Many of the Society's activities focus on the laboratory profession's ability
to adapt to the changing requirements in the provision of laboratory services.
May 14, 2013
HealthForceOntario provides financial support for health professionals through the Allied Health Professional Development Fund. Practicing members of nine allied health professions are eligible to apply for as much as $1,500 this fiscal year in education grants for completed professional development courses and programs. These grants are intended to improve health care professionals’ access to professional development activities in order to:
Advance clinical practice knowledge and skills to continuously improve the quality of patient care
Contribute to the provision of more effective and efficient health care service delivery
Advance clinical practices in priority health care areas identified in Ontario’s Action Plan for Health Care
Integrate evidence into professional practice
Assist health care professionals to become change agents and to adapt to changing expectations and patient health care needs
Eligible health professionals are also able to access the fund’s Electronic Health Library which offers the most recent health care literature in support of evidence-based practice.
for more information about the Allied Health Professional Development Fund, including information about program eligibility, deadlines, and the process for submitting applications. Please note that funding is not guaranteed.
Good luck with your continuing education!
March 31, 2013
OSMT 50th Anniversary Events
The OSMT is celebrating its 50th Anniversary with a blast of events – contests with prizes, education days and sponsored events in all our Ontario Districts, and our Golden Anniversary Conference in London in September.
In appreciation of our members and in honour of the laboratory professionals of Ontario, participation for many events is free-of-charge or for a nominal fee.
Please visit our Education
section for more details.
March 26, 2013
OSMT 50th Anniversary Events
To commemorate the OSMT’s 50th Anniversary, the Board has made exciting plans for events throughout 2013. Events include contests with prizes, our golden anniversary Conference in London, and a variety of unique and special activities during National Medical Laboratory Week in our Ontario Districts. Watch our Education pages for more details on these activities.
November 5, 2012
Online Membership Payments
You can now pay your membership fee online. Just click on 'Customer Login' at the top of this page and follow the instructions.
May 29, 2012
AHPDF Funding Continues
Ongoing funding is available through HealthForceOntario
to support eligible health professionals access professional development opportunities through the Allied Health Professional Development Fund. Practising/active members of nine allied health professions will be able to apply for as much as $1,500 for professional development activities. This year, the fund will continue to provide grants for professional development opportunities completed between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013. For more information, visit www.ahpdf.ca
May 29, 2012
AHPDF Electronic Health Library Webinars - Training on the Fly
Introduction and Orientation to Literature Searching within the EHL
This session will demonstrate how to find full text journal articles to answer your patient care, teaching and research questions. An experienced medical librarian will show you how to find relevant articles from the MEDLINE with Full Text, CINAHL with Full Text and Sports Discus with Full Text databases to which you have access through the Allied Health Professional Development Fund. The ability to limit results to specific date ranges and topics will be shown. The capability to print, email and save results for immediate or future use will be reviewed.
Thursday, September 13, 2012 @ 10:00 - 11:00 am, EDT
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 @ 1:00 - 2:00 pm, EST
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 10:00 - 11:00 am, EST
For more information, or to register for these webinars, please visit www.ahpdf.ca
December 14, 2011
New Members-Only Service
A new Quality Assurance Tracking tool is available to OSMT members. Just e-mail or phone the OSMT office to receive a copy of this complimentary document.
December 14, 2011
Protect Yourself with OSMT Professional Liability Insurance
September 1, 2011
How Many CE Hours Do You Have Under Your Belt?
We are approaching the end of the year when all MLTs look at the status of their Professional Portfolio. Are you short a few of the 30 hours of the continuing education required for 2011? Go to ?Electronic Health Library Articles? under the ?Members Only? section. There are a number of articles covering 8 disciplines. We provide documentation sheets to record your activities.
The postings are increasing monthly. Each article has a suggested continuing education credit of 1 to 2 hours to add to your Professional Portfolio. You can increase the CE credit by completing the follow up activities. There are a range of activities:
self administered quizzes
reflective questions on the article
analysis of results from your lab in relation to findings in the article
Expand the knowledge base within your discipline. Expand your knowledge in other disciplines. Increase the scope of activities in your continuing education.
