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NOSM Founding Dean named inaugural winner of the OHA Small, Rural and Northern Award of Excellence

 - Earlier today, Dr. Roger Strasser, Founding Dean of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), received the honour of being named the inaugural winner of the Small, Rural and Northern Award of Excellence by the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA). The Award, created to recognize individuals whose contributions profoundly exemplify innovation and excellence in the delivery of patient care within rural and northern communities, was presented to Dr. Strasser during the Rural and Northern Session at the OHA’s annual convention, HealthAchieve2006, in Toronto.

Congratulating Dr. Strasser, OHA President Hilary Short said, “As Founding Dean of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Dr. Strasser has made an outstanding contribution to health care in the province, one that will make a demonstrable difference to small, rural and northern hospitals and their communities.”

Dr. Strasser expressed his delight after accepting the award in person. “I feel very privileged to be named the first-ever recipient of the Small, Rural and Northern Award of Excellence. It is a great honour, and one that I would have not achieved without the hard work and continuous support of the staff, faculty and many partners of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine,” stated Dr. Strasser.

The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health, and Rex Murphy, host of the CBC radio show Cross Country Checkup, were featured speakers on this exciting occasion, held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

In addition to this OHA Award of Excellence, Dr. Strasser’s rural health achievements have been esteemed worldwide. In 2005, Dr. Roger Strasser was recognized as a medical pioneer by the School of Rural Health at Monash University in Australia where an auditorium at Australia’s Latrobe Regional Hospital was re-named in his honour. In 2004, Dr. Strasser was the recipient of the Honorary Fellowship of the prestigious award Fellow of Wonca, presented in recognition of his outstanding service to Wonca and family medicine around the world. In 2002, Dr. Strasser was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners in recognition of his world leadership in the field of rural health.


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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. 

Kimberley Larkin
Communications Officer
Phone: 705-662-7243
Email: klarkin@nosm.ca 


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