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Northern Constellations 2017 is designed to assist and further develop NOSM faculty for their varied roles and responsibilities. The conference schedule includes three plenary presentations, along with two 90-minute concurrent session blocks on Friday afternoon and an additional two 90-minute concurrent session blocks on Saturday morning. Workshops and innovative presentations will be interactive in order to give conference participants the opportunity to share experiences and further develop specific skills. During the concurrent session blocks, multiple workshops and short innovative presentations will be offered in each time slot allowing conference attendees to select topics most relevant to their individual learning needs.

View the Northern Constellations 2017 conference program.

Meet our Plenary Speakers for Northern Constellations 2017!


Dr. Arno Kumagai is currently Vice Chair for Education, Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto and holds the FM Hill Chair for Humanism Education at Women’s College Hospital. He recently moved from the University of Michigan where he was founding director of the Family Centered Experience, a unique small group-based program that engages individuals and their stories of chronic illness to teach medical students patient-centered care. Arno received his B.A. in Comparative Literature from U.C. Berkeley and his M.D. from UCLA School of Medicine. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine and an Endocrine fellowship and postdoc at UCLA. Arno’s research and educational interests include use of narratives in medical education, transformative learning, faculty development, critical pedagogy, and multicultural education. Arno is married to Eleni Dimaraki. They have a very energetic 7-year-old son, Apollo Akira, and a chocolate labradoodle, Cosmo.


Dr. Margaret Steele is currently Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland.  She became the first female Dean of Memorial’s Faculty of Medicine in August 2016 after moving from the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University.  At Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, Margaret was the Vice Dean, Hospital & Interfaculty Relations where she led implementation of the Southwestern Academic Health Network (SWAHN). The goal of SWAHN is to improve patient and population health outcomes by academic integration with community stakeholders in Southwestern Ontario. Margaret earned her honours degree in Microbiology and Immunology at Western University in 1983 and completed her MD in 1987. She obtained her Fellowship in Psychiatry in 1992 and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in 2013, being a member of the first cohort.  Margaret also earned a Masters of Higher Education from the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Jeff Turnbull

Dr. Jeff Turnbull is currently Chief, Clinical Quality for Health Quality Ontario and Chief of Staff at the Ottawa Hospital. In addition to a Masters Degree in Education, he received his Doctorate in Medicine and later achieved specialty certification in Internal Medicine. Jeff has pursued an interest in poverty and its effect on health nationally and internationally. He is one of the founders and currently the Medical Director of Ottawa Inner City Health for the homeless which works to improve the health and access to health care for people who are chronically homeless. He has been involved in education and health services initiatives to enhance community and institutional capacity and sustainable development in Bangladesh, Africa and the Balkans. 


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