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About NOSM University

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.

Transform Health Human Resources

Through evidence-based strategies and health-care service models, NOSM University advocates for sustainable solutions for health human resources in Northern Ontario. By preparing, attracting and retaining health-care professionals, the university will improve access to equitable, high-quality health care in the North with an aim to eliminate the gaps.

Advance Social Accountability

Through the lens of social accountability, NOSM University graduates, faculty, learners, researchers and staff lead health-system transformation in Northern Ontario. NOSM was a recipient of the Charles Boelen International Social Accountability Award from the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada in 2019 and in 2013 received the prestigious ASPIRE award, which recognizes international excellence in social accountability and medical education.

Innovate Health Professions Education

Innovation drives the education of NOSM University’s next generation of health-care professionals and researchers. The School develops leaders with the skills to make bold changes to systems that are unsustainable and work as full partners to build a future of equitable health care that addresses underserved populations.

Strengthen Research Capacity in Northern Ontario

NOSM University connects researchers, learners, teams and their findings to research entities, provincial health teams, research institutes, academic health sciences centres and health-care organizations. The university strengthens research capacity in Northern Ontario, improving performance and measurable outcomes in health services, quality health care, health and biomedical research and knowledge translation.

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