Thank you for your interest in OMSW 2023. Unfortunately, we’ve had to make a very tough call to cancel the conference this year. We understand that this may be disappointing news for many of you who were looking forward to OMSW, but please know that, as the organizing team, we are so appreciative of your enthusiasm for the conference. We would also like to extend our sincere gratitude to our speakers, sponsors, and vendors for their support.


A look into previous OMSWs…


Important Registration Information

Step 1: Pre-Registration

NOTE: You MUST use your medical school / university email when creating an account.

By clicking on the create an account button, you will be able to enter all of your information (including dietary restrictions, medical school, and credit card information). You will NOT be charged anything until you purchase a ticket at a later date. You can come back to edit your account information freely.

You will receive an email confirmation after creating your account with a link to log in and set your password. You must log in within 24 hrs of creating your account or else the link will expire and you will have to request a new link using the “Request New Password” option on the sidebar. If you do not receive this email within an hour, please check your Junk or Spam folder, and if it is not there please contact us.


Step 2: Registration & Payment 

NOTE: Ticket purchase is transferable but non-refundable.

At this time, because you have already entered all of the necessary information, all you need to do is log in at your school’s registration time, go to the “Ticket” tab under “My Account”, and click on “Buy Ticket”. At this time, your credit card will be charged and you will receive a confirmation message. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please note that if you haven’t already pre-registered, you may still do so at this time and purchase a ticket if any remain.


Step 3: Speaker and Workshop Rankings (To Be Announced Soon!)

A few weeks after ticket sales begin, you will be asked to rank your preferences for speakers and workshops through the “Edit” tab under “My Account”. You are able to log into your account anytime before the deadline and change these preferences. These preferences will be used to create a personalized schedule for you to attend select speaker presentations and workshops. To see our selection of speakers and workshops, please visit Speakers and Workshops.

If you do not rank your preferences prior to the deadline, you will be randomly assigned to a selection of speakers and workshops.

Step 4 (Optional): Ticket Transfer

NOTE: You will not be able to purchase another ticket after you have transferred your ticket. Tickets are limited to one purchase per account.

You can also transfer your ticket to another Ontario medical student before this deadline through the “Ticket” tab under “My Account”. You can even transfer your ticket to a student who did not pre-register. Simply ask them to make an account and you can then transfer the ticket to them before the deadline. Money exchanges for ticket transfers are the responsibility of the individual students.

After the deadline, no new accounts can be made, and no changes in preferences or ticket transfer can be performed. You will have to email us to change any personal account information.



If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at! We look forward to seeing many of you at our event!

Important Registration Information

Check our Home Page for more detailed registration information.

Important Dates:

  • Pre-Registration Starts: Friday, September 8, 2023
  • Ticket Sales Open: Tuesday, September 12, 2023
  • Early Bird Ticket Sale Deadline: Thursday, September 28, 2023
  • Speaker and Workshop Rankings Deadline: TBD
  • Ticket Transfer Deadline: TBD
  • OMSW 2023 Starts: Friday, October 27, 2023


What exactly is OMSW?

OMSW is a province wide weekend-long conference designed to introduce students in healthcare to useful clinical skills, and provide them with lectures designed to inform and/or inspire from some of the most respected people in medicine. Hosted by different Ontario medical schools annually, OMSW is geared to facilitate professional networking between healthcare students of all years and schools allowing for the experiences of this unique education to be shared. Every OMSW tries to instill learning in a fun, non-threatening environment to gain tangible clinical skills while meeting your colleagues and this year is no different.


When is OMSW?

OMSW 2023 takes place from October 27th to 29th. On the evening of Friday October 27th, attendees will arrive in Kitchener-Waterloo and check into their hotel. At this time conference lanyards may be picked up. Opening festivities will be planned for the evening. Saturday October 28th is a full day of various workshops, speaker sessions, and expo booths, featuring the best teachers that McMaster University has to offer, and resources that any medical student will find useful. The day will conclude with a formal dinner and more social events through the night. You can find more detailed information under the Schedule tab.


