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NOSM’s Response to COVID-19

UPDATED: APRIL 3, 2020 | 2:32 PM EST

NOSM is an inclusive community where everyone is treated with respect. We are grateful to each of you for the efforts you are putting in to keep our students safe during this time. We are committed to keeping each of you safe, and respecting your individual needs. Please be kind and compassionate to one another.

Please check this website daily for updates.

General Communications

NOSM and all of its placement sites including hospitals, share joint responsibilities for the education and training of undergraduate medical students, postgraduate medical residents and other health professional programs. Based on the emerging issues with COVID-19, NOSM has developed this set of principles to guide decision making. These principles apply to all education, research, clinical and administration activities on the main NOSM campuses and clinical placements, as well as in the affiliated hospitals and community sites, clinics and other placements.

  1. On matters related to NOSM staff, faculty and learners, the Dean or her delegate will speak on behalf of the School of Medicine. Contact for any media or general queries.
  2. A Crisis Management Team (CMT) has been established by the Dean. It is meeting regularly and will issue directives about academic and operational continuity.
  3. During events that disrupt normal activities, and at the call of the Dean, a CMT will assess the impact of the crisis and issue directives about academic and business continuity. The CMT will:
    1. Advise the Dean and the Hospitals, clinics and placement sites in critical decision making during the crisis impacting on the educational responsibilities of the sites towards NOSM staff, learners and faculty.
    2. Obtain and review directives from appropriate agencies for impact on the educational enterprise, e.g. MOH, Public Health etc.
    3. Issue decisions about school and/or program closures; learner exemptions; travel restrictions etc.
  4. Each individual Unit should be communicating with their constituents to keep them informed and should copy to notify of decisions being made. If you are unclear, please contact the CMT as we will be meeting regularly to develop effective, expeditious, and efficient mechanisms to support learners, faculty and staff through the crisis by ensuring adequate two-way communication, e.g. through email, WebEx or other means.


Laurentian University:
Students that meet their degree requirements, will have the degrees conferred by the Senate of Laurentian University on May 19th.
At this time, we are unable to access campus to print/or mail diplomas.  However, if/when we can access campus after May 19th, we will start sending out, by Priority Post, the diplomas to the student’s permanent address on file.
Lakehead University:
Lakehead University Senate meets on May 11, 2020 to approve graduates. Student records will be updated at that time and students will receive an email with either a congratulatory message or information on how to contact us if they have questions as to why they were unsuccessful.
As for degrees, when a student receives their congratulatory email we will be asking for mailing information specific to where they would like their degree mailed. At this time we are unable to return to the office to print student degrees so we are unable to confirm when the degree mailing process will start.
If students have any questions please feel free to email

Events and Activities

Affected NOSM Events and Activities

View details on NOSM-related events and activities that have been affected by the pandemic.

Students wishing to volunteer

Across the NOSM community, learners have stepped up to give their time and energy to volunteer during this time when we all need to connect, support and care for each other.

Learn more about volunteering during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Students wishing to work


What an impressive group of learners, faculty and staff we have at the School!

We’ve seen several positive initiatives implemented to help frontline health-care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The world needs to hear these uplifting stories. We want to share as many examples as possible to showcase the kind, caring and compassionate work being done. 

Learn more about NOSMkind.

Contact information

Medical Students
John Friesen, Senior Director, Undergraduate Medical Education

Residents and Health Sciences Learners
Jennifer Fawcett, Senior Director, Postgraduate Medical Education and Health Sciences

Visiting Electives
Joel Leduc, Manager, Community Services

For clinical faculty questions related to this memo, please contact:
Anita Arella, Director, Faculty Affairs

For staff and full-time faculty questions related to this memo, please contact:
Human Resources

Library Resources
Patty Fink, Director, Research and Health Sciences Library

Media and Communications for any media queries.
General Queries

NOSM’s Response to COVID-19 Quick Links