Programs & Services
Professional Development/Career Options
The OSMT organizes a variety of continuing education programs in the form of interactive workshops, sessions, and lectures. Programs are designed for on-site visits, regional presentations, and for OSMT conferences. In response to member demand, the OSMT's professional development initiatives to include numerous disciplines and are delivered, for easy access, in locations throughout Ontario.
OSMT members receive discounted rates on all educational programs.
All members receive an annual subscription to "Advocate", the Society's magazine that runs feature articles, case studies, educational reports, and provides information about advocacy issues to laboratory personnel.
Articles from members are always welcome.
Professional Liability Insurance
One exceptionally valuable benefit provided to OSMT members* is the protection of professional liability and legal defense insurance. Premiums are included in your OSMT membership fee, at no additional cost. Coverage can also be applied to legal representation during CMLTO complaints, investigations and disciplinary incidents.
*only Affiliate members are not covered by PLI insurance
$2,000,000 Professional Liability Insurance for each claim (inclusive of defense costs with a $2 million annual aggregate per individual) for negligence, errors or omissions made while providing professional services
$125,000 Penal Defense Reimbursement for expenses incurred in criminal litigation, provided you are found not guilty of any criminal charges relating to a malpractice claim
$50,000 Legal Expenses Reimbursement for all reasonable legal expenses incurred if you are summoned to appear before any hearing or investigation by a provincial regulatory authority
$500 per day (to a maximum of $1,000) for lost wages due to attending pre-trial, trial, or appeal
$10,000 Sexual Abuse and Sexual Misconduct only if outcome is Acquittal or Not Guilty
For more details or claims, please contact our broker, Cornerstone Insurance Brokers (formerly Pottruff & Smith) at 416-798-8001, or e-mail Jane Dalton at email@example.com
or visit the Cornerstone Insurance website (www.csib.org
) for more information.
Copies of the PLI policy are available to OSMT members upon request at 416-485-6768.
The OSMT serves the interests of MLTs and MLA/Ts as a unified voice and advocate of professional issues in Ontario. The OSMT Board monitors and reviews any proposed legislative changes that will affect the laboratory profession and responds in the best interests of its membership. This includes communications with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and other government Ministries, with the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario (CMLTO), and with educators and employers.
Certification of Medical Laboratory Assistants/Technicians
The OSMT is the official certifying body for Medical Laboratory Assistants/Technicians (MLA/Ts) in the province of Ontario. The Society's certification program validates that an individual has attained a recognized level of standards and training through OSMT approved educational institutions. With the use of an examination process, the Society has granted MLA/T certification to over 11,000 individuals. Certification by the OSMT is regarded as a mandatory requirement of employment by many Ontario laboratories.
Conference & Trade Show
The OSMT organizes conferences to provide venues for professional development, exposure to new technologies, opportunities to network with colleagues and for our Annual General Meeting. OSMT conferences are held each fall in different cities throughout the province.
OSMT members receive access to our "HOTLINE" connection of resource members who can help you resolve on-the-job technical problems.
Home & Auto Insurance
The Ontario Society of Medical Technologists is proud to offer our members access to the Preferred Service Home-Auto Plan (PS Plan) from Johnson Inc. With origins dating back to 1880, Johnson Inc. is one of the oldest and most respected providers of insurance and benefits in Canada. Today, the company is part of the global RSA group, with employees across the country dedicated to serving you better.
Members who qualify for the PS Plan get preferred rates, and access to a wide range of products and services. You receive personalized and convenient service. Highlights of the PS Plan include: 24-hour service, on-line access to your insurance coverage details, and interest-free monthly payments. You may also get extras on home and auto insurance.
To receive a free, no-obligation quote, or to find out more about Johnson Inc., please contact them directly at www.johnson.ca/osmt
or call toll free 1-800-563-0677.
Health and Dental benefits to protect you and your family
Check the Johnson Personal Health Plan for Health and Dental benefits to protect you and your family, including options for those who have pre-existing health conditions. For more information, please check the web link at www.johnson.ca/personalhealth
or call Johnson Inc. toll free 1-800-461-4155.
Remember to identify yourself as an OSMT member in all communications with Johnson!
Johnson Scholarship Fund
Administered by The Johnson Trust
The Johnson Family established the Johnson Insurance Business in Newfoundland more than 100 years ago and it has now grown to be one of the leading Insurance and Benefit Organizations in Canada. The Johnson Scholarship Program was established and funded in 1998, by Paul J. Johnson and Members of the Corporate Leadership Team.
Scholarships are to assist students beginning post-secondary studies following the completion of high school.
Who May Apply?
All Canadian residents completing high school and who are beginning post-secondary education are eligible to apply for a Johnson Scholarship.
Annually, Johnson will award 100 scholarships each valued at $1,500 to students attending a post-secondary educational institution in Canada.
When Should Application be made?
On completion of the graduating year of high school. Completed application forms must be submitted by August 31, 2012 and must be accompanied by a transcript of final year credits.
Application forms can be obtained by calling toll-free 1-888-737-1088.
Please visit www.johnson.ca
and choose "About Us" and then choose "Scholarships" to obtain the most up-to-date Scholarship information.
Johnson Inc. AIR MILES® Reward Program Partnership
Effective June 1, 2007, Johnson home and auto insurance will include the added value of AIR MILES reward miles. OSMT members who are Johnson policyholders and who are AIR MILES Collectors can earn 1 reward mile for every $20 in premium paid (including taxes) on regular market home and auto insurance policies underwritten by Unifund Assurance Company. For more information, visit www.johnson.ca/osmt or call 1-866-483-8811.
Discounts on Car Rentals
OSMT members receive a 10% discount of Hertz Standard Rates or a minimum 5% discount off Hertz Leisure Rates at participating Canadian and U.S. locations plus special international discounts. Hertz also offers navigational aids such as Computerized Driving Directions and Hertz Neverlost for ease in reaching destinations.
All OSMT members are supplied with a Hertz discount card and number.
Click on the Hertz logo to go directly to their website.
Discounts on Hotel Reservations
AFM Business Advantage program provides OSMT members with special corporate rates at all Ramada, Howard Johnson, Travellers, Hawthorn, Park Plaza, and Astor hotels across Canada. Corporate ID numbers are available from the OSMT office and on our Members Only/Affinity Programs page.
Eye-Care and Insurance Program
AIL (American Income Life Insurance Company) is now providing two benefits to OSMT members in good-standing at no cost to the OSMT or to its membership.
Each member is now automatically covered by a $4,000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment Policy. All OSMT members are covered, with or without a policy certificate, but a reply card must be returned to have your certificate delivered and to designate your beneficiary.
Members and their families can also take advantage of a Family Eyecare Program that provides a discount off eyewear at participating Hakim Optical, Real Canadian Superstores, Loblaws, Zehrs, and Real Atlantic Superstores locations at no extra cost. Again, members wishing to join the eyecare program need to return a card in order to have their discount delivered.
Members are entitled to a free Child Safe Kit. For more information on the AIL/OSMT members benefits, click on the following link: www.ailife.com/benefits/sga8w.
OSMT members are welcomed and encouraged to serve on committees or the Board of Directors. Volunteer positions provide excellent opportunities to develop leadership skills and to make a difference to the laboratory profession. For more informat