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Interest Group Renewals and New Applications are now CLOSED for the 2020-2021 school year.

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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.

Note that to participate either as an executive or general member requires that your fees for NOSMSC be paid. For information regarding student fee payments please visit Our Student Fees section.

ACP Internal Medicine

Brandon Luu, Year 3 West,

The ACP Internal Medicine Interest Group consists of NOSM students who are passionate about the field of Internal Medicine. This group offers additional learning opportunities to enhance students’ approaches to common diseases and conditions. This group helps organize clinical opportunities and training sessions to build clinical skills. Journal club acts to increase research interpretation and presentation skills. Finally, the group promotes Internal Medicine conferences in Canada and the US, of which students can attend to broaden their knowledge bases.

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 to this professional organization;
  • Promote communication skills in medicine.

Addiction Medicine

Jennifer Glassford,

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:

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

Altitude Healthcare Mentoring Program

Erik Slade, East, Site 
Lauren McLaren, East, Site
Lyndon Letwin, West, Site
Brett Caccamo, West, Site 

Altitude Healthcare Mentoring is a program aimed at empowering undergraduate students to pursue and reach their goals of pursuing healthcare, 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.

Anatomical Teaching

Emily Aleksa, Year 4 East,

A group of students teaching students about various anatomical topics to supplement our curriculum, build student interest in applying anatomy clinically, and build student confidence in anatomical knowledge.

Anesthesia and Critical Care

Lyndon Letwin, Year 2 West,
Miguel Proulx, Year 4 East, Co-President

The Anaesthesia and Critical Care Interest Group (ACCIG) 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 notable 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 educational, professional, and research partnerships.


Miranda Waugh, Year 3 East,

The Dermatology Interest Group (DIG) is a student collective whose goal is to gain more exposure to the medical specialty of Dermatology by participating in educational lectures, discussions and workshops pertaining to pathological conditions of the integumentary system.

Emergency Medicine

Jonathan VanDusen, Year 4 West,

The NOSM Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG) is a student-led organization dedicated to introducing students to Emergency Medicine as a career and to give students an opportunity to learn skills commonly used in emergency situations. Class reps from East and West campuses collaborate to host events and talks with Emergency Medicine physicians on topics such as ECG interpretation, approach to abdominal pain, and how to triage patients. The EMIG also provides information about Emergency Medicine conferences, resources, and learning opportunities for those who are interested. We strive to foster a positive learning environment for students and to help build knowledge and stimulate interest in practicing Emergency Medicine in the context of Northern Ontario.

Family Medicine

Sarah Hunt, Year 2 West,
Emily Booth, Year 2 East,

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.

Francophone Health – Groupe d’intérêt sur la santé des francophone

Stephanie Ouellette, Year 3 West, Co-president –
Josée Legault, Year 3 East,

There is interest and importance in having opportunities to practice speaking French and interacting with French speaking patients to help promote the active offer. What we are proposing is a club that would be focused primarily on making learners more aware of the specific determinants of health of the francophone population and promoting opportunities to learn or improve one’s French language speaking skills, both conversationally and in medicine. The club will help promote the events put on by the Francophone Affairs department including French-as-a-second language classes, French terminology classes, and French clinical skills sessions. Furthermore, we will be planning an event where students can make traditional french dishes while learning about francophone health, strategies for health promotion of francophone patients, and learning about local resources for francophone patients.


Nicole Valiquette, Year 3 West,
Dayna Ingves, Year 3 West,

There is an ongoing shortage of physicians practicing geriatric medicine in Canada. As the population ages, it is important that all physicians, regardless of specialty, understand the specific needs, concerns, and policies that are involved in the treatment of elderly patients. The Geriatric Interest Group (GIG) aims to foster awareness of geriatric medicine for all students and introduce potential career pathways within the interdisciplinary field of geriatric medicine, with the hopes of contributing to the improvement of health care for the aging.

Government Affairs and Advocacy Committee

Justina Marianayagam, Year 3 West, Senior

Scott Zablotny, Year 2 West, Junior

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.


Catherine Chambers-Bedard, Year 4 West,
Jacqueline Harvey, Year 4 West,
Roslyn Graham, Year 4 West,

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, promoting wellness and contributing to the environmental health of the community.

