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NOSM Holds Board Retreat in Dryden

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) held its annual Board of Directors retreat in Dryden, Ontario from May 7 to May 9, 2009.

As part of the opening of the three-day Board retreat, Mr. Dominic Giroux, Laurentian University’s new President, was welcomed by the Board and to the role of Vice-Chair of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine’s Board of Directors.

This year’s retreat included several presentations and interactive sessions on the topics of NOSM’s Learner Affairs, Informatics, and Equity and Quality functions; Advancement and philanthropy at NOSM; strategic planning for the School; and, NOSM’s Family Medicine Residents of the Canadian Shield (FM RoCS) program. NOSM residents Drs. David VanderBurgh, Milvi Tiisler, and Tyler Christie were on hand to share their experiences in residency training in Northern Ontario.

NOSM Directors also enjoyed visits to the Dryden Regional Health Centre, the Dingwall Medical Clinic, the Dryden Regional Training Cultural Centre, and the Dryden and District Museum.

Deputy Mayor of Dryden, Brian Collins, attended the Friday evening portion of the Board retreat. In his remarks, he expressed his appreciation. “The community of Dryden is pleased to work closely with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine,” he said. “We are delighted to have the opportunity to host this year’s Board retreat, and look forward to welcoming two new NOSM undergraduate medical students in the fall. Having students and residents come to live and learn in Dryden is important to the development of future physicians who understand and appreciate Northern communities.”

At the formal Board meeting on the final day of the retreat, the Directors received reports from Board Committees, including the Finance and Audit, Board Executive, Quality Monitoring, Governance, Nominating, and Advancement Committees.

The Directors received a Financial Report for the 11 month period ending March 31, 2009 from the Finance and Audit Committee. The Board approved a recommendation from the Finance and Audit Committee that tuition fees for the 2009-2010 academic year be increased 4%, due to numerous factors including inflation, changes in the level of provincial funding, and a comparison made of tuition with other Ontario medical schools.

In addition, the Board approved the proposed balanced budget of $40 million for the Fiscal Year May 1, 2009 to April 30, 2010, as presented.

The next meeting of the Board of Directors is scheduled for September 16, 2009.


Dr. Fred Gilbert, Chair of the Board of Directors
Northern Ontario School of Medicine
Tel. 807-343-8200

Dominic Giroux, Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors
Northern Ontario School of Medicine
Tel. 705-675-1151 Ext. 3410

Kim Daynard, Director of Communications
Northern Ontario School of Medicine
Tel. 705-662-7171 Cell 705-507-4407

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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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