Global Health at NOSM
Global Health has been a area of activity from the inception of the School. NOSM's social mandate to train physicians from Ontario's northern, medically under-serviced areas to improve the health of Northern Ontarians has lead the School to form partnerships and collaborations with medical schools globally with similar mandates. NOSM's connections to Aboriginal communities and the School's focus on Aboriginal health likewise drove partnerships and commitment to other institutions with Aboriginal ties. Meanwhile, medical students and residents have been travelling internationally, participating in electives in various disciplines, volunteering in clinical and non-clinical settings, and working with global populations locally by participating in refugee and immigrant health projects. Faculty and staff at NOSM have also been involved in international clinical and development work.
In September of 2011, a Global Health Coordinator was appointed. The focus of activity thus far has been:
- To develop a biannual pre-departure workshop for student safety. The workshop is now mandatory for undergraduate medical students before departing on clinical international electives.
- To establish a working group whose goal is to develop an undergraduate curricular thread integrating global health throughout the NOSM Themes.
- To build new partnerships and develop existing international partnerships to facilitate international electives for students and promote faculty and research collaboration.
- To foster the institutional modelling of altruism by encouraging and developing partnerships to benefit the development of medical education in low- and middle-income countries.
- To support, encourage, and promote global health service-learning projects and interprofessional global health training opportunities.
- To improve global health locally and internationally.
are embarking on an international elective:
Before you embark on an international elective there are a few
things you need to do to ensure your safety and to fulfill the mandatory
requirements for NOSM students travelling abroad.
Attend a pre-departure
workshop. These are offered twice a year.
- Register with the international
elective registry – link provided below
- Participate in post-elective
reflection – link provided below
- There will be a yearly real
time debriefing session for students who have participated in international
The pre-departure workshops are scheduled to be run twice a
year. They are mandatory for students planning an international elective. The
earlier you plan to attend, the more useful the session will be to you. Issues covered include:
- Planning an elective
- Ethics of international medical training and volunteering
- Overview of global health
- Cross-cultural communications
- Contingency planning
- What to do when an elective goes wrong
Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR)
The Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR) is a
university advisory committee working on harmonizing and providing mentorship
in global health research. NOSM joined this coalition in October 2013 to
facilitate research experiences for students under the mentorship of
established global health researchers and to facilitate networking and leverage
for faculty researchers. Contact the UME office and access the web link on the
main Global Health web page for further information.