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Research and Teaching in Medicine


Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC) is a state-of-the-art acute care facility serving the health-care needs of people living in Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario. Medical students, residents, and health professional learners from the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) are learning and undertaking rotations at the TBRHSC. The Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute (TBRRI) enables research to take place at the TBRHSC. In an article recently published in the Chronicle Journal, Dr. Mark Henderson, Executive Vice President Patient Services, TBRHSC and Regional Vice President, Cancer Care Ontario, shares his belief that "everyone in medicine should be participating in research and teaching to some degree."

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Northern Passages Fall 2014 Now Available


The Fall 2014 edition of Northern Passages is now available online in English and French. The Northern Ontario School of Medicine's (NOSM) fourth Aboriginal Community Partnership Gathering, entitled "Walking the Vision," was recently hosted by the Chapleau Cree First Nation. This edition of Northern Passages highlights the partners from across Northern Ontario who participated in the Gathering; experiences of Dr. Doris Mitchell, NOSM Alumna, as a new physician returning home to practise; and, activities and successes occurring across NOSM's wider campus of Northern Ontario.

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Dr. Jacques Abourbih, NOSM Professor Honorarius, Celebrated


On Monday, October 6, 2014, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) honoured long-standing friend and colleague, Dr. Jacques Abourbih with a reception at the Hellenic Centre in Sudbury. Involved with NOSM since 2005, Abourbih is well respected at the School as an outstanding physician, educator, and leader. He has been lauded with numerous awards, including the title of Professor Honorarius–a well-deserved accolade to commemorate his dedication to the School, its learners, and to the health of all Northern Ontarians. Proceeds from the celebration last evening will establish the Maimonides Bursary. This endowed bursary will be awarded each year in perpetuity to a NOSM learner with demonstrated financial need.

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Breast Cancer Survivors Inspire NOSM MD Students

Photo of Louise Bergeron and Kimberley Wahamaa

On Tuesday, September 30, medical students at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) were inspired by the personal narratives of two Northern Ontario women who had been affected by breast cancer: Kimberley Wahamaa and Louise Bergeron (both diagnosed before the age of 50). In addition to retelling their experiences, the two women provided NOSM learners with suggestions for supporting patients dealing with breast cancer. Experiences such as these allow NOSM learners to engage in patient-centred and patient-sensitive approaches to medical care. In addition. Dr. Amadeo Parissenti, NOSM Professor of Medical Sciences, spoke about advances in his medical research that will allow physicians to tailor treatment for cancer patients to reduce the affects of chemotherapy. Sincere thanks go out to Kimberley and Louise for sharing their personal battles with breast cancer with NOSM students.


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