Ontario Thoracic Reviews (OTR), the official publication of the Ontario Thoracic Society, is written by and for physicians and researchers in the field of respiratory care.
We facilitate, encourage and adjudicate clinical, epidemiological and basic scientific research to prevent, diagnose and treat respiratory disease and promote respiratory health.
The mission of the Society is to promote respiratory health through medical research and education. To this end, the key activities of the OTS are:
- To provide scientific and educational advice to LHF.
- To assist LHF in furthering its goals of supporting medical research and conducting community health programs.
- To facilitate, encourage and adjudicate clinical and basic scientific research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of respiratory disease.
- To support and facilitate continuing medical education into all aspects of respiratory health and disease throughout the province of Ontario.
- To liaise with the Canadian Thoracic Society and other provincial thoracic societies in the achievement of these common goals.
Ontario Thoracic Society members include academic and community respirologists and researchers who are local and national leaders in their fields. Together, we help support and develop local, provincial and international standards of care in all areas of respiratory disease.
We provide scientific and educational advice to the Lung Health Foundation to assist in its provision of accurate, timely and quality information to lung health professionals, government and the general public.
In our successful collaborative efforts with our partners we have helped develop:
- Primary Care Provider Education Program
- Emergency Department Asthma Care Pathway (Adult & Pediatric)
- Primary Care Asthma Program (PCAP)
- Work-Related Asthma Provider Education & Industry Prevention Education
- Asthma Action Program
- Asthma & COPD Care Maps and COPD Algorithm for Primary Care Providers
Opportunities for guiding respiratory health education include involvement in the Better Breathing Planning Committee, which develops programming for the Better Breathing Conference, and in the Provider Education Program Steering Committee, which oversees the development of continuing medical education programs for physicians and allied healthcare professionals. Both the Better Breathing Conference and Provider Education Program workshops offered are accredited.
The Ontario Thoracic Society works closely with the Lung Health Foundation to improve the health of Ontarians. This partnership has allowed us to influence the development of public policy and legislation across a range of areas impacting lung health.
We liaise with the Canadian Thoracic Society, other provincial thoracic societies and community partners to achieve goals of shared importance.
Benefits of OTS membership include:
- Networking opportunities, access to leaders in the industry and opportunities to meet others in the field of respiratory care
- Eligibility to apply for OTS Grant-In-Aid funding
- Reduced registration fees for Canada’s largest respiratory conference, Better Breathing
- Receipt of the Ontario Thoracic Reviews, featuring detailed articles on clinical and scientific topics from subject experts
- The ability to advocate, with and through the Lung Health Foundation, for provincial legislative reform to improve lung health
- Facilitate and guide continuing medical education in the field of respiratory health and disease through involvement in program development, publications and education committees
- Advance notice of registration for OTS-sponsored continuing medical education events
Active membership is open to physicians and researchers with an interest in respiratory medicine who hold a medical degree (MD) or a PhD degree. This category includes adult and pediatric respirologists, thoracic surgeons, internists and academic researchers as well as other specialists and physicians. Active members pay an annual due, are entitled to one vote at the annual meeting of the society and are eligible to hold office.
Retired members receive a 50 per cent discount on Active membership dues. This category is open to individuals with an interest in respiratory medicine who hold a medical degree or a PhD. Retired members pay an annual due, are entitled to one vote at the annual meeting of the society and are eligible to hold office.
Associate Membership is open to residents, fellows or graduate students undertaking their studies in the medical or allied health sciences (including adult and pediatric respirology programs). Associate members are not required to pay dues, and may not vote or hold office, but otherwise enjoy all the privileges of membership.
Honorary Members receive a lifetime membership to the OTS through nomination from the OTS Executive Committee. Honorary Membership is awarded to individuals who have made distinguished contributions to respiratory health in Ontario. Contributions may have come through patient care, exemplary teaching, innovative research or distinguished service to The Lung Association, the OTS or the community. Honorary Life members are not required to pay dues but enjoy all the privileges of membership.