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NOSM welcomes two new faculty section chairs

 The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) welcomes Drs. Amer Alaref and Justin Jagger, new Section Chairs of Radiology and Child and Adolescent Health respectively. Dr. Alaref began his term on July 1, 2021 and Dr. Jagger began on August 1, 2021. “I am honoured to welcome Drs. Alaref and Jagger to their new roles at NOSM,” says Dr. Barb Zelek, Division Head, Clinical Sciences and practising rural generalist family physician in Marathon. “I appreciate their enthusiasm and look forward to their contributions as part of the wonderful team of Section Chairs at NOSM.” Dr. Amer Alaref is a staff radiologist at Thunder Bay ...

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Helping close the gap on psychiatry shortages

Dr. Zoe Michano-Furlotte, NOSM alumna (MD 2016, BScN Lakehead University), completed her fourth year of residency in psychiatry in Thunder Bay and is entering her fifth and final year. Zoe is a member of Biigtigong Nishnaabeg and is from the town of Caramat, which is now part of the community of Greenstone. “I’m hoping to work at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and provide outreach care with regional Indigenous communities to work together to improve access and mental health services,” says Zoe. “I have a bigger dream to expand my practice to specialize in Indigenous mental health and women’s perinatal and...

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Nurturing diabetes care and community-based nutrition

Building meaningful relationships in small communities is what Sheila Byrne valued most about her experience at NOSM. Sheila is set to graduate from the Northern Ontario Dietetic Internship Program (NODIP) this summer. Originally from Pickle Lake, she recently accepted a full-time role as a Registered Dietitian at Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre. “As I start my career with a focus on diabetes, I plan to stay connected to the professionals I have had the pleasure of working with and learning from,” says Sheila. “With the many complexities associated with diabetes, I aim to take a gentle approach, one that values individua...

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