Events will include visits to a local farm and botanical conservatory, opportunities to learn about the benefits of consuming local produce, and space to practice sustainable northern gardening practices. In springtime, space will be rented at the Lakehead University greenhouse to cultivate plants of the student’s choice. In summertime, garden plots will be rented from the Lakehead community gardens to plant, maintain and harvest vegetables. These events will provide students with an opportunity to reconnect with the environment, their community and personal well-being.

Medical Students for Choice

Phoebe Bruce, Year 3 East –

Annie Dube, Year 3 East –

Danica Desjardins, Year 2 East –

Sabrina Trigo, Year 4 West –

Medical Students for Choice is an internationally recognized non-profit organization with a network of over 10,000 medical students and residents around the United States and Canada.

The club will achieve its goals through lecture series and interactive sessions conducted by members of the group and guests alike.

Mental Health

Catherine Chambers-Bedard, Year 4 West, President –
Miranda Mellerup, Year 2 West, Co-vice President  –
Alexandrea Macey, Year 1 West, Co-vice

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:

  • 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., the ongoing issue of suicide among teens in Aboriginal communities across Canada);
  • Seminars by invited speakers in the fields of mental health research, psychiatry, mental health, and social services;
  • Workshops providing students opportunities to develop skills related to mental health care (e.g., suicide intervention/ASIST workshops);
  • Partnerships with other Interest Groups and Clubs on focused themes (e.g., postpartum depression, mental health disorders among children and teens, addictions);


Emily Aleksa, Year 4 East, President –
Akshay Varghese, Year 4 East, Vice-President  –

This interest group is being created with the goal of developing a functional mentorship program between NOSM alumni and undergraduate medical learners. As NOSM is the newest medical school in Canada, the alumni network is slowly being developed, and has yet to be utilized in a formal mentorship program. This concept has support from Learner Affairs and Dr. Shack, with the hope of being student-run and directed towards what learners need.
As an interest group composed of an executive panel of students from all years, this project involves several steps including utilizing feedback from students regarding what they hope to gain from a mentorship program at NOSM. One of the first steps of establishing a program like this includes creating a database of NOSM alumni that are willing to act as future mentors. Additionally, the executive will work together to create a proposal for developing this mentorship program to submit for faculty support.
Another goal for the inaugural year of this interest group will be to create a pilot mentorship program between pre-clerkship and clerkship students. This is an important part of this interest group as it involves a ‘trial’ of matching mentees with mentors based on varied personal and professional goals and interests. Feedback gathered from both mentors and mentees from the pilot program will act as a way to explore what students hope to gain from a future alumni-learner program.

Nutrition in Medicine

Bradley Rietze,

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 practise 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 and NODIP to facilitate nutritional knowledge into the NOSM curriculum while supporting interprofessional practice between medical students, dietetic interns, medical residents, dietitians, 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 dietetic interns.


  • 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


Dana Bartolucci, Year 2 East,
Zoey Yao, Year 3 East,

The OncIG will provide exposure to the field of oncology to NOSM learners, alumni and faculty. It will provide learning opportunities in regards to medical oncology, hematology, and radiation oncology. It serve as a forum for NOSM learns, alumni and faculty who have an interest in the field of oncology to network with each other.


Cameron Robb-MacKay,
Allan Middleton,

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine Ophthalmology Interest Group’s goal is to provide the student body with information and learning opportunities about the field of ophthalmology.


Nick Nucci, Year 4 West,

The Orthopaedics 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.

Palliative Care

Tara Kurihara, Year 1 West,
Madeleine Nolan, Year 2 East,

Palliative care is a complex, multi-disciplinary and demanding branch of medicine. With an ageing 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.


Nicholas Phillipow, Year 3 West,
Suraj Mahida, Year 3 West,
Melissa Menard, Year 4 East,

The Northern Ontario Pathology Interest Group (NOSM PIG) strives to foster student interest and excellence in the study of pathology. This interest group is intended not only for students who see themselves pursuing further studies in the field of pathology but also for students who want to strengthen their understanding of NOSM’s core curriculum. The PIG aims to host several activities a year, ranging from meet-and-greets with local pathologists to assisted lab study sessions. For anyone who loves microscopes, cells or disease processes, this is the interest group for you! (Coincidentally, the NOSM PIG is also proud to unofficially have the absolute best acronym of any NOSM interest group).

