Frequently Asked Questions

OMSW 2018 - Delegate Handbook / Guide des Participantes:

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Important Registration Information

Check our Home Page for more detailed registration information.

Important Dates:

  • Pre-Registration Starts: Saturday, September 15, 2018
  • Ticket Sales Open: Wedneday, September 19, 2018
  • Pereferences Change Deadline: Tuesday, October 2, 2018
  • Ticket Transfer Deadline: Tuesday, October 2, 2018
  • OMSW 2018 Starts: Friday, November 2, 2018


What exactly is OMSW?

OMSW is a province wide day-long conference designed to introduce first year medical students 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 medical 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 2018 takes place on November 2nd and 3rd. On the evening of Friday November 2nd, attendess will arrive in Ottawa and check into their hotels. At this time conference lanyards may be pick up, and for those who want to enjoy everything that Ottawa has to offer, there are festivities planned for the evening. Saturday November 3rd is a full day of various workshops, speaker sessions, and expo booths, featuring the best teachers that the University of Ottawa 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 takes place at various locations throughout Ottawa, including the Universtiy of Ottawa - Roger Guindon Hall (RGN) and the Delta hotel. All attendess will be staying at the Delta hotel, with shuttles to Roger Guindon Hall, allowing for easy access to all of the weekends events.


How much do tickets cost?

Hotel tickets are $175 and non-hotel tickets are $150 (available to Ottawa students only). A 3.5% credit card processing fee will be added to your ticket price. The OMSW organizing committee has worked hard to keep the ticket prices as low as possible by utilizing any available deals and subsidizing costs with sponsorship. The event is not-for-profit and the budget is designed to break even with a small buffer for unexpected costs.


Will I get to choose which sessions I can attend?

During the registration process, you will be asked to rank speaker and workshop sessions. Based on your rankings, we will try to get all of the attendees the sessions that they want. The schedule for the weekend will consist of either a 3 or 1.5 hour workshop, at least one speaker session, and then time to explore the Med Expo when not in a session. Once assigned, attendees will not be able go to other sessions due to space constraints.


How many delegates will there be?

OMSW 2018 will have space for around 600 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. Please contact them or let us know if you have not heard anything by the second week of October. OMSW tickets do NOT include transportation.


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 or let us know if you have not heard anything by the end of the first week of October.


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: Casual
    • Saturday daytime: Professional / Business casual
    • Saturday evening formal dinner: Semi-formal attire
    • Saturday evening social: Club 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.)


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