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NOSM Partners with YouJiang Medical University for Nationalities in China

Chinese Delegation 2017

A second group of leaders from the YouJiang Medical University for Nationalities (YMUN) in the region of Guangxi, China visited the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) on Thursday, July 27, 2017. In the southwestern region of China, 60 per cent of Guangxi’s population is rural, with a largely agriculture-based economy. Like Northern Ontario, the people of Guangxi suffer from poorer health outcomes than other parts of the country, and have significant challenges with physician recruitment and retention. The staff of YMUN have visited a number of international schools over the past few years, including NOSM, to investigate potential educational strategies that they could implement to improve the health of the people of their region. In July of 2016, NOSM and YMUN signed an official collaboration agreement that will allow for up to two YMUN students to visit NOSM to encourage them to take a community-engaged approach to education, research, and practice upon their return to Guangxi.

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NOSM Hosts Guests from The Gairdner Foundation

Gairdner Foundation

On Monday, July 24, 2017, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) hosted distinguished guests from The Gairdner Foundation. Dr. Ron Pearlman, Associate Scientific Director and Co-ordinator, Student Outreach Programs and Sommer Wedlock, Vice President and Director of Communications visited NOSM as part of a day-long visit to Laurentian University in Sudbury. The Gairdner Foundation was established in 1957 with the main goal of awarding annual prizes to individual researchers whose discoveries in biomedical and global health research have had major impact on progress in science and on human health.

NOSM Hosts Pathways to Well-Being Workshop in Thunder Bay

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On Wednesday, June 28, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) hosted a one-day workshop titled Pathways to Well-Being to address the high rates of youth suicide in Northern and Indigenous communities. The event, held in Thunder Bay, brought together 90 participants, including Indigenous Elders, youth, leadership, community members, and community-based health-care providers, to develop an action plan to create a future in Indigenous communities without suicide.

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NOSM Celebrates National Aboriginal Day

National Aboriginal Day 2017

Today, as individuals across Canada celebrate the summer solstice and National Aboriginal Day, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) releases a report titled NOSM’s Response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action. The report—a culmination of extensive consultation across the School undertaken in 2016—demonstrates the ongoing work of the portfolios and units within NOSM since 2003. Dialogue with Indigenous Peoples is a key component of what makes the Northern Ontario School of Medicine unique. Even before NOSM’s Charter MD Class was welcomed in 2005, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine was committed to improving the health of the peoples and communities of Northern Ontario. At the earliest stages of development, NOSM engaged the Indigenous communities of Northern Ontario as part of its mandate to be accountable to the social, cultural, linguistic, and geographic diversity of the region.

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