This article originally appeared in the Fall 2022 issue of the Ontario Medical Review magazine.
In this centenary edition of the Ontario Medical Review, members share their reflections on the impact and enjoyment of reading the publication, and its ability to connect physicians to one another on important issues facing the profession.
“I often turn to the OMR as an important reliable media resource to remain fully informed on the issues affecting Ontario physicians and our patients. As the publication that frequently seeks out Ontario’s physician leaders as sources, I am able to keep “my fingers on the pulse” of the opinions of Ontario’s medical leadership which helps inform my own perspectives. It has been a pleasure to work with the OMR team as well, who have provided seamless communication, accurate representation and professionalism in all my interactions with them.”
“I am grateful for the voice that the Ontario Medical Review offers to physicians. I have enjoyed reading other physician perspectives on issues I face, and ones I can’t imagine, and that has made me feel closer through these changing times. There is a real community being built within the pages of this publication. Practical simple advice and raw true emotions are the most memorable things I read, and the new face of the OMR seems to feature both with good balance. So, keep going. Keep envisioning. Keep advocating for us doctors. Because we certainly appreciate the voice you’ve given us.”
“Ontario is such a large province – northern Ontario alone is three times the size of the U.K. with only one-sixtieth of their population – and the practice of medicine is so varied from rural to urban, north to south, and across specialties. One of the things that I think that the OMR helps to do is to connect physicians to one another so that we can better understand emerging ideas and needs across disciplines. As a community of physicians, we need to be able to work together, particularly on the big issues – health workforce, climate, equity, mental health and addictions – so that we can better meet the needs of the people of Ontario together. The OMR provides a space to help share some of our stories, identify shared policy advocacy opportunities, and connect clinicians across the province. We need more of that.”
“Congratulations to the Ontario Medical Review for reaching its centenary year! During my time in leadership positions with the Ontario Medical Association, including my current term as chair of the Section on Psychiatry, I have had the opportunity to write and to be interviewed for articles in the Ontario Medical Review over the past several years. These experiences have allowed me to highlight core advocacy issues for which doctors have been at the forefront, including virtual care expansion, mental health and addictions services needs and perspectives on the COVID-19 pandemic. Having a publication which showcases the key work of our colleagues helps us all to have a better understanding of where the efforts are gaining traction and the ways in which to map the road ahead.”