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Northern Routes

What I can say. What I can’t say. What I must say.

As you have likely heard by now, on April 15, 2021, the Government of Ontario introduced legislation to establish the Northern Ontario School of Medicine as an independent, standalone degree-granting institution. I have received many questions since this happened asking about NOSM’s future. In light of Laurentian University’s Companies’ Creditor Arrangement Act (CCAA) proceedings, I am not allowed to comment further at this time. And as many of you know, we are still trying to navigate the loss of our revenue ($1.6 million) and to try to protect our endowments ($14 million) as a result of that situation. As well the accreditation...

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Building Relationships across Northern Ontario

Partnerships are key to ensuring that the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) achieves its potential. Reaching beyond the usual buildings and classroom walls, NOSM spans across all of Northern Ontario where our distributed, community-engaged model thrives. Our school’s relationships stretch from Kenora to Moose Factory and from Red Lake to M'Chigeeng First Nation. Our partnerships are relationships that are based on NOSM’s values. Indigenous community experiences Forty First Nations communities across Northern Ontario are crucial to our success. By completing a placement in a First Nations community during their fir...

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Together, we help carry the weight of loss.

“For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.” – Khalil Gibran   Today’s culture is one that suggests we can fix anything and make it better. As doctors, those expectations are amplified. Last week, NOSM lost one of our students Braden Peters as well as a dear friend to NOSM, Dr. David Gass. The shock was immense and rippled across the school. As doctors we are all too familiar with death. We offer comfort and support to families and friends who have experienced the loss and show empathy and compassion. Although we can relate on a human level, there are professional boundaries in place ...

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