NOSM Seeks Input into the School’s Development
The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) is a made-in-the-North solution, developed to address shortages of health professionals across Northern Ontario. A cornerstone of the School’s innovative approach to health professional education and research is community engagement: the process of working collaboratively with groups of people to address issues affecting the well-being of those people.
NOSM is spending the year 2014 developing its next Strategic Plan (2015-2020). In order to ensure that the School remains accountable to the needs of Northern Ontarians, NOSM invites you to publish the column below, written by the Dean, Dr. Roger Strasser, which explains the School’s strategic planning and invites all Northern Ontarians to give their input into NOSM’s future.
Volunteers Contribute to the Outstanding Success of NOSM
April 6-12, 2014 is National Volunteer Week in Canada. This is the 11th year in which Canada has celebrated volunteers through this recognition campaign. The outstanding success of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) is the result of the collaboration of people, communities, and organizations across the North, working together for a healthier North. Members of NOSM's Board of Directors, Francophone Reference Group, Aboriginal Reference Group, Local NOSM Groups, communities, and individuals across the North volunteer their time to ensure the School—built in the North, for the North, and by the North—is extraordinary.
NOSM Unveils Simbulance at Northern Constellations Conference
NOSM is engaged in a pilot project to provide high-fidelity, mobile simulation to Northern Ontario. Based at NOSM’s West Campus at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, this project uses a decommissioned Superior North EMS ambulance to transport high-fidelity, computerized mannequins and equipment to communities across Northern Ontario. This project addresses the learning needs of health-care learners and practitioners in a cost-effective manner by removing the need to replicate expensive simulation environments and equipment in multiple communities. On Friday, April 4, 2014. NOSM unveiled its Simbulance, demonstrating a visible and tangible commitment to addressing regional learning needs.
NOSM Responds to High Suicide Rates in the North
The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) has incorporated suicide awareness training into NOSM’s MD curriculum in an effort to respond to the high rates of suicide in the region. First-year students at NOSM now undergo safeTALK training, a three-hour program created by LivingWorks that trains participants to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and to connect them with suicide first aid resources. NOSM is also developing and piloting other tools designed to help medical students deal with suicide in their future practice as physicians. “The Northern Ontario School of Medicine was the first medical school in Canada established with an explicit mandate to improve the health of the people and communities that it serves,” explains Dr. David Marsh, Interim Associate Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education. “Integrating safeTALK training into our MD curriculum supports students and future health professionals of Northern Ontario in responding to the increased prevalence of suicide and self-inflicted injuries in the North.”