Lobby Day 2014
This year's Provincial Lobby Day occured on April 13th, 2014. Over 40 medical student delegates descended onto Queen's Park to meet members of our provincial political parties, as well as speak to MPPs. The topic of discourse this year is a continuation of the past years' efforts to ensure the Ontario healthcare system focuses on long-term solutions in healthcare human resources. As the health needs of Ontario citizens vary by specific location and generations of new medical graduates are trying to serve these populations, a provincial wide resource to match the right physicians to the right locations will benefit everyone.
As the next generation of physicians, we are asking the government to continue to make progress on matching the needs of Ontario’s health care system with improved access to relevant and timely information around employment opportunities. This can be done by developing a database on the Health Force Ontario website that compiles available information on health care shortages by specialty and geographic location and also projects future health care needs by speciality and geographic location.
Lobby Day 2013
Ontario Medical students went to Queen's Park on April 7, 2013 for their Provincial Lobby Day. This year's ask focused on ensuring Ontario's healthcare system places the right people in the right locations to meet the health needs of Ontario. This ask addresses the mismatch between new graduates and job opportunities in various specialties.
Specifically, we have requested that Health Force Ontario, an office within the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), continue working on the electronic health human resources database and further request that medical students have a seat at the table for HHR discussion and planning.
We had a great turn out to this year's Leadership Summit and Lobby Days. All of the delegates were quite impressive.
Lobby Day 2012
Medical students once again met with MPPs at Lobby Day 2012 on April 2nd, 2012. The summary of this year's ask was:
"The Ontario Medical Students’ Association respectfully requests that the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care collate all critical information about the future of health human resources planning and utilization into one source to be made available in one place so that medical students are empowered to make informed decisions about which areas of specialty training they would like to pursue." (To read the full briefing note, click HERE.)
This year's ask was particularly successful, garnering the support of all Provincial political parties.
Lobby Day 2011
On March 28th, 2011, medical students from across the province met with politicians at Queen’s Park of all political stripes. The message was simple - cap tuition fee increases to the rate of inflation to ensure medical school is accessible to all qualified Ontarians regardless of their socioeconomic background.