Community-Based Emergency Care Empowers Northern Communities
A community-based approach to establish emergency care services in isolated and remote First Nation communities has been identified in a new report from researchers at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM).
“The majority of NAN First Nations are remote and residents do not have paramedics or first responders to call when emergencies arise, leaving people to fend for themselves in what are often life-threatening situations,” said Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, who holds the health portfolio. “Community-based emergency care will go a long way to improving the health and safety of residents of isolated communities. We are looking for a strong commitment from the federal and provincial governments to put this approach into action.” The report, Community-Based Emergency Care: An Open Report for Nishnawbe Aski Nation, outlines this new approach. Typically, remote communities have been too small to support conventional ambulance services. The report calls for local health workers and first-responders developed through local training programs for people living in isolated communities.
Congratulations, NOSM Staff!
Earlier today (Wednesday, February 26), NOSM staff members across the North were celebrated at an Awards of Excellence event. Through their individual efforts and accomplishments, these staff members have contributed to NOSM’s vision of Innovative education and research for a healthier North. Recipients of the peer-nominated Awards of Excellence are: Robyn Braid (Innovation), Dr. Catherine Cervin (Leadership), Kim Daynard (Inspiration), Marian Diamond (Reliability), Donna Brown (Service Excellence), Darren Foulds (Positive Attitude), Kimberley Larkin (Team Player) and Admissions Staff comprised of Cathy Gosselin, Julie Pacifico, and Cortney St. Jean (Team Effort). Congratulations to all award nominees and recipients!
NOSM Dean Receives Special Award for Outstanding Health Professional Educator
On Friday, January 31, 2014, Dr. Roger Strasser, Dean of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), was awarded one of seven Special Awards for Outstanding Health Professional Educators. The awards were presented during the closing ceremonies of the weeklong, annual Prince Mahidol Award Conference (PMAC) 2014, this year held in Pattaya, Thailand. The Prince Mahidol Award Conference focuses on health issues of global significance in order to inspire positive policy reform. From January 27-31, 2014, approximately 550 participants from over 60 countries came together at PMAC to explore Transformative Learning for Health Equity. This year, the PMAC presented special awards for outstanding health professional educators whose work had a strong impact on the improvement of health care. Strasser was nominated for the award due to his commitment to delivering training in rural and remote areas, for innovation in education that has lead to the production of quality health professionals, and for his visionary leadership that has changed paradigms of learning.
Eighth Annual Bring a Doctor Home Hockey Tournament Raises $30,596 for NOSM Student Bursaries
From January 20-25, 2014, volunteer employees and retirees of Essar Steel Algoma Inc. came together for their eighth annual Bring a Doctor Home Hockey Tournament at the John Rhodes Community Centre in Sault Ste. Marie. Since its inception in 2006, the Bring a Doctor Home Tournament has raised over $160,000 student bursaries that support medical students at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) who hail from the Sault.
A volunteer appreciation event was held on Thursday, January 23, 2014 to celebrate the $30,596 raised for the Bring a Doctor Home Bursary at NOSM. A cheque for this amount was presented to Dr. Janice Willett, NOSM Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs on behalf of the School. In addition to being an Associate Dean at the School, Dr. Willett is also a gynecologist from Sault Ste. Marie.