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NOSM Holds Face-to-Face Board Meeting in Sioux Lookout Members Tour Meno Ya Win Health Centre, Meet Community Leaders

Posted on May 16, 2011

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) held its annual Board of Directors face-to-face meeting in Sioux Lookout, Ontario from May 12 to May 14, 2011.

Board members participated in several presentations and interactive sessions on the topics of NOSM’s strategic plan, research at the School, and the admissions process to the School’s M.D. program.

NOSM Board members enjoyed a tour of the Meno Ya Win Health Centre, where every year NOSM learners undertake training as part of the School’s distinctive distributed, community-engaged medical education and research model. Tour highlights included members hearing the history and evolution of health services in Sioux Lookout, and viewing the traditional healing and imaging areas of the facility, which opened in October 2010.

At a dinner held on Friday evening, Board members were able to meet several community leaders. Chief Clifford Bull of Lac Seul First Nation welcomed the Board members to Lac Seul’s ancestral homeland. In opening remarks, the Mayor of Sioux Lookout, Dennis Leney, expressed the community’s support of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, noting the important impact NOSM is having on communities across Northern Ontario.

At the formal Board meeting on the final day of the visit, the Directors received reports from Board Committees, including the Finance and Audit, Board Executive, Quality Monitoring, Governance, Nominating, and Advancement Committees. The Directors also received reports from the School’s Aboriginal and Francophone Reference Groups.

The Directors received a Financial Report for the 11-month period ending March 31, 2011 from the Finance and Audit Committee. The Board approved a recommendation from the Finance and Audit Committee that tuition fees for the 2011-2012 academic year be increased by 4%.

In addition, the Board approved the proposed balanced budget of $39.6 million for the fiscal year May 1, 2011 to April 30, 2012, as presented.

The next meeting of the Board of Directors is scheduled for September 14, 2011.