Frequently Asked Questions

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.)