Workshops are each 75 minutes long (PoCUS Workshop is 4 hours). Each attendee will be asked to select their top choices during registration, and will be assigned to one of these workshops.



Stand Up for Health Workshop

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

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


Wilderness Medicine Workshop

Students will team up with the Ottawa Search and Rescue team and run through 2-3 different simulations, learning how to respond to medical emergencies in remote areas. This is sure to be an exciting workshop as students learn to triage, splint limbs and much more. Come dressed for the weather!

**Please Note: the Ottawa Search and Rescue cannot issue a certification for this workshop**


Imaging Workshop

Students will work with radiology residents to develop an approach to reading x-rays. This is an excellent workshop to practice and improve reading images. Real life cases will be incorporated into this interactive session.


Suturing Workshop

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.


Intubation and Vitals Workshop

Students will have the opportunity to practice taking vital signs and will learn the basics of intubation, which they will be able to practice on mannequins. All students in this session must bring their stethoscopes in order to practice vitals.


Casting Workshop

Students will have the opportunity to practice casting techniques on one another with the help and guidance of resident physicians.