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How one NOSM alumna is supporting the next generation of physicians in Iroquois Falls

Dr. Auri Bruno-Petrina (Dr. Bruno) says Iroquois Falls reminds her of the small town in Brazil where she grew up. An alumna of NOSM (Family Medicine 2017), she is now an Assistant Professor and a busy family physician at Iroquois Falls Family Health Team and Anson General Hospital. With very few physicians in the community, Dr. Bruno understands the importance of encouraging and supporting current health professionals and prospective students to apply to medical school in an effort to recruit more doctors to the community. She and her husband Mike Petrina are very generously contributing $10,000 per year to NOSM over the next 10 years...

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Revolutionising telemedicine, one consult at a time

Since its introduction in Canada in 2018, the teledermatology platform DermaGo.ca has seen a huge success. This technological tool created by a Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) alumnae is innovative and is changing the practice of medicine in order to provide improved access to specialized care to Canadians across the country. Originally from the small northern Ontario community of Kapuskasing, Dr. Émilie Bourgeault was admitted to NOSM in 2007 and subsequently, completed her specialized training in dermatology at Université Laval in Quebec City. Over time, having developed a significant interest and expertise in pediat...

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Helping close the gap on psychiatry shortages

Dr. Zoe Michano-Furlotte, NOSM alumna (MD 2016, BScN Lakehead University), completed her fourth year of residency in psychiatry in Thunder Bay and is entering her fifth and final year. Zoe is a member of Biigtigong Nishnaabeg and is from the town of Caramat, which is now part of the community of Greenstone. “I’m hoping to work at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and provide outreach care with regional Indigenous communities to work together to improve access and mental health services,” says Zoe. “I have a bigger dream to expand my practice to specialize in Indigenous mental health and women’s perinatal and...

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