Medical Student Program Information

This program is designed to benefit students by exposing them to hands-on workshops and seminars that enhance their awareness and understanding of the profession of obstetrics and gynaecology. Hands-on workshops may include such topics as:

  • suturing
  • IUD insertion
  • breech delivery and shoulder dystocia
  • laparoscopy 
  • ultrasound
In addition, students are able to meet with Ob/Gyn residents from across the country to learn more about residency programs and will have the opportunity to present a poster. A photo scavenger hunt around downtown Halifax will add some team-building fun!

How to apply

Canadian medical students who have not previously attended the SOGC Medical Student Program are welcome to apply. 40 students will be selected at random from a pool of applicants. Students may opt to be placed on a cancellation list in the event that they are not selected to participate. 

Please note that funding is not available from the SOGC for this program. Participants are responsible for their cost of travel, meals, and accomodation in Halifax, as well as SOGC membership fees and ACSC registration fees. Low-cost accomodation is available at Dalhousie University on a first-come, first-served basis.

This program is now sold out.

Information for attendees

Students who are selected to participate in the program must:

  • Be a member in good standing of the SOGC.  If you are not currently a member of the SOGC, click here to apply.
  • Register for the ACSC (when available). Select the “Student in health care training/research” category. Tip: allow 2-3 business days for your membership to process prior to registering to benefit from the member rate!
  • Demonstrate a genuine interest in Ob/Gyn.
  • Attend each session of the Medical Student Program. Sessions will take place from approximately 8:00-17:00 on Monday, June 10, and from 8:00-11:00 on Tuesday, June 11.Attendance is taken at each session. Attendance for the remaining conference days (June 11-14) is optional, but encouraged.

Following the MSP, participants will be required to complete and submit a global evaluation.

Contact Danica Desjardins via email at if you have any questions.

Poster presentation

Click here to download a copy of the 2019 Medical Student Program abstracts.


All participants must prepare a poster. This will not be a formal oral presentation, but participants will be asked to stand by their poster for a period of time to answer questions. 

Poster topics:

  • Option 1: Research presentation.
  • Are you currently conducting research? If so, use this opportunity to present it. Even if your results are preliminary, we would love to hear about what you're working on! Be sure to check with your supervisor before selecting this option.
  • Include the following:
    • Title: should be brief and clearly indicate the nature of the presentation;
    • Objective(s): state the study purpose in a concise manner;
    • Study methods: indicate the study location, number and type of human subjects, nonhuman species or material being studied, the principal test(s) performed, and the type(s) of statistical analysis if appropriate;
    • Results: confirm or refute the hypothesis, supported by statistics if appropriate; 
    • Conclusion(s): state the effect of the study on patient management, the scientific or clinical significance of the work, the way in which we teach students or patients, and/or future directions.
  • Option 2: The specialty of obstetrics/gynaecology.
  • Are you currently conducting research? If so, use this opportunity to present it. Even if your results are preliminary, we would love to Tell us what experiences prompted your interest in Ob/Gyn or what excites you about the specialty of Ob/Gyn!

Poster criteria:

  • Maximum dimensions: 3' x 4'
  • Language: English or French
  • Please include your name and affiliation(s) at the top 
  • Velcro/pins will be provided
  • Creativity is encouraged, but if you prefer to create a more standard research poster, check out these helpful guides :