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Interest Groups

The NOSMSC sponsors a variety of clubs and interest groups so our learners can explore different medical specialties and special topics in healthcare. Information on the current NOSMSC approved student groups are listed below.

There are two primary ways you can be involved in an interest group:

General Member: Members attend events organized by the interest group. You can sign-up to be a general member when the Interest Group Sign-Up email is circulated in early October of each year.

Executive Member: If you are interested in taking on more a leadership role for a specific interest group, please email the contact for that specific interest group.

ACP Internal Medicine

Samantha Bruzzesee, Year 3, West Presidentsbruzzese@nosm.ca
Caitlyn Vlasschaert, Year 4, East Presidentsbruzzese@nosm.ca

The ACP Internal Medicine Interest Group contains a group of students that are passionate about the field of Internal Medicine. It is a group that offers additional learning opportunities on how to approach common diseases and conditions. The group acts as an advocate to provide clinical opportunities and training sessions to build clinical skills. The Journal Club acts to increase skills in interpreting research and presenting information to peers. Finally, the group promotes Internal Medicine conferences in Canada and the US, that student can attend to broaden their knowledge base.

The purpose of the ACP Internal Medicine Interest Group is to:

  • Obtain Information about careers in Internal Medicine;
  • Increase knowledge about Internal Medicine Conferences available in North America;
  • Promote the profession of Internal Medicine;
  • Provide supplemental learning opportunities to students on common internal medicine conditions;
  • Promote the American College of Physicians and encourages membership in this professional organization;
  • Promote communication skills in medicine.

Addiction Medicine

Alexandra Frankyn, Presidentafranklyn@nosm.ca

The Addiction Medicine Interest Group Strives to enhance education on substance misuse of various kinds (alcohol, opioids, cannabis, etc.). In doing so, the group will aim to educate students and reduce stigma, thereby creating physicians who are:

  1. More responsible prescribers;
  2. More compassionate towards patients with substance use disorder;
  3. Familiar with the various options and community resources for patients with addiction.

Altitude Healthcare Mentoring

Chelsea Kubinec, West, Site Coordinatorckubinec@nosm.ca
Kathleen Walsh, East, Site Coordinatorkwalsh@nosm.ca

The Altitude Healthcare Mentoring is a program aimed at empowering undergraduate students to pursue and reach their goals through a mentorship relationship with a medical student. Students selected for the program come from backgrounds and regions that are traditionally underrepresented in Canada’s healthcare workforce. These students possess the passion, dedication, and aptitude to achieve their dreams. Altitude is designed to provide them with the cultural capital needed to get them there.

Anesthesia

Braden Peters, Primary Contactbpeters@nosm.ca

The Anaesthesiology Interest Group (AIG) provides medical learners with the opportunity to acquaint themselves with the disciplines of anaesthesiology and critical care medicine (CCM). AIG lecture, discussion, and workshop content aim to develop academic knowledge and clinical skills related to Anaesthesiology and CCM, with crossover relevance to internal, family and emergency medicine.

It helps prepare learners for and/or supplement exposures during Integrated Community Experiences, Comprehensive Community Clerkship, and Phase 3 rotations and electives. It provides the opportunity for members to engage with local and regional anesthesiologists, critical care and emergency physicians, and pain specialists to establish education, professional, and research partnerships.

Dermatology

Jessica Gencarelli, West, Chairjegencarelli@nosm.ca
Leila Reguigui, East, Chairlreguigui@nosm.ca

The Dermatology Interest Group will be a group for students who have a strong interest in learning about common dermatologic conditions and procedures. It will offer learning opportunities, both theoretical and practical, to students with such an interest and will attempt to provide them with guidance and knowledge on how best to apply and prepare for both Dermatology electives and residency. It will also aim to demonstrate the ways in which the field of Dermatology intersects with others in medicine (i.e. Family Medicine, Plastic Surgery, Oncology, Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine).

Emergency Medicine

Pascale King, Chairpking@nosm.ca

The Emergency Medicine Interest Group’s (EMIG) goals are to introduce students to emergency medicine and to stimulate interest in this exciting and challenging field. In general, the club’s activities consist of skills workshops, arranging shadowing experiences and informational talks. Some of these have become perpetually popular activities including interactive case conferences, intubation, and airway workshop, and discussion about residencies and career opportunities, including research, in emergency medicine. Additionally, we have been lucky enough to have the support of many faculty members in the past and hope to continue these excellent relationships.

