Posts under Wellness

Wellness Wednesdays III: 10 Reasons to Join the OMSA Wellness Committee

  • Posted on: 3 June 2015
  • By: OMSA Admin

This is the third and final post of a special three-part OMSA wellness series from the OMSA Wellness Committee 2014-2015. Want to join our amazing team? Look out for applications for the OMSA Wellness Committee and OMSA Wellness Liaison in September!  Feel free to email us at for more information on the roles.

Wellness Wednesdays II: Reflections on the OMSA Wellness Retreat

  • Posted on: 20 May 2015
  • By: OMSA Admin

This is the second post of a special three-part OMSA wellness series, featuring guest writer Dr. Sarah Luckett Gatopoulos, a PGY1 in Emergency Medicine at McMaster University.  At the third annual OMSA Wellness Retreat this past March, she facilitated a fantastic workshop entitled ‘The Portable Workout’.

Wellness Wednesdays I: Finding Wellness in Your Own Backyard

  • Posted on: 6 May 2015
  • By: OMSA Admin

This is the first post of a special three-part OMSA wellness series.  Medical school definitely has its highs and lows... but your peers & colleagues have your back!  In this blog post, we highlight the multitude of medical student-driven wellness initiatives across Ontario. The following initiatives were also previously presented during the Student Initiatives Panel during the OMSA Wellness Retreat on Mar 29, 2015.

Reflecting on Wellness Retreat 2014

  • Posted on: 31 March 2014
  • By: OMSA Admin

Waitlists seem to be the story of my life. Waitlisted for an earlier appointment, waitlisted to get into medical school, and of course, waitlisted for the Wellness retreat. But, when I finally received the offer via email the week of the retreat I didn't know what to make of it...

Considering that I don't respond very well to change and last minute plans, I was both excited and stressed.

The "Vitals" Student Wellness Project

  • Posted on: 7 February 2014
  • By: OMSA Admin

In medical school it is easy to get caught up in the learning and involvement, not taking time to care for yourself. The culture is also one of toughness, so there is apprehension in asking for help or using the resources available. When you do look for resources, it can be difficult to find them, clicking through the many layers of university websites or sifting through all the community resources. 

With the help of an Innovator Grant from the OMSA the Vitals Student Wellness Project was created at Western University. This

Why Wellness?

  • Posted on: 12 December 2013
  • By: OMSA Admin

Older physicians humor us with war stories of the infamous 48-hour call shifts, burnout as a casual by-product of being a physician, and the unbridled sentiment that our generation values lifestyle above all. In the last decade, there has been a cultural shift promoting the ideology of physician, heal thyself. But where do we as medical students fit into this paradigm?