Innovator Grants

The OMSA Innovator Grants are a part of the OMSA strategy to provide financial support to the development of creative new student initiatives. We encourage emerging physician leaders to implement novel ideas to enhance the medical educational environment or healthcare field. If you have an idea that will showcase medical student innovation, we want to hear about it. Grants are offered annually and will award up to $1500 to successful projects. Application information can be found here. Applications are due by March 31, 2019 at 11:59 pm ET. Please contact with any inquires. 

Past Year Recipients

We were amazed by the response of the Ontario Medical School community in sending us their project ideas and initiatives. Of all the projects we received, our independent committee anonymously reviewed and awarded the grants to 5 projects. A total of $7000 was funded in 2017 to our winners. Please read below to see the projects that were chosen to receive this funding. 

Winner 1: Breaking Down Barriers: a Tool to Address LGBT2-SQ healthcare in Sudbury, Ontario (NOSM):

This project aims to collectively develop and provide a means of self-advocacy for the LGBT2-SQ population in Sudbury, Ontario, as this is population long identified with large health care gaps linked to discrimination, poor knowledge by providers, stigmatization, and poor access to providers. 

Winner 2: Found Stories (Western)

This project aims to develop narrative medicine among medical students, trainees, and all health care providers at Western University. The project aims to create an event that will highlight the importance of narrative medicine and personal history in the process of medical training, as well as connect students and other learners together so they can share their experiences. 

Winner 3: Inner City Health Longitudinal Experience (Toronto)

This project will be working to create a longitudinal pre-clerkship seminar series at the the Inter-professional Medical and Allied Groups for Improving Neighbourhood Environment (IMAGINE) - a student-run community health initiative aimed at promoting and providing free, holistic healthcare services to marginalized and underserved populations in downtown Toronto.

Winner 4: MedTalks (Ottawa)

This project is a pilot teaching initiative launched to give uOttawa medical students the opportunity to teach material to undergraduate students. This idea stems from the CanMEDs' Scholar competency which aims to develop a physician's ability to contribute to the learning of others, whether it is colleagues, patients, other health professionals, or students. 

Winner 5: Financial Management in Medicine (Ottawa)

This project aims to operate as a student run program that will meet periodically throughout the school year to offer seminars and workshops which will facilitate the education of medical students on a diverse range of financial related matters. Such an initiative is necessary as the current financial climate has seen a sharp increase over the previous decade in the amount of debt that the current generation of graduating medical students are expected to pay back.