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NOSM learners attend OMSW

First-year medical students Brooke Mathias, Zoey Yao, Morgan Lafontaine and Emma Goddard (pictured left to right) were among several MD students from the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) who took part in this year's Ontario Medical Students' Weekend, hosted by the Ontario Medical Students Association (OMSA). The Ontario Medical Students' Weekend is an annual event that brings together medical students from all Ontario medical schools to learn about various topics related to medicine.  The 2018: "Legacies of Leadership" conference was held on November 2 and 3 in Ottawa, with approximately 600 Ontario medical students in ...

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ECHO: Ontario firsts in Thunder Bay

From Oct 26-28, the ECHO SJGC Chronic Pain & Opioid Stewardship Hub hosted a three-day conference on paediatric and adult pain management at St. Joseph’s Care Group in Thunder Bay. Participants in the Project ECHO Boot Camp: Pain Across the Lifespan received hands-on training in workshops on topics including pain neurophysiology, pharmacology for paediatrics, mindfulness, transition from acute to chronic pain, medical marijuana, motivational interviewing, guided injections for common peripheral joint/soft tissue, de-prescribing opioids, and more. The training was accredited by the Continuing Education and Professional Developmen...

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NOSM alumnus leads research study

In a study presented Wednesday at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress in Boston, researchers from Western University showed that the STOP Narcotics protocol halved the amount of opioids prescribed after two types of outpatient surgery, while still adequately treating most patients' post-operative pain. The lead author of the study was Dr. Luke Hartford, a graduate of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine's MD program who is currently a general surgery resident at Western University. "By significantly reducing the amount of opioids prescribed, this decreases the exposure risk and potential for misuse of narcotic me...

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