Try the AHPDF?s Electronic Health Library.
July 22, 2011
The OSMT Invites its Members to Participate in Renewal of the MLA/T Certification Exam
The OSMT is committed to ensuring that MLA/T training and testing is up-to-date and relevant to the current scope of practice in Ontario. As part of this commitment, the OSMT continually renews the MLA/T Certification Exam.
We are assembling panels of experienced MLTs and MLA/Ts to review selected questions from the exam and draft new questions. The time commitment consists of a few hours training at home on writing exam questions followed by a one-day session at the OSMT office.
Scope of Commitment:
Read the manual on writing exam questions
Identify reference materials for your selected section of the exam
Participate in a one day exam writing session
MLT or MLA/T with minimum of 5 years experience
Expertise in one or more laboratory technology specialties
Member of the OSMT
Take advantage of this opportunity to contribute to the practice of medical technology. Develop skills to prepare for teaching or training!
Add to your professional portfolio!
May 6, 2011
AHPDF Funding Extended Another Year
For the sixth consecutive year, funding is available through HealthForceOntario
to support eligible health professionals access professional development opportunities through the Allied Health Professional Development Fund. Practising/active members of nine allied health professions will be able to apply for as much as $1,500 for professional development activities. This year, the fund will provide grants for professional development opportunities completed between April 1, 2011 and March 31, 2012. See www.ahpdf.ca
April 26, 2011
Use the Electronic Health Library for CE Credit
The OSMT has started posting articles from the AHPDF Electronic Health Library in a variety of disciplines. Visit the Members Only
section of the OSMT website for the current postings. More postings will follow in subsequent months.
February 1, 2011
Attention Employers: Post Jobs for Free
Employers are encouraged to post medical laboratory technology job opportunities free-of-charge on the OSMT website. Also, this summer the OSMT website will be linked to HFOJobs, an Ontario government job portal, giving global access to Ontario?s largest free healthcare job search engine. More details about posting jobs are available by contacting the OSMT office at 1-800-461-6768.
January 6, 2010
Allied Health Professional Development Fund Librarian Services Pilot
As part of its continuing commitment to your professional development, the Allied Health Professional Development Fund (AHPDF) is pleased to tell you about a new, improved way to access the Electronic Health Library.
In March 2009, a survey of allied health professionals showed that more than 50% of respondents would use the Electronic Health Library if they had access to a professional librarian to assist with their searches. Based on this valuable feedback, we?re pleased to announce the launch of a pilot project through which eligible allied health professionals will have access to one-on-one librarian services when using the Electronic Health Library.
Beginning in January 2010, take advantage of personalized librarian services via email and/telephone. Librarians will be available to assist you in your Electronic Health Library searches, helping you make the most of this valuable information resource.
How can I access these one-on-one librarian services?
Beginning in January 2010, there will be an ?Ask the Librarian? link found within the Electronic Health Library site accessed from (www.ahpdf.ca
). Simply click the link to submit an email request to the librarian or to obtain telephone information.
What are the benefits of the Electronic Health Library?
Those who already use it know what a tremendous resource the library is. For those who haven?t used it yet, the library provides access to the most recent health care literature to help professionals determine the best approach to evidence-based practice. The AHPDF has invested in a multi-year subscription to this library to support your professional development.
Which professions are eligible?
Professionals eligible for this pilot must be currently registered as an audiologist, speech-language pathologist, dietitian, medical laboratory technologist, medical radiation technologist, occupational therapist, pharmacist, physiotherapist or respiratory therapist.
A few Key points:
? You must have a user account to access the Electronic Health Library
? The librarian/library technician is not to conduct the search for you; it is intended that they will coach and support you in carrying out your own search
? You will be required to provide your name, professional designation and registration number prior to commencement of services
? You must verbally specify that you are not attending school full time or have access to a health sciences library at your place of employment to qualify for the service
? You are limited to one search per month and cannot exceed 4 hours of librarian/library support per search
? You will be requested to complete an online user satisfaction survey
We strongly encourage you to take advantage of this valuable information tool. We will provide you with further updates (e.g. FAQs, brochures, etc.) as they become available on the AHPDF website (www.ahpdf.ca