A Window on Northern Ontario
The Northern Ontario School
of Medicine has a mandate to be socially accountable to the cultural diversity
of the region it serves including: Aboriginals, Francophones, remote
communities, small rural towns, large rural communities, and urban
centres. Evidence of this mandate can be found in the School's
curriculum, administrative structure, research program, student demographics,
continuing education program, and more.
NOSM faculty, staff and
students do not function in a traditional medical school building.
Rather, the walls of the School are the boundaries of Northern Ontario, spanning
thousands of kilometres, with two main campuses and countless communities that
are linked in some way to the School.
Whether through an
affiliation agreement with a community hospital or health centre, a local
physician or student placement, NOSM's virtual walls touch communities in a
wide variety of ways. The model of distributed medical education and
research instils a complex understanding for rural health and an educational
experience that is grounded in the realities of community based health care.
Learners receive clinical training in a variety of settings – hospitals, health
centres, family practices – where they witness health challenges first hand and
are introduced to the distinct cultures, lifestyle opportunities and learning
environments of Northern Ontario.