This five-day conference speaks to the importance of fostering relationships among medical schools across the globe in an effort to share knowledge and best practices as part of a worldwide network. It is in this spirit that we aim to provide international medical schools with the opportunity to ‘compare notes’ on the community-engaged model of medical education.
Community-based education is a distinctive hallmark of NOSM’s model, and as such, NOSM “classrooms” are unique and often non-traditional. In the first two academic years alone, our undergraduate medical students spend 12 weeks in Aboriginal, rural, remote, and small urban communities. These same students spend their entire third year undertaking Comprehensive Community Clerkships (CCC) in one of ten medium-sized communities in Northern Ontario, learning from local physicians and other health-care providers at affiliated health organizations. Fourth-year students undertake specialty rotations and electives primarily in the regional hospitals in Sudbury and Thunder Bay.
This conference brought together the Wonca World Rural Health Conference and The Network: Towards Unity for Health annual conference, as well as the next NOSM/Flinders Conference on Community Engaged Medical Education, the Consortium for Longitudinal Integrated Curricula, and the Training for Health Equity Network.
After two years of preparation by many, Rendez-Vous 2012, five world conferences in one, proved to be one of this year’s most exciting international conference opportunities for health professional education. Hosted by the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) from October 9 to 14, Rendez-Vous 2012 welcomed more than 850 delegates from nearly fifty countries and six continents, including 486 delegates from North America, 124 delegates from Africa, 100 delegates from Australia, 80 delegates from Asia, 51 delegates from Europe, and 37 delegates from South America. This conference truly brought the world to Northern Ontario.
Northern Health Research Conference
The projects presented at conferences are reflective of the School’s mandate to be socially accountable to the diverse cultures of Northern Ontario. Conferences also provide opportunities for collaboration and networking between students, residents, and community-based researchers, helping to grow quality research programs for and by the North.
The Northern Ontario School of Medicine’s Northern Health Research Conference—more commonly known as the NHRC—has been held annually since 2006. It is hosted in communities across NOSM’s wider campus of Northern Ontario and provides an opportunity for researchers in the region to present their research and exchange research ideas.
This conference demonstrates NOSM’s commitment to research, health care, and education to the people of Northern Ontario and beyond. The NHRC explores research activities arising from community-based activities and highlights projects underway from students, residents, and community-based researchers. The conference provides opportunities for collaboration and networking.
Recruit and Retain Conference
The Canadian Recruit and Retain Conference is part of the European Union funded project known as Recruit and Retain of which the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) is the only non-European partner. The focus of this project is on the recruitment and retention of health workers and other public sector workers in the remote and rural parts of the far north of northern countries in Europe. Most project partners are agencies equivalent to the regional health authority partners in the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) Northern, Rural or Remote Collaboration. Participating countries are Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Greenland, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland.