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NOSM Announces Dr. Edward Hirvi as Section Co-Chair, Family Medicine (West)

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine has named Dr. Edward Hirvi as the new Section Co-Chair, Family Medicine, beginning December 1, 2020. Dr. Hirvi wears many hats in the field of medicine. He has been a faculty member with NOSM since January 2009, and holds the current rank of Associate Professor. Located in Sault Ste. Marie, Dr. Hirvi is a Family Physician at the Group Health Centre in Sault Ste. Marie. He is the co-chair of the Northern Ontario Academic Medicine Association, and President of the Physician Clinical Teachers’ Association (PCTA).  Congratulations, Dr. Hirvi! A special thank you to co-chair Dr. Barb Zelek for your l...

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Medical school announces new five-year strategic plan and officially launches The NOSM Challenge

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) today launched its 2021-2025 strategic plan titled The NOSM Challenge. The five-year plan sets out the School’s goals, aspirations and outcomes by 2025. Dr. Sarita Verma, NOSM Dean, President and CEO, says, “The Challenge theme reflects the need to challenge ourselves, our communities, our ideas, and our commitment to social accountability in order to drive change and improve access to quality health care in Northern Ontario.” With an updated mission statement “to improve the health of Northern Ontarians by being socially accountable in its education and research programs and...

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NOSM appoints new Director of Indigenous Affairs

Iw Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) minwendaagwad wii-dibaadodaming onaabamind Yolanda Wanakamik ji-aawid Director of Indigenous Affairs inakamigak Binaakwii-Giizis 5, 2020. Onjibaa imaa Whitesand First Nation, imaa Anishinaabe-akiing wenji-ateg iw Robinson-Superior Adaandiwin, Yolanda omaamiikwendaanan mino-ayaawin, gikinoo’amaagewin miinawaa izhi-wiijiindiwin oodenaang. Obiidoonan anooji gegoo gikendamowin miinawaa nitaawichigewinan ji-doodaming maajiishkaawin miinawaa mino-bimaadiziwin imaa NOSM miinawaa odayaanan Honours Bachelor of Arts imaa Political Science miinawaa Master of Education imaa Educational Studies. Ozaa...

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Board meeting marks the beginning of a new and exciting chapter for NOSM

Due to ongoing restrictions on mass gatherings in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NOSM’s Board of Directors and Annual Meeting of Members was held virtually on Wednesday, September 30, 2020. Juliette Denis, Métis Elder and board member, opened the meeting with a reflection and prayer in recognition of “Orange Shirt Day” providing guidance and inspiration to the meeting. The Board announced the addition of six Directors: Craig Abotossaway, Virginia May (Mae) Katt, Suzanne LeBeau, Mark Hartman, Dr. Shemer Ratner and John Stenger. Craig Abotossaway has more than 25 years of experience working on a variety of First Nati...

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NOSM welcomes the School’s first internationally sponsored clinical fellow

Dr. Abdulrahman Ahmad of Kuwait recently started a year-long fellowship hosted by the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) and Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC). The fellowship marks a historic first for NOSM. Clinical fellowships offer advanced post-residency training for individuals who already hold specialty certification and are eligible for licensure. Dr. Ahmad is learning under the guidance of Dr. Hazem Elmansy, NOSM Assistant Professor and Faculty Lead of Urology and a Urologist at TBRHSC. Dr. Elmansy is one of few doctors in the world who performs holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP), a un...

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The Northern Ontario School of Medicine Launches Movement to Respect the Difference

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) is challenging high schools, communities, Canadian medical schools and the wider medical sector to join its Respect the DifferenceTM movement. The movement emphasizes actionable changes in organizational policy and in fostering a culture of kindness, respect, inclusivity and diversity. The concept of Respect the Difference is based on the study of human genetics that concludes more than 99% of human DNA is the same. Through this movement, NOSM wants people to think about how there is less than 1% that makes up the difference in each other. “With so much in common genetically, let’...

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Notice of NOSM’s Board of Directors Meeting and the Annual Meeting of Members

Take notice that the Annual Meeting of Members of the NORTHERN ONTARIO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE will be held as follows: DATE: Wednesday, September 30, 2020 TIME: 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm ET* LOCATION: WebEx Meeting (Notice is attached) The meetings will be as follows (please note times are estimated): Meeting Part 1: Final Board of Directors Meeting 2019-2020 at 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Meeting Part 2: Annual Meeting of Members 5:00 pm at 5:15 pm * Meeting Part 3: First Board of Directors Meeting of 2020-2021 at 5:15 pm – 6:30 pm The purpose of the Annual Meeting of Members is to: to review and approve the minut...

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MD Financial Management and Scotiabank announce new collaboration with Northern Ontario School of Medicine

Today, MD Financial Management Inc. (MD), Scotiabank and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) announced a three-year agreement whereby MD and Scotiabank will be the preferred financial services partners of NOSM. Scotiabank’s funding commitments under the agreement will help strengthen high-quality education for medical learners in Northern Ontario. This partnership will support initiatives from NOSM’s Continuing Education and Professional Development (CEPD) program to help improve health care in Northern, rural and remote communities. A key strategy will be engaging NOSM alumni and keeping them connected to continuing me...

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