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NOSM Board Holds Face-to-Face Meeting in Sudbury

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The Northern Ontario School of Medicine’s (NOSM) Board of Directors held its annual face-to-face meeting in Sudbury on November 24 and 25, 2016. NOSM Board members began their two-day meeting with a tour of Health Sciences North’s Simulation Laboratory. A highly valued partner with the School, the Simulation Laboratory promotes high-quality educational activities across all health professions, including medicine, nursing, respiratory therapy, paramedicine, and other allied health professions. “It gives me great pride to serve on NOSM’s Board of Directors, and support the School in its continual pursuit of a healthier Northern Ontario—a sentiment that I know is shared by my fellow Board members,” says Dr. Moira McPherson, Chair of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine’s Board of Directors and Vice President, Academic and Provost at Lakehead. “This face-to-face meeting of the Board provided a very valuable opportunity for us to come together and pool our expertise and experience to contribute to the continued success of the School.”

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Support NOSM Learners on GivingTuesday

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With Black Friday and Cyber Monday just around the corner, more and more Canadians are gearing up to spend. Tuesday, November 29, 2016 is GivingTuesday—the day which marks the opening of the giving season. GivingTuesday encourages individuals and organizations to join together and find innovative ways to, throughout the holiday season, give back to the charities and causes they support. This #GivingTuesdayCA, consider making a donation to the Health Sciences Library at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM). Two very generous donors—Mr. Ken Boshcoff and an anonymous donor—have committed to contributing a total of $50,000 in matching donations to ensure that the Health Sciences Library continues to support outstanding patient care, health research, and education in the North. For every dollar you donate to NOSM’s Health Sciences Library, your dollar will be matched by our committed donors to double the impact of your investment. If you’d like to support high-quality health care, research, and education throughout the North, contact NOSM’s Advancement Office at advancement@nosm.ca or 1-800-461-8777. Together, we can build a healthier Northern Ontario.

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NOSM Recognizes National Physician Assistant Day

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November 27, 2016 is National Physician Assistant Day in Canada. Physician Assistants (PAs) are skilled health professionals who support physicians in a range of health-care settings. Working alongside physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners and other members of the interprofessional health-care team, PAs are having a positive impact on the quality of care that Canadians are receiving. The integration of PAs into the public health system has allowed patients to experience improved access to medical care and a reduction in wait times. The PA Program is a blended online and face-to-face program delivered by the Consortium of PA Education, comprised of the University of Toronto, the Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences, and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Graduates receive a BScPA degree conferred by the University of Toronto.

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NOSM and IISD Experimental Lakes Area Announce Research Collaboration

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Environmental research programs at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) and IISD Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA) have taken a leap forward with the establishment of a research collaboration agreement that will see scientists from both organizations working together on new studies related to environmental health. "The Northern Ontario School of Medicine understands that the health of the people of Northern Ontario in inextricably linked to the health of the environment," said Dr. Penny Moody-Corbett, NOSM's Associate Dean of Research. "The work to be performed with IISD-ELA will enable scientists to advance our understanding of health risks associated with environmental change. It is essential we develop new tools to address the continually changing pressures our environment is experiencing, and the likely impacts on human health."

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