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Information for Rehabilitation Sciences Learners


General Update

To protect learners, health care professionals, patients, families and our northern communities as a whole, Rehabilitation Sciences (RS) at NOSM has been very careful with placement coordination since the pandemic began.

Maintaining a cautious level of optimism, we are planning to move forward with RS placements this fall 2020 and winter 2021, albeit at a reduced number compared to pre-pandemic levels. Specific numbers were detailed in communications with the faculty and staff at our Partner Universities. With the continued, gradual increase in placements, we hope to be in a position to return to our normal allotment of placements for learners by spring 2021.

NOTE: The situation across all clinical sites is changing rapidly. Even after starting a confirmed placement, your clinical site may need at any time to suspend clinical placements. If this happens and we are notified first, we will contact you and your program. Should you be notified of your clinical site suspending your placement, please contact your host university and your NOSM contacts immediately so that we may help you in coordinating your travel home. We understand this can be stressful and we are here to help you.

Update For RS Learners Currently on Placements or Scheduled for an Upcoming Placement

RS Learners on a placement in Northern Ontario have a responsibility to keep themselves, others around them, and our communities safe. In relation to the pandemic, this means reporting if they experience any SYMPTOMS of COVID-19 or if they are EXPOSED a person with COVID-19 (presumed or confirmed) within or outside the clinical environment. The below flow chart outlines the specific steps any learner should take when they experience symptoms or when an exposure has occurred.

The vast majority of NOSM staff continue to work from home supporting the School’s programs. Some staff may be working varied hours as a result; however they remain committed to attending to all operations and learner communication/support needs.

If you need to go to the NOSM campus at Lakehead or Laurentian University for any reason there is a clearance and attestation process to follow. Before visiting, please contact the NOSM Manager, Health Sciences to advise of the nature of your visit to campus and further instruction will be sent in response.


Your RS NOSM contacts are:

Hailey Masiero
Community Relations Coordinator

Mike Ravenek
Health Sciences Manager

With the situation is changing rapidly, please stay up to date by checking the NOSM website.