2017 Highlights: Building Your Wellness Toolkit

Wellness, workshops, activities, new friends, new experiences, all in a three day experience at the 5th Annual Wellness Retreat that took place on March 24th - 26th, 2017 at the Briars Resort & Spa by Lake Simcoe. Over 120 medical students from Ontario's six medical schools attended the event. Check out what you could experience next year!

Wellness Retreat 2016 Highlights: Building Circles of Support

The 4th Annual Wellness Retreat took place on March 4th - 6th, 2016 at the Briars Resort & Spa in Jackson Point, Ontario. Over 100 medical students from Ontario's six medical schools participated in the festivities. The video below highlights some of the activities that the students enjoyed!

Wellness Retreat 2015 Highlights: Caring for Oneself

The 3rd Annual Wellness Retreat took place on March 27th - 29th, 2015 at the Briars Resort & Spa in Jackson Point, Ontario. The event had a comprehensive agenda including several workshops geared towards promoting wellness and personal development. These included leadership-building activities, self-reflection, relaxation techniques, physical wellness and coping with stress. The retreat's goal was to educate and motivate the medical students, guiding them in the pursuit of a healthier lifestyle and a renewed sense of health and well-being.

OMSA has always been committed to the professional and personal development of our membership. Across the province, medical schools are recognizing learner wellness as a growing concern. Medical student wellness involves maintaining physical, mental, emotional and social fitness amidst the many demands of a medical education. OMSA continues to set the bar across the country in the establishment of innovative opportunities and initiatives for medical students. 


Wellness Retreat 2014 Highlights: Making Time for Wellness

Over 80 medical students from across the province gathered at the Briars Resort & Spa in Jackson Point, Ontario on March 21st - 23rd, 2014 for the 2nd Annual Wellness Retreat. The event continued the dialogue about the importance of wellness amongst medical students. The event included healthy food, campfire, yoga sessions, outings in the snow, and wellness related talks. The medical students were extremely happy about being able to take a break from the academics of medical school and relaxing with their peers. OMSA thanks the organizing committee for another successful Wellness Retreat!


Wellness Retreat 2013 Highlights: Emphasizing Wellness

The 1st Annual Wellness Retreat took place on March 22nd - 24th, 2013 at the Briars Resort & Spa in Jackson Point, Ontario. The event opened the dialogue amongst medical students about all aspects of wellness.  OMA President Dr. Doug Weir came out to the event along with members from the PHP, and MD Financial. Topics such as Depression, Burnout, Financial Wellness, and Nutrition were discussed.  These guests were sandwiched between healthy food, yoga, meditation, wilderness walks, and boardgames. OMSA thanks everyone who participated and made the weekend as memorable as it was!

Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, and Doctors are from Krypton! - Dr. Greg Skipper