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Northern Teaching Hospitals Council Call for Nominations

 Providing NOSM Learners with Enriched Clinical Experiences

The Northern Teaching Hospitals Council (NTHC) is pleased to announce a “Call for Nominations.” Comprised of Northern Ontario hospitals and health services that have an affiliation with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), the NTHC is now inviting nominees for one representative from each of the following:

- Northeastern Integrated Community Experience (ICE) Community
- Northwestern Integrated Community Experience (ICE) Community
- Northeastern Comprehensive Community Clerkship (CCC) Community
- Northwestern Comprehensive Community Clerkship (CCC) Community

The Council works collaboratively to ensure NOSM medical students, residents, and other health professional learners receive enriched clinical learning experiences, provide support for teaching faculty, and ensure high quality health services for communities in Northern Ontario.

The Council provides a mechanism for hospitals and health services in Northern Ontario to share information and teaching expertise and facilitate effective communication between the hospitals and the School. Interacting with NOSM, the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (including the Health Human Resources Strategy Division within the Ministry), and the Northeast and Northwest Local Health Integration Networks, the Council works as a team to support student learning.

NOSM delivers a distinctive distributed, community-engaged, and socially accountable medical and health professional education model which brings together over 70 communities. The Integrated Community Experience provides first-year medical students with direct exposure to various Aboriginal communities in Northern Ontario and second-year students with clinical experiences in remote and rural communities. By living and learning in a community for a four-week period, students are exposed to the realities of life and health care delivery in these various communities.

In a unique program designed by NOSM, the School’s third-year medical students complete a Comprehensive Community Clerkship in a mid-sized Northern Ontario community. Students learn in hospitals, health centres, and family practices with the support of a clinical faculty member during an eight-month placement where they benefit from immersion in community-based environments that provide them with challenges in the demands of patient-centred care under the guidance of a practicing physician.

“The Northern Ontario School of Medicine’s values the important role that the Northern Teaching Hospitals Council plays in the quality of medical education that learners receive while learning in communities across the North,” said Dr. Roger Strasser, NOSM Dean. “Partnerships such as these are crucial to the success of our community engaged model of medical education and the School’s goal of educating high-quality physicians and health professionals with the skills and knowledge to practice in Northern Ontario and beyond.”

Mr. Roger Walker, NTHC Chair and President and CEO of the Timmins and District Hospital, is pleased to be supporting NOSM’s vision of Innovative education and research for a healthier North. “It is an exciting time to be a part of the Northern Teaching Hospitals Council. Hospitals and other health-care services are well positioned and have the resources available to provide opportunities to medical students and other health professional learners. These organizations will benefit from their maturing involvement in the teaching of NOSM learners by potentially attracting physicians and health professionals back to their communities when they set up practice.”

Further information and nomination details are available at www.nosm.ca.


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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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