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.