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Ontario Medical Association

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Ontario Medical Association
Formation1880; Foundation 1881.
TypeProfessional Association
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario, Canada
More than 39,000[1]
Official language
Dr. Samantha Hill
Dr. Adam Kassam
Mr. Allan O'Dette

The Ontario Medical Association (OMA) is a membership organization that represents the political, clinical and economic interests of Ontario physicians. Practising physicians, residents, and medical students enrolled in any of the six Ontario faculties of medicine are eligible for OMA membership. The OMA runs programs to encourage healthy living practices and illness prevention.


The OMA was founded in 1880 by physicians across the province of Ontario who encouraged the profession to unite and form a provincial medical association.

The Ontario Medical Association is governed by a Council and a Board of Directors. The Council comprises 270 physician delegates from districts across the province and sections of the profession, while the Board comprises physician representatives from eleven districts, one representative for Ontario’s six medical schools, and five directors elected by Council.


The Ontario Medical Association (OMA) represents more than 34,000 physicians and medical students across the province.[2] While membership is voluntary, as of 1991, all practising physicians in Ontario are mandated by law[3] to pay dues to the organization, regardless of whether or not they choose to be members. While the Ontario Medical Association is not a union, the Ministry of Health recognizes the organization as the sole negotiator on behalf of physicians in Ontario.[4]


Ontario Medical Review

The Ontario Medical Review (OMR), published 6 times a year, is the flagship publication of the OMA. The OMR acts as the primary means of dissemination and promotion regarding OMA programs, services and initiatives. The publication provides in-depth coverage of the issues and developments that affect the practice of medicine in Ontario, including legislative affairs, health policy, professional issues, health technology, business and finance, and practice management. The Review is distributed to all OMA Members, as well as to medical students and physicians outside the province who are members of the Ontario Medical Association.[5]

Scrub-In Magazine

Scrub-In is the OMA’s award-winning medical student publication, and is the only provincial publication of its kind in Canada. Published three times a year (January, May and September), Scrub-In provides coverage of the issues and developments affecting approximately 4,000 medical students in Ontario. The magazine contains a wide array of student-generated content.[6]

Ontario Medical Schools

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