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New Program Set to Bring More Medical Residents to the North

The new Northern Ontario Resident Streamlined Training and Reimbursement (Nor-Star) program from the Ontario Ministry of Health aims to remove barriers to training more physicians in Northern Ontario. A new portion of the program will launch on July 1 and will reimburse the costs of travel and accommodation for medical residents on elective in Northern Ontario. Data from NOSM University shows that among medical residents who complete an elective in Northern Ontario, one in five will return to practice in the North. And for learners who complete both their medical degree and a residency elective in Northern Ontario, the likelihood of pra...

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Soo doctor finds fulfillment in homecoming

For Dr. Jonathan DellaVedova, a pediatrician in Sault Ste. Marie and a member of NOSM University’s inaugural class, the opportunity to practise in his hometown is both personally and professionally fulfilling. His passion shines through when he speaks about Northern Ontario. “There’s this feeling you get as you’re driving North and the lanes on the highway start to fall away and there are fewer and fewer cars, and then the city turns into farms and then it turns into forest,” says Dr. DellaVedova. “It just feels right—you’re pointing North, and now you’re home.” “There’s a sense in the North that this is where y...

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Joe Lipinski, NOSM University leader, awarded posthumously

In a bittersweet tribute, Mr. Joe Lipinski was posthumously awarded the inaugural Administration Award by the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) during a ceremony on April 16, 2023, at the International Congress on Academic Medicine (ICAM) in Québec City. In recognition of his significant contributions to establishing the Northern Ontario School of Medicine—now NOSM University—the Senior Administrators Network nominated Mr. Lipinski as the first-ever recipient. Mrs. Helen Lipinski, Joe’s wife, and Mr. Ray Hunt, Vice President, Administration & Chief Operating Officer at NOSM University, accepted the award. ...

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