Where is OMSW?

OMSW this year will take place at the Crowne Plaza, in the core of downtown Kitchener. All conference sessions and attendee accommodations will also be at the Crowne Plaza.


Will I get to choose which sessions I can attend?

Following purchasing a ticket, you will be asked to rank speaker and workshop sessions a few weeks later. Based on your rankings, we will try to get all of the attendees the sessions that they want. Once assigned, attendees will not be able go to other sessions due to space constraints.


How many delegates will there be?

OMSW 2023 will have space for around 500 attendees this year, with some restrictions to the number of attendees from each medical school campus to ensure diversity.


How do I get to OMSW?

Transportation to OMSW is organized at each school by the VP External of the school’s student council, and will be subsidized by the OMSA. Please contact your school’s VP external for more information. 


Who I am sharing a hotel room with at OMSW?

After ticket sales, a set number of hotel rooms are assigned to each of the schools based on the number of attendees. You will be sharing your room with up to three other attendees from your school. The room allocation process will be organized internally at each school by the VP External of the school’s student council. Please contact them for more information.


What should I bring to OMSW?

We hope that this brief packing list will address any questions regarding what to bring:

  • Clothing (Dress code suggestions)
    • Friday evening social: Halloween costumes and party wear! 
    • Saturday daytime: Professional / Business casual
    • Saturday evening formal dinner: Semi-formal attire
    • Saturday evening social: Semi-formal gala attire
    • Nightwear (pyjamas, etc.)
    • Outerwear (raincoat, umbrella, jacket, etc.)
  • Toiletries and Personal Care (toothbrush, medications, etc.)
  • Documents and Money (cash, credit card, student card, photo ID)
  • Writing Materials (pen, notebook, etc.)
  • Other Items (phone, glasses, watch, keys, wallet, etc.)


  • 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Registration and Check-In at the Crowne Plaza
  • 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Dinner in downtown Kitchener
  • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Sessions TBA 
  • 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Keynote Speaker 
  • 9:00 pm Onwards: Halloween Costume Party 



  • 7:00 am – 7:30 am: TD Exercise Class 
  • 8:30 am – 10:00 am: Continental/Hot Breakfast & Keynote Speaker 
  • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm: Personalized Speakers/Workshops (1 hour/session)
  • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch
  • 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Personalized Speakers/Workshops (1 hour/session)
  • 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm: Keynote Speaker
  • 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm: Personal Time
  • 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Dinner & Closing Remarks 
  • 8:00 pm Onwards: Fairy Tale Med Gala



  • 9:00 am Onwards: Continental/Hot Breakfast & Check-Out

Speaker Sessions

Speaker sessions are each 50 minutes long. Each attendee will be asked to select their top choices during preference selection, which will occur a few weeks after ticket sales and registration.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Shaf Keshavjee: Future of Transplantation: Engineering and Distribution of Super-Organs for Transplantation

