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Behind the Scenes: Joseph LeBlanc

Joseph LeBlanc is the new Director of the Indigenous Affairs Unit at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Tell me a bit about your background. What were you working on before you came to NOSM? I’m a life-long Northern Ontarian and member of Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory. I’ve worked for Tribal Councils and Political Territorial Organizations (PTOs), as well as academic institutions and First Nations charities. My PhD work was with communities in the Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) territories looking at the impacts of industrial forest management on their food systems, and before coming to the Northern Ontario School of Medici...

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Thirty years of excellence

Dr. Grant McKercher, an Assistant Professor at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and family physician in North Bay, was the recipient of the 2018 College of Family Physicians and Canadian Geriatric Society Award of Distinction in Health Care of the Elderly. The award honours Canadian family physicians in active practice who had made substantial contributions to the highquality, patient centred care of Canadian seniors. Many health-care professionals and community members in North Bay will recognize McKercher in that description. He has he has been practising in the area for the past 30 years, initially working in a solo famil...

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Teaching teachers

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine was founded on the idea that if health professionals are educated in the North, they will stay in the North. In order to educate learners in the North, there is a need for clinical teachers in communities across the region. The Rehabilitation Studies Program at NOSM has developed Preceptor 101 sessions to help increase the number of clinical teachers in the North. The sessions are designed for health professionals including audiologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and speech language pathologists who are interested in becoming preceptors, or have experience but want to improve ...

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