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Board of Governors moves forward with NOSM University priorities

Posted on May 25, 2022

On Thursday, May 12, 2022, the NOSM University transitional board of governors met virtually at its second meeting since becoming Canada’s first independent medical university.

The Board reviewed the President’s achievements as highlighted in the NOSM University Making History 2021-2022. In this report, NOSM University celebrates its roots by highlighting key milestones from the past 20 years including how it is embodying health justice, opening doors for BIPOC women in medicine, empowering future learners, and changing the status quo by making NOSM University the research nexus for the North.

“With our newfound independence, we will strengthen our relationships, broaden our reach, and drive forward our vision for social accountability and equitable access to health care in the North,” says Dr. Sarita Verma, President, Vice-Chancellor, and Dean of NOSM University. “We now move forward with the priorities identified in The NOSM Challenge 2025 strategic plan.”

As part of its regular meeting of the Board of Governors, the standing committees reported updates. The Board approved the Financial Report ending March 31, 2022, and the proposed operational budget for 2022-2023. Dr. Sarita Verma, reported on the performance goals, which are closely tied to the outcomes of The NOSM Challenge 2025. “Becoming NOSM University” was approved as an additional direction in its strategic plan.

“Far from a break with the past, NOSM University is a seamless continuation of the work done by so many to make it the single greatest resource for health and wealth in Northern Ontario,” says Dr. Verma.

A full copy of the Dean’s report can be accessed at

For a complete list of Board members, please visit our website at


NOSM University is Canada’s first independent medical university and one of the greatest education and physician workforce strategy success stories of Northern Ontario. More than just a medical university, it was purpose built to address the health needs of the region. While advocating for equitable access to care, the university contributes to the economic development of Northern Ontario. NOSM University relies on the commitment and expertise of the peoples of Northern Ontario to educate health-care professionals to practise in Indigenous, Francophone, rural, remote and underserved communities. With a focus on diversity, inclusion and advocacy, NOSM University is an award-winning, socially accountable organization renowned for its innovative model of distributed, community-engaged education and research.

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