Dear Ontario Medical Students,
The Ontario Medical Association is holding a General Meeting of Members (GMoM) to discuss the Binding Arbitration framework that was recently agreed upon between the OMA’s negotiations committee and the Ministry. This framework will form the guiding principles through which the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care (MOHLTC) and the OMA will negotiate the terms of future Physician Services Agreements.
Under the terms of the proposed binding arbitration framework, if the OMA and MOHLTC are unable to reach an agreement in 60 days, there will be a mediation process to reach a binding agreement in renewing the Physician Services Agreement. The full agreement, additional OMA resources that are available to help you include an explanatory overview, a detailed FAQ and a clause by clause interpretative guide are available through the OMA website.
If you are an OMA member, you are able to vote on the proposed binding arbitration framework, either online or in person at the GMoM. This GMoM to discuss and vote on this framework will be taking place on June 17th in Toronto at the Westin Convention Centre, with registration beginning at 8:00 am. The date for this event is quickly approaching, and OMSA would like to invite members of the general assembly to attend.
One of our priorities for OMSA this year is encouraging wider student engagement. Subsidizing travel costs will hopefully remove some of the perceived barriers for students who have previously not engaged with OMSA or the OMA. Attending is a great opportunity to gain a better understanding of how the OMA functions as well as the decision process around agreements with the Ministry.
We have made a quick survey to fill out if you would like to attend. It will help us determine how many people we can support in terms of transportation costs to the meeting. Please complete this form (goo.gl/forms/28CdEea8jEMDq48L2) by Sunday June 11th at 11:59PM at the latest. We will contact you by June 12th with a proposed subsidy.
If you already know that you would like to attend the GMoM (i.e. your attendance does not depend on receiving subsidization of your transportation costs, or you are already in Toronto), you can register for the meeting with the OMA using the following form:
Please still fill out our Google form above so we can connect with all of the OMSA attendees at the meeting.
Thank you for your attention.