Learn about how the OMA supports medical students through your OMA membership.
As a medical student, we encourage you to join the Ontario Medical Association (OMA). We represent over 43,000 physicians, residents and medical students, and want you to know that we’ve got your back – not just in the early stages of your career, but throughout your entire medical career. We’re here to support you on your journey to becoming a physician.
Join the OMA
Founded 141 years ago, the OMA advocates for the well-being of our members and the health of Ontarians. Our mission is to strengthen the leadership role of doctors in patient care, and our vision is to be the trusted voice in transforming Ontario’s health-care system.
When you become an OMA member, you’re joining a diverse, inclusive community where your voice matters. You’ll get to work and connect with other Ontario doctors to make an impact on health policy and on matters that affect the profession and the health and well-being of the province.
Experience all the OMA has to offer
OMA’s programs and services focus on key issues that impact your success. When you join the OMA, you gain access to a wide variety of benefits and programs tailored to your needs at every stage of your career.
Health system & advocacy
As a member of the OMA, your voice matters. We work closely with our elected leaders to represent member interests. From negotiating payment contracts with the province to creating value-added professional services. Our efforts have never been more important as we work together with the government and our health-care partners.
We provide ongoing training and support to help you find your voice and lead transformation through programs and services, such as:
- Student leadership knowledge translation
- Student Ambassador Program
- Lobby Day training
- Speakers Bureau
Through the OMA, we offer programs and publications to help you succeed, stay connected and informed:
- Ontario Medical Foundation bursaries
- Student elections support
- Weekly President’s Update
- Scrub-in – OMA’s award-winning magazine, produced by and for medical students
- Ontario Medical Review (OMR)
- OMA podcasts
- OMA Exchange
- OMA mobile app
- Retirement Talk Webinar Series brought to you by OMA Insurance
- The Financial Checkup Podcast Series brought to you by the Advantages Retirement Plan™
Founded in 1921, the OMA Awards program recognizes the work of physicians, residents and medical students in Ontario.
Individuals are awarded for outstanding contributions of service to the Ontario Medical Association, the medical profession, medical science or the common good.
Award recipients are celebrated annually at the OMA awards ceremony, held at the annual general meeting in spring, or through local events dependent on the award category.
With your OMA membership, you have access to exclusive member benefits and discounts to help you save money, so you can focus on the important stuff, like preparing for your CaRMS tour and saving for the future you deserve.
Take advantage of the services and programs that have been designed just for you.
This program has member-exclusive offers tailored to support you in your professional and personal life. From travel and entertainment to cellphones and much more. Some of our partners include:
- Goodlife Fitness
- Porter Airlines
- VIA Rail
- Corporate hotel directory
- Running Room
Memberperks for OMA gives you access to over 3,000 discounts on everyday purchases. Including:
- Dining and food
- Health and wellness
- Travel and entertainment
- Computer and electronics
When you join the OMA, you can take advantage of the exclusive OMA Insurance Student Essentials Plan, including discounted disability and complimentary life insurance.
Check out these other insurance solutions Ontario medical students use:
It’s never too early to start thinking about saving for retirement. OMA Insurance is excited to provide the award-winning, Advantages Retirement Plan™, a first-of-its-kind in Canada group retirement savings plan designed exclusively for medical students, residents, physicians, and their spouses/ common-law partners. This plan includes a Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) and Registered Retirement Saving Plan (RRSP) available through an online, self-serve platform designed to help you start saving early for your retirement.
As a student, finding a financial balance among many competing motivations and demands can be a challenge. But that doesn’t mean that retirement savings must remain on the back burner. With the Advantages Retirement Plan™, you can start saving with as little as $50 a month.
Practice and professional support
Although you may not have a medical practice yet, we offer education and support to help you succeed as a medical student and prepare you for your residency. This includes:
- Educational webinars and digital tools
- Advice on CaRMS matching - a service provided in partnership with the CMA
- Physician Health Program
- OMSA Leadership Summit