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Dr. Aidan Wharton

When I graduated from Laurentian University’s undergraduate biochemistry program, I didn’t plan on going to medical school but I knew I wanted to work with and help people. I moved to Toronto to study to become a perfusionist*, but the more I learned about the cardiorespiratory system, the more I wanted to understand the bigger picture of health and disease. I applied to NOSM because I support its social accountability mandate and its values coincide with my own. My experiences in northern and rural communities while studying at NOSM opened my eyes to some of the challenges these communities face in health care and beyond. This tr...

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Dr. Kayla Berst on studying, working and living in the North

Dr. Kayla Berst I’m a graduate of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) and a family physician in Northern Ontario. As a medical student, I experienced what it would be like to work in the North and most importantly learned about the specific health issues that may affect my patients here. NOSM is more than just a medical school; it exists because people like you, in communities like yours, believe that everyone—no matter where they live—deserve access to quality health care. Because of NOSM, my patients don’t have to travel to see a doctor. They have access to me—a homegrown health-care provider—in their own com...

Learn more about NOSM alumna, Dr. Kayla Berst.

NOSM alumnus leads research study

In a study presented Wednesday at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress in Boston, researchers from Western University showed that the STOP Narcotics protocol halved the amount of opioids prescribed after two types of outpatient surgery, while still adequately treating most patients' post-operative pain. The lead author of the study was Dr. Luke Hartford, a graduate of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine's MD program who is currently a general surgery resident at Western University. "By significantly reducing the amount of opioids prescribed, this decreases the exposure risk and potential for misuse of narcotic me...

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