Dr. Shaf Keshavjee is a Thoracic surgeon and Director of the Toronto Lung Transplant Program. He is Chief of Innovation at University Health Network (UHN). He is Professor of Thoracic Surgery and Biomedical Engineering and Vice Chair for Innovation, Department of Surgery, Temerty Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto (UofT). Dr. Keshavjee completed his medical training at UofT in 1985. He subsequently trained in General Surgery, Cardiac Surgery and Thoracic Surgery at UofT followed by fellowship training at Harvard University and the University of London for airway surgery and heart-lung transplantation, respectively. He joined the faculty at UofT in 1994 and was promoted to Full Professor in 2002. Dr. Keshavjee was the inaugural holder of the Pearson-Ginsberg Chair in Thoracic Surgery and served as the Chair of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at the University of Toronto from 2004 to 2010. He served as Surgeon-in-Chief of University Health Network from 2010-2022. Dr. Keshavjee’s clinical practice is in thoracic oncology, lung cancer and lung transplantation. He has a passion for surgery and innovative research. He is a Senior Scientist in the Toronto General Hospital Research Institute, UHN. He leads a large team of researchers in a foremost pulmonary research program and is widely published in the field. His specific research interest is in lung injury related to transplantation. His current research involves the study of support systems, molecular diagnostics and gene therapy to repair organs and to engineer superior organs for transplantation. Dr. Keshavjee has served on the board of directors of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, the Canadian Society of Transplantation, and the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, where he also served as Treasurer and 102nd President. He has received numerous awards for contributions to medicine, including the George Armstrong Peters Young Investigator Award, Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award, the Colin Woolf Award for Excellence in Medical Education, and the Lister Prize in Surgery - the highest award for research achievement in the Department of Surgery at UofT. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and has been awarded Honorary Doctor of Science Degrees from both Ryerson University and Queen’s University. He was also awarded an Honorary Fellowship to the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh for his service to mankind. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Society for Transplantation, the Lifetime Achievement Award from Canadian Blood Services, and the American Society of Transplantation Innovation Award for contributions to the field of lung transplantation. He received the prestigious Flance-Karl Award (2021) from the American Surgical Association - awarded to a surgeon who has made a seminal contribution in basic laboratory research which has been applied to clinical surgery for his work in ex vivo organ perfusion. He also received the FNG Starr Award (2021) - the highest national award from the Canadian Medical Association recognizing a physician for their outstanding and inspiring lifetime achievement. Dr Keshavjee has received two Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals and the national Governor General’s Award for Innovation. He was awarded the Order of Ontario in 2014 and received Canada’s highest civilian honour in 2013 with an appointment as an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Dr. Shaf Keshavjee: Future of Transplantation: Engineering and Distribution of Super-Organs for Transplantation

Dr. Vipan Nikore, MD, MBA is an internal medicine physician at Cleveland Clinic Canada and at Cleveland Clinic Main Campus in Cleveland, Ohio. He is also the Chief Medical Director of TD Bank globally and the Site Medical Director for the Department of Medicine at Trillium Health Partners Credit Valley Hospital. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, where he teaches clinical medicine on the hospital wards and lectures on healthcare leadership, emotional intelligence, and health innovation. Dr. Nikore has led and founded various organizations and groups, such as HomecareHub to help patients find home care, and the non-profit LYFE (formerly uFLOW), which empowers underserved youth to start their own health service projects. He is a former software developer at IBM, and also led projects at Sun Microsystems, Citibank, UCLA, WHO in Geneva, UNICEF in India, the Ontario Ministry of Health, and Lux Capital in NYC. He has authored chapters on e-Health, medical devices, and genomics, and is authoring a chapter on artificial intelligence in healthcare. He has given talks on healthcare technology, innovation, global health, and leadership in various cities around the world. Dr. Nikore completed his internal medicine residency training from Cleveland Clinic's main campus, MD degree at the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC), MBA at the Yale School of Management, and his BSc in computer science and software engineering at the University of Western Ontario. He is a recipient of Canada’s “Top 40 under 40” award, the country’s most coveted award for young leaders. In his free time he enjoys sports, travelling, writing, technology, entrepreneurship, philosophy, mentoring youth, discovering new restaurants, and more recently, attempting to learn the guitar and other new activities. He remains very active by working out and participating in hockey, baseball, hot yoga, skiing, and martial arts.


