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Francophone Features

New NOSM University Francophone Curricular Initiative addresses health inequities in the North

Medical learners who want to study in French can now do so, thanks to the pilot of the Francophone Curricular Initiative at NOSM University. “It’s been a long road to offering learning activities for the mandatory curriculum in French,” says Dr. Nicole Ranger, Francophone Curricular Lead at NOSM University. Also an alumna and Assistant Professor, Dr. Ranger says this initiative has been in the works since the University was founded in 2005. “Francophone learners have always been encouraged to come to NOSM University, but there haven’t been a lot of opportunities for learners in French, until now.” For many years, NOSM Unive...

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New Active Offer training module increases equitable access to care for Francophones in Northern Ontario

A new complementary online training module added to the was created by the Réseau du mieux-être francophone du Nord de l'Ontario (Réseau) in collaboration with NOSM University. This specialized training is designed for professionals working in the primary-care sector and will enhance their ability to provide tailored services to Francophone patients. The module was created as part of a series of sector-specific courses that can be completed individually or as part of the full Active Offer Training. Diane Quintas, Executive Director of the Réseau explains, “The primary goal of this training module is to emp...

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NOSM University alumna, Dr. Mélanie Patrie, named new Francophone Education Lead

NOSM University announces Dr. Mélanie Patrie as the incoming Francophone Education Lead for residency programs, effective June 20, 2022. Dr. Patrie is a passionate Francophone who completed her MD and residency at NOSM. As a medical student, she was a member of the Francophone Reference Group as a student representative and is currently an Assistant Professor and physician facilitator for the French Language Clinical Skills sessions offered by Francophone Affairs Unit for MD students. She is a family physician with a busy clinical practice at the City of Lakes Family Health Team at the Chelmsford site. Dr. Patrie is very familiar wit...

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