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Board of Governors moves forward with NOSM University priorities

On Thursday, May 12, 2022, the NOSM University transitional board of governors met virtually at its second meeting since becoming Canada’s first independent medical university. The Board reviewed the President’s achievements as highlighted in the NOSM University Making History 2021-2022. In this report, NOSM University celebrates its roots by highlighting key milestones from the past 20 years including how it is embodying health justice, opening doors for BIPOC women in medicine, empowering future learners, and changing the status quo by making NOSM University the research nexus for the North. “With our newfound independence,...

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Join the NOSM University $10K Social Accountability Challenge

Working on a climate change project or planning community-led work in planetary health and social determinants of health? Or maybe you and your Indigenous community or organization aims to connect youth with Elders and Knowledge Keepers to visit with each other to learn about the land and talk about the effects of climate change on the earth. NOSM University has an opportunity for you. You may be eligible to apply for funding from NOSM University’s Centre for Social Accountability (CFSA). The $10K Social Accountability Challenge will award $10,000 to 10 community-based organizations with a focus on climate change. Five organizati...

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NOSM University shining stars celebrated

Faculty at NOSM University came together to network and celebrate clinical and educational achievements at Northern Constellations, the School’s 11th annual faculty development conference, held May 6-7, 2022. “We are celebrating our incredibly dedicated faculty, their provision of patient care, involvement in a range of teaching activities, and recognition of peer support systems they’ve built across the North,” says Dr. James Goertzen, NOSM University Associate Dean, Continuing Education and Professional Development and Thunder Bay family physician. “The conference provides an opportunity to further develop and fos...

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NOSM University medical students create impactful video about cannabis use by teens

Student-led video captures the attention of the Canadian Paediatric Society Northern Ontario has the highest rates of cannabis dependence in high-school students across the province, according to the study Drug use among Ontario Students, published by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in 2020. When a group of fourth-year medical students at NOSM University learned these statistics, they felt compelled to educate preteens and teenagers ages 12-18 as part of their unique advocacy curriculum. “Our goal with this project was to create a captivating, information-packed video to educate youth about cannabis and share ...

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NOSM University holds first Board of Governors meeting

Transition board affirms mission, vision and values NOSM University held a transition board of governors meeting on April 5, 2022—its first since becoming an independent university. The NOSM University Transition Board of Governors was confirmed, comprised of 16 members who reflect the geographic and demographic diversity of Northern Ontario, including Indigenous, Francophone, and rural and remote communities. Mrs. Joy Warkentin is confirmed as Chair of the transition Board of Governors and Mr. Mark Hurst as Vice-Chair. The transition board is in place until April 1, 2023. Mrs. Warkentin is passionate about leadership and servic...

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NOSM University. Rooted in the North.

Friday, April 1, 2022, marks history as the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) becomes NOSM University, Canada’s first independent medical university. NOSM was established in 2002 as a purpose-built solution to tackle the ongoing doctor shortage in Northern Ontario. With more than 780 MD graduates and 692 residents having completed NOSM programs, it is estimated that 300 physicians are still needed in Northern Ontario to meet the immediate demand. “Health care and health education and research have never been more important,” says Dr. Sarita Verma, President, Vice-Chancellor and Dean of NOSM University. “We all...

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Celebrate with us: Official launch of NOSM University

You're Invited Join us online as we celebrate and official launch NOSM University. Friday, April 1, 2022 10:00 a.m. The event will be live streamed on YouTube at This is a historic occasion for medical education in Canada. We look forward to celebrating with you. RSVP   @thenosm #NOSMUniversity...


NOSM University expansion to aid with Northern Ontario physician shortage

Additional spots for MD and residency will contribute to long-term sustainability of physician workforce On March 15, 2022 the Government of Ontario announced medical school expansion across the province. With this announcement, NOSM University will see an added 30 medical degree and 41 residency spots over the next five years. “Thank you to Premier Doug Ford, Minister of Health Christine Elliott and Minister of Colleges and Universities Jill Dunlop for making changes that will impact the health of our Northern communities,” says Dr. Sarita Verma, Dean, President and CEO of NOSM. "They have supported the creation of Canada...

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