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The Student Section of the Ontario Medical Association

The Ontario Medical Students Association (OMSA) is the dedicated student voice of the OMA. They represent the views and concerns of the over 3,000 Ontario medical students on a number of issues.

Over the past few years, OMSA has been very concerned about the decrease in medical school accessibility and the negative effects this will have on our healthcare system. Since 1998, OMSA has fought against tuition deregulation and has actively lobbied the provincial government to freeze tuition levels and increase government assistance to lower income students.

OMSA has appealed to their future colleagues as well. In 2000, the Ontario Medical Student Bursary Fund was established after executive members of OMSA recognized the need for more financial assistance programs. Students appealed to Council members of the Ontario Medical Association who responded by developing and contributing to this financial assistance program.

More recently, OMSA has also started working to make certain that all Ontario medical students are able to access postgraduate training positions in this province. While medical school enrolment has increased steadily in the last few years, residency positions have not kept pace. OMSA is committed to working toward ensuring that there are adequate postgraduate training positions in Ontario, and that these positions are appropriately distributed among the various disciplines so graduates are able to enter their disciplines of interest.

The Student Section of the OMA was officially founded during the Ontario Medical Association's AGM in May 1974 and started using the acronym "OMSA" in 2004. Students at each of the six Ontario medical schools (Western, McMaster, Toronto, Queens, Ottawa, and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine) elect two representatives to serve on the Student Section Executive for a two-year term. These representatives elect a Chair, Vice-Chair and Treasurer to serve for a one-year period.

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OMSA Executive Committee

Queen’s University
Soniya Sharma

Queen's University
Marianne Stroz

Information Officer and Treasurer
University of Ottawa

Khizer Amin

Director of Communications
Western University
James Yan

Director of Services
University of Toronto
Venus Valbuena

Director of Representation
Northern Ontario School of Medicine

Heather Smith

OMSA Representatives

McMaster University

Nicole Archer

Gordon Locke

Northern Ontario School of Medicine

Heather Smith

Daniel Dalcin

University of Ottawa

Anthea Girdwood

Jonathan Gravel

Queen’s University

Alanna Fleet

University of Toronto

Ali Damji

Western University

James Ahlin

Published on: 5/9/2010 9:35 AM
Printed on: 05/28/2015 07:47 AM
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