Dryden Prepares to Welcome NOSM Medical StudentsPosted on August 15, 2008
Students of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) will soon be living and learning in the community of Dryden as part of the School’s Comprehensive Community Clerkship (CCC) program. Dryden will welcome two medical students in September of this year.
The students will begin learning in the community’s principal health-care facility, Dryden Regional Health Centre. An affiliation agreement between NOSM and Dryden Regional Health Centre has been signed, solidifying a partnership between the two institutions and allowing NOSM students to gain valuable hands-on practical experience in this community.
Wade Petranik, CEO of Dryden Regional Health Centre, is proud to be a part of a true community-based medical school. “Welcoming NOSM medical students into our community is an important part of our commitment to developing physicians who understand and appreciate the unique features and benefits of practicing medicine in Northern communities,” he said. “As a Comprehensive Community Clerkship site for medical students, our professional staff is given the opportunity to instruct students in a unique medical environment where students are able to observe, learn and participate in the care of patients.”
Dr. Karen Mazurski, the hospital’s Chief of Staff, concurs. “The professional staff at Dryden Regional Health Centre will provide comprehensive, patient-centred training, allowing the students to observe, learn and participate in the care of patients in a distinctively Northern environment.” During their eight months in Dryden, students will be taught by local physicians and other health-care providers who are NOSM faculty members.
In preparation for the students’ arrival, meetings are underway with local physicians, and other community members who will make up Dryden’s Local NOSM Group. The group of eight to twelve individuals will act as an important link between the community of Dryden and the students. The Local NOSM Group will assist the students by providing a smooth integration into Dryden through orientation, relevant information and introductions to other community members.
Dr. Roger Strasser, NOSM Founding Dean, says the people and communities of the North are integral to the success of the Comprehensive Community Clerkships. “The Northern Ontario School of Medicine is committed to building partnerships with the communities and health organizations of Northern Ontario. Dryden Regional Health Centre, local physicians, other health-care providers and community members are welcomed partners,” he said.
This year marks the first time that Dryden and Kapuskasing are joining the Northern Ontario communities of Timmins, Sault Ste. Marie, Temiskaming Shores, Sioux Lookout, Parry Sound, North Bay, Huntsville, Kenora, Bracebridge, and Fort Frances as Comprehensive Community Clerkship sites for NOSM’s third-year students.