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Indigenous Community Partners Gather at NOSM

First-year medical students at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) spend four weeks in an Indigenous community during one of their Integrated Clinical Experience (ICE) modules. Each of the communities that host students has a Local Community Coordinator (LCC) to help orient the students and support them during their experience in the Indigenous community. Each year, medical students, faculty, staff, Elders, and LCCs come together for a two-day workshop to prepare students for their time in the Indigenous communities. This workshop—led and coordinated by NOSM’s Office of Indigenous Affairs with the support of Learner Aff...

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Study from NOSM Researcher Explains Poorer Health Outcomes in Indigenous Patients with Diabetes

In Canada, rates of type 2 diabetes are three to five percent higher in Indigenous peoples when compared to non-Indigenous peoples. Not only this, but Indigenous Canadians typically have poorer health outcomes during treatment of diabetes. A study published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) states that Indigenous peoples in Canada with type 2 diabetes experience culturally unsafe health care—a factor that may cause poorer health outcomes. Dr. Kristen Jacklin, Associate Professor at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) and five of her colleagues conducted a national study that investigated Indigen...

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NOSM’s Indigenous Reference Group Gathers in Thunder Bay

Highlights include NOSM’s Response to the TRC’s Calls to Action and an introduction to the School’s Indigenous Health Curriculum Co-Lead for Postgraduate Education The Indigenous Reference Group (IRG) of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) held a face-to-face meeting on Tuesday, December 6, 2016. Members began their one-day meeting with an opening prayer from Elder Tom Chisel, Traditional Knowledge Keeper, followed by a welcome from Dot Beaucage-Kennedy, Chair of NOSM’s Indigenous Reference Group. “Joining NOSM’s Indigenous Reference Group for the day was the School’s Circle of Elders and Knowledge Keep...

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