It is with pleasure that we invite you to join the Essex County Medical Society. We would like to point out the many advantages of becoming a member. Please contact us at any time, we look forward to meeting you.
Collegiality and Interaction through Social Events for Physicians and Families The ECMS through the local Specialty Academies and numerous social events (Medical Dental Dinner, President's Ball, Curling Bonspiel, Golf Tournament, Family Skating and the Annual Dinner Meeting) throughout the year provides opportunities for physician and family interaction. The ECMS events are also the best way to meet the majority of your fellow physicians.
Continuing Medical Education
We are active in Continuing Medical Education events providing practice management seminars, the annual South Western Ontario Medical Education Day (SWOMED) as well as through the Academies. The ECMS Bulletin, web page and fax system provides access to events and issues that are important to the local physicians.
The Essex County Medical Society is very successful in its involvement in the development of the new medical school.and we are also planning to organize a Clinical Teachers Association with future negotiations with the MOHLTC.
Community Visibility and Media representation
The Essex County Medical Society is one of the most active medical societies in the province. Our Society, although originally meant to be an organization for collegial purposes, has become an integral voice for our profession and community locally. We are often approached by media representatives for local opinions regarding government health interventions. During hospital reconfiguration the District Health Council and hospitals sought the opinions of the Society representatives. We are also represented on the Physician Recruitment and Retention group and have represented our member physicians to local hospital boards and executive committees.
Political Voice a. Local: In matters pertaining to the practice of medicine, your Society is the only official organization representing your interest by:
i. dealing with the Health Ministry, meeting local M.P.'s and M.P.P.'s.
ii. liaison with the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN)
iii. liaison with the news media. b. Provincial: Your Society representatives sit on the Ontario Medical Association Council, therefore you have a direct input into important provincial matters. c. Federal: Through the Canadian Medical Association your Society has input into Federal policies.
The Society also provides a mediator between patients lodging complains against physicians and has served as a dispute resolution mechanism on at least 30 occasions last year. This prevents some patients from reporting physicians to the College. Such a service cannot be offered to people who do not belong to our Society.
Medical and Dental Insurance Coverage
The ECMS offers a competitive Medical & Dental Health Care Plan through Green Shield Canada for its members. An application can be downloaded and more information can be obtained from the Member's section.
Provides the Names of Area Physicians
Maintain an up to date directory of all members & non-members of the ECMS in the Members Section of the Website.
Representation to the OMA & OMA Council Meetings
Two General Membership Meetings are held each year just before Council for physicians of Essex County to voice their concerns that will be brought up at Council.
Application for Membership
Member: $275.00 annually
Spouse of Member: $137.50 annually
Non-Resident: $50.00 annually
After June 1st: $137.50
New Physician in town: $225.00 First Year
New Physician in town (after June 1st): $112.50 First Year
Ontario Medical School Resident (Living in Essex County): $50.00 annually
Ontario Medical School Student (Living in Essex County): $25.00 annually
Life Membership: No dues are paid after 65 years of age and 25 years of membership in the ECMS
Membership Fees are due December 1st each year for the coming year.
Please fill out the application on the link below and press send.
You may pay using PayPal, visa or Master Card by clicking the 'Pay Now' button or send your cheque in to the ECMS office at 157-1720 Howard Avenue, Windsor, ON N8X 5A6. As soon as your payment is received at the ECMS office your application will be processed and approved at our next Executive Meeting.