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NOSM Board Approves New Five-Year Strategic Plan

NOSM Board Approves New Five-Year Strategic Plan

Official launch of plan in September 2015

Using a combination of web- and tele-conference connectivity across Northern Ontario, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) held a regular meeting of the Board of Directors on Wednesday, March 18, 2015.

At this meeting, the Board approved the NOSM Strategic Plan 2015-2020, the development of which was informed by strong staff, faculty, partner organization, and community participation.  A Strategic Planning Project Team and a 28-member Strategic Planning Advisory Committee (representing diverse perspectives from across the region) oversaw the strategic planning process that included visiting more than 50 Northern, rural, remote, Francophone, and Aboriginal communities across the North to discuss Northern Ontarians' ongoing health-related needs. The input received provided important guidance to setting the priorities of NOSM's 2015-2020 Strategic Plan.

NOSM's Strategic Plan 2015-2020: Reaching Beyond Extraordinary Together will launch officially in September, to coincide with NOSM's new academic year. The fall will also mark 10 years since NOSM opened its doors.  

At the meeting, the Board welcomed Dr. Moira McPherson, Lakehead University's recently appointed Provost and Vice-President (Academic), to the role of Chair of the Board. 

The Board received reports from the Finance, Audit and Risk Management, Executive, and Governance committees. The Board also received reports from the School's Academic Council, Aboriginal Reference Group, and Francophone Reference Group.

A recently published article titled "The economic contribution of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine to communities participating in distributed medical education" was circulated to the Board for information. The article is available here.

The Board reviewed the Financial Report for the period ending January 31, 2015.

The next meeting of the Board of Directors is the Annual Board Face-to-Face Meeting, this year scheduled for May 7-8, 2015 in Kenora, Ontario.

For a complete list of Board members, please visit our website at www.nosm.ca.


Dr. Moira McPherson, Chair of the Board of Directors
Northern Ontario School of Medicine
Tel. 807-343-8640

Dr. Robert Kerr, Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors
Northern Ontario School of Medicine
Tel. 705-675-1151 Ext. 3410

Ms. Kim Daynard, Director of Communications
Northern Ontario School of Medicine
Tel. 807-766-7379   Cell 807-631-5718


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


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