Tour Anishnawbe Mushkiki Aboriginal Health Centre and
Take Part in a
Case-Based Learning Exercises
Directors of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) held a
face-to-face meeting in Thunder Bay on November 26 and 27, 2015.
Board members began their two-day meeting with a tour of the Anishnawbe Mushkiki Aboriginal Health Centre.
Established as a primary health care facility within the District of Thunder
Bay, the Centre provides primary, traditional, and alternative approaches that
work to empower Aboriginal people to achieve optimal health and wellbeing.
year, NOSM’s Board of Directors and Academic Council members participated
together in quality monitoring and effectiveness sessions, first looking at the
Institutional Quality Assurance Process (IQAP), led by Dr. Moira McPherson,
Chair of NOSM’s Board of Directors and Lakehead’s Provost and VP (Academic),
and Dr. Nancy Luckai, Lakehead’s Deputy Provost. Next, Directors took part in
two Case-Based Learning (CBL) exercises typical of NOSM’s student-centred
teaching approach. This session was led by Dr. Roger Strasser, NOSM’s Dean, Dr.
David Marsh, NOSM’s Deputy Dean and Associate Dean of Community Engagement, Dr.
Owen Prowse, NOSM’s Assistant Dean of Admissions, Miriam Cain, NOSM’s Director
of Admissions, and Kate Beatty, NOSM’s Director of Equity and Quality.
the evening of the first day, Board members were able to view The Rural Challenge and the Northern
Ontario School of Medicine, a documentary by Dr. Hoi Cheu, a faculty member
and researcher at Laurentian University. The film describes NOSM’s
revolutionary rural educational model through the personal experience, insight
and humour of the School’s students, graduates, faculty members, community
partners, and international associates.
the two days, Board members received presentations related to NOSM’s socially
accountable admissions processes, finance, and advancement, and updates from
several Board committees. In addition, Board members heard about the progress
made regarding NOSM’s development of a Response to and Prevention of Sexual
Violence on Campus strategy.
Brunelle, NOSM Board member, and Executive Director of L’Accueil francophone,
and NOSM’s Dr. David Marsh, provided an overview of the recently held fifth
Francophone Symposium where more than 90 health professionals and community
partners from across Northern Ontario gathered to explore dimensions of health
care related to Francophone populations.
the formal Board meeting at the end of the second day, the Board approved
Financial Statements from the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee for the
five-month period ending September 30, 2015.
Board-approved A Roadmap to 2020: NOSM’s
Whole School Strategic Action Plan was circulated to all members, which is
a follow-up document to NOSM’s Strategic Plan 2015-2020 that describes exactly
how the School will accomplish its strategic goals. NOSM publicly launched its
new strategic plan in September, the details of which are available at www.nosmsp2020.ca.
Moira McPherson, Chair of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine’s Board of
Directors and Provost and VP (Academic) at Lakehead, noted that the two-day
meeting in Sudbury was a great success. “As NOSM celebrates its 10th
anniversary, it’s exciting to reflect on the progress the School has made in
contributing to the health of the people and communities of Northern Ontario,”
says Dr. McPherson. “NOSM’s success is truly a collaborative effort, and I am
inspired by the Board’s ongoing dedication to governance and fiscal management
at the School.”
Northern Ontario School of Medicine's next Board of Directors meeting is
scheduled to occur on March 16, 2016.
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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.