In the Spotlight
The unique perspective of a dietetic learner
Tayler Sorensen said he always knew he wanted to pursue a career in health care and his own personal health experience motivated him to do so. “I have type 1 diabetes. When you’re first diagnosed as a diabetic it’s kind of a scary process,” Sorensen explains. “It’s a slow process of learning, so if you have a good support system through your health-care team there are many teachings you can take from it.” Sorensen applied to NOSM’s Northern Ontario Dietetic Internship Program (NODIP) after completing a Bachelor of Science in Foods and Nutrition and Kinesiology at the University of Prince Edward Island. “Before ...Read more.
Overcoming Inequity: An Occupational Therapist’s Journey
After experiencing a few roadblocks while on a NOSM placement, learner Julie Mahoney says something is needed to improve equity for Occupational Therapy (OT) learners. “I don’t want people to misunderstand. My experience was great! I loved my time on placement and I learned a lot from it, but there were some hiccups. Once I realized other students had similar experiences, I knew something needed to change,” says Mahoney, referring to a NOSM placement in the south. Mahoney experienced several weeks of the hospital's administrative delay, which caused a setback in her learning experience. The organization she was placed at offe...Read more.
Telemedicine proven effective for treating opioid addictions in the North
A leading addictions specialist is surprised by the results of a study showing telemedicine is improving addiction treatment outcomes in the North. “The assumption was that telemedicine was an inferior alternative to in-person care, but that is not the case,” says Dr. David Marsh, NOSM Professor, leading addictions researcher and member of an opioid emergency task force for the province. “We started studying telemedicine to see if outcomes using telemedicine were in fact worse. We were quite surprised to find out that patients in addictions treatment who were seen via telemedicine did as well, or better, than the patients see...Learn more.