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Interested in a career in obstetrics and gynaecology? Ob/gyn is a unique specialty combining medical and surgical skills.

Medical Student Program

The SOGC extends a special invitation to all medical students who have an interest in ob/gyn, as well as to midwifery students, to attend the Medical Student Program at each Annual Clinical and Scientific Conference.

About the program

The 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. The 2020 Medical Student Program will take place from June 8-June 9 in Ottawa.

Hands-on workshops may include such topics as:

  • Suturing
  • IUD insertion
  • Breech delivery and shoulder dystocia
  • Laparoscopy
  • Ultrasound
  • Hysteroscopy

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 Ottawa 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 accommodation in Ottawa, as well as SOGC membership fees and ACSC registration fees. Low-cost accommodation is available at the University of Ottawa on a first-come, first-served basis.

To apply for the 2020 Medical Student Program, please complete the following survey: https://www.research.net/r/MSP2020. The deadline to apply is January 8, 2020.

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, click here (link: https://www.sogc.org/en/membership/en/content/membership/why-join.aspx?hkey=3704a79f-95db-4aa6-94a2-5728854f1352) 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 approximately8:00-16:00 on Monday, June 8 and from 8:00-12:00 on Tuesday, June 9. Attendance is taken at each session. Attendance from the remaining conference days (June 9-12) is optional, but encouraged.

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

Contact Maxine Harvey-Burgess via email at mharveyburgess@sogc.com if you have any questions.

Poster presentation

All participants must prepare a poster. This will not be a formal oral presentation, but participants will be asked to stand by their posters 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
    • 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:


Speak with the Residents Week

Each year, the SOGC Resident Committee hosts a week-long series of teleconferences that are open to all Canadian medical students. The calls are organized by region, with resident representatives from each ob/gyn program in Canada attending the calls. Residents will provide information about their respective programs, and be available to answer questions from callers.

2019 dates: Coming soon!

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Promotional Resources for Universities

Residency Programs - FAQ Sheets

Updated each year by the SOGC Junior Member Committee, the FAQ sheets answer your questions concerning every residency program in the country.

Dalhousie University (Halifax)
Laval University (Quebec)
McGill University (Montreal)
McMaster University (Hamilton)
Memorial University (St. John's)
Queen's University (Kingston)
Sherbrooke University (Sherbrooke)
University of Alberta (Edmonton)
University of British Columbia (Vancouver)
University of Calgary (Calgary)
University of Manitoba (Winnipeg)
University of Montreal (Montreal)
University of Ottawa (Ottawa)
University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon)
University of Toronto (Toronto)
University of Western Ontario (London)