NOSM’s MD Program Receives Full Accreditation
Thursday, August 2, 2012
The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) is pleased to announce the educational program leading to the MD degree has received full accreditation for the maximum allotted time of eight years.
This outcome, made official to NOSM last week, arrives after a rigorous review process that included site visits by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) to NOSM's two campuses at Lakehead University (Thunder Bay) and Laurentian University (Sudbury), and one of NOSM's teaching sites (Kapuskasing) in March.
The accreditation process reviews all levels of a medical education program. It determines whether or not there is an appropriate balance between student enrollment and the total resources of the institution, including faculty, physical facilities, and the operating budget.
"This is a significant achievement for not only a newer medical school, but even amongst some of Canada's oldest medical schools," explained NOSM Dean, Dr. Roger Strasser. "To receive full accreditation for the maximum allotted time is a testament to the exemplary work performed by all staff, faculty, and learners at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine."
The findings included in the CACMS/LCME report highlight NOSM's continued success in refining its unique and innovative approach to medical education. The survey team commented that the student body at NOSM not only promotes, but also embraces the School's mandate to be socially accountable to the cultural diversity of the populations that it serves. The report also indicated that each of the sites visited, including Sudbury, Thunder Bay, and Kapuskasing, provide teaching facilities and student spaces that are exceptional for learning.
"The accreditation process has been a significant undertaking for many staff and faculty members at NOSM. With my deepest appreciation, I congratulate everyone involved for their tireless efforts," said Dr. Lisa Graves, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education.
NOSM's next full survey is scheduled to take place during the 2019-2020 academic year.
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The Northern Ontario School of Medicine is committed to the education of high quality physicians and health professionals, and to international recognition as a leader in distributed, learning-centered, community-engaged education and research.