Paediatric Medicine

Vanessa Warren, Year 4 East,
Jacqueline Harvey, Year 4 West,
Rachel Peet, Year 2 West, Director of Communications –

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) Pediatric Interest Group (PIG) aims to provide education about practicing paediatric medicine in Northern Ontario and to provide members with information, resources, and contacts within the field of paediatric medicine. One of our main priorities includes facilitating networking opportunities for medical students to interact with Pediatricians and Pediatric Residents through volunteering to assist with research projects and advocacy work. The PIG also facilitates a Resident Teaching series that aligns with the Year 1 and 2 curriculum to enhance pediatric teaching for Phase 1 students. Other events will include a Pediatric Resident panel for students to learn more about the breadth of opportunities within paediatric medicine, and residents’ pathway to pediatrics.


Daniel Tesolin,
MacKenzie Ludgate,

The Pharmacology Interest Group is a group that 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.

Physiatry and Sports Medicine

Imran Bagha, Year 2 West,
Logan Brennan, Year 2 West, Co-vice
Dominique Bouchard, Year 3 East, Co-vice
Sarah Koltun, Year 2, Event Coordinator –

Physiatry and sports medicine encompasses therapy in a diverse array of fields, and practitioners are part of a multidisciplinary team involving many primary healthcare workers. This interest group will provide insight into a career in these fields, and how it connects with many other related healthcare fields such as athletic therapy, physiotherapy, and even sports psychology. Practical sessions in anatomy, joint mobilization, and talks from experts in the field will help students gain a greater appreciation for MSK anatomy and practice in the field, as well as provide clinical skills that they can use as practitioners.

This interest group aims to help all students. As physicians we will be encouraging patients to be active; a deeper understanding of active living strategies and resources, such as athletic therapy, can help us make recommendations that allow patients to achieve their goals, prevent injury, and remain motivated while trying to live active lives. Additionally, musculoskeletal anatomy is a topic that many students struggle to master. To address this, our group will have at least 1 practical anatomy session that will help students practice hands-on knowledge of anatomy.

Point of Care Ultrasound (PoCUS)

Cait Dmitriew, Year 3 East,
Joseph Boyle, Year 3 West, Co-President –

The Point of Care Ultrasound (PoCUS) Interest Group at NOSM will provide learners with the opportunity to gain hands-on ultrasound skills and to learn about the growing clinical application for PoCUS.
Within the framework of this group, a limited number of interested learners (approximately 16 students per campus) will be enrolled in the PoCUS interest group and have the opportunity to:

  • Learn the theory behind how ultrasound images are created and practise interpreting images in the context of various acute care clinical scenarios.
  • Gain hands-on skills in performing bedside ultrasound, including appropriate selection of US transducer, optimizing images (depth and gain), and other diagnostic functions (Doppler, M-mode, measurements).
  • Understand the applicability of PoCUS in a variety of clinical scenarios, including trauma (E-FAST exam), line and drain insertions (central lines, thoracentesis, paracentesis, chest tubes), cardiac examinations, ruling out DVT, and many others.
  • Use knowledge and US skills to develop a clinical hypothesis based on PoCUS findings.
    This interest group has not applied for official recognition or funding from any other governing bodies. The interest group has a President and Vice-President, and an executive committee may be chosen upon their discretion.
  • Use knowledge and US skills to develop a clinical hypothesis based on PoCUS findings.
    This interest group has not applied for official recognition or funding from any other governing bodies. The interest group has a President and Vice-President, and an executive committee may be chosen upon their discretion.

Preventative Medicine

Sophie Lamoureux, Year 2 East,
Isabelle Chaput, Year 3 East,

The Preventative Medicine Interest Group is a student-led 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 preventive medicine.


