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...Read more.
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 https://youtu.be/5VT904nMkUI This is a historic occasion for medical education in Canada. We look forward to celebrating with you. RSVP @thenosm #NOSMUniversity...RSVP.
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 MD 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’s first in...Read more.
Canada’s first independent medical university proclaimed: NOSM University
The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) becomes NOSM University—the first independent medical university in Canada—effective April 1, 2022. “This is a profound and historic moment for the NOSM community, and its impact will be felt across Northern Ontario and beyond,” says Dr. Sarita Verma, President, Vice Chancellor and Dean of NOSM University. “We are grateful to Minister Dunlop and the Ford government for this incredible commitment to health education in the North and our renewed focus on health equity across our vast region.” Since its establishment in 2002, NOSM has blazed trails in its short history. The ...Read more
Statement on conflict in Ukraine
Reports and images coming from Ukraine during this armed conflict are disturbing. I am deeply concerned about NOSM learners, faculty, staff and community members who may be personally affected. Ukrainians have a deeply rooted history in Northern Ontario and we stand in support of everyone who may be struggling at this time. There are supports available to you at NOSM. Unfortunately, there are also reports of discrimination directed at the Russian-Canadian community. Discrimination has no place at NOSM. Please keep in mind the School’s values of respect and inclusiveness, and treat each other with kindness and compassion in these ver...Read more
The Slaight Family Foundation donates $1 million to NOSM to support BIPOC women in medicine
The Slaight Family Foundation is donating $1 million to support 40 Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) women medical students attending the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) and who live in Northern Ontario. The donation will establish a first-of-its-kind entrance scholarship to both increase the number of BIPOC women physicians—including transgender and non-binary people—in Northern Ontario and contribute to the overall number of doctors in the region. “I am deeply grateful to The Slaight Family Foundation for this gift to NOSM,” says Dr. Sarita Verma, Dean, President and CEO of the Northern Ontario Schoo...Read more
NOSM researchers study Indigenous vaccine confidence in Northern Ontario
Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) researchers are partnering with Indigenous communities and organizations to strengthen vaccine confidence among Indigenous youth. Drs. Marion Maar, Associate Professor, Medical Anthropology and Maurianne Reade, Associate Professor, Clinical Sciences Division and a rural generalist family physician on Manitoulin, are principal research investigators for the project, Co-Creating Vaccine Confidence: An Anishinabe Theatre-based Approach to Strengthen Indigenous Youth and Young Adult Vaccination Support. Funded for $200,000 over two years by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)...Read more
Dr. Diane Whitney named NOSM’s new Assistant Dean, Resident Affairs
The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) announces Dr. Diane Whitney as the inaugural Assistant Dean, Resident Affairs for Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) and Health Sciences Programs. Under the direction of the Associate Dean of PGME and Health Sciences, Dr. Whitney is responsible for overseeing the Resident Wellness program and the integration of Resident Affairs into the NOSM Learner Affairs Unit. She will work closely with the Associate Dean of Equity and Inclusion to develop Resident-focussed policy and support for the PGME Committee, and will supervise the clinical leadership positions of the Education Advisory Board Le...Read more.