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Northern Constellations 2013

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NOSM Faculty Join Together

Second Annual Northern Constellations Conference

Nearly 155 health-care professionals from across the North participated in the Northern Ontario School of Medicine’s (NOSM) second annual Northern Constellations Faculty Development Conference on January 18 – 19, 2013. NOSM faculty members participated in a keynote session by Dr. James Rourke, Dean of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland, and awards presentation, and various professional development sessions. The conference included sessions on public speaking, research ethics, simulation, and understanding learning styles.

Faculty development events, such as this, allow faculty from across the North to join together, build relationships, collaborate on projects, and discuss future opportunities for those who are committed to the education of high quality physicians and health professionals in Northern Ontario.

Special thanks to Dr. James Goertzen and the staff of CEPD who worked hard to ensure this event was a great success.

NOSM Honours Faculty Members

Four faculty members were recognized during an awards dinner. Faculty members nominated and selected these outstanding individuals. Congratulations go to Drs. Tara Baron (Clinical Teacher), Steven Socransky (Clinical Scholar), Christine Kupsh (Medical Educator), and Sarah Newbery (Academic Leader).

To view the 2013 conference program please click here​


The learner in difficulty: Strategies for identification and intervention

Presenter: James Goertzen, MD, MCISc, CCFP, FCFP

  • Most learners will successfully complete their educational programs. Some will run into difficulties resulting in a strain on the preceptor learner relationship. Although most preceptors can identify learners in difficulty, they often lack strategies to clarify the educational diagnosis and develop an intervention. Principles from working with problem patients can be applied to the learner in difficulty providing a framework for both diagnosis and intervention.
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Writing when there is no time to write: Strategies for getting youself published

Presenters: Emmanuel Abara, MD, RCPSC., Lisa Graves, MD, CCFP, FCFP., Jack Haggarty, MD, FRCPC


Case-based module small group learning tutor/facilitator interactive workshop

Presenter: William Hettenhausen, DDS, FACD, FICD, FPFA

  • The format of the workshop is a round table interactive discussion model that simulates the small group learning dynamics of NOSM Case Based Learning (CBL) and Topic Oriented Sessions (TOS). A Small Group Learning Overview article will be provided to the participants as a catalyst for round table discussion.
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The psychology of persuasion and influence

Presenters: Brian Golden, PhD

  • Effective health-care leaders know that engaging colleagues, staff and other stakeholders to commit to change rarely involves pronouncements from high above or the overt use of authority. Rather, it typically involves working first with small groups of the “almost committed” or “weakly opposed” to gain allies and build coalitions. The objective of this session is to develop practical strategies, based in the psychology of teams and decision making, to influence individuals and teams. These sessions (Part A and Part B) will use a short Hollywood film to increase participants’ capacity to influence decision making teams (and beyond), including using such tactics as coalition building, timing and agenda setting, persuasion, educated risk taking, and testing-the-waters.
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Interprofessional simulation events: Addressing Francophone language, culture, and patient safety

Presenters: Diane Mageau, Bscn, RN, Gayle Adams-Carpino MSW, Lise Bonin, B.Sc.N, RN

  • This workshop will be an abbreviated version of a three-hour interprofessional workshop designed to increase understanding of the roles and scope of practice of participants and awareness of interprofessional communication with a particular emphasis on cultural miscommunication, prior to participation in a simulated event with a Francophone standardized patient.
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Make them want to listen: The art of public speaking and presentations

Presenters: Ray Wiss, MD, CEUS, CSPQ (EM), CFPC (EM)

  • The workshop has two parts. In the first, you will learn, and practice, the one essential skill necessary for good public speaking. In the second, you will learn how to maximize the effectiveness of your PowerPoint presentations. Public speaking is the most common phobia. This will help you get over it.
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Movin’ on up: An introduction to the NOSM promotions process

Presenters: Jack Haggarty, MD, FRCPC, Barb Zelek MD, CCFP, FCFP

  • In this 90-minute workshop, the presenters will orient participants to the NOSM Promotions Policy and review the promotions process. Former and present members of the Promotion Committee will highlight present requirements for promotion, and the committee process. The workshop will focus on the role that documentation has on the review process, and suggest strategies to streamline the application process. Workshop presenters will recommend ways that applicants for promotion can increase their chances for success in seeking promotion with NOSM.
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NOSM mentorship forum: Geeks and geezers or gangs 

Presenter: Dr. Marion Briggs, B.Sc.PT., MA, DMan

  • Mentorship is an integral part of professional development. In this two-part workshop, participants will explore the concepts and processes of mentorship (Part A) and how they need to be modified for the Northern context (Part B). These conversations will stimulate further thought in the months ahead about how NOSM will support faculty mentorship.
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A practical exploration of innovative approaches to learner-orientation

Presenters: Brock Chisholm, B.Sc P.T., Barb Zelek, MD, CCFP, FCFP

  • This workshop will provide a brief review of adult learning styles and principles, and how they relate to health care learner orientation. Participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to engage in self-directed approaches to learning and orientation, and will develop take-home strategies for innovative clinical learner orientation.
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Teaching professionalism: Critical conversations with our learners

Presenters: James Goertzen, MD, MCISc, CCFP, FCFP | Laurel Snyder, MD, CCFP-EM, FCFP

  • Although professionalism is a core competency for medical students and residents, the teaching of professionalism is often haphazard. Professionalism is largely contextual and best understood as a series of behaviors within a clinical setting rather than personal traits or attributes. Lapses in professional behaviors by learners are common and to be expected. Lapses provide an opportunity for preceptors to have critical and collegial conversations with learners, encouraging reflection and assimilation of professional behaviours.
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Exploring NOSM’s hidden curriculum

Presenters: Lisa Graves, MD, CCFP, FCFP, Rachel Ellaway, Ph.D, Andrew Robinson, MD

  • Hafferty asserts that “a great deal of what is taught and most of what is learned in medical school takes place not within formal course offerings but within medicine’s ‘hidden curriculum’”. This workshop explores the hidden curriculum, the forms it takes at NOSM and how to work with it.
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You can do medical education research!

Presenters: Rachel Ellaway, Ph.D., Lisa Graves, MD, CCFP, FCFP

  • Medical education research is essential to establishing medical education as a socially responsible undertaking. This workshop will help those with an interest in medical education research to get started by identifying opportunities, developing and executing projects, publishing their findings and applying them to their teaching practice.
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