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NOSM University medical student honoured with national award

Posted on August 23, 2023
NOSM University medical student honoured with national award

Canadian Medical Hall of Fame recognizes 

Taylor Murie, NOSM University medical student, receives the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) Award for 2023. The award recognizes a second-year student from each medical school across Canada who exemplifies perseverance, collaboration and an entrepreneurial spirit. Recipients have an established track record of community leadership, superior communication skills and demonstrated interest in advancing knowledge.

“I am humbled and honoured to have been chosen as NOSM University’s recipient of the 2023 Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Award,” says Murie. “Receiving an award, such as this one, holds immense significance to me on both a personal and professional level. It’s not only a symbol of individual success, but it reflects the support and encouragement that I have received from my colleagues, mentors, and loved ones throughout my medical education. I see this award as a tribute to their faith in my abilities.”

Murie completed an Honours Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, followed by a Bachelor of Education, at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. While working on her Master of Education, Murie’s thesis work focused on culturally centered mathematics curriculum for Indigenous youth in Northwestern Ontario, demonstrating her commitment to decolonization and inclusivity. She was previously employed as an instructor at various post-secondary institutions, where she worked to develop culturally relevant mathematics education and pedagogy. At NOSM University, she is the Student Council Year Representative for her class and campus, where she advocates for student-centered changes at various levels of administration.

“Taylor Murie is an inspiring medical student with a commitment to diversity and inclusion and demonstrated strength of leadership through positions she has held with NOSM University’s Student Council,” says Dr. Sarita Verma, President, Vice-Chancellor, Dean and CEO. “As a future physician, Taylor will make an impact through her advocacy. Creating an equitable and inclusive space is vital as a leader in medicine.”

Soon beginning her third-year Comprehensive Community Clerkship (CCC) in Huntsville, Murie says, “An award of this calibre opens doors to new opportunities and collaborations. I’m looking forward to connecting with like-minded professionals with similar interests. This networking potential enables me to learn from others, share insights, and contribute to the advancement of knowledge and innovation. I view this award as a responsibility to continue striving for excellence and making a positive impact in the communities I serve. I’m inspired to use this recognition as a platform to make a positive impact, inspire others and pay forward the support I’ve received.”

Recipients of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Award receive a cash prize of $5,000 and a travel subsidy to attend the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Vancouver, where they will have the opportunity to meet CMHF Laureates and interact with health leaders from across the country.


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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