The Federal Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Visits NOSM
NOSM is committed to meeting the needs of the people of Northern Ontario, including Indigenous and Francophone communities in the North. This weekend, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, MD, the Federal Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, visited NOSM to tour Canada's newest medical school and learn about the ways in which NOSM is working to improve the health of Northern, Indigenous, and Francophone peoples. Pictured here (from left to right) are: Dominic Giroux, President of Laurentian University; Ray Hunt, NOSM's CAO; Dr. Roger Strasser, NOSM Dean; the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Federal Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs; Dr. Greg Ross, NOSM Professor; Paul Lefebvre, Sudbury Member of Parliament; and, Jennifer Wakegijig, NOSM Project Manager.
NOSM Welcomes Twelfth Class of MD Students
Orientation Week gets under way today for the Northern Ontario School of Medicine’s (NOSM) newest class of MD students. These 64 students were selected from 2153 applicants for this year's intake to the School—89% of the students are from Northern Ontario; 11% are from other remote and rural parts of Canada; 13% have self-identified as Indigenous; and, 19% are Francophone. O-Week provides an opportunity to learn about the School’s curriculum model and social accountability mandate. As with every O-Week, students will explore Indigenous and Francophone health, culture, and tradition. Students will also participate in an Oath ceremony which familiarizes them with the Physician’s Oath (the modern version of the famous Hippocratic Oath), its meaning and importance, and begin their four years of medical education with the principles of the Oath in mind. We welcome our new NOSM students and wish them all the best as they begin their MD journey.
NOSM Staff and Faculty Gather for Exercise and Fun in Thunder Bay and Sudbury
Last week, NOSM hosted the #BeActivewithNOSM Break to support exercise within the NOSM community. This half-day event brought together staff and faculty for an afternoon in Bell Park in Sudbury and Boulevard Lake in Thunder Bay where there were many physical activities to enjoy, including canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, volleyball, lawn games. In addition, there was a bocce ball round robin, where participants were able to enjoy some friendly competition with their colleagues. Both of the events were a resounding success, encouraging staff to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. NOSM encourages everyone to #BeActivewithNOSM in pursuit of a healthier North. Show us how you lead a healthy lifestyle in beautiful Northern Ontario by posting pictures of your exercise on social media using the hashtag #beactivewithNOSM.
Government of Ontario Announces $1 Million Funding to Support New NOSM Research Chair
On August 2, 2016, the Government of Ontario announced that it is supporting a new five-year Research Chair position at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) focused on health and the environment. With an investment of $1 million from the province's Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), and in partnership with Discovery Air Fire Services, the Research Chair and their team will develop remote sensing technology to identify harmful waterborne microbes.