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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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The Year of Artificial Intelligence

It was with great sadness that we learned of the sudden passing of our friend, colleague and NOSM University Dryden Site Administrative Coordinator (SAC), Chuck Schmitt. From the early years of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and the development of the MD program’s third-year Comprehensive Community Clerkship in Dryden, Chuck was eager to get involved. Over the years, he warmly welcomed hundreds of medical students, residents and other health learners to the community and made them feel at home. A great mentor to physician recruiters and NOSM University’s SACs across the North, Chuck was always thrilled to share his wealt...

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Making a List

Phew: what a year! The latest President’s Report is all about momentum, of which we certainly had plenty this year. In some traditions around the holidays, people keep a running list of “naughty and nice.” In reflecting on the year that was, I have made a list of all the excellent things we achieved together in 2023. Established our first Board of Governors and our first Senate. Appointed our first Provost and inaugurated our first Chancellor at our first convocation. Achieved full eight-year accreditation from the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) for our MD program. Learned ...

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