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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

Chelsea Kubinec, Year 3 West,
Akshay Varghese, Year 3 East,

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

Brooