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NOSM announces Dr. Barb Zelek as Division Head of Clinical Sciences

It is an honour to welcome Dr. Barb Zelek as the new Division Head, Clinical Sciences at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) starting September 1, 2020. A graduate of the University of Ottawa, Dr. Zelek completed her family medicine residency at Queen’s University. She has worked in Marathon since 2002 as a rural generalist family physician, clinical teacher, and more recently has taken on increasing leadership in academic medicine. Since 2015, Dr. Zelek has been an Associate Professor and Co-Chair for the Section of Family Medicine at NOSM. She has been the Chair of the Joint and Stipendiary Promotions Committee and also...

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NOSM Announces Dr. Louise Logan as Lead Clinician of NOSM’s Resident Wellness Program

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) is pleased to announce Dr. Louise Logan has accepted the position of Lead Clinician of the NOSM Resident Wellness Program with Postgraduate Medical Education’s (PGME) Wellness Office, beginning July 1, 2020. “This is a critical role at NOSM and I’m very proud to pass the baton to Dr. Logan. I look forward to supporting her transition into this role and seeing her further develop the Resident Wellness Program,” says Dr. Jonathan DellaVedova, the School’s inaugural Lead Clinician of the program. His term ends September 30, 2020, with overlap for transition. Dr. Vivian Leung, ch...

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Dr. Claudio Soares, on behalf of the ACPC (Association of Chairs of Psychiatry of Canada) To date, COVID-19 pandemic responses have focused on reducing the risk of spread of infection, treating severely ill, and sustaining healthcare system capacity. While concerns about the general population's mental distress are being addressed through various online support strategies, these initiatives do not address COVID-19-related threats to mental health in people with serious mental illnesses or addictions, vulnerable populations in violent living situations, and frontline healthcare providers. We call on government, business, and civi...

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