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NOSM Welcomes Rob Barnett to the Role of Administrative Director, Community Engagement and Integrated Clinical Learning

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We are pleased to announce that Mr. Robert Barnett has accepted the role of Administrative Director, Community Engagement and Integrated Clinical Learning (CEICL) at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), effective Monday, August 8, 2016. Rob comes to us from the North East Community Care Access Centre where he was the Director of Research, Planning and Partnership, and was responsible for the direction of Health Link start-up, LHIN Partnership, and the Project Management, Operational Excellence, System Partnership and Ethics portfolios. Rob has been a devoted supporter of NOSM since 2003, when he was a member of the School’s initial Distributed Clinical Learning project team, and as an Assistant Professor, Health Information with the Division of Human Sciences, participating in academic governance, teaching, and research. Rob will be based at NOSM at Laurentian University in Sudbury. Please join us in extending a heartfelt welcome to Rob, and congratulating him on his new role.

ICEMEN 2016 Concludes but the Dialogue Continues


Close to 350 participants from 12 countries were involved in one or all of Conference on the Move, ICEMEN 2016, the Indigenous Research Gathering, and the Northern Health Research Conference. On Thursday evening (June 23), we were joined by many locals in Sault Ste Marie for the NOSM 10th anniversary celebratory dinner Stories Around the Campfire. From the outstanding keynote addresses to oral presentations to the poster presentations to the workshops, there was genuine excitement in the sharing of knowledge and experience of social accountability, community engagement and Indigenous health in education, research and service. Congratulations, well done and thank you to conference co-chair Dr Marion Briggs and the many people who were involved in contributing to making ICEMEN 2016 such a phenomenal success.

Watch the CTV News report about ICEMEN 2016.

NOSM-European Health Professional Recruitment and Retention Project Receives Funding

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Recruiting and retaining health-care professionals for rural and remote communities is an ongoing challenge in many parts of the world. Today, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) announced that, together with partners from four European countries (Sweden, UK [Scotland], Iceland, and Norway), it would participate in a project to advance recruitment and retention of health and other public sector workers in the Northern Periphery and Arctic region. The project, titled Recruit and Retain 2: Making it Work, has received €2 million from the European Union. Within Canada, the project activities will focus on recruitment and retention initiatives of physicians in Northern Ontario and Nunavut.

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NOSM Hosts International Conference to Discuss Putting ‘Communities in the Driver’s Seat’ to Promote Rural and Remote Health


From Monday, June 20 to Saturday, June 25, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) will host an international conference in Sault Ste. Marie, titled the International conference on Community Engaged Medical Education and Research in the North (ICEMEN) 2016 along with three partner events: Conference on the Move, the Indigenous Research Gathering, and the Northern Health Research Conference (NHRC). More than 300 guests from around the world will meet in Sault Ste. Marie for ICEMEN 2016, which is the fifth in a biennial series of conferences co-hosted by Flinders University School of Medicine and the Training for Health Equity Network (THEnet). Like Northern Ontario, many regions around the world are working to increase access to rural and remote health-care. One prominent way of accomplishing this is through community-engaged health education, where students live and learn in rural, remote, Indigenous, or underserved communities. The purpose of ICEMEN 2016 is to convene global partners to share best strategies for community-engaged education and research that meets the needs of rural, remote, and/or Indigenous populations. The theme of the conference is “The Story of Community-Engaged Health Professional Education: The Community in the Driver’s Seat.”

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