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Physician-Assisted Dying Focus of NOSM Symposium


On Wednesday, February 10, 2016, Dr. Jeff Blackmer, Vice President of Medical Professionalism with the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), spoke at a NOSM Symposium from the medical school building at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. Dr. Blackmer’s presentation, titled “Physician-Assisted Dying: A Rapidly Evolving Canadian Landscape,” was webcast to NOSM at Laurentian University in Sudbury and across Northern Ontario via the Ontario Telemedicine Network. Participants heard from Dr. Blackmer about the history of the right-to-die movement in Canada, recent Supreme Court of Canada rulings, the viewpoint of the CMA, and the implications for physician-assisted dying on health-care professionals across the country. Provided an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the session, NOSM faculty and learners discussed with Dr. Blackmer the challenges, capacity, ability, and willingness of physicians in the North to address this issue.

Looking for Knowledge at the NOSM Dean’s Hour


NOSM’s newest faculty member, Dr. Gwen Healey, was a special guest speaker at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine during a Dean’s Hour presentation on Tuesday, February 9, 2016. Speaking from Iqaluit, Nunavut, Dr. Healey introduced the Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre to participants. “As Northerners, we believe in a community health model that builds on the strengths of our knowledge, the spirit that is inherent in our way of life, and in the capacity that exists in our communities to foster a healthy environment,” said Dr. Healey about the research centre for Nunavut created by Nunavummiut. “The approach that Dr. Gwen Healey takes to research is very much in line with NOSM’s values and orientation. It is focused on engaging peoples in the communities of the Iqaluit area and identifying research activities that address the needs of peoples in those areas,” says Dr. David Marsh, NOSM Acting Dean. Founded in 2006 to address health disparities using evidence-based approaches, Qaujigiartiit is an Injktitut word meaning “looking for knowledge.”

Hard Rock Medical Announces Third Season


Earlier today, it was announced that Hard Rock Medical was renewed for a third season. Loosely based on the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, the series follows a diverse group of students as they navigate their way through medical school. Just as third-year NOSM medical students undertake their Comprehensive Community Clerkships in various communities across Northern Ontario—including North Bay—so too will the students in the third season of Hard Rock Medical. Nine new episodes of the series will be shot in and around North Bay, where producers will team up with Canadore College to provide mentorship and on-set crew and acting opportunities for 75 students from the college’s cinema, television, and theatre programs. “Distinct Features and Hard Rock Medical are genuinely committed to the North and telling Northern stories,” says Hard Rock Medical executive producer and director, Derek Diorio.

Ten NOSM-Trained Physicians Now Practising in Timmins


Over the last ten years, NOSM and its partners have been educating health learners from the North, in the North, in hopes that they will stay and practice in the region. Now Timmins, Ontario is home to 10 NOSM-trained physicians who are practising locally. “People here need doctors who are dedicated to the North, who stay here, put down roots and become long-term family doctors that take care of their communities,” says Dr. David Musson, NOSM Associate Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education. Dr. Musson was in Timmins on February 5-6, 2016 for the School's ninth annual Comprehensive Community Clerkship (CCC) regional meeting. Hosted this year in Timmins, Dryden, and Huntsville, the regional meeting brought together medical students, faculty, and staff involved with the third-year MD clerkships currently taking place across NOSM’s wider campus of Northern Ontario. Timmins is one of 15 communities that annually host medical students completing their CCC.

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