The Difference Between the OAGS and the OMA Section on General Surgery

The Ontario Association of General Surgeons (OAGS) was created back in 1995 when General Surgeons in Ontario felt that their voice was not being heard during contract negotiations amongst the rest of the Sections under the OMA. In order to reach out without limitations to the media, the public, and other organizations and speak on behalf of and to General Surgeons within Ontario, a group of primarily community surgeons formed what is now the OAGS. Since then, although the OAGS is independent from the OMA, both the board and executive members strive to work in tandem toward the similar goals. While the OMA provides the brd mtg space, the OAGS pays for its own annual meeting, newsletter, website, etc. Also, while the OMA provides board meeting honouraria, the OAGS does not. OAGS Board members take time out of their schedules to attend meetings and work together to improve the working conditions of General Surgeons throughout Ontario on your behalf. Your support is greatly appreciated.

OAGS Section on General Surgery
President: Dr. Tim Jackson Section Chair: Dr. Chris Vinden
Board: 14 members (current)

Executive: 6 members (max)
OMA Council: 2 Section Delegates max (current)

Professional Organization - Not-for-Profit Professional Organization
Dues: Voluntary Dues: Involuntary (OMA) / Voluntary (section fees)
Election: facilitated by the OAGS Election: facilitated by the OMA
Board Term: 2yrs Board Term: 2yr
Details: www.oags.org Details: www.oma.org (gated)
OAGS Bylaws: Bylaw 1; Bylaw 2; Bylaw 3; Bylaw 4 OMA Section Bylaws: download (gated)
OAGS Dues pay for oma section dues pay for
Monthly E-Updates / The Cutting Edge newsletter - a publication written by Gen Surgeons for Gen Surgeons OMA Review magazine
Travel and accommodation expenses for board members not covered by OMA to attend board meetings throughout the year 3-4 Section/OAGS board meetings/year for 6
Section Executive members to attend
OAGS Annual Meeting in November for General Surgeons  
CPD-accreditation for the annual meeting OMA Section election
OAGS website OMA website at large / Section page
All OAGS communications (monthly E-blasts, mailouts, fax, phone, etc.) OMA Section communications
Freedom to lobby gov't separately from the OMA Contract and Tariff negotiations
Job Listing service
Resident Research Grant
Tax deductible receipt for annual professional membership  
OAGS office, expenses and executive assistant  
The Billing Corner column/interstitials, the CPD listings, the Job Listings, OAGS election...