Engineering in Medicine

Christine Miller, West, Presidentcmiller@nosm.ca
Jenny Thomas, East, Presidentjthomas@nosm.ca

The Engineering in Medicine interest group aims to:

  1. Provide NOSM Learners with information/resources to design a Time Motion Study for research purposes;
  2. Participate in community outreach to encourage an interest in health sciences careers and research;
  3. Facilitate interprofessional networking between students and faculty of NOSM and Lakehead Engineering;
  4. Serve as a contact point for researchers seeking medical student or engineering student participation in research projects.

This group is great for medical students interested in :

  • Interprofessional hospital-based rounds (as this is an example that will be used this year to demonstrate the utility of the Time Motion Study principles in healthcare);
  • Quality improvement in healthcare organizations;
  • Research experience.

Family Medicine

Christine Miller, West, Presidentcmiller@nosm.ca
Jenny Thomas, East, Presidentjthomas@nosm.ca

The NOSM Family Medicine Interest Group is designed to give NOSM students the opportunity to learn about and gain new skills in the field of Family Medicine. We will have a range of events throughout the year to promote a wide variety of roles filled by family physicians.

French Clinical Skills

Josée Malette, West, 4th-year Repjomalette@nosm.ca
Camille Boulay, East, 4th-year Repcboulay@nosm.ca

As NOSM’s mandate is to address healthcare disparities for populations in Northern Ontario, francophone students are selected to be a part of NOSMs program. These students are often sent to Francophone communities for placements. As NOSM’s curriculum is delivered in English, the French Clinical Skills Interest Group aims to prepare Francophone and Francophile students with the communication skills required to care for Francophone patients. This is accomplished with both terminology sessions as well as clinical interview sessions.

Friends of MSF

Charlotte Roy, Presidentcroy@nosm.ca

Friends of MSF is a volunteer group that operates in a University community largely independent of the day-to-day operations of MSF Canada. These groups of volunteers seek to raise awareness in their local communities on the humanitarian issues “heart to MSF”, as well as promote awareness about MSF, its work and the populations it serves. To this end, they organize activities, such as conferences, photo exhibitions, film projections, publications, and more. Under the association of an Association member with one or more MSF missions as humanitarian fieldwork.

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian emergency aid and relief organization, founded in 1971, with national offices present in more than 20 countries including Canada. MSF’s national offices contribute to the operation of medical humanitarian assistance projects in more than 65 countries worldwide. In 1999, MSF received the Nobel Peace Prize.

More information about MSF Canada is available HERE.

Geriatric

Nicole Valiquettenvaliquette@nosm.ca

There is an ongoing shortage of geriatricians in Canada, meaning the elderly people who need specialized care may not have access to the best possible care. In a rapidly aging population, it is important that all physicians, regardless of specialty, understand the specific needs, concerns, and potential red flags that are involved in the treatment of elderly patients. The Geriatric Interest Group (GIG) aims to foster awareness of geriatric health issues for all students and provide an insight into careers and career paths in the interdisciplinary field of geriatric medicine, with the hopes of contributing to the improvement of healthcare for the aging.

Global Health and Social Medicine

Victoria Domonkos, Presidentvdomonkos@nosm.ca

Our belief is that all health is Global Health! We approach health issues with a social medicine and health equity lens. Our events will cover a wide range of topics, including Indigenous health, reproductive and sexual health, global development, human rights issues, tropical medicine, refugee health, health advocacy, the upstream social determinants of health, and many other topics. We look forward to seeing everyone at our events!

Government Affairs and Advocacy Committee

Nel Vandermeer, Presidentevandermeer@nosm.ca

The Government Affairs and Advocacy Committee aims to give students the opportunity to participate in advocacy activities at the local, provincial and national level. Students will have the chance to take part in existing projects or to be supported in spearheading their own projects. In addition, advocacy skills training opportunities will be offered throughout the year.

Medical Students for Choice

Rebecca Mailloux, Co-Chairremailloux@nosm.ca
Sabrina Trigo, Co-Chairstrigo@nosm.ca
Alexandra Franklyn, Co-Chairafranklyn@nosm.ca

The NOSM Chapter of Medical Students for Choice aims to educate, equip, and inspire students to improve reproductive health care and abortion services in Northern Ontario. We host training opportunities and educational events on campus and encourage medical student advocacy across clinical and professional settings. We also connect students to the resources offered by Medical Students for Choice at the national and international level, such as information on training and conference opportunities across North America.

