Medical students from across Ontario take action on the chosen ask during OMSA's Lobby Day (April 9, 2018) and attend meetings to engage politicians on the topic. OMSA also directs our advocacy efforts for the year to ensure that we accomplish the ask. Please take 5 minutes to fill out this survey to have an impact on medical students and healthcare for years to
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EvidenceNetwork.ca creates original media content on public policy topics for publication in the mainstream media and links journalists with policy experts to provide access to non-partisan, evidence-based information. OMSA and EvidenceNetwork.ca are collaborating to give medical students an opportunity to contribute opinion pieces
Some of the current and former OMSA Education Committee members had submitted an abstract titled "Evaluation of Ontario medical students' preferences and engagement in formal mentorship programs" to the Canadian Conference on Medical Education (CCME) 2018, and it has been accepted for a poster presentation. They are presenting the results of an Ontario-wide medical student survey designed to examine student preferences and engagement in formal mentorship programs in Ontario medical schools.
Since 2009, the ratio of available residency positions to Canadian medical students has declined steadily from 1.11 to 1.02 positions for every 1 applicant in the first round of the Canadian PGY-1 matching process. This has resulted in an unprecedented number of unmatched students, with 2.4% (68 students) remaining unmatched after the second iteration of CaRMS in 2017.
The top three priorities for the future of healthcare in Ontario identified by medical students in the 2017 survey are summarized in the infographic below. OMSA will be advocating on all three fronts this year. To learn how, or to get involved, please contact the Director of Representation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On April 13, 2017, the Government of Canada introduced the Cannabis Act, which aims to legalize recreational cannabis across the country. The Rapid Response Team of OMSA's Political Advocacy Committee has been busy working on advocacy relating to the Cannabis Act.
I recently heard that some animals have this ability to physically shake off stress when they go through a fearful situation. It reminded me firstly of course of the Taylor Swift song “Shake it Off” and then also got me thinking about the role that exercise can play in physically shaking off stress. I think one of the challenges of medical school is that there can be a consistent layer of stress throughout, even when I may not feel particularly stressed I may see physiological manifestations of
We always used the words "I'm so burnt out." No one really defined this for me until one of the speakers at the Wellness Retreat spoke about recognizing physician burnout. For those of you who want a quick summary, here are some resources I found online:
First of all, burnout is chronic and is associated with workplace-related stress
Meet Annie Wang (University of Toronto), our student of the month for April 2017!