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NOSM Unveils Simbulance at Northern Constellations Conference

Friday, April 4, 2014

Over 215 health-care professionals from across the North are participating in the Northern Ontario School of Medicine's (NOSM) third annual Northern Constellations 2014 Faculty Development Conference on April 4-5, 2014. 

This weekend, NOSM faculty members will rotate through a series of four interactive workshops with a wide range of topics covering their roles and responsibilities in the areas of teaching and preceptoring; research and scholarly activities; and, educational leadership. Over 30 workshop options will provide each participant with an opportunity to attend a combination of educational sessions addressing their own personal learning eeds. Faculty development events, such as this, allow NOSM faculty from across the North to build relationships, collaborate on projects, and discuss future opportunities for those who are committed to the education of high quality physicians and health professionals in Northern Ontario.

"Over the past three years, Northern Constellations has continued to grow and increase its impact on the further development of NOSM faculty, educational staff, and learners," said Dr. James Goertzen, NOSM's Medical Director, Faculty Development. "The diverse program this year is the result of the commitment and expertise of the conference presenters along with their passion for educational excellence."

Outstanding Faculty Members Recognized

NOSM faculty members are making outstanding contributions to research, patient care, and medical education. The Faculty Peer Awards of Excellence were developed to recognize the contributions of the School's faculty in providing Innovative education and research for a healthier North .

Five faculty members will be recognized during an awards dinner on Friday, April 4, 2014. Congratulations go to Dr. David MacLean (Academic Leader), Dr. Brent Kennedy (Clinical Teacher), Dr. Jo-Anne Clarke (Medical Educator), Ms. Kirsti Reinikka (Clinical Scholar) and, Dr. TC Tai (Scholar).

Decomissioned Superior North EMS Ambulance Assists in Training Health-Professional Learners

NOSM is engaged in a pilot project to provide high-fidelity, mobile simulation to Northern Ontario. Based at NOSM's West Campus at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, this project uses a decommissioned Superior North EMS ambulance to transport high-fidelity, computerized mannequins and equipment to communities across Northern Ontario. This project addresses the learning needs of health-care learners and practitioners in a cost-effective manner by removing the need to replicate expensive simulation environments and equipment in multiple communities. Transporting simulation equipment is only one of multiple approaches that NOSM wishes to use to support simulation-based education in its distributed sites.   

Earlier today, the Simbulance was unveiled, demonstrating a visible and tangible commitment to addressing regional learning needs. It provides safe transportation for expensive equipment and trained personnel and also can be used a realistic learning environment.

The ambulance was 'decommissioned' before ownership changed to NOSM: identifying words such as Superior North EMS, ambulance, 911 etc. were all removed; flashing light bars removed; siren removed; public address/annunciator removed. All this is done so that a decommissioned unit cannot be mistaken for a true ambulance. The Simbulance graphic wrap features NOSM students, and Superior North EMS and City of Thunder Bay logos appear on rear door as supporters of the Simbulance and NOSM.

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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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