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Northern Constellations 2020

Join us for Northern Constellations 2020 on May 8 & 9 in Thunder Bay. Our annual faculty development conference is the largest physician attended event and NOSM’s largest faculty gathering in Northern Ontario. The Conference provides a forum to share new ideas in medical education and health care, along with opportunities to network with colleagues.

Conference participants will collaboratively learn and further develop their expertise in the areas of Precepting and Teaching, Scholarship and Research, Indigenous Learning, Leadership Development, and Wellness and Resiliency. Our three exceptional keynote speakers will share their knowledge and provide a catalyst for your further learning. Dr. Nel Wieman; Canada’s first Indigenous psychiatrist, advocate for health care that integrates cultural safety and cultural humility as core values, and Senior Medical Officer with the First Nations Health Authority in British Columbia. Dr. Jane Philpott; family physician, former Member of Parliament and cabinet minister, committed to the importance of public service, and health advocate who has been influenced by 10 years of practice in Africa. Dr. Ken Milne; rural emergency physician, creator of the Skeptics Guide to Emergency Medicine, passionate about critical thinking and leveraging social media to support evidence based knowledge translation.


Plenary Speakers

Dr. Cornelia Wieman

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Dr. Nel Wieman is Canada’s first female Indigenous psychiatrist (Anishnawbe – Little Grand Rapids First Nation, Manitoba). Nel is a Senior Medical Officer, Mental Health & Wellness with the First Nations Health Authority in British Columbia. Nel is a strong advocate for health care that integrates cultural safety and cultural humility as core values. She brings a unique perspective to her health advocacy work as a survivor of the “Sixties Scoop.”



Dr. Nel Wieman is President of the Indigenous Physicians of Canada and Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. Nel completed her medical degree and psychiatry residency at McMaster University. She began her career providing psychiatry services on the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. Following, Nel was a member of the Clinical Support Team for Toronto’s YWCA Elm Centre providing care to inner city women with serious mental illness and addictions. From 2013 – 2018, Nel was a staff psychiatrist with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in the Aboriginal Services Unit, Tele-psychiatry Service, Crisis Clinic and General Assessment Clinic. Nel advocates for health care transformations which focus on strengths and a new way of promoting mental health and wellness including a two-eyed seeing approach that brings together the best of Western and traditional approaches.

For additional information about Nel’s work with the Indigenous Physicians of Canada and the First Nations Health Authority, please visit their websites:


Dr. Jane Philpott

Dr. Jane Philpott

Dr. Jane Philpott is a family physician and former Member of Parliament. She served in numerous cabinet positions including Minister of Health, Minister of Indigenous Services and President of the Treasury Board. Throughout her career, Jane has been committed to the importance of public service, using the opportunities we have to make life better for other people. Her health advocacy work has been influenced by 9 years of practice in Africa.



Dr. Jane Philpott is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at University of Toronto. Following a family medicine residency, she completed a Masters of Public Health. For the first decade of her career, Jane practiced family medicine in Niger, West Africa. In 1998, Jane returned to Stouffville, Ontario to practice family medicine. In 2004, Jane founded the Give a Day to World AIDS initiative to assist people affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa. She was Chief of Family Medicine at Markham Stouffville Hospital and led the development of family medicine training at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. From 2015-19, Jane played a lead role in federal policies that shaped Canada: bringing in 25,000 Syrian refugees; legislating Medical Assistance in Dying; and improving clean water infrastructure for First Nations. Health advocacy is central to Jane’s work: “As Canadians, we are co-workers in the construction of a strong healthy future for our society and planet. We must be our best, most generous selves and encourage the best from one another.” At present, Jane serves as Special Advisor on Health for Nishnawabe Aski Nation (NAN) representing 49 First Nation Communities in Northern Ontario

For additional information about Jane’s health advocacy work as reflected in her blog and Give a Day to World AIDS, please visit the following websites:


Dr. Ken Milne

Dr. Ken Milne

Dr. Ken Milne practices rural emergency medicine in Exeter, Ontario and is the creator of the Skeptics Guide to Emergency Medicine. Ken is passionate about skepticism and critical thinking. The goal of the Skeptics Guide is to reduce the medical knowledge translation window from over two years down to less than one year. This is accomplished using social media to provide high quality, relevant, critically appraised, evidence based information.



Dr. Ken Milne is Chief of Staff of the South Huron Hospital Association and Adjunct Professor in Family Medicine at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, Western University. Ken is a strong advocate for advancing the practice of rural medicine and high quality emergency medicine education. He has been involved in rural clinical research for over 30 years and is affiliated with the Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health located in Goderich. Ken has been recognized for his expertise in medical education with the Canadian Association of Emergency Physician’s (CAEP) Teaching Award and Schulich Award for Excellence in Medical Education. In 2019 he is the recipient of the Judith Tintinalli Award for Outstanding Contribution in Education from the American College of Emergency Physicians and the FOAMed (Free Open Access Medical Education) Excellence in Education award from the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.

For additional information about Ken’s work with the Skeptics Guide to Emergency Medicine and the Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health, please visit their websites:



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