What is OMSA?

Officially founded in May 1974 during the Ontario Medical Association's AGM, the Student Section of the OMA was started using the acronym "OMSA" (short for Ontario Medical Students Association) in 2004. Students at each of the six Ontario medical schools (Western, McMaster, Toronto, Queens, Ottawa, and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine) elect two representatives to serve on the Student Section Executive Council for a two-year term. In addition, these representatives elect two Co-Chairs, a Director of Communications, a Director of Representation, a Director of Services and an Information Officer/Treasurer to serve for a one year term.

Today, OMSA is the dedicated student voice to the Ontario Medical Association (OMA), representing the views and concerns of the over 3,000 Ontario medical students on a number of issues, from financial assistance, post-graduate training, and health policy. Additionally, OMSA has also worked over the past years to tailor a program of events and services for students to enhance their experiences throughout their medical school training. We’ve created opportunities and activities that offer social, leadership, advocacy, wellness, professional, and personal development for our members. Please browse our events page for more details on this activities. Additionally, we encourage students to contact the OMSA Executive Council for more information on these events and other opportunities with our association.


Are you a member?

All medical schools who register as members of the OMA are automatically members of the Ontario Medical Students Association. To join the OMA, please visit the OMA Website. Registration costs just $22/year for student members and includes membership in the Canadian Medical Association (CMA). The OMA is the voice of the profession in Ontario, with a membership of over 33,000 physicians. The OMA is a body dedicated to protect the professional and personal interests of its members and serves to unite the voice of current and future physicians.

Get involved!

Browse the website to take a look at OMSA's current endeavours. To get involved with OMSA, please contact a VP External at your medical school! Furthermore, we are always interested in your feedback. To get in touch with us, please use the contact information available near the bottom of the page.