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 2019-20 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!


  • Kaitlin Endres (Ottawa) — Comparing the Ottawa Emergency Department Shift Observation Tool (O-EDShOT) to the Daily Encounter Card (DEC) – Which Produces Higher Quality Documented Assessments?
  • Jenny Zhu (McMaster) and Clarelle Gonsalves (McMaster) — Assessing the level of engagement and attrition of medical students receiving research education during their undergraduate medical studies: a scoping review
  • Khalidha Nasiri (Western) — Evaluation of a Student-Led Global Health Certificate Program for medical students: A Mixed Methods Study

OMSA/AMS Compassionate Care MSERG

  • Meredith Poole (Queen's) — Proficiency-based training in soft tissue resection using real-time computer navigation feedback from the Surgery Tutor
  • Michal Coret (Toronto) — How does technology impact our definition of “a good death?”
  • Jelena Poleksic (Western) —  Exploring stigma related discourse during COVID-19
  • Jennifer Rowe (Ottawa) — Understanding participants’ perceptions and experiences of a tele-mentoring and teaching program on pediatric palliative care (Project ECHO): A Qualitative Study
  • Nishila Mehta (Toronto) — Assessing Medical Trainees’ Knowledge and Perceptions of Artificial Intelligence in Medicine
  • Andrew Lam (Toronto) — Multicentre Study of Internal Medicine Resident Case Mix and Clinical Outcomes in Academic Hospitals

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:

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: