MSA Revitalization

A Medical Staff Association (MSA) structure has replaced the former Regional Medical Associations after being endorsed at the 2021 Spring RA. The new structure was developed following a regional governance review and extensive consultations with physician leaders from the RMAs and RA delegates. (Documents pertaining to MSA revitalization are available here.)

The regional governance review endeavoured to: 

  1. Clarify and define the most important and relevant roles and goals for local medical associations.

  2. Optimally align and enable physician representation at the most relevant decision-making level within the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA); and

  3. Optimize scarce resource utilization and local effectiveness.

Why

The goal of this shift is to increase physician participation at regional levels and encourage better information flow and feedback to the SMA’s corporate office. This revitalization of regional governance will enhance our ability to identify important issues early, share information broadly, including to other MSAs, and support local MSA leaders in their advocacy efforts.

What will this look like

Four resolutions approved at the 2021 Spring RA outlined the path to revitalization, including 12 MSAs whose boundaries are coterminous with Saskatchewan Health Authority health networks, which results in minimal change to existing structures. Click here to view a map of Medical Staff Association borders.

In addition, a revised MSA constitution template (available below in the MSA in a Box toolkit) was developed to enable MSAs to achieve the following objects and interests: 

Object 1: To foster and support a healthy, informed and vibrant profession:

  1. Foster collegiality

  2. Develop physician leaders

  3. Promote physician well-being

  4. Ensure well-informed and connected physicians

Object 2:  To represent and advocate for MSA physicians:

  1. Represent the collective interests of physicians

  2. Influence decisions that impact physicians

For more background on the shift from RMAs to MSAs, view the introductory President’s Letter.

Next steps

The MSAs are now in the process of being created and developed. To equip MSAs for success and foster consistency and efficiency, the SMA has assembled a starter kit of templates and tools.

This MSA in a Box kit will be an evergreen document where new tools, orientation
materials, and documents will be added over time to serve and support MSA work.

Each MSA is encouraged to supplement and enhance this toolkit with their own tools
and templates.

MSA in a Box