Mental Health

David Wardle, Co-Chairdwardle@nosm.ca
Danielle Ouellette, Co-Chairdouellette@nosm.ca
Joshua Osika, Co-Chairjosika@nosm.ca

The primary mission of the Mental Health Interest Group (MHIG) is to promote awareness and knowledge of mental health among the students of NOSM through:

  1. Discussions of current mental health topics related to clinical practice and social and population health, with a focus on mental health in rural and isolated communities (e.g. ongoing issue of suicide among teens in Aboriginal communities across Canada).
  2. Seminars by invited speakers in the fields of mental health research, psychiatry, mental health, and social services.
  3. Workshops providing students opportunities to develop skills related to mental health care (e.g. suicide intervention/ASIST workshops).
  4. Partnerships with other Interest Groups and Clubs on focused themes (e.g. postpartum depression, mental health disorders among children and teens, addictions).

Nutrition in Medicine

Bradley Rietze, Chairbrietze@nosm.ca

The Nutrition in Medicine Interest Group (NMIG) aims to provide an innovative interprofessional model of nutritional healthcare and education services to respond to the diverse needs of priority populations. Nutrition is key to a physician, resident, and medical student’s personal health and wellness. Improved nutrition may benefit not only themselves but their patients. This interest group will explore relationships with food and eating; how food is nourishing and nurturing; and, how different approaches to nutritional assessment, dieting, and stigma may be helpful or harmful with respect to patients and the professional practice of medicine. The World Health Organization’s Framework for Action on Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practise states that interprofessional practice enables effective collaborative practice, which in turn optimizes healthcare services and patient health outcomes. As a result, providing opportunities for medical students to work and learn with dietitians and dietetic interns (ie. learning respective roles) is important for professional practice. As medical experts, integrating this knowledge into practice transects all the CanMED roles, including a commitment to patients and self.

The NMIG is a joint collaboration with NOSM, NODIP, and RAZ to facilitate nutritional knowledge into the NOSM curriculum while supporting interprofessional practice between medical students, dietetic interns, medical residents, dieticians, and physicians. We aim to support the Culinary Medicine Labs offered to medical students at NOSM; support and provide nutrition presentations from dietetic and nutritional scientists and clinicians for medical students at NOSM; and provide opportunities for medical students at NOSM to practice interprofessionalism with nutrition researchers, dietitians, and dietary interns.

Mission:

  • To provide access to students to learn evidence-based nutrition health services and education models.
  • To train students to work interprofessionally with dietitians, dietetic interns, and nutrition researchers.
  • To challenge assumptions learns my have about nutrition and nutrition in medicine

Orthopedics

Nick Nucci, Presidentnnucci@nosm.ca

The Orthopedics Interest Group aims to deliver educational lectures, cases, and workshops pertaining to the musculoskeletal system. The interest group will provide insight into this surgical specialty, but also include applicable information to a variety of other medical specialties.

OSCE

Stephanie Lachapelle, Presidentslachapelle@nosm.ca

The OSCE Interest Group aims to help NOSM Phase 1 students prepare for formative and summative OSCE. This is done by organizing OSCE practise sessions with the assistance of student volunteers to allow individuals to practise their history taking and physical exam skills in a supportive yet realistic environment.

Palliative Care

Caroline Duquette, Co-Presidentcduquette@nosm.ca
Phoebe Bruce, Co-Presidentpbruce@nosm.ca

Palliative care is a complex, multi-disciplinary and demanding branch of medicine. With an aging population and with the recent introduction of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) the need for education about palliative and end-of-life care has never been higher. The Palliative Care Interest Group (PCIG) aims to provide a space to explore and educate emergent issues in palliative care. The PCIG hopes to increase the comfort of future physicians with the subject of palliative care and the difficult conversations that come with this area of medicine with the ultimate goal of providing informed, timely, compassionate and effective care for the people of Northern Ontario.

Pediatric Medicine

Alicia Violin, Co-Presidentaviolin@nosm.ca
Jacqueline Larizza, Co-Presidentjlarizza@nosm.ca

Provide education about practicing paediatric medicine in Northern Ontario and to provide members with information, resources, and contacts within the field of paediatric medicine.

Pharmacology

Daniel Tesolin, Co-Presidentdtesolin@nosm.ca
MacKenzie Ludgate, Co-Presidentmludgate@nosm.ca

The Pharmacology Interest Group aims to broaden students’ understanding of pharmacology principles through case-based learning. The group will achieve its goals through case-based presentations focusing on drugs related to a specific topic (i.e. hypertension) including their mechanism of action, side effects, contraindications, clinical considerations, and cost and convenience.

