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It’s May, the merry month of May! It is time to celebrate NOSM University.

Finally, spring has sprung. With it comes a sense of renewal, a hope for the future, and a sense of rebirth. Spring brings celebrations of our achievements, of our graduates, and of our contributions to the physician workforce in Northern Ontario. April 1, 2024, marks the second anniversary of the proclamation of our becoming an independent medical university, the only one of its kind in Canada.  Look at the trail we have blazed in two short years! A new Board of Governors, new Senate, new Chancellor, new Provost, 100% fully accredited education programs, unprecedented expansion, and financial stability. As well, a solid footing in labo...

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Gratitude, Change—and Filling Up Bowls

Spring is in the air, and so is change! Foremost, I want to extend my sincere and heartfelt thanks to our leadership, staff, faculty, and learners. I suspect I do not acknowledge you enough. Acknowledging team members for their dedication and work is not just a nicety: it's a fundamental aspect of effective leadership and team dynamics. When team members feel recognized and appreciated for their contributions, it fosters a positive work environment, boosts morale, and enhances overall productivity and engagement. I am incredibly proud of NOSM University’s leadership—VPs, Vice-Deans, Associate and Assistant Deans, Directors, Man...

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The Joy of Practising Family Medicine

Rarely are we given a window into our own impact on the lives of others. Recently, someone reached out to me on social media, and gave me perhaps the best gift I have ever received. This person is a former patient from my time as a practising family physician in Kingston, Ontario. Although I have not been in practice there since 2005, she wanted to say hello, and to let me know that my decade-long involvement in her care, starting when she was a teenager, had “saved her Ife” and “inspired” her to go to medical school. What a moment. I am an immensely proud family doctor! The joy, the challenges, the wonder, and the privileg...

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