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NOSM Welcomes 64 New M.D. Students

Today officially marks the first day of classes for 64 new medical students at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), following a week of exposure to the geographic, social, cultural, and linguistic diversity of Northern Ontario.

During their unique Orientation Week, the students traveled to several Northern Ontario communities, participated in working sessions, and became acquainted with their new lives as medical students. On Monday, August 23, the students gathered in Thunder Bay and enjoyed a dinner hosted by the Thunder Bay Métis Council and the School’s Aboriginal Reference Group, before they embarked on a week-long bus excursion to Sudbury.

Stops along the way included Geraldton, Constance Lake, Hearst, Kapuskasing, and Timmins, where students participated in meals and activities, and experienced a warm welcome from physicians, community leaders, and dignitaries. In Hearst, students were treated to a dinner hosted by NOSM’s Francophone Affairs Unit.

NOSM continues to follow its mandate of social accountability in an endeavour to deliver innovative education and research for a healthier North. Demographic profiles of the Entry Class of 2010 show that:

*  91% are from Northern Ontario
*  Remaining 9% are from rural and remote parts of the rest of Canada (39% of the whole class is from rural and remote areas)
*  8% are self-identified Aboriginal
*  20% are self-identified Francophone

Like students in all medical schools, these students have been selected from a very competitive field, and are extremely academically able as reflected by a mean grade point average (GPA) of 3.66 on a four point scale.

Students will now get down to work and immerse themselves in all things NOSM–state-of-the-art smart classrooms and learning technologies, an integrated, collaborative approach to education, and distributed, community-based placements across Northern Ontario. Each of these elements helps to ensure that NOSM graduates high-quality physicians with an appreciation for the unique health-care needs of Northern Ontario.


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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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