Preventative

Sophie Lamoureux, Co-Presidentsolamoureux@nosm.ca
Isabelle Chaput, Co-Presidentichaput@nosm.ca

The Preventative Medicine Interest Group is a student-lead group whose goal is to gain more exposure and resources in the field of Preventative medicine by holding interactive meetings to discuss the latest news in public health and attend presentations from experts directly involved in preventative medicine.

Psychiatry

Rebecca Mailloux, Presidentremailloux@nosm.ca

The Psychiatry Interest Group offers NOSM students an opportunity to gain exposure to the fields of mental health in all age groups and all gender identities, and encourages student interest in this immensely diverse aspect of medicine. Furthermore, this group will provide and facilitate learning in this field through a review of related literature and speaker events on the topic of mental health, as well as to disseminate information about activities/events pertaining to the interests of psychiatry, such as conferences, workshops, and educational opportunities. Finally, this group will offer students advice on electives, careers, and CaRMS planning in psychiatry.

Quality Improvement

Jacqueline Larizza, Presidentjlarizza@nosm.ca

The overall aim of the Quality Improvement Interest Group will be to encourage student interest and learning about how concepts in value-based medicine can be applied to everyday practice and why a value-based healthcare system is critical in increasing patient safety, reducing wait-times, and ensuring the sustainability of our healthcare system. We have the support of two national organizations (Choosing Wisely Canada and Student’s for Antimicrobial Stewardship Society Canada) and are currently working on establishing support with an international organization (Institute for Healthcare Improvement). With our founding members having attended leadership training provided by Choosing Wisely Canada at a weekend conference in Toronto, 2015, and with subsequent members attending this leadership training, we know that this interest group will be a success should this application be accepted.

Radiology

Victoria Domonkos, Co-Presidentvdomonkos@nosm.ca
Nathan Kyryluk, Co-Presidentnkyryluk@nosm.ca

The Radiology Interest Group at NOSM will provide learners the opportunity to explore the field of Diagnostic Imaging. Within the framework of this interest group, learners will be able to learn how to interpret diagnostic imaging as well as appreciate the different imaging modalities we are exposed to in the Phase 1 curriculum. This group will hold regular meetings where members will be able to explore different aspects of Radiology through journal clubs, group presentations as well as the discussions of interesting cases. This group will also have one guest speaker session during the academic year to answer specific questions about the profession as well as to help refine skills in diagnostic imaging.

This interest group has not applied for official recognition or funding from any other governing bodies. The interest group has two presidents and two 2nd year west representatives who represent the West and East campus and an executive committee may be chosen upon their discretion.

Last year, the Radiology Interest Group held two events that attracted high attendance (>25 people): 1) Introduction to Chest XRays; and 2) Common MSK Injuries. We plan to continue to provide high-quality presentations that help to supplement learners’ knowledge in the area of Radiology.

Reach Accès Zhibbi (RAZ)

Bradley Rietze, Chairbrietze@nosm.ca

The Reach Assès Zhibbi Interest Group (RAZIG) aims to provide an innovative interprofessional model of healthcare and education services to respond to the diverse needs of vulnerable and priority populations of Sudbury through direct partnership with RAZ. The World Health Organization’s Framework for Action on Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practise states that interprofessional practice enables effective collaborative practice, which in turn optimizes healthcare services and patient health outcomes. As a result, providing opportunities for medical students to work interprofessionally is important for the professional practice of medicine. Integrating this interprofessional knowledge into practice transects all the CanMED roles, helping students embody the medical expert domain.

The RAZIG is a joint collaboration with RAZ to facilitate interprofessional health promotion events for vulnerable and priority populations of Sudbury. Medical students will have the opportunity to work interprofessionally with other students (ie. Social Work, Nursing, Kinesiology, Engineering, etc.) and professionals (ie. Nurse Practitioners, Lawyers, Accountants, Social Workers, etc.) from NOSM, Laurentian University, and the City of Sudbury. The RAZIG aims to support vulnerable and priority populations of Sudbury and create an avenue for medical students to explore interprofessionalism while filling the need for greater medical student interest and participation in RAZ.

Mission:

  • To serve vulnerable and priority populations using evidence-based health and social care services with community collaboration;
  • To train medical students to work interprofessionally and to be socially accountable;
  • To challenge assumptions that learners have about vulnerable populations and different healthcare professions.