Michael Crozier, Year 3 East,
Allan Middleton, Year 3 East,

The Radiology Interest Group at NOSM will provide learners with 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 a President, Vice-President, and two third-year 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)

Lucie Ménard, Year 2 East,
Ella Proulx, Year 1 East,

RAZ aims to provide an innovative interprofessional model of health promotion services to respond to the diverse needs of the vulnerable populations of Sudbury. The World Health Organization’s Framework for Action on Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practise states that interprofessional practice enables effective collaborative practice, optimizing healthcare services and health outcomes. RAZ teaches the competencies of interprofessionalism by providing opportunities for students and professionals to work interprofessionally. RAZ provides health promotion workshops to vulnerable and marginalized populations to teach competencies of interprofessionalism and challenge assumptions of the populations and professions that we work with. Students and professionals work in groups to organize health promotion workshops to be held with one of our community partners for members of the community to attend. You will gain experience working with vulnerable and marginalized populations while working interprofessionally with our community partners.

Resource Stewardship

Tamika Hamlet,

It’s for all those interested in learning more about resource stewardship across all medical specialties. This includes, how to minimize unnecessary testing; exploring overprescribing, de-prescribing and other similar notions.

Rural Emergency

Zvia Mazal, Year 2 East,
Emilie Tremblay St-Aubin, Year 2 East,

This group will provide medical students with learning opportunities geared towards rural emergency medicine. We will explore the different facets of what a generalist practice, in a low resource environment, looks like at times of emergency.


Cale Leeson, Year 4 West,
Chad Prevost, Year 4 East,

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-chair on each campus who represents the West and East campus and an executive committee may be chosen upon their discretion.


Cale Leeson, Year 4 West,
Breezy Beaudry, Year 3 West,

The goal of the NOSM Urology Interest Group is three-fold.

  1. Firstly, we aim to provide students with the opportunity to learn about the field of Urology. To do this, we plan to organize at least one guest speaker event to discuss a topic related to Urology and/or Career planning (ex- Dr. Hazem Elmansy on HoLEP, Career talk from a Female Urologist to promote greater gender diversity in the field of Urology ).
  2. Secondly, we aim to promote more awareness around the female patient in the field of Urology including unique urological considerations such as urinary incontinence and pelvic outlet relaxation disorders. This will be achieved by the sharing of resources and hopefully hosting a guest speaker !
  3. Thirdly, we aim to supplement NOSM’s current curriculum to help students feel better prepared for placements and their future career when urological symptoms are presented. The American Urological Association (AUA) has a robust Medical Student Resource Section including Webinars and we hope to host a case study night where we help student’s walk through common urological presentations with confidence. This evening will end in the playing of a Kahoot to help students solidify the take home messages discussed during the session. 

Wilderness and Outdoor Recreation Medical Society (WORMS)

Rory Lepage, Year 4 West,
George Payne, Year 4 West,
Brianna-Lee Beaudry, Year 3 West,

The goal of the WORMS is three-fold. Firstly, we aim to provide students with the opportunity to learn about wilderness medicine and safe outdoor recreation practices. Secondly, we aim to promote environmental awareness and advocate for sustainable practices not only here at NOSM, but also throughout Northern Ontario and the greater medical community. Finally, we aim to promote the safe and sustainable enjoyment of the many wonderful outdoor recreational opportunities available to us in our Northern Ontario home and beyond.

Women and Children’s Health

Annie Dube, Year 3 East,
Kayla Colledanchise, Year 2 West,

The purposes and objectives of the WCHIG are:

  • To offer NOSM students an opportunity to gain exposure to the fields of women and children’s health.
  • To encourage student interest in the fields of women and children’s health.
  • To provide and facilitate learning in this field through a review of related literature and speaker events.
  • To disseminate information about activities/events pertaining to the interests of the WCHIG, such as conferences, workshops and educational opportunities.
  • To organize activities/events for NOSM students on topics related to women and children’s health.
  • To facilitate networking between NOSM students studying in all phases of the program.
  • To offer student advice on electives, careers and CaRMS planning in children and women’s health.
  • To positively represent NOSM on a community, provincial and national level.

For more information on renewal/creation of an Interest Group or questions email the NOSMSC VP Internal at

Updated June 2021