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NOSM to Establish Accredited Medical Physics Residency with Northern Academic Health Sciences Centres


The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) is pleased to announce another in a long list of collaborations with the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC) in Thunder Bay and Health Sciences North (HSN) in Sudbury. The academic health sciences centres have partnered with NOSM to establish an accredited Medical Physics Residency Education Program (MPREP) to train medical physicists in the North, for the North. Medical physicists are health-care professionals with specialized training in the medical applications of physics. Their work often involves the use of x-rays, ultrasound, magnetic and electric fields, infrared and ultraviolet light, heat and lasers in diagnosis and therapy. Most medical physicists work in hospital diagnostic imaging departments, cancer treatment facilities, or hospital-based research establishments.

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Third Season of Hard Rock Medical Premieres on TVO

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The third season of Hard Rock Medical premiered last evening on TVO. 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. Filmed entirely in North Bay and surrounding area, including scenes on Nipissing First Nation, Hard Rock Medical also features local actors and musicians for the soundtrack. In a recent Globe and Mail article titled "Hard Rock Medical is us: True North and fun," John Doyle says: "This is not Saving Hope or Grey’s Anatomy. It isn’t glossy or pretentious. It’s about med-school students and their mentors coping with the unique challenges of medical care in remote communities that have their own gnarly problems."

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NOSM’s Indigenous Reference Group Gathers in Thunder Bay

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The Indigenous Reference Group (IRG) of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) held a face-to-face meeting on Tuesday, December 6, 2016. Members began their one-day meeting with an opening prayer from Elder Tom Chisel, Traditional Knowledge Keeper, followed by a welcome from Dot Beaucage-Kennedy, Chair of NOSM’s Indigenous Reference Group. “Joining NOSM’s Indigenous Reference Group for the day was the School’s Circle of Elders and Knowledge Keepers who serve the School as the lead advisors of Indigenous knowledge and wisdom on the Indigenous Peoples’ rights, education, cultures, languages, worldview, values and traditions,” said Tina Armstrong, NOSM’s Director of Indigenous Affairs. “During the meeting, an Indigenous name for the Circle of Elders—Ogichidaang Gagiigatiziwin—was gifted to the group. Ogichidaang can be translated as a position of highest respect and honour with the overall translation of the two words meaning ‘Leaders of the Good Life.’” Members of the IRG and Circle of Elders and Knowledge Keepers received updates from various areas of the School, including curriculum, research, and NOSM’s response to the 94 Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

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NOSM Board Holds Face-to-Face Meeting in Sudbury


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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