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NOSM’s Indigenous Reference Group Elects New Co-Chairs

Drs. Shannon Wesley and Chuck Branch

The Indigenous Reference Group (IRG) of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) held a face-to-face meeting in Thunder Bay on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. A highlight of the one-day meeting was the election of the group’s two new Co-Chairs, Drs. Chuck Branch and Shannon Wesley. The two NOSM faculty members are husband and wife, and physicians practising at Aurora Family Health Clinic in Thunder Bay. The IRG also welcomed new member Mr. Gary Martin, a representative from the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres. Outgoing Chair of NOSM’s Indigenous Reference Group, Dot Beaucage-Kennedy, was thanked for her significant contribution to the Northern Ontario School of Medicine over the past six years.

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NOSM's Dean Receives Honorary Doctor of Laws

Dr. Roger Strasser

In June, Thompson River University (TRU) will award honorary degrees to four individuals. An honorary degree is TRU’s highest form of recognition. Among this year's recipients is NOSM Dean, Dr. Roger Strasser, who will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws. Dr. Strasser has been recognized for his significant contributions as a national and international leader in health care reform and as one of the world’s foremost authorities in rural medical education. Congratulations, Dr. Strasser!

NOSM Holds Board Retreat in Thunder Bay

Board May 2017

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) held its annual Board of Directors retreat in Thunder Bay, Ontario on May 11 and May 12, 2017. During the two-day meeting, enlivened Board members participated in several presentations and interactive sessions led by NOSM’s executive team on the topics of innovative health professional education and research which contribute to improving the health of the people and communities of Northern Ontario. Community engagement and social accountability were front and centre in Board discussions. Board members expressed their passion for NOSM’s commitment to bettering the health of all Northern Ontarians, no matter who they are.

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