Additional Info:

RAZ is an integrated team of students and professionals from different disciplines from NOSM, Laurentian University, and the City of Sudbury. RAZ is student-led, indicating that the Board of Directors of RAZ is a team of at least +50% of students from various disciplines. RAZ is supported in their functions by faculty and professional community members. All projects that RAZ delivers to the City of Sudbury are student-generated.

RAZ currently operates through multiple partnerships and each project is developed based on population-specific needs assessments conducted through respective community agencies. Currently, our main community partners are the Sudbury Action Centre for Youth (SACY), Monarch Recovery, and Independent Living Sudbury Manitoulin (ILSM).

RAZ has three levels of governance:

  • Board of Directors: oversees all RAZ operations.
  • Executive Team: coordinates communications between general members and the Board of Directors, while supporting General Members in their duties of delivering RAZ services to the community.
  • General Members: Delivers projects approved by the Board of Directors to the community.

Neurology

Collin Byrne, Presidentcobyrne@nosm.ca

The NOSM Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN) endeavours to promote access to high quality education in neurology for NOSM learners. The club is an access point for connecting students interested in neurology and helps facilitate teaching from peers, residents, neurologists, and others experienced in the in the field.
The NOSM SIGN was established with support of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and is a registered chapter of the AAN. In addition to ensuring funding for club events, partnership with the AAN allows NOSM SIGN members to receive conference travel scholarships and summer research scholarships through the organization.

Surgical

Elyssia Adamo, Co-Presidenteadamo@nosm.ca
Julie Ramkumar, Co-Presidentjuramkumar@nosm.ca

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) Surgical Interest Group (SIG) aims to provide medical students with opportunities to develop their interest in the field of surgery while gaining valuable skills that can be applied in a variety of health care settings. Founded in April 2007, the Surgical Interest Group is in its 11th year of operation and is led by students on both campuses. Over the past years, the interest group has organized educational sessions, including the highly anticipated annual Suturing Skills Workshop, as well as training related to sterile techniques and operating room (O.R.) etiquette. Last year the Surgical Interest Group highlighted surgical specialties in our online journal and included FAQs about what daily life is like as a surgical resident.

This year the Surgical Interest Group plans to continue the tradition of the annual Suturing Skills Workshop which is planned for early fall and will be hosted on both campuses. The SIG also plans to continue the online journal highlighting a resident from a specific surgical specialty. We plan to tailor this according to the types of specialties that students are most interested in learning about. A new event that the SIG is working towards hosting is a Wound Care session. This would ideally be with wound care certified professionals who can teach students the principles of wound care management as well as learn about different types of dressings, wound care devices (i.e Vacuum-Assisted Closure (VAC)) and indications for their use.

This club has not applied for official recognition or funding from any other governing bodies. The club has co-Chairs on each campus who represent the West and East campus and an executive committee may be chosen upon their discretion.

Horticulture

Catherine Chambers-Bédard, Co-Presidentcchambersbedard@nosm.ca
Jacqueline Harvey, Co-Presidentjharvey@nosm.ca

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) Horticulture Interest Group aims to provide undergraduate medical students with the opportunity to learn about horticulture as a means for reducing stress and promoting wellness. Areas of focus will range from indoor tropical plants to cultivating sustainable gardens. Events will include the opportunity for students to visit local farms and nurseries to learn about the benefits of consuming local produce and sustainable northern farming practices. This will provide students with an opportunity to reconnect with nature and the environment to enhance wellness and environmental health, providing benefits for the students and the community. The NOSM Horticulture Interest Group will also rent space in the Lakehead University greenhouse, providing students with a space for relaxation and the opportunity to grow plants of their choice throughout the winter months.

Women and Children

Rebecca Mailloux, Co-Presidentremailloux@nosm.ca
Stephanie Choquette, Co-Presidentschoquette@nosm.ca

Women and Children’s Health Interest Group (WCHIG) role is to offer NOSM students an opportunity to gain exposure to the fields of women and children’s health, and to encourage student interest in the fields of women and children’s health. In addition, its role is to provide and facilitate learning in this field through a review of related literature and speaker events/workshops. Furthermore, the group will facilitate networking between NOSM students studying in all phases of the program and offer student advice on electives, careers, and CaRMS planning in children and women’s health.

For more information on Interest Groups Executives or details on renewal/creation of an Interest Group click HERE.

For any further questions email the NOSMSC VP Internal – Kristen Wright – at nosmscvpinternal@nosm.ca

*Note that the final interest group list for the 2019-2020 school year will be updated in October once the Interest Group renewal process has been completed.