The Ontario Medical Students Association echoes the growing and urgent appeals for a lasting humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza. We align ourselves with over 260 Canadian humanitarian, civil society, faith, and community organizations endorsing the ceasefirenow statement. As future healthcare professionals we are deeply concerned about the complete collapse of Gaza’s healthcare system and extremely limited access to life saving provisions for innocent Palestinians.
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The election of the 2023-2024 OMSA Executive Board will be taking place on May 20th-21st in Toronto, during the Leadership Summit and Annual General Meeting. All Ontario medical students are eligible and encouraged to consider running for a position on the Executive.
We at OMSA join the many healthcare and community organizations in STRONG opposition to the Ontario government’s decision to end the Physician and Hospital Services for Uninsured Persons Program.
On February 25th, OMSA Council convened in Toronto at the OMA Offices for its 6th full meeting of the 2022-2023 year. OMSA had the privilege of welcoming OMA CEO Allan O'Dette to discuss the current state of Ontario's healthcare system and its future.
Other highlights from the meeting included discussions on
It is with great sadness that OMSA remembers and honours our colleague, peer, and dear friend Abeera Shahid, who passed away unexpectedly on December 19th, 2022. Abeera was a 3rd year medical student at the University of Ottawa and OMSA’s Vice President of Advocacy.
On September 3rd, 2022, OMSA Council unanimously endorsed the following two position papers written by Ontario's medical students:
- Reducing barriers in Canadian medical school admissions for students with disabilities (Gerstman, Dini, Wilton)
- Combatting Sexual Assault: Addressing Gaps in Medical School Curricula (Healey, Mihilli, Alphonsus, Steckle)
A summary of all previously endorsed position papers can be found here.
Bill 124 is an Ontario legislation that limits wage increases for nurses and actively contributes to the current nursing staffing crisis by exacerbating burnout, decreasing morale, and undervaluing the essential role that nurses play in our healthcare system. In doing so, Bill 124 threatens the quality of healthcare provided to patients across the province, and negatively impacts the training of future medical professionals. The strain Bill 124 has placed on the healthcare system will have adverse effects at all levels of care, for years to come.
58% of workers living in Canada do not have access to paid sick leave. Since labour policy is provincially regulated, paid sick leave legislation differs across the provinces. Currently, paid sick leave is only legislated in Quebec (two days per year), in PEI (one day after five years with the same employer), and for federally-regulated workers (three days per year). In Ontario, where there are no provincially regulated sick days, individual workplace policies dictate access to paid sick leave.
At the beginning of this month, the Government of Ontario released a new tiered framework for the province to combat the spread of COVID-19. On November 12th, the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) released a statement calling for tighter restrictions from the Ontario government to curb the spread of COVID-19. With record high cases increasing by the day, the Ontario Medical Students Association (OMSA) supports the OMA’s call to increase restrictions within each tier of the framework and allocate more resources for testing and contact tracing.
As a community of future physicians, OMSA recognizes that racism and discrimination have direct consequences on health and contribute to creating and perpetuating health inequities. As an