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.

Thank you to everyone who applied for the 2020-21 Medical Student Education Research Grant! We received many high quality applications and are happy to announce the following recipients for the two streams. Congratulations to all of the recipients!

*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.


  • Zachary Chuang (Western) — Evaluating the Delivery of SGM Content in Canadian Medical Education
  • Farhan Mahmood (Ottawa) — Identifying Challenges and Pitfalls in the Physician – LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Patient Interaction: A Path to Improving Medical Education
  • Ming Li & Grace Xu (Toronto) — Overshadowed by shadowing: Exploring Canadian medical student perspectives on shadowing, competitiveness, and burnout

OMSA/AMS Compassionate Care MSERG

  • Peter Gariscsak (Queen’s) — Virtual vs In-Person Suture Training: An Evaluation of Synchronous and Asynchronous Teaching Paradigms
  • Edward Ho & Andrew Kokavec (Western) — Extended Reality Applications for Surgical Education
  • Kameela Alibhai (Ottawa) — MyOnCall (MOC) Pager App: Assessing Safe Clinical Decision-Making
  • Tony Chen (McMaster) — An Online Medical Education Tool to Improve Clinical Reasoning Skills
  • Celina DeBiasio (Ottawa) — Closing the Gap: A Virtual Rural Medicine Self Learning Module for Preclerkship Students
  • Abigale Kent (NOSM) — Care Provider Perspectives on the HOPE app to support the mental health of pregnant and postpartum women in Northwestern Ontario

We thank Associated Medical Services (AMS) for their generosity in funding the Compassionate Care awards.

We also thank OMA Insurance, MD Financial Management, and Canadian Medical Association for their generosity in funding the Open Awards.

Past Recipients

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

  • 2020 Recipients: Pending
  • 2019 Recipients: Click Here to download PDF version of the articles
  • 2018 Recipients: Click Here to download PDF version of the articles
  • 2017 Recipients: Click Here to download PDF version of the articles
  • 2016 Recipients: Click Here to download PDF version of the articles

2020 OMSA Open MSERG:

  • Kaitlin Endres (University of Ottawa)
  • Jenny Zhu & Clarelle Gonsalves (McMaster University)
  • Khalidha Nasiri (Western University)

2020 OMSA/AMS Compassionate Care MSERG:

  • Meredith Poole (Queen's University)
  • Michal Coret (University of Toronto)
  • Jelena Poleksic (Western University)
  • Jennifer Rowe (University of Ottawa)
  • Nishila Mehta (University of Toronto)
  • Andrew Lam (University of Toronto)

2019 OMSA Open MSERG:

  • Rishi Sharma and Ashley Eom (McMaster University)
  • Michael Scaffidi (Queen's University)
  • Avrilynn Ding (Queen's University)

2019 OMSA/AMS Compassionate Care MSERG:

  • Muskaan Sachdeva (University of Toronto)
  • Ran Huo (University of Toronto)
  • Gali Katznelson (Western University)
  • Kevin Chien (University of Ottawa)
  • Sampreeth Rao (University of Toronto)
  • April Kindrat (Northern Ontario School of Medicine)

2018 OMSA Open MSERG

  • Madeline McDonald (University of Toronto)
  • Alexander Cormier (Queen's University)
  • Stephanie Napoleone (McMaster University)
  • Anahita Sharifabadi (University of Ottawa)

2018 OMSA/AMS Compassionate Care MSERG:

  • Roslyn Graham (Northern Ontario School of Medicine)
  • Meredith Barr (Western University)
  • Alexandra Raynard (Western University)
  • Graham Kasper (University of Toronto)

2017 OMSA Open MSERG:

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

2017 OMSA/AMS Compassionate Care MSERG:

  • Brittanie Labelle (Northern Ontario School of Medicine)
  • Kat Butler (McMaster University)
  • Sachin Pasricha (Queen's University)
  • Vivian Tam (McMaster University)

2016 OMSA Open MSERG:

  • Amanda Chen (University of Toronto)
  • Erene Stergiopoulos (University of Toronto)
  • Tina Hu (University of 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?
A: 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: