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HSN and NOSM Announce Academic Affiliation Agreement

Posted on June 16, 2020

Health Sciences North (HSN) and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) announced today the signing of an affiliation agreement that will align and strengthen academic work in clinical settings and enhance patient care, education and research.

Under the terms of this five-year agreement, with a shared academic mission, HSN and NOSM are committed to integrating accountability and support for academic work into clinical settings. In addition, a stronger approach to collaborative research will be adopted along with alignment of strategic planning initiatives and priorities. The development of joint policies will also streamline processes and communication for learners, faculty and staff across the affiliated institutions.

“This agreement represents an important intersection between health care, health services and the training of physicians who deliver that care. Together, we can educate health professionals in a critical setting that results in the improved health of our community,” says Dr. Sarita Verma, NOSM Dean, President and CEO. “The relationship between the medical school and HSN is an example of real collaboration to make an impact on the health of Northern Ontarians which is especially critical during these times of pandemics and health care stresses.”

This strengthened partnership provides the community and its patients with broader resources and advanced clinical treatments, while also providing patients greater access to population-based clinical studies, cutting-edge research, and a broader range of care, while also fostering innovative medical research.

“Fostering an interprofessional learning culture where every learner is welcomed and supported, is a key priority for Health Sciences North, as outlined in our strategic plan,” says Dominic Giroux, HSN President and CEO. “As a leading academic health sciences centre, this agreement allows both HSN and NOSM to raise the bar in meeting combined objectives and responsibilities both inpatient care and academics.”

The agreement focuses on shared responsibility for excellence in health professional education, resources, operational effectiveness, and funding including: shared academic mandate; collaborative research and strategic planning; joint integrated policies and procedures; collaborative planning for health and human workforce; and, resources.

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About Health Sciences North

HSN is a leading academic health sciences centre in Canada. Research Infosource has ranked us among Canada’s top 40 Research Hospitals for six years in a row, and our Regional Cancer Program ranks among the top five in Ontario. Our purpose is to provide high quality health services, support learning and generate research that improves health outcomes for the people of Northeastern Ontario.


About the Northern Ontario School of Medicine

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine is committed to the education of high-quality physicians and health professionals, and to international recognition as a leader in distributed, learning-centered, community-engaged education and research.


For further information, please contact:

Kimberley Larkin
Manager, Communications
Northern Ontario School of Medicine
Cell: 705-669-7943

Jason Turnbull
Communications Specialist
Health Sciences North
Cell: 705-507-3677