Day of Action
Day of Action 2022 - Improvements to Long-Term Care
The Day of Action (previously Lobby Day) gives Ontario medical students the opportunity to meet with Members of Provincial Parliament at Queen's Park to advocate on a specific topic related to health policy. In recent years, we've advocated for improved access to mental health care, solutions combating the rise in unmatched medical graduates, and avoiding cuts to public health funding; work on these issues are ongoing. The topic for the 2022 Day of Action was the long-term care crisis in Ontario.
Delegates registered for DoA 2022 had the chance to participate in a two-day training weekend followed by virtual meetings with MPPs. The training weekend featured keynotes from guest speakers, a stakeholder panel, advocacy workshops, and a mock MPP activity to prepare you for the MPP meetings.
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Day of Action 2020 Highlights
Public Health Funding
This virtual Day of Action tackled the issue of Public Health Structure and Funding in Ontario. Delegates met with MPPs in November 2020 to advocate for three main asks: a public health funding model that takes inflation and population changes into account, crucial updates to the provincial health information system, and the incorporation of local stakeholder voices when making public health decisions.
Lobby Day 2019 Highlights
Physician Services Planning
On April 8th, 2019, 60 medical students from all six Ontario medical schools met with MPPs in the 42nd Ontario Legislature, the first time since the 2018 provincial election. Continuing our theme from Lobby Day 2018, delegates advocated for improved physician services planning with two key asks: an increased ratio of residency spots to medical graduates (currently at historic lows) and more transparency in the decision-making of physician services planning.
Lobby Day 2018 Highlights
Physician Services Planning
In their final year of medical school, students apply for residency positions in a process known as "the match". Historically, 10 to 20 graduates in Canada have gone unmatched each year. However, that number has risen dramatically since 2011, rising to 46 in 2016 and 68 in 2017 and is projected to reach 141 in 2021. This year, medical students in Ontario overwhelmingly voted for OMSA to advocate for improved physician services planning for our annual Lobby Day on April 9th, 2018. OMSA engaged over 60 medical students from across Ontario in our advocacy. Medical students implore the Government of Ontario to create a physician workforce that meets Ontario’s needs, is transparent in its physician services planning to enable medical students’ informed decision-making, and that ensures an adequate number of residency spots for every single Ontario medical graduate.
Lobby Day 2017 Highlights
Access to Mental Health Care
The 2017 OMSA Lobby Day was held from April 1st to 3rd, 2017. 60 students from each of Ontario’s six medical schools congregated in Toronto to receive training in leadership skills and advocacy training on April 1st and 2nd. With these skills, delegates then met with Ministers and MPPs from ridings across Ontario on April 3rd to discuss issue of improving access to mental health care. The lobby day topic was selected through a province-wide survey of medical students.
Mental illness affects 1 in 5 Canadians and in Ontario, its burden exceeds that of cancer. Yet, our mental health services are fragmented and lacks standards to guide its improvement. Our asks were to: (1) set standards and monitor wait times for children/youth accessing mental health care, and (2) improve the transition of mental health care between adolescents and adults. We asked each MPP to solicit their constituents' concerns on these critical issues by: (1) hosting a town hall or online public consultation, and/or (2) publishing an open call for letters with regards to constituents' experiences with wait times, transitions, and the overall quality of their experience with the children and youth mental health system.
Lobby Day 2016 Highlights
Seniors Access to Long-Term Care
The 2016 Leadership Summit and Lobby Day was held from April 9th to 11th, 2016. 60 delegates from Ontario medical schools received training in leadership skills and advocacy training. With these skills, delegates met with MPPs at Queen's Park on April 11, 2016 to advocate for seniors access to long-term care. Check out the video below for the highlights of the weekend.
Lobby Day 2015 Highlights
Lobby Day 2014 Highlights
Improving Health Human Resource Planning
This year's Provincial Lobby Day took place on April 13th, 2014. Over 40 medical student delegates descended onto Queen's Park to meet members of our provincial political parties, as well as speak to MPPs. The topic of discourse this year is a continuation of the past years' efforts to ensure the Ontario healthcare system focuses on long-term solutions in healthcare human resources. As the health needs of Ontario citizens vary by specific location and generations of new medical graduates are trying to serve these populations, a provincial wide resource to match the right physicians to the right locations will benefit everyone.
As the next generation of physicians, we are asking the government to continue to make progress on matching the needs of Ontario’s health care system with improved access to relevant and timely information around employment opportunities. This can be done by developing a database on the Health Force Ontario website that compiles available information on health care shortages by specialty and geographic location and also projects future health care needs by speciality and geographic location.
Lobby Day 2013 Highlights
Collaboration in Health Human Resource Planning
Ontario Medical students went to Queen's Park on April 7th, 2013 for their Provincial Lobby Day. This year's ask focused on ensuring Ontario's healthcare system places the right people in the right locations to meet the health needs of Ontario. This ask addresses the mismatch between new graduates and job opportunities in various specialties.
Specifically, we have requested that Health Force Ontario, an office within the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), continue working on the electronic health human resources database and further request that medical students have a seat at the table for HHR discussion and planning.
We had a great turn out to this year's Leadership Summit and Lobby Day. All of the delegates were quite impressive.
Lobby Day 2012 Highlights
Health Human Resource Planning Transparency
OMSA is proud to announce that our first ever combined Leadership Summit and Lobby Day took place on March 31st - April 2nd, 2012! Five delegates were chosen from each Ontario medical school to attend the event.
This three-day event started with a brand new Leadership Summit
on Saturday, March 31st. The Leadership Summit explored
complexity theory, appreciative inquiry and effective
communication strategies, and provide participants with a better
understanding of their own learning styles. This hands-on and
interactive session was designed to help participants apply new
skills and knowledge to their own leadership roles. It included
guest speakers and panelists with a variety of leadership
expertise, tackling the important question of how physicians can
influence funding and decision making in the heath-care
The rest of the weekend focused on the lobby day. Sunday, April 1st was an opportunity for students to understand and discuss the "ask" and prepare for the next day when they had the opportunity to meet their local MPP to discuss the "ask" and current issues affecting medical students province-wide. The 2012 Lobby Day took place at Queen's Park on April 2, 2012. Medical student representatives from all six Ontario medical schools met with MPPs to deliver the following message:
"The Ontario Medical Students’ Association respectfully requests that the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care collate all critical information about the future of health human resources planning and utilization into one source to be made available in one place so that medical students are empowered to make informed decisions about which areas of specialty training they would like to pursue."
This year's "ask" was particularly successful in that it garnered the support of all Provincial political parties.
For more information, please refer to the Backgrounder and Summary of our ask.
Lobby Day 2011 Highlights
Improving Medical School Accessibility
On March 28th, 2011, medical students from across the province met with politicians at Queen’s Park of all political stripes. The message was simple - cap tuition fee increases to the rate of inflation to ensure medical school is accessible to all qualified Ontarians regardless of their socioeconomic background.