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NOSM’s Indigenous Reference Group Members Discuss Progress

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Group Learns about Ojibwe Classes Offered to MD Students, Increase in Indigenous Faculty Base, and Upcoming Indigenous Research Gathering- The Indigenous Reference Group (IRG) of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) held a video-conference meeting between Thunder Bay and Sudbury on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. A highlight of the IRG meeting was a presentation from NOSM medical student Mireille Bohémier who talked about an exciting student led initiative to provide optional Ojibwe language classes to medical students. Earlier this year, Bohémier worked with Bruce Beardy, Native Language Instructors' Program Coordinator at Lakehead University, to provide 13 students with the opportunity to learn how to introduce themselves in Ojibwe, say some medical-related terms, and practice proper pronunciation. Bohémier reports the medical students were enthusiastic participants and that they hope to put their new language skills to use in future placements.

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First-Wesley United Men’s Club Tours NOSM


On Wednesday, May 4, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine welcomed the First-Wesley United Men’s Club at Lakehead University. Forty enthusiastic club members learned about the history of NOSM and its distinctive model of distributed, community engaged medical education and research as part of a tour. Visitors got a look at one of NOSM’s “Smart Classrooms,” which allow learners, staff, and faculty to bridge geographical distances across NOSM’s wider campus of Northern Ontario. In addition, the group was able to explore one of NOSM’s research labs, where they heard from NOSM faculty about exciting research projects underway that are aimed at improving the health of the people of Northern Ontario. Thank you to First-Wesley United Men’s Club for making NOSM a tour destination. We enjoyed your visit!

Thank You, Merci, and Miigwetch to NOSM Faculty on Ontario Doctors' Day


Across NOSM's wider campus of Northern Ontario, learners are gaining relevant clinical experience under the guidance of health-care professionals in community hospitals, clinics, and family practices. On May 1 of each year we celebrate Ontario Doctors' Day. This day gives pause for reflection and recognition of the compassion and dedication of physicians in Ontario. On Ontario Doctors' Day—and every day—NOSM thanks our clinical faculty, including NOSM alumni, for their dedication to high-quality medical education, research, and practise. The success of NOSM’s learners is directly related to the expertise of the School’s over 1,300 faculty across Northern Ontario.

NOSM Faculty Members Recognized at Canadian Conference on Medical Education


From April 16 – 19, 2016, the Canadian Conference on Medical Education (CCME) is being hosted by The University of Sherbrooke in Montreal, Quebec. Dr. James Goertzen, NOSM Assistant Dean, Continuing Education and Professional Development, was honoured with the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) Award for Outstanding Contribution to Faculty Development in Canada. Dr. Goertzen received his award on Sunday, April 17 during the AFMC Presidential Address and Awards Ceremony. This award is presented to an individual who has made an exceptional contribution in the area of faculty development at a medical school. Dr. Rob Anderson, Associate Professor, Postgraduate Site Director, Family Practice Anesthesia and Program Director, Anesthesiology, was presented with the Canadian Association for Medical Education (CAME) Certificate of Merit Award on Saturday, April 16 during the CAME Annual General Meeting at CCME. The CAME Certificate of Merit Award honours an individual who has made significant contributions to medical education, recognizing their contributions within their medical school, including: teaching; evaluation; educational leadership; and, course coordination. CCME is the premier medical education conference in Canada and hosts the largest annual gathering of medical educators in the country. Congratulations, Drs. Goertzen and Anderson!



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