Physician Leaders’ Day — a four-hour virtual event, held September 26, 2020 — provided an interactive forum for Council delegates to discuss two critical issues:
- Governance Transformation
- Diversity and Inclusion
Delegates engaged with the Joint Council/Board Governance Transformation Task Force (GT20) members and consultants to learn more about the key elements of the OMA’s transformation work. Delegates will be asked to formally vote on transformation recommendations at the upcoming fall Council meeting.
Presenters included: Dr. Paul Hacker, GT20 co-chair; Dr. Lisa Salamon, GT20 co-chair; Allan O’Dette, CEO; Jennifer Steele-Viti, SuccessMap; and Frank Viti, SuccessMap.
The GT20 Task Force gave physician leaders an overview of the governance transformation process, including:
- The rationale for proposed changes
- The transformation drivers
- Key changes for a modernized OMA
The GT20 Task Force is developing recommendations through consultations with physician leaders and constituency groups, as well as the broader OMA membership. Physician leaders asked questions about proposed changes and provided important feedback to the Task Force.
Key Themes Arising From The Discussion
Questions about diversity indicate that this is an area of high interest and concern among many members and physician leaders. The Task Force stressed the importance of having a robust recruitment process that broadens the search to attract more qualified and diverse candidates. The OMA must bring members along on its diversity journey through capacity-building initiatives and education for members.
Resident and Student Involvement
The consultation process affirmed commitment from leaders that the trainee section voice will be represented and amplified in different ways. Residents and students will be part of the Academic Network, which is one pathway to representation. Member-driven work and influence at the OMA will now also be at the working group level. This presents a second pathway whereby trainees (and members at-large) will have the opportunity to engage, support and influence priorities through their working group through an integrated and collaborative approach.
A Nimble Governance Structure
Governance transformation clarifies decision-making authority within the OMA and provides a transparent pathway to getting issues heard and prioritized. The Board will be smaller and skillsbased and will be more able to adapt to issues in real time. This will lead to more efficient and responsive decision-making.