Dr. Samantha Winemaker: Modern Palliative Care: Essentials For Future Physician

Dr. Winemaker is a graduate of McMaster University Medical School. She has completed residency training in Family Medicine, and fellowship training in Palliative Medicine. Her clinical work is predominately community based, caring for people in their home. She is an associate clinical professor at McMaster University in the Department of Family Medicine, Division of Palliative Care. She has held multiple leadership roles including McMaster Postgraduate Curriculum Lead, Hospice Medical Director, Regional Palliative Clinical Lead and Medical Lead Palliative Care Outreach Team. She is an active educator and researcher. Most importantly, Dr. Winemaker is an advocate for palliative care reform. She believes strongly that basic principles of palliative care should be the responsibility of all health care providers and integrated into care seemlessly, upstream in the patient’s illness journey. She is the co-creator of the social movement called The Waiting Room Revolution, the co-host of the Waiting Room Revolution podcast, co-authour of the book Hope For The Best Plan For The Rest: 7 Keys for Navigating a Life-Changing Diagnosis, and very active voice on multiple social media platforms. She has won numerous awards for her leadership and palliative care education for health care professionals.

Dr. Lee Bartel: Sound as Medicine: Mapping the Landscape of Music and Health

Lee Bartel, PhD, is Professor Emeritus, the former Associate Dean of Research, and Founding Director of the Music and Health Research Collaboratory (MaHRC) at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto and currently a research member of the Music and Health Research Institute at the University of Ottawa. At U of T he is a member and former board member of the Collaborative Program in Neuroscience, cross-appointed to the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, to the Institute for Life Course and Aging, to the Rehabilitation Science Institute, and a participant in the Collaborative Program in Musculoskeletal Science. In Music and Health Bartel has a broad interest ranging through music therapy, music medicine, music neuroscience, musician’s health, and music in human development. He has a special interest in applications of music in health conditions of aging and rehabilitation and is well known for his research and design of music for brain effects with 27 albums on Solitudes and SonicAid. His primary research interest is Pulsed Stimulation Therapy with applications in pain, depression, Alzheimer’s, spinal and skeletal conditions, and Cardiac Rehab. He serves as Chief Scientific Officer and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board for Neuro Spinal Innovations and was Co-Chair of the Board, and Chair of the Research and Development Committee, for the Room217 Foundation devoted to music care in long-term care contexts. His current research studies include a study of the mechanisms of fibromyalgia with Women’s College Hospital and Baycrest, an international back pain study, and a study of a therapeutic for the cognitive deficit of COVID19 with University College London and an international team of researchers. Currently in development are studies on the effect of vibroacoustic stimulation on schizophrenia with a group at a hospital in Tours France and a study on sound as neuromodulation for migraine headaches with a researcher at the MAYO clinic.

Dr. Jon Novick: Physician Wellness: As a Learner and Beyond

Dr. Jon Novick is the Medical Director for the Physician Health Program (PHP) of the Ontario Medical Association. His team works to enable careers, transform the health care system and address the unique needs of medical learners and physicians facing occupational hazards, addictions, and mental health problems. After receiving his MDCM from McGill University, he trained as a psychiatrist, an addiction medicine specialist, and a psychoanalyst. He obtained certification by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, the American Board of Preventive Medicine (Addiction Medicine), and as a Medical Review Officer. Prior to joining the OMA’s PHP in 2017, Dr. Novick pioneered work in career exploration and career development for medical students, and served as the first Director, Career Advising System, with the MD Program at the University of Toronto. In addition to his work with the OMA PHP, Dr. Novick maintains a psychiatric practice in the Greater Toronto Area where he lives with his husband, two kids, and a bouncing clown (also known as a whoodle.)

Dr. Noah Crampton: AI in Medicine: Where We Are Now and Where We Are Going

Dr. Noah Crampton is a family physician at Toronto Western Family Health Team in Toronto. After graduating, he pursued a career as a clinician researcher because he knew that digital technologies would likely transform his career as an early-stage clinician. Today, he is working diligently to advance the field of AI in EMRs as an effective method of improving quality of care across populations. Specifically, he is CEO of an ambient AI scribe start-up Mutuo Health Solutions, and is a lecturer at the University of Toronto with expertise in the EMR aggregator database UTOPIAN. He is also the co-chair for the digital health planning table for the Mid-West Ontario Health Team.

