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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 in the 2021-2022 fiscal year, 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. Being cautiously optimistic, we hope to be in a position to return to our normal allotment of placements for learners by spring 2022.

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

At the present time, the Rehabilitation Sciences Program at NOSM continues to enforce a policy where learners should not have any contact with patients who have either presumed or confirmed COVID-19 status. This policy is communicated to all learners who are coming to Northern Ontario for a placement and their preceptors, and it should be strictly followed. This policy is outlined below.

  • 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 flow chart in the attached document outlines the specific steps any learner should take when they experience symptoms or when an exposure has occurred.
  • Flow Chart COVID-19 Reporting – Rehabilitation Science Learners
  • NOSM is continuously monitoring the recommendations from Public Health and other regulatory agencies, and policies are updated accordingly. Any change to this policy will be communicated with our Clinical and University Partners.

Housing Update for RS Learners or Learners Scheduled for an Upcoming Placement

An email regarding the changes to NOSM Housing has been sent to all of our partnering university coordinators, as well as our current and upcoming learners. The change relates to a move for NOSM Housing to only be occupied by a single learner at a time to make it easier for learners to self-isolate prior to starting placements.

Those learners who already had confirmed NOSM Housing prior to this policy change place were provided with the option of staying in NOSM Housing or arranging their own housing with a separate reimbursement process through NOSM.

All learners who did not yet have confirmed NOSM Housing will only be provided with NOSM housing if no other learners are currently booked for that housing. In all likelihood, they will likely have to secure self-arranged housing.

Details regarding the self-arranged housing option will be provided to future learners as their placements are confirmed. This new Housing Policy will be in effect for placements starting before June 30, 2021.

NOSM Staff & Campuses

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:

Bethany Beaudoin
Community Relations Coordinator
bbeaudoin@nosm.ca

Mike Ravenek
Health Sciences Manager
mravenek@nosm.ca

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