Ontario Student Medical Education Research Conference (OSMERC)

The Ontario Student Medical Education Research Conference (OSMERC) was established for students, by students, and aims to provide a platform for research in the areas of medical and health professions education. We encourage research abstract submissions on a broad range of topics, including but not limited to assessment and feedback, curriculum design, novel pedagogies, student and practitioner wellbeing, artificial intelligence in healthcare education and practice, and beyond.



This year, OSMERC will be hosted in a hybrid format on Sunday, January 21st 2024, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EST). Keynote and oral presentations, workshops, and poster presentations will take place in-person at the Chestnut Conference Centre in Toronto. Oral presentations will be recorded. Trainees from all health professions programs and institutions are welcome to participate!

Abstract submissions will open on Monday, November 13, 2023 and close Friday, December 1st, 2023 at 11:59 PM (EST). General registration will open closer to the conference day. All student presenters must also register to attend; please look out for an email from our team with further instructions.  

We look forward to meeting you on January 21, 2024!

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Best Oral Presentations:

1st place: Christina Lim and Matthew Van Oirschot (Exploring the Use of 3D Holographic Animations on Mixed-Reality Headsets to Teach Surgical Knot Tying Skills in Comparison to Current Teaching Modalities)

2nd place: Chloe Lau (Perfectionism in medical students: Associations with depression, loneliness, and stress)

3rd place: Christian David Neira Agonh (Assessing the Quality and Accessibility of Online Central Line Tutorials Using a Global Rating Scale)

Best Poster Presentations:

1st place: Alexa Moschella (Learning plan use in undergraduate medical education: a scoping review)

2nd place: Amr Saleh (The Predictive Power of Short Answer Questions in Undergraduate Medical Education Progress Difficulty)

3rd place: Nima Behravan, Darsh Shah, Nujud Al-Jabouri (Incorporating Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) into the Education and Assessment of Professionalism for Healthcare Professionals and Trainees)


Congratulations to all presenters last year at OSMERC 2023 for their fantastic work. A special shout out to our winners and runner-ups for best oral and poster presentations:

Best Oral Presentation: Gilmar Gutierrez, Isis Lunsky, Olivier Rabu (Developing an Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) with Individuals with IDD as Simulated Patients for use in Early Medical Education)

Runner-Up Oral Presentation: Sarah Klapman, Brynna Wilson, Celine Vereecken Smith (The PATIENT Project: A Quality Improvement Initiative to Bring Patient-Centred Care to Case-Based Medical Education)

Best Poster Presentation: Danielle Solish, Michael Pierce (Slowing Down in Simulation: The Impact of a Forced Pause on Cognitive Load, Performance and Experience)

Runner-Up Poster Presentation: Eden Meisels, Rachel Goldfarb (Understanding department of family and community medicine resident perspectives on using an experience tracking tool in order to optimize educational value)

All students, residents, researchers, educators, and faculty are invited to attend this exciting conference! Registration is open to all who are interested; you do NOT have to submit an abstract to attend.


Lunch and refreshments will be provided!


Register using this link (closes January 12, 2024 at 11:59 PM EST).

Feel free to contact us at if you have any questions or concerns.

If you’re involved in medical education research, submit your abstract to OSMERC 2024!

Abstract submissions will open on Nov. 13 and close on Dec. 1, 2023 at 11:59 PM. Please submit your abstract here.

Topics from past years’ accepted abstracts range from: specialty-specific skills in medical education; artificial intelligence and technology in health education; equity and diversity in medical school curriculum; interdisciplinary health professions education; and many more.

Please reach us at if you have specific questions about the types of abstracts featured in OSMERC.

More details to come regarding full event program.


Dr. Nicole Redvers

Keynote Lecture: Indigenous Planetary Health: Reflections on Earth-Centric Medical Education


Dr. Nicole Redvers, ND, MPH, is a member of the Deninu K’ue First Nation (NWT, Canada) and has worked with Indigenous patients, scholars, and communities around the globe her entire career. She is an Associate Professor, Western Research Chair, and Director of Indigenous Planetary Health at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University. She has been actively involved at regional, national, and international levels promoting the inclusion of Indigenous perspectives in both human and planetary health research and practice. Dr. Redvers is the author of the trade paperback book titled, ‘The Science of the Sacred: Bridging Global Indigenous Medicine Systems and Modern Scientific Principles’


Dr. Teresa Chan: 

How to Turn your Hobby into Game-changing Scholarship: The GridlockED story 

Dr. Teresa M. Chan is the Founding Dean of the Toronto Metropolitan University School of Medicine as well as TMU’s Vice-President, Medical Affairs. She joins TMU via McMaster University, where she was Associate Dean, Continuing Professional Development and an Associate Professor, Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences; she was also a Clinician Scientist with McMaster Education, Research, Innovation and Theory (MERIT). In addition, Dr. Chan has been a practicing emergency physician with Hamilton Health Sciences since 2013. Dr. Chan is also a leader in new methods for teaching and learning, including technology-enhanced learning and serious games. She has been an advocate, researcher, and contributor for the free open access medical education movement. She has led teams in academic blogging, podcasting, and video creation. She has empowered learners and teachers alike to harness these technologies for education purposes. She has also been a leader in the emerging field of game-based medical education, and is one of the lead developers of the serious board game GridlockED.


Dr. Victoria Boyd  

Rethinking Clinical Documentation through Critically Reflective Practice

Dr. Victoria Boyd is a Postdoctoral Fellow at CanChild at McMaster University. She has a PhD in health professions education research from the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto and a Master of Professional Communication from Toronto Metropolitan University. Her research explores how critical reflection and dialogue can strengthen the ways health professionals communicate and collaborative with patients, families, and other professionals.

We thank our generous sponsors for supporting this conference!


OSMERC Main Contact:

OMSA Executive:

Connie Li (VP Education):