Lobby Day 2017: ACCESS TO MENTAL HEALTH CARE

Applications for the 2017 Lobby Day Weekend have now closed. This year, the topic chosen for lobby day is "Access to Mental Health Care". See below for event details. 

When: April 1st - 3rd, 2017

Where: Toronto, OMA Offices and Queen’s Park

What: The Ontario Medical Students’ Association organizes an annual Lobby Day in the spring of each year. Students from each of Ontario’s six medical schools congregate in Toronto and meet with Ministers and Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) from ridings across Ontario to discuss issues of importance to Ontario Medical Students. Each year, a specific issue is chosen for discussion with MPPs. The weekend before Lobby Day Monday, there is engaging and valuable advocacy training for delegates.

Click here for a schedule of the weekend

Click here for a one-page Lobby Day Briefing

Click here to learn more about the Lobby Day ask


APPLICATION PROCESS

Submit a 300 word (max) statement expressing why you are interested in participating in Lobby Day Weekend and what you hope to gain from this experience. Only applicants able to attend for all three days will be accepted. Statements will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Interest in advocacy and leadership
  • Interest in access to mental health care
  • Communication skills
  • First-time delegates are preferred however returning delegates are welcome and encouraged to apply

Submit your statement of interest as a Microsoft Word document titled "YOUR NAME - UNIVERSITY" to OMSA’s Lobby Day Coordinator, Heena Kapoor: heena_k@rogers.com with the subject of the email as "2017 OMSA Lobby Day Application" by Friday, February 17th, 2017 at 11:59 PM. Applications will be anonymized and graded blindly, so please avoid including any information within the body of your essay that will identify who you are (including your name, name of medical school, and medical school city). No other documents will be considered in the application.


Lobby Day 2016 Highlights

The 2016 Leadership Summit and Lobby Day was held from April 9th to 11th. 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.