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Psychiatry: An essential service for NOSM residents and health-care workers during COVID-19 

  “Information, information, information. It’s essential,” says Dr. Diane Whitney, psychiatrist. “These are very unusual times and there are higher levels of anxiety, worry, and rumination.” As Program Director of NOSM’s Psychiatry residency program and Assistant Professor, Dr. Whitney is working with senior leaders, faculty and residents at the School to help address student and resident concerns and provide best practice approaches during the COVID-19 pandemic.  “I think the most important thing is that everyone understands the current recommendations and guidelines of NOSM, as well as the specific hospita...

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New Curriculum Committee draws more faculty and site clinicians to the table

NOSM’s MD program has reorganized their functioning with the creation of a new sub-committee, the Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) Curriculum Committee. The committee’s task is to govern the entire MD program curriculum. Their focus is on unified curriculum content and program-wide integration, while the business and operations side remains the work of the UME Committee (UMEC). “It really allows us to focus on curriculum across the whole program,” says Dr. Tara Baldisera, co-chair of the new Curriculum Committee. “While curriculum discussions happened at the various theme and phase committees, now it is easier to connec...

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Integrating career development and additional student success measures into NOSM’s MD Program

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) is proactively looking at implementing and integrating career supports into the core curriculum for all medical students. This added measure is intentionally aimed at supporting student wellness and improving ongoing success. It is part of NOSM’s wider plan to expand and renew curriculum as the School matures. “It’s important to understand that in the first couple of years of medical school, curriculum develops and shapes students’ professional identities, helping them realize who they are as medical students and where their interests lie as future physicians,” says Dr. Jason Sh...

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