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President’s Update – July 10
President’s Update – July 10
I am thrilled to see so many of you engaged with medical politics! We accomplish more when passionate doctors share strong opinions.

A few things you need to know:

The OMA is embarking on important work related to relativity. The Board appointed the following non-Board members to the Relativity Review Committee as recommended by the Committee on Committees. 
  • Dr. Suzanne Allain (Psychiatry)
  • Dr. Samir Gupta (Dermatology)
  • Dr. Ania Kieler (Diagnostic Imaging)
  • Dr. Taylor Lougheed (SGFP)
  • Dr. Kylen McReelis (Eye Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario)
  • Dr. Brendan Mullen (Laboratory Medicine)
  • Dr. Steven Papp (Orthopedic Surgery)
  • Dr. Asad Razzaque (SGFP)

Dr. Del Dhanoa is Chair of this Committee.

  • Change continues inside the OMA. The Board governance task force has laid out an ambitious plan to modernize Board governance and function. It includes a massive reduction in the number of Board committees, charters for all positions and committees, and a renewed commitment to governance best practices. 
    A new strategic plan with refreshed mission, vision and values will direct operations over the next few years. I hope you already noticed a different tone to social media content. Watch for a new communications strategy this fall and full details at fall council.
  • Struggles in Districts 5 and 11 have consumed staff time since council. A number of members expressed concerns about a recent email they received from a group of doctors, which contained errors and misinformation. To clarify, the OMA has only 248 full-time staff, plus 9 part-time (not 300) and we received $50.4 million in dues in 2016 (not $70 million). While the OMA is non-partisan, we criticize mismanagement and compliment excellence, as opportunity allows. Finally, the OMA has never reported any doctor to the CPSO. 

    Any member of the public, including members of staff or the profession, can file a formal complaint to the CPSO about individual doctors. To be clear, the OMA has filed no complaints. We are working on a Code of Ethics and Conduct policy. This code will provide guidance for the handling of difficult situations and will outline expectations for behaviour.  It is not a policy to report members to the CPSO for investigation
Thank you for reading this email! Please update and inspire your colleagues at every opportunity. Also, I want to thank all of you who are involved in grassroots advocacy. You can do and say many things that an organization cannot.
 
As always, you can find more detail at OMA.org or by inquiring at info@oma.org
 
Highest regards,
 
Shawn