Founding Partners

Ontario Medical Students Association (OMSA) is the student section of the Ontario Medical Association (OMA), and represents over 3000 medical students from all 6 Ontario medical schools: the University of Ottawa, Queen’s University, the University of Toronto, McMaster University, the University of Western Ontario, and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. OMSA is a student-led organization dedicated to developing and implementing projects to benefit the needs and interests of Ontario’s medical students, as well as advocating at the provincial level on behalf of students.

OMSA is led by an Executive Committee made up of elected medical students from across the province, including the two Vice-Presidents of External Affairs of each school’s Medical Society.  The Executive Committee regularly comes together to guide and implement the projects identified by our membership.

OMSA was established in 1974 by students who saw a need for official representation of medical students at a provincial level within the OMA. Since its inception OMSA has been the representative body of medical students to the OMA and is currently its third largest section.

In addition to OMSA’s ongoing involvement and support for the Altitude Mentoring program, the organization continues to lobby the provincial government on behalf of students on issues such as regulating medical school tuition through the annual OMSA Leadership & Lobby Day. OMSA also strives to provide services to its members such as the Annual Medical Equipment Sale and the Ontario Medical Student Weekend (OMSW).


The Ontario Medical Association (OMA) represents the political, clinical and economic interests of the province’s medical profession. Practicing physicians, residents, and students enrolled in any of the six Ontario faculties of medicine are eligible for OMA membership.

Founded in 1880 as a voluntary association of the province`s physicians, the OMA has from its beginning played a vital role in the development and promotion of health-care services across Ontario.

Today, the OMA represents Ontario`s physicians. It is governed by a Council composed of over 290 possible delegates, representing 77 territorial divisions and 62 sections, and by the Association`s Board of Directors. The Board consists of representatives from 11 districts, a representative of the six faculties of medicine in Ontario, and five Directors elected by Council.

The OMA`s 62 sections represent physicians sharing a common specialty or area of clinical or practice interest. Section activity has increased in recent years, thereby enhancing the profession’s ability to shape decision-making and ensure that patient care remains foremost in policy decisions.

A number of OMA health policy committees bring together experts from across the province to address important clinical and legislative issues facing physicians and patients. Programs, discussion papers, and educational material arising from the work of the OMA`s health policy committees are important components of the medical profession’s contribution to the development of public policy on health care.

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