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“I feel a gravitation to small towns because of what you can do…”

Source: Northern Ontario Medical Journal | 2017/07/26 Written by: Norm Tollinsky  “I feel a gravitation to small towns because of what you can do with family medicine in a rural environment,” said Francois, who grew up in Terrace Bay and Marathon. “You can work in the Emergency Department, find a niche and gear your practice to that. Plus, when you are working with a team of physicians in a small town, you really work together as a team to support each other.” Working as a registered nurse with physicians at the Marathon Family Health Team turned out to be a life-changing experience for Francois Doiron. “It wa...

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NOSM Celebrates National Aboriginal Day

Releases School’s Response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action Today, as individuals across Canada celebrate the summer solstice and National Aboriginal Day, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) releases a report titled NOSM’s Response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action. The report—a culmination of extensive consultation across the School undertaken in 2016—demonstrates the ongoing work of the portfolios and units within NOSM since 2003. Dialogue with Indigenous Peoples is a key component of what makes the Northern Ontario School of Medicine unique. E...

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NOSM’s Indigenous Reference Group Elects New Co-Chairs

The Indigenous Reference Group (IRG) of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) held a face-to-face meeting in Thunder Bay on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. A highlight of the one-day meeting was the election of the group’s two new Co-Chairs, Drs. Chuck Branch and Shannon Wesley. The two NOSM faculty members are husband and wife, and physicians practising at Aurora Family Health Clinic in Thunder Bay. The IRG also welcomed new member Mr. Gary Martin, a representative from the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres. Members began the meeting with an opening prayer from Elder Cameron Burgess, followed by drumming and s...

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