Innovative Education and Research for a Healthier North
Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) is committed to the education of high quality
physicians and health professionals, and to international recognition as a
leader in distributed, learning-centred, community-engaged education and
School welcomed its first MD students in September 2005, it became the first
new medical school in Canada in over 30 years, and only the second new medical
school in North America during a similar period. It is the first Canadian medical school hosted
by two universities, over 1,000 kilometres apart. NOSM serves as the faculty of medicine for
Lakehead University in Thunder Bay and Laurentian University in Sudbury. The School has developed and delivers a
distinctive model of distributed, community-engaged, and socially accountable,
medical education. In addition, NOSM is
the only Canadian medical school to be established as a stand-alone,
not-for-profit corporation, with its own Board of Directors and corporate
region, NOSM learners (medical students, residents, and learners from other
health disciplines such as rehabilitation sciences, dietetics, and physician
assistants), are gaining relevant clinical experience under the guidance of
health professionals in community hospitals, clinics, and family
practices. The School brings together
over 70 community partners, over 1000 clinical, human, and medical sciences
stipendiary faculty, and more than 200 employees.
success is very much a result of many partnerships and collaborations with
individuals, communities and organizations including Aboriginal and
Francophone, hospitals and health services, physicians and other health
professionals, universities and colleges, information communication technology
organizations, and other medical schools.
distributed across the North, communities have a vital role in welcoming and
supporting students so that they develop a better understanding of living and
working in a Northern Ontario community.
NOSM is a
made-in-the-North solution that is attracting attention from around the world
for its innovative model of community-engaged medical education and research,
while staying true to its social accountability mandate of contributing to
improving the health of the people and communities of Northern Ontario.