The Ontario Medical Students Association (OMSA) is happy to announce the Lobby Day and Leadership summit weekend from April 12th – 14th in Toronto, Ontario.
We are inviting a total of five - seven delegates will be selected from each school.
Participants will be reimbursed for travel, accommodation and meals. This is open to first and second year medical students, with a special preference given to first-time participants.
Please submit a 150 - 250 word statement in a Word document on why you are interested in participating in the Lobby Day and Leadership Summit weekend. Highlight any relevant experiences you may have (new interest in the subject matter is welcome), and what you hope to gain from this experience. Only students who are available for the full three days will be accepted.
Once received, your essays will be anonymized for the judging panel (your name will be removed). Since applications will be graded blindly, try to avoid including information within the body of your essay that will identify who you are.
Applications are to be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Deadline for application: Tuesday, March 4, 2014
The subject line should read: “OMSA Lobby-Leadership Application- FIRST and LAST NAME – NAME of SCHOOL”.
· Interest in advocacy and leadership
· Experience in advocacy or policy work or politics
· Membership or contribution to the Ontario Political Advisory Committee
· First-time participants highly preferred
· Communication skills
What happens during this weekend?
Saturday, April 12 (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
The leadership session will be focused on enhancing interpersonal effectiveness. A program featuring interactive sessions to enhance your medical school experience will be provided to help you become effective leaders within the health-care community.
Cocktail Reception and Dinner
Saturday, April 12 - Evening (6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.)
All participants are invited to a networking reception and dinner at the InterContinental’s Signatures Restaurant. Attendees will enjoy a reception and dinner in a casual environment. This will provide an opportunity for attendees to reflect on the day and socialize with their colleagues.
Lobby Day Preparation
Sunday, April 13 (9:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.)
Participants will learn how to hone their advocacy skills, as well as how to effectively communicate issues to key decision-makers. Delegates will be thoroughly briefed on this year’s political advocacy ask of the government, so that they may understand the impact it will have on physicians and patient care. The day will also provide an opportunity to learn valuable tools for grassroots lobbying, and recognizing the importance of including your voice in the conversation to promote change within your profession, starting in medical school.
Queen’s Park Lobby Day
Monday, April 14 (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
The knowledge gained from Sunday’s session will have provided delegates with the tools to effectively lobby MPP’s at Queen’s Park and raise the profile of medical students and their integral role in the health-care system.
Look forward to seeing you there!