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Interest Groups (2016-2017)


The NOSMSS sponsors a variety of clubs and interest groups so our learners can explore different medical specialities and special topics in healthcare. Information on the current NOSMSS approved student groups are listed below.

 

Interest group presentations are now archived and available online on the NOSM webcast page!  Click here to go to the webcast page and choose "Learner Interest Groups" on the left side.  The password is "interested".

 

AAN Neurology Students

 

         The American Academy of Neurology Student Interest Group at NOSM will provide medical learners the opportunity to explore and better understand the complex and intricate world of neurology. Within the framework of this interest group, learners will have the opportunity to engage with members of interdisciplinary neurological care teams, including neurologists, neurosurgeons, residents, and potentially rehabilitation experts to better appreciate the field of neurology. This group will hold regular meetings where members will be able to explore different aspects of neurology through various activities, including career talks, neuroimaging interpretation workshops, and potentially journal clubs. This will be the inaugural year of the AAN Student Interest Group at NOSM, and our goal is to establish a space in which learners’ interest in neurology can be cultivated and supported.

 

Contacts

  • Kaylynn Purdy
  • Kian Madjedi

   

Advocates for Value-Based Care

 

         The overall aim of the Advocates for Value-Based Care Interest Group will be to encourage student interest and learning about how concepts in value-based medicine can be applied to everyday practice and why a value-based healthcare system is critical in increasing patient safety, reducing wait-times, and ensuring the sustainability of our healthcare system with the support of two national organizations (Choosing Wisely Canada and Student’s for Antimicrobial Stewardship Society Canada).

 

Contacts

  • Sarah Mavin
  • Jacqueline Larizza

 

Altitude Healthcare Mentoring

 

         The mission of Altitude is to empower students from underrepresented populations to pursue a career in healthcare by nurturing high quality mentoring relationships, and to help these students realize their potential as the next generation of bright, confident and compassionate healthcare professionals.

 

Contacts

  • Warren Stevenson

 

Emergency Medicine

 

         Goals are to introduce students to emergency medicine and to stimulate interest in this exciting and challenging field. In general, the club's activities consist of skills workshops, arranging shadowing experiences, and informational talks. Some of these have become perpetually popular activities including interactive case conferences, an intubation and airway workshop, and discussion about residencies and career opportunities, including research, in emergency medicine. Additionally, we have been lucky enough to have the support of many faculty members in the past and hope to continue these excellent relationships.

 

Contacts

  • Serena Deketele
  • Pascale King

 

Family Medicine

 

         The Northern Ontario School of Medicine's Family Medicine Interest Group is designed to give NOSM students opportunities to learn and gain new skills in the field of family medicine. We will have a range of events throughout the year from skill learning to guest speakers. The FMIG face book group will be used to notify the students of the upcoming events. Also, students can post any ideas/requests or to post any INTERESTING FAMILY MEDICINE resources!

 

Contacts

  • Alexandra Eaton
  • Jessica Gencarelli

 

French Language Clinical Skills

 

         There is a growing interest from all years of learners with regards to having more opportunities to practice speaking French and interacting with French speaking patients. NOSM offers French as a Second Language courses for those who would like to learn to speak French, but few opportunities exist for Francophones and for learners that have become quite comfortable with the language.  What we are proposing is a club that would be focused primarily on making learners more aware of the specific determinants of health of the francophone population.  The club will have a clinical focus and would rely on French speaking preceptors that have much experience in working with francophone patients.  Specific cases will be discussed and club members will be able to gain a better understanding of the differences between office French and common spoken French, all while practicing their history taking and physical exam skills.

 

Contacts

  • Stephanie Lachapelle
  • Leila Reguigui
  • Brittanie Labelle

 

Friends of Médecins Sans Frontières

 

         Friends of MSF group is a volunteer group that operates in a University community largely independent of the day-to-day operations of MSF Canada. These groups of volunteers seek to raise awareness in their local communities on the humanitarian issues heart to MSF as well as promote awareness about MSF, its work and the populations it serves. To this end, they organize activities, such as conferences, photo exhibitions, film projections, publications, etc., under the supervision of an Association member with one or more MSF missions as a humanitarian field worked.

