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Northern Ontario School of Medicine engages Expert Panel to examine School’s relationship with Indigenous communities

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NOSM has engaged an Expert Panel to examine report on and make recommendation about the relationships, structures and policies that exist between the School and Indigenous Peoples. The Panel was convened as part of the School’s ongoing response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, specifically its 94 Calls to Action, released in 2015. The Panel will seek broad input from NOSM’s Indigenous Reference Group, Elders Council, Indigenous Affairs Unit, Indigenous communities and organizations, learners, faculty members, NOSM leadership and staff. The Panel will also address the School’s ability to integrate the interests and needs of Indigenous Peoples throughout its education and research programs, organizational culture and daily interactions.

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NOSM Wins SRPC Award

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On Friday, April 13, 2018, NOSM was presented with the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada (SRPC) Rural Medical Education Award. Each year, the SRPC presents this award to the undergraduate medical program that has matched the most graduates to rural family medicine programs through the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) process. In 2017, 47.5 per cent of NOSM’s graduating MD class matched to a rural family medicine residency program. NOSM Dean, Dr. Roger Strasser, accepted the award on behalf of the School at a dinner held by the SRPC in St. John’s, Newfoundland. “The School was founded on the premise that if you select medical students with an affinity for the North and have them live and learn in the North, they will stay in the North,” says Strasser. “Those choosing to pursue a residency program in rural family medicine are most likely to stay in the North. Having received this recognition once again is a sign that NOSM’s model of distributed, community-engaged medical education continues to work.” This is the ninth consecutive year in which NOSM has received this award.

NOSM Congratulates CRaNHR on 25 Years!


Congratulations to the Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research (CRaNHR) on 25 years of success as Canada’s leading applied Northern and rural health resource centre. CRaNHR conducts interdisciplinary research on rural health with a focus on improving health services, access to health care, particularly in rural and northern communities, and enhancing our understanding of the health-care system. CRaNHR has collaborated with NOSM on tracking and impact research, including a multi-year tracking study of the students and graduates of NOSM and an economic impact assessment of the School. Drs. Roger Strasser, Alain Gaulthier, and Jim Rourke attended a celebratory event earlier this month, with Dr. Rourke serving as keynote speaker.

NOSM Board Holds First Meeting of 2018

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NOSM held a regular meeting of the Board of Directors on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. At the meeting, Dr. Adam Moir, NOSM’s Medical Director of Faculty Development, presented an update on the School’s Continuing Education and Professional Development (CEPD) activities. Dr. Penny Moody-Corbett, NOSM’s Senior Associate Dean and Interim Associate Dean, Community Engagement, provided an update on community engagement at the School, including the upcoming Francophone Symposium being held from April 5-7, 2018 at Laurentian University in Sudbury. Board members were reminded of important upcoming events being hosted by NOSM. Northern Constellations—a conference that brings together NOSM faculty from across Northern Ontario to share experiences, network, and participate in workshops related to educating future health professionals—will take place April 20-21 in Thunder Bay. NOSM’s 13th annual Northern Health Research Conference is being held in Kenora, Ontario on September 21-22, 2018.

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