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NOSM Welcomes Associate Dean of Continuing Health Professional Education

Posted on September 19, 2007

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) is pleased to announce the arrival of Dr. Wayne Bruce to the new post of Associate Dean of Continuing Health Professional Education.

In this new position, Dr. Bruce will be responsible for all aspects of planning, implementing and evaluating Continuing Health Professional Education, including continuing medical education (CME) and continuing professional development (CPD) for physicians, other health professionals, health professional education programs, Interprofessional Education, and Faculty Development training and activities of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. These programs will be designed to complement and expand on the School’s existing undergraduate and postgraduate education programs, consistent with NOSM’s key academic principles.

Dr. Bruce will report to the School’s Vice-Dean, Professional Activities, and be situated at NOSM’s West Campus in Thunder Bay.

Dr. Roger Strasser, NOSM Founding Dean, is delighted to welcome Dr. Bruce to the School. “Dr. Bruce will play an integral role in the further development of the School’s continuing health professional education activities, which focus on education that highlights the interdisciplinary, geographic, demographic, linguistic and cultural realities of Northern Ontario. The School has a strong commitment to recruiting excellent leaders, and Dr. Bruce’s experience and enthusiasm promise to contribute to the quality and breadth of skills in teaching, research, care, and administration facilitated by the Northern Ontario School of Medicine,” he said.

Before joining NOSM, Dr. Bruce was the Director of Continuing Medical Education and Outreach (CMEO) and a Professor of Pathology at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Prior to this, Dr. Bruce was the Director of Laboratory Education for North Dakota (LEND) at the University of North Dakota.

Dr. Bruce has acted as a consultant to a wide variety of organizations including the Specialty Disease Management Services in Jacksonville, Florida, and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He has a strong history and interest in rural health, a track record in creating and delivering innovate and creative programs, and extensive experience in delivering education through a variety of distance learning methods.

Dr. Bruce is a graduate of both the University of Minnesota and the University of North Dakota. He received his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.