Office of Health Professions Student Affairs (OHPSA)

Book an appointmentWe support students enrolled in the Faculty of Medicine:

  • MD Program
  • MD/PhD 
  • Medical Radiation Sciences
  • Physician Assistant 
  • Occupational Therapy

We offer you the following supports:

  • Helping you attain your full potential in academic achievement, personal growth and professional development
  • Facilitating student-led activities and providing outreach and service learning opportunities
  • Advocating for you

Services we provide

We offer a wide variety of services to student in the areas of wellness, career development, academic coaching, service learning and community outreach.

Career Counselling

Choosing the kind of physician you would like to become may seem daunting. Career counsellors are here to assist you across the next four years of medical school.

Career exploration

As a medical student, your career development will likely involve exploring various specialties and clinical settings outside of your established curriculum.

Personal counselling & student wellness

Our personal counsellors provide confidential individual and couples counselling on a wide range of concerns. Book an appointment There is no problem too big or too small.

Academic coaching & PREP

an academic coach who will work with you to develop individualized academic plans and to frame new, or to review and adapt current, strategies to optimize learning potential in order to ensure peak academic performance.

Getting involved & co-curricular activities

Enrich your learning and gain meaningful community experience by getting involved in initiatives.

Summer Mentorship Program (SMP)

SMP gives high school students of Indigenous or African ancestry a chance to explore health sciences.

Welcome message from the Associate Dean, Dr. Leslie Nickell

Training to become a health professional is an endeavour that brings a host of new experiences, new people and unique challenges as you develop your knowledge and clinical skills. We are here to help you navigate these challenges and optimize your development as a health care professional. Self-care is an important step in promoting you to take great care of your patients.

On behalf of the OHPSA team, I wish you all the best in your training program. We look forward to seeing you at one of our many events! 

Dr. Leslie Nickell, MSW, MD, CCFP 
Associate Dean 
Office of Health Professions Students Affairs



All discussions with our counsellors are strictly confidential. Our counselling services at OHPSA provide consultations, short-term treatment, referral services, psycho-educational workshops and support groups to students enrolled in the Faculty of Medicine. We understand that confidentiality is a significant concern for all students. Information you share with the counsellors will not be released or shared without your permission and written consent except as the law requires. 

The counsellors are required to disclose confidential information if: 

  • the counsellors believe that you may be in danger to yourself or others 
  • the counsellors become aware that a minor is being physically or sexually abused or is at risk of being abused 
  • you inform the counsellors about a health professional who has been sexually abusive to a client (including yourself) 
  • a court of law subpoenas a counsellor’s records or records regarding a particular incident. The counsellors will contact you, if possible, before releasing any information and will notify you of the proceedings 

Student Assistance

Information to help guide you through an urgent situation or crisis.

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