Resident Orientation

Learn about resources and support available to resident members.

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Congratulations on starting residency! Whether you’re an Ontario, Canadian or international medical graduate, the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) welcomes you to this next stage in your career.

We are here to support you both personally and professionally through all your successes and challenges.

Message from the OMA President

“Residency is a series of incrementally increasing responsibilities. Study hard, work harder, learn from not only your mistakes (you will make them), but that of others’ as well. Do it with intent. You will emerge a stronger, wiser version of yourself.”

- Dr. Samantha Hill
President, Ontario Medical Association

Join the OMA

First year residents can join online for only $10 for the remainder of 2020.

If you’re already an OMA member, visit MyAccount to view or update your profile.

The OMA provides representation on behalf of more than 40,000 practicing physicians, residents and medical students. This includes:

  • fee negotiations and related economic interests
  • health policy and professional advocacy
  • legal services
  • a broad range of exclusive products and services

OMA Insurance

When you join the OMA, you get access to OMA Insurance, one of the most popular benefits among medical students, residents and physicians.

As a resident member, we are pleased to offer you our Student Special Offer which provides you with OMA Disability Insurance without medical evidence before July 31, 2020. Just enrol as a graduating medical student.

Should you ever need to go on a disability claim, our program may compliment the disability coverage you have through PARO. Contact us at for details.

If you already have the OMA Student Life and Disability plan, there is nothing for you to do. The plan automatically transitions with you into residency and becomes payable on September 1, 2020.

Check out other solutions that residents are interested in:

Physician Health Program

Residency is deeply rewarding. At times, it is difficult and psychologically demanding. Resilience is optimized by self-care, caring for each other and an openness to professional support.

The OMA’s Physician Health Program (PHP) offers you a confidential service that can personally curate mental health support for your needs.

Contact PHP at 1.800.851.6606 (Monday to Friday 8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) or email

Advantages Retirement Plan™

Advantages Retirement Plan is a group retirement savings plan by OMA Insurance. It is available exclusively for OMA members and their spouses or common-law partners.

Member resources

To access information on these programs and services, log into the member site. If you’re not member, you can join now.


The OMA Advantages Program has member-exclusive offers on travel, fitness, cellphones and much more. Including:

  • Goodlife
  • Porter Airlines
  • VIA Rail
  • Telus
  • Hotels

The Memberperks Discount Program gets you access to over 3,000 discounts on day-to-day items and services through Venngo. Including:

  • apparel
  • dining & Food
  • entertainment
  • travel


OMA’s legal services department helps physicians with:

  • incorporation services
  • negotiation of primary care and alternate payment plan contracts
  • practice-related issues, including general medical legal matters
  • contract review with hospitals, universities, clinics, or other institutions for employees or independent contractors

Practice management

The OMA provides practice management and professional support to help you get your practice started and assist you throughout your medical career.

Contact us at for details on our “Starting a Practice” toolkit and the complementary “Early in Practice” seminars.

Section of Residents

The OMA Section of Residents represents nearly 4,000 resident physicians in Ontario.

The section is represented by an executive committee that is elected by its membership. They carry out the section’s key objectives in liaison with the Professional Association of Residents of Ontario.