Workshops are each 1 hour long (except for Stand Up for Health and POCUS workshops that are each 2 hours long). Each attendee will be asked to select their top choices during registration, and will be assigned to two 1-hour or one 2-hour workshop.



Stand Up for Health Workshop (2 hours)

Created for medical students by medical students in Ontario, Stand Up for Health or SU4H is an immersive simulation that gives participants a better understanding and appreciation of the social determinants of health through experiential learning. Participants are placed in the role of Canadians living in poverty and must interact, make choices, and solve challenges within their given set of circumstances. The latter portion of the workshop consists of a facilitated discussion on challenges faced by marginalized Canadians as well as on public policy that leads to a healthy and equitable society.


Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Workshop (2 hours)

Students will have the opportunity to get hands on experience using ultrasounds. POCUS applications will be taught based on the following list of options that will be decided on prior to OMSW depending on student interest.

  • Knobology - A quick review of the basic principles of US, the relevant parts of the machine needed to perform scans, and some terminology surrounding scanning that will set students up for success in learning and performing the scans throughout the sessions.
  • Lung - congestive heart failure, pneumothorax
  • Airway - endotracheal/esophageal intubation
  • Cardiac
  • Aorta
  • MSK - joint effusions, achilles, rotator cuff
  • Needle guidance


Overdose Education and Naloxone Workshop (1 hour)

We are currently in the midst of a public health emergency. The opioid overdose crisis has claimed the lives of 11500 Canadians in the past three years. As healthcare providers, it is crucial to know how to reverse an opioid overdose. In this workshop run by volunteers from Ontario's first overdose prevention site, students will have the opportunity to learn about intervening in ovedoses and saving lives using naloxone kits.


"Little a" Advocacy Workshop (1 hour)

Being an advocate doesn't always mean "thinking big" - this workshop uses real stories to explore the ways we can improve our patients' lives with small actions. Apart from memorizing the definition for CANMEDs, what is the actual utility of advocacy for a physician? This workshop will answer all of your questions and more! This workshop is an engaging opportunity which outlines small ways you can become a better advocate on the individual level, and what it means not only for your practice, but for your identity as a physician.


Sexual Health 101 Workshop (1 hour)

Interested in sexual health topics, such as HPV, reproductive access, or safe practices? Ever wanted to learn how to approach sexual health topics without being totally awkward? How about how to promote sexual health practices to your patients in a safe and open environment? Then this workshop is for you! We have family physicians lined up who will provide a candid overview of approaches to sexual health in clinical practice.


Suturing Workshop (1 hour)

Are you a surgery gunner? Scratch that, do you want to learn practical skills, like what stitches are all about? Of course you do! Here students will have the opportunity to learn the basics of suturing and practice their skills. Several forms of suturing techniques will be taught over the course of the session. The session will be led by a number of skilled residents and medical students who will be able to help students improve their technique.


Casting Workshop (1 hour)

Ever broken a bone? Ok, even if you haven't, have you ever signed a cast? We can do one better. Here, students will have the opportunity to make their own casts! This workshop will allow students to practice casting techniques on one another with the help and guidance of resident physicians.