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NOSM’s Response to COVID-19

UPDATED: JUL 30, 2020 | 11:12 AM 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.

NOSM Support for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Learners in Community Settings

Message PPE Supplies Update July 28, 22020

Today we received the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplies from the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS) at the Lakehead University warehouse for the July PPE requirements. We have received the following PPE supplies:
-Surgical /Procedure Masks (Level 2)
-Isolation Gowns (Level 2)
-9” Medical Grade (Class II) Nitrile disposable gloves
-Face shields

We will start distributing the PPE to the communities commencing tomorrow.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment and dedication in supporting the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) and its placement of learners and residents in your community.

Key message (details below):

  • NOSM will be able to provide either PPE shipped to your community or a subsidy to offset the extra cost of PPE.

It was recently brought to the attention of the Council of Ontario Universities that many non-hospital clinical placements would require learners and residents to come prepared with their own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

In order to alleviate this urgent and critical need for the months of July and August, the Ministry of Colleges and Universities and the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS) have developed a process to provide PPE supplies directly to educational institutions, including NOSM.

To provide an appropriate supply of PPE for upcoming NOSM clinical placements at your facility in July and August only, please provide shipping information to including:

  • Contact name, phone number, email
  • Shipping address (PO boxes are not acceptable for shipping)

An appropriate amount of PPE (based on number of learners) will be shipped directly from NOSM or the MGCS to the address provided. The type and quantities of PPE shipped may vary depending on the PPE supplied to NOSM by MGCS.

We are not sure how long after August the two Ministries will provide PPE for learners – if they are not able to provide PPE NOSM will provide a subsidy to each clinical setting based on the number of learners.

NOSM will continue to provide updates on the provision of PPE supplies or PPE subsidy to support the placement of learners and residents in your community on the NOSM COVID website NOSM’s Response to COVID-19  under “PPE for communities”.

The PPE supply order for July 2020 has been approved by the MGCS and delivery dates of the PPE supplies will be confirmed when provided. If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact Grace Vita, Director Planning and Risk (

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