Workshops are each 50 minutes long. Each attendee will be asked to select their top choices during preference selection, which will occur a few weeks after ticket sales and registration.

Suturing Workshop

Suturing is an essential skill, whether you’re a family doc, a surgeon, or working in the emerg. This workshop will cover the basics of suturing lacerations and incisions. Get hands-on experience with sutures, forceps, and needle drivers, and practice some basic knots and stitches.

EKG Interpretation Workshop

EKGs are notoriously hard to read. This workshop will give an overview of the approach to interpreting an EKG. We will discuss what a 12 lead EKG is, identify the parts of a normal EKG tracing, and share strategies and steps for interpretation. Find meaning in all those squiggly lines by learning how to calculate the heart rate from the rhythm strip, differentiate a normal EKG from an abnormal one, and perhaps even identify the presentation of some arrhythmias.

IV Insertion Workshop

Almost every inpatient needs an IV. Get familiar with the parts of an IV set, understand the indications for when an IV is necessary, and practice starting IVs using training models.

Splinting and Casting Workshop

Fractures are one of the most common injuries in every age group. Learn the process of splinting and casting different types of fractures, and get hands-on practice applying a short arm splint with plaster splinting material.

CaRMS Information Workshop

If you are stressed and confused about CaRMS, you are not alone. Learn more about the residency matching system at this information session, where our facilitators will discuss the CaRMS process, give you their top tips to craft a compelling application, and answer any questions you have about applying for postgraduate medical training.

The Medical Expo is a conference in and of itself taking place throughout Friday and Saturday, free for you to visit and leave whenever you have time. While there, you can meet the wide array of exhibitors, including representatives from medical organizations like the Ontario Medical Students’ Association, the College of Family Physicians of Canada, and post-graduate residency programs. As well, organizations such as TD Bank will be showcasing services that they have to offer to help students throughout and beyond medical school. They will discuss about their organization, potential opportunities for first year medical students, financial wellness, and many other products and services that these companies and organizations provide.

Check out our MedExpo participants on the Sponsors tab.


Whether you want to dress up and look fancy, get goofy with some friends, or just party – OMSW will be the place for you!

Between a Halloween party on Friday and an Ontario wide Med Gala where you can dress to impress on the Saturday there will be plenty of opportunities to mingle, dance, and drink to your heart’s content!

If parties aren’t your style or you want to let out your competitive side we’ll have a board game night on Friday with a solid array of options for your playing pleasure.

Don’t miss your chance to form some unforgettable memories and come on out to THE EVENT for Ontario Medical Students in 2023! 

Halloween Costume Party (Friday, October 27, 2023) 

Come ready to party dressed up in your goofiest, cutest, or spookiest fits. Whether you want to be a werewolf, your favorite movie character, or a Disney prince/princess, there will be plenty of opportunities to mingle, dance, and drink to your heart’s content!

Fairy Tale Med Gala (Saturday, October 28, 2023) 

Ever wondered what it was like to be at Cinderella’s fairytale ball? Wonder no longer at our Saturday night social where you can dress to the 9s, take photos for the gram, and dance your heart out to some solid tunes.

The Crowne Plaza Kitchener-Waterloo

Embrace the vibrancy of downtown Kitchener at the Crowne Plaza Kitchener-Waterloo, your top choice for the Ontario Medical School Weekend conference. Our luxurious guest rooms are thoughtfully equipped with plush bedding and complimentary Wi-Fi, accompanied by enchanting city views.

The workshops will be held in the 7 board rooms with a 15,000 sq ft banquet hall for our social events.

Just steps away, explore Kitchener’s eclectic mix of restaurants, shops, and cultural landmarks. At Crowne Plaza Kitchener-Waterloo, we go beyond accommodation; we promise an unforgettable experience in this dynamic locale.

105 King Street East, Kitchener, Ontario

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