About the OMA
The Ontario Medical Association (OMA) represents the political, clinical and economic interests of the province's medical profession. Practising physicians, residents, and students from Ontario’s six medical schools are eligible for OMA membership.
Founded in 1880 as a voluntary association of the province's physicians, the OMA plays a vital role in developing and promoting health-care services across Ontario.
The Association is governed by a Council and a Board of Directors. Council consists of almost 270 delegates from Districts and Sections, while the Board consists of representatives from 11 Districts, a representative for Ontario’s six medical schools, and five Directors elected by Council.
The OMA has three governing Bodies, Council, the OMA Board of Directors, and the OMA Executive Committee. The Corporations Act, common law, letters patent and the OMA Bylaws assign responsibilities for making decisions to Council or the Board of Directors.
Council, the OMA’s ultimate governing body, has the right to decide matters on behalf of the Association that affect members in their professional capacity. Between meetings of Council, the OMA Board of Directors manages the affairs of the OMA and may make professional decisions that are consistent with existing resolutions of Council. In practice, Council, which meets twice a year, makes the high-level professional decisions. The Board, which meets much more frequently, then does the work to implement these decisions. Similarly, the Association’s Executive Committee, which is elected by Council and the Board, may exercise the powers of the Board of Directors between meetings of the Board.
The OMA's 49 Sections represent physicians sharing common specialties or areas of clinical or practice interest. Section activity has increased in recent years, thereby enhancing the profession's ability to shape decision making and ensure that patient care remains foremost in policy decisions.
The OMA health-policy committees include experts from across the province to consider topical clinical and legislative issues. These Committees produce programs, discussion papers, and educational material to influence the medical profession's contribution to public policy.
OMA staff implement policy developed by Council and the Board.
Led by the Association's Chief Executive Officer, OMA staff include professionals in the fields of:
- Practice Management
- Health Policy
- Legal Services
- Strategy and Governance
- Economics, Research, and Analytics
- Information Management
- Hospital Services
- Laboratory Proficiency Testing
- Medical Services
- Physician Health
- Public Affairs
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