 

Contacts

  • Charlotte Roy

 

Internal Medicine/ACP Council of Students

 

         The purpose of the proposed IG shall be to:

         •          Promote communication among members and faculty.

         •          Obtain information about careers in internal medicine (IM).

         •          Promote the profession of internal medicine.

         •          Serve the medical school and campus public.

         •          Promote American College of Physicians and encourage membership in this IM professional organization.

         The four main streams of activities of this IMIG are: 1) monthly journal club meetings; 2) monthly IM newsletter; 3) subspecialty talks; 4) other events, which include collaborative events with other NOSM IGs.

 

Contacts

  • Oksana Motalo
  • Teresa Semalulu

 

LGBTQ2-S Health

 

         To focus on health care issues related to LGBTQ2-S individuals, with a particular focus on these issues in a northern context.

 

Contacts

  • Sydney Larsen
  • Karly Dubar

 

Medical and Cancer Genetics

 

         The purpose of this group is to provide a forum for sharing and discovering information related to the field of medical genetics. It will also be a venue for interested students to collaborate and establish contacts within these fields. This groups will aim to foster greater interest and knowledge of genetics and it is place within realm of medicine.

         We hosted three events last year for interested students. One included a presentation about Genetic Disorders and Teratogens, and then we had speakers from Sudbury's genetic screening program, and another presenter on cancer genetics.

 

Contacts

  • Warren Stevenson

 

Medical Students for Choice

 

         MSFC is an international non-profit organization that aims to prepare medical students to meet the full reproductive needs of their future patients. This includes contraceptive options (IUD, vasectomy), pregnancy options, abortion services etc. During the year, the MSFC Interest Group will hosts a variety of educational events, such as lectures, film screenings and a skills workshop. The purpose of this group is to inform future physicians about the current services in Canada that are available to help fulfill needs pre and post-pregnancy.

 

Contacts

  • Emily Stuart
  • Brittanie Labelle

 

Mental Health

 

         The NOSM Mental Health Interest Group was established in the September 2014. The primary mission of the Mental Health Interest Group (MHIG) is to promote awareness and knowledge of mental health among the students of NOSM through:

         1. Discussions of current mental health topics related to clinical practice and social and population health, with a focus on mental health in rural and isolated communities (e.g. ongoing issue of suicide among teens in Aboriginal communities across Canada).

         2. Seminars by invited speakers in the fields of mental health research, psychiatry, mental health, and social services.

         3. Workshops providing students opportunities to develop skills related to mental health care (e.g. suicide intervention/ASIST workshops).

         4. Partnerships with other Interest Groups and Clubs on focused themes (e.g. postpartum depression, mental health disorders among children and teens, addictions)

 

Contacts

  • Alicia Violin
  • Daphne Doble
  • Lauren D. Turner
  • Geoffrey Leblond

 

OSCE Skills and Clinical Education

 

         The OSCE Skills and Clinical Education (OSCE) Interest Group was developed to help students prepare for formative and summative OSCEs in Phase 1 and develop confidence and competence in clinical assessment skills.  The club aims to foster a fun and non-judgmental learning environment in which all students can learn and participate.

         Club meetings occur regularly throughout the year and have several different formats – Mock OSCEs, physical exam demonstrations, mentoring sessions, and teaching sessions facilitated by certified health care professionals from the community. Last year alone, the club organized 10 events for students to attend.

 

Contacts

  • Corliss Best
  • Mara Hollingsworth
  • Melissa Stacey
  • Veronique Doucet
  • Josee Lalanne
  • Teresa Semalulu
  • Samantha Nordlund
  • Olawale Sogbein
  • Jeff McLellan
  • Pascale King
  • James Campbell
  • Stephanie Lachapelle
  • Elyssia Adamo

 

Pediatric Medicine

 

         Provide education about practicing pediatric medicine in Northern Ontario and to provide members with information, resources and contacts within the field of pediatric medicine.

 

Contacts

  • Alicia Violin
  • Jacqueline Larizza
  • Caitlyn Vlasschaert
  • Alexandra Eaton

 

Pharmacology

 

         The Pharmacology Interest Group is a group which aims to broaden students’ understanding of pharmacology principles through case based learning.

