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NOSM Faculty Members Receive Prestigious AMS Phoenix Fellowships


Dr. James Goertzen, Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) Assistant Dean, Continuing Education and Professional Development, and Professor, and Dr. Frances Kilbertus, NOSM Associate Professor, are among six distinguished educators to receive a 2017 AMS Phoenix Fellowship award. The Fellowship from AMS Healthcare (Associated Medical Services) is awarded each year and specifically targets individuals with strong leadership abilities who are committed to nurturing and sustaining the learning and practice of compassionate care. The intent of the Fellowship is to provide support (the equivalent of $50,000) to individuals to allow them to devote time to engage in leadership activities, building capacity in their home institution and across Ontario.

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More than 160 NOSM-Educated Family Doctors Now Practising in the North


Since 2011, more than 160 family physicians educated by the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) have begun to practice in Northern Ontario. This means that approximately 190,000 Northern Ontarians have improved access to a family doctor thanks to NOSM’s presence. This data, among other information about NOSM’s impact on the region, was published in the School’s recent Report to Northern Ontario 2017.

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NOSM’s Indigenous Reference Group and Ogichidaang Gagiigatiziwin Meet

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Using a combination of web- and teleconference connectivity across Northern Ontario, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) held its quarterly meeting of the Indigenous Reference Group (IRG) and Ogichidaang Gagiigatiziwin—NOSM’s Circle of Elders and Traditional Knowledge Keepers—on Tuesday, September 26, 2017. Members began their one-day meeting with an opening prayer from Elder Tom Chisel, followed by a welcome from Dr. Roger Strasser, NOSM Dean, and Dr. David Marsh, Deputy Dean and Associate Dean, Community Engagement. Indigenous Reference Group Co-Chairs, Drs. Charles Branch and Shannon Wesley, alumni of NOSM’s Family Medicine residency program, led the meeting. Members of the IRG and Ogichidaang Gagiigatiziwin received updates from NOSM’s MD and postgraduate education programs; Charlene Carson, second-year NOSM medical student, who spoke about her first-year placement in her home community of Biigtigong Nishnaabeg—also known as Pic River First Nation; and, Alethea Kewayash from Cancer Care Ontario, who spoke about the Aboriginal Cancer Strategy (ACS) III.

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NOSM Executive Leaders and Learners Gathered in Temiskaming Shores


From Tuesday, September 26 to Thursday, September 28, executive leaders from the Northern Ontario School of Medicine visited the community of Temiskaming Shores. The three-day itinerary provided an opportunity for executive leaders to meet with local physicians—who are also faculty members at the School —community members, and NOSM residents and medical students who are living and learning in Temiskaming Shores. “We are overwhelmed by the hospitality of the Temiskaming Shores community,” says Dr. Roger Strasser, NOSM Dean. “Temiskaming Shores has been involved with teaching NOSM learners from the very beginning; this is one of the first communities to host medical students during their third year of studies.” The visit also featured a faculty development session in Haileybury, a visit to the Great Northern Family Health Team, and the Temiskaming District Secondary School.



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