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Donor supports transformation of physician workforce planning in Northern Ontario

Derek Day recently donated $210,000 from his late mother’s estate—the Estate of Ruth Day—to assist in transforming physician workforce planning in Northern Ontario and support the creation of a new Rural Generalist Pathway (RGP) at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM). Since NOSM’s inception in 2002, its objective has been to graduate physicians and health-care professionals to meet the health needs across the region. With a total of 714 NOSM MD graduates to date, there is still a need for 300 family physicians and specialists in rural and remote Northern communities. “It is important to me that I contribute fro...

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Innovation in times of crisis: how NOSM faculty created curriculum that challenges students to advocate for impactful change

As the world faced the unprecedented health crisis of COVID-19, faculty at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) made pivotal changes to its fourth-year MD curriculum. At a time when students were not able to work on the frontlines, NOSM faculty worked quickly to introduce a new curriculum that focused on building advocacy leadership skills that would lead to impactful change. “The new curriculum provided students with the opportunity to pursue topics that matter to them while having real, positive impacts on patient care and population health in Northern and rural contexts,” says Dr. Erin Cameron, NOSM Assistant Professo...

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NOSM’s Dean named in Top 30 Physician Power List

Dr. Sarita Verma, Dean, President and CEO of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), has made the Canadian Healthcare Network 2021 Physician Power List. Medical Post journalists reached out to doctors and asked who they think have power now and into the future. Check out the entire list at “Dr. Verma is the recently appointed dean of the medical school and, as one of the profession’s most recognized champions of diversity, she brings valuable new perspectives to the question of how to meet the needs of these unique patient populations.” - Tristan Bronca, The Medical Post Since arriving a...

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