         The group will achieve its goals through case based presentations focusing on drugs related to a specific topic (i.e. hypertension) including their mechanism of action, side effects, contraindications, clinical considerations and cost and convenience.

 

Contacts

  • Matthew Jefkins
  • Genevieve Eaton
  • Niharika Shahi

 

PoCUS

 

         The Point-of-Care Ultrasound interest group will teach NOSM students how to use ultrasound in a clinical setting.

         The proposed sessions will take place over the course of the academic year and will mirror the NOSM curriculum in order to consolidate learning around anatomy and physiology (i.e. the GI session will follow the end of CBM 102 etc.)

         Each session will consist of a one hour didactic lecture, delivered by the IG executive, followed by a hands-on component supervised by Emergency Department physicians and residents, whereby students can practice their skills on volunteer standardized patients.

 

Contacts

  • Ben Piper
  • Sarah Byce
  • Jessica Kent

 

Radiology Medicine

 

         The Radiology Interest Group at NOSM will provide learners the opportunity to explore the field of Diagnostic Imaging. Within the framework of this interest group learners will be able to learn how to interpret images as well as appreciate the different imaging modalities we are exposed to in the Phase 1 curriculum.

         This group will hold regular meetings where members will be able to explore different aspects of Radiology through journal clubs, group presentations as well as the discussion of any interesting cases. This group will also have one guest speaker session during the academic year to answer specific questions about the profession as well as to help refine skills in diagnostic imaging.

 

Contacts

  • Jessica Kent

 

Surgical

 

         Surgical Interest Group (SIG) aims to provide medical students and the school community with opportunities to develop their interest in the field of surgery. The SIG was founded in April 2007 and is in its 9th year of operation and is run by students on both campuses. Over the past years, we have organized various activities related to surgery, including workshops on suturing, and sterile techniques and operating room (O.R.) etiquette. Physicians have presented and enlightened the student body on topics related to surgery. The upcoming year looks promising, with the continuation of our annual suturing workshop on both campuses (slated for the Fall). This year the SIG group is intending to host a “Women in Surgery” event featuring two women surgeons, of different specialties, during the Winter/Spring semester for all students. One surgeon will speak from the East and another from the West, so each of the campuses can hear both perspectives while still having the ability to meet one of the surgeons in person. The theme of the evening will be to encourage the growth and development of female surgeons in a predominantly male field. Finally, students who join the SIG will receive a monthly email featuring questions answered by practicing surgeons and residents from the various surgical specialties. Answers given by the surgeons will provide information on the various surgical specialties, why one would choose the specialty, lifestyle and information pertaining to CaRMS.

 

Contacts

  • Elyssia Adamo
  • Kaylynn Purdy
  • Julie Ramkumar
  • Nora-Beth Saunders

 

Wilderness Medicine

 

         The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) Wilderness Medicine Interest Group (WMIG) aims to provide medical students and the school community with opportunities to develop their interest in the field of wilderness medicine and the application of other medical specialties within the umbrella of wilderness medicine. The group will also provide a forum for medical students to participate in outdoor oriented activities together.

 

Contacts

  • Serena Deketele
  • Victoria Shaw
  • Nicholas Roscoe
  • Brittanie Labelle

 

Women and Children’s Health

 

         The WCHIG was created in 2010 to provide medical students at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) an opportunity to explore and develop their interests in women and children’s health. We are committed to providing a venue for networking and support for students from all years interested in these fields.

          Our group will enhance the learning already occurring at the NOSM by providing learners with opportunities to discuss current topics in women’s and children’s health at monthly/bi-monthly journal club meetings.  We will also hold guest speaker events throughout the year from both women and children’s health perspectives. Similar to last year, we hope to appoint a lead for journal club from the east and west to ensure that club activities will be accessible to both campuses.  All guest speaker events will be available via videoconference. Our events are inclusive and therefore open to all members of the NOSM community via RSVP.

 

Contacts

  • Charlotte Roy
  • Jill Muileboom
  • Sarah Mavin
  • Danika Hawthorne

 

To access the OMSA Interest Group Database, click here: OMSA 2016-2017 IG Database

 

Any further questions can be directed to the NOSM Student Society (nosmss@nosm.ca) or the VP Internal (nosmssvpinternal@nosm.ca). 

 

 

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