The 141st President of the Ontario Medical Association is Dr. Rose Zacharias

THUNDER BAYON , May 6, 2022 /CNW/ – Dr. Rose Zacharias, a hospital-based family physician, became the 141st president of the Ontario Medical Association. Dr. Zacharias began her one-year term at the association’s annual general meeting in Thunder Bay Thursday night.

Dr. Zacharias’ priorities for her presidency include advocating for patients and the province’s 43,000 physicians as the two-year COVID-19 pandemic shows signs of entering an endemic phase. She will also work with government and health partners to repair the cracks in the health system exposed by the pandemic.

The OMA has a plan to improve healthcare over the next four years, Prescription for Ontario: Physicians’ 5-point plan for better health care. from Ontario physicians encourage all political parties to adopt its recommendations as part of their platforms for the June 2 election.

“Inside (Order for Ontario) are actionable ideas for getting rid of dangerous wait times, eradicating the stigma around mental health, understanding how everyone gets the care they need in hospital and then continues to be cared for, seamlessly, in the community,” said Dr. Zacharias. the AGM in her first speech as President. “It describes how to competently navigate the next public health crisis, while preserving the economy for Ontario. And we will do it as teams of providers contributing meaningfully and deliberately, spending less time documenting (the paperwork) and more time doing what doctors do best – see, listen and care for people. .”

Dr. Zacharias, who lives in Oro-Medonte, Ont., has practiced as an emergency physician, hospitalist and surgical assistant, primarily at Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital in Orillia. She currently works in a COVID-19 screening unit and provides medical coverage for inpatient psychiatry at the Waypoint Center for Mental Health in Penetanguishene. She obtained her medical degree from McMaster University and did her residency at Western University. She has been a member of the Ontario Medical Association Board of Directors since 2020.

Dr. Zacharias’ advocacy work has focused on the mental health and well-being of physicians. She is involved in physician wellness initiatives, from implementing a peer support program early in the pandemic to participating in the Physician Health Program’s Organizational Wellness Network. ‘OMA.

Dr Zacharias succeeds Dr. Adam Kassam as President of the OMA. During his presidency, Dr. Kassam raised the profile and voice of physicians with the public, governments and stakeholders to new heights. He led the profession during the pandemic, helped with education and vaccine administration, and launched the OMA program Order for Ontario while playing a central role in the organization’s new governance model. Dr. Kassam was instrumental in leading the OMA in the negotiation and ratification of the new Medical Services Agreement with the Ontario Ministry of Health.

“Looking back over the past year, we have brought stakeholders and system partners together as the pandemic unfolded and our responsibility grew,” Dr Kassam said in his final speech. as President – ​​his first and last in-person speech at the OMA due to pandemic restrictions. .

“We have been called upon countless times to help educate and guide the public through this crisis. Government and industry have relied on us to help protect workers and the economy. And we are now tasked with assisting in the recovery of our healthcare system. and society, which will prove unpredictable and difficult. And, even in the face of our own struggle, our own battles with burnout and fatigue, bullying and harassment, directives and closures – you have continued to step up with professionalism, selflessness and an enduring spirit of service to your patients and your communities. »

Dr. Kassam will continue to serve OMA as Past President.

“I would like to congratulate Dr. Adam Kassam on a successful tenure as President,” said OMA CEO Allan O’Dette. “Dr. Kassam was a champion for closing the gaps in our healthcare system and an outstanding spokesperson for from Ontario doctors.”

OMA members chose Dr. Andre Parkand emergency physician London, Ont., as president-elect in January. Dr. Park will work closely with Dr. Zacharias throughout his presidency.

This general meeting in Thunder Bay is the first of what the OMA plans to be a hybrid virtual and in-person annual meeting that will take place in rotation across all 11 OMA districts.

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The Ontario Medical Association represents from Ontario More than 43,000 physicians, medical students and retired physicians, advocating and supporting physicians while strengthening the leadership role of physicians in patient care. Our vision is to be the trusted voice in transformation from Ontario health care system.

SOURCE Ontario Medical Association

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