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Northern Constellations 2018

On April 20 and 21 The Northern Ontario School of Medicine will host Northern Constellations 2018, our 7th annual Faculty Development Conference.

The diverse program will feature three plenary sessions exploring key concepts relevant to health professional education and a wide variety of interactive workshops with multiple learning opportunities in the areas of teaching and precepting, scholarly and research activities, leadership, and health care professional wellness and resiliency. 

Introducing our 2018 Keynote Speakers

Judy McKimm is currently Director of Strategic Educational Development and Professor of Medical Education at Swansea University Medical School in Wales. From 2011-2014, she was Dean of Medical Education at Swansea.  She is program director for the Leadership Masters at Swansea and Director of ASME’s and AMEE’s International Educational Leadership Programs.  Judy initially trained as a nurse and has an academic background in social and health sciences, education and management.  She has worked on over sixty international health workforce and education reform projects for the World Bank and WHO in Central Asia, Portugal, Greece, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Macedonia, Australia and the Pacific.  Judy writes and publishes widely on medical education and leadership and runs health professions’ leadership and education courses internationally.

Lorelei Lingard is Director of Centre for Education Research & Innovation and Professor (Department of Medicine) at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University. She has a PhD in Rhetoric from Simon Fraser University. Her award-winning collaborative research program describes healthcare team communication patterns and explores their influence on healthcare training, team competence and patient safety.  Lorelei’s work has produced over 200 peer-reviewed publications. In 2014, she was appointed a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in recognition of the impact of her work on Canadian healthcare. In 2017, she was awarded the Meridith Marks prize in recognition of exemplary mentorship in the Canadian medical education community.  Due to her training, Lorelei loves language: she is happiest writing at her kitchen table and teaching others how to turn their scientific manuscript into something people will want to read.

Alika Lafontaine is an award-winning physician and Indigenous health consultant.  Listed by the Medical Post as one of Canada’s 50 Most Powerful Doctors, he works to align national medical organizations and political decision-makers to achieve better health outcomes for Canada’s Indigenous communities.  In recognition of his work, Alika was named the Public Policy Forum’s Inaugural Emerging Indigenous Leader in 2017 with the award presented by Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.  Dr. Lafontaine sits on the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Council, the HealthCareCAN Board, and is the immediate past president of the Indigenous Physician Association of Canada.  Alika frequently appears on national media as a health expert and presents across Canada on the effects role bias, discrimination and racism have on patient care.  He lives in Northern Alberta where he works as an anesthesiologist.

Call for Abstracts

Workshop Proposal

Workshops will be 90-minutes in length.   Submissions including a NOSM faculty member preferred.  Collaborations between faculty in multiple disciplines or divisions are encouraged.   Ensure your workshop proposal includes time for faculty to share their experiences and challenges.  

Deadline for Workshop Submissions:

December 18, 2017 – Submit Now

Workshop Themes

Health, Wellness and Resiliency

  • Self-care/care of others                            
  • Care giver burnout/compassion fatigue
  • Mindfulness/meditation/visualization  
  • Healing/spirituality
  • Personal growth
  • Journaling/narratives/reflection
  • Curriculum/program development

Leadership Development

  • Self-awareness/self-reflection
  • Faculty engagement
  • Communication/collaboration         
  • Quality improvement
  • Conflict management/negotiation 
  • Leading change/System transformation
  • Mentorship       
  • Facilitating meetings or educational/health care teams

Precepting and Teaching

  • Assessment/Feedback/Evaluation         
  • Educational innovations
  • Simulation               
  • Small group/large group/virtual presentations
  • Competency-based medical education  
  • Educational technology/resources
  • Professionalism/unprofessional behavior

Scholarship and Research

  • Research collaborations                          
  • Funding/grant opportunities
  • Research proposals/ethics                      
  • Research methods/analysis/interpretation
  • Writing/presenting/publishing                
  • Quality Improvement
  • Faculty promotion

Educational Innovations Proposal

New to Northern Constellations 2017 is a forum to high light and support the development of NOSM educational innovations.  Each presenter will be allocated ten minutes to show case their innovation along with five minutes for peer questions and discussion.   Join us and share your creativity and educational experimentation!  

Deadline for Educational Innovations Submissions:

January 22, 2018 – Submit Now


If you have questions about your submission, feel free to contact us:

James Goertzen
Assistant Dean, CEPD

Adam Moir
Medical Director, Faculty Development


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