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.
The time is right to join the OMA! Do you remember the old adage that membership has its privileges?
With the Ontario Medical Association's physician membership of close to 40,000 members, we are the voice of the profession. The association is dedicated to protecting the professional and personal interests of our members. We have exclusive negotiating rights to negotiate terms and conditions of service on behalf of all doctors in Ontario. The services stretch far beyond just the benefits of uniting the voices of other physicians.
We can help you take care of those financial burdens as you make your way through medical school with initiatives and programs such as the Ontario Medical Student Bursary Fund, Resident Loan Interest Relief Program, Student Leadership Development Subsidy Program, and the Ontario Medical Foundation Elective Bursaries.
Whether it's low cost disability, home or auto insurance you are seeking, placement services, practice management or policy analysis and research, these services are all covered in your membership. We also offer career sessions, leadership skills seminars, advocacy training, and other programs that are designed to prepare you for a rewarding career in medicine. In addition, the Physician Health Program is at your disposal with your membership - offering completely confidential personal support services, should you need to access them.
At no extra charge, copies of Scrub-In, the Ontario Medical Review and the Canadian Medical Association Journal will be delivered to your door so you can keep up to date on the latest developments. In addition, during negotiations and other important issues of interest to doctors, the membership is able to keep updated via communication from the president. And, what's even better is that students who join the OMA are automatically members of the Student Section of the OMA (OMSA). Plus, it's a joint membership with the CMA! What's the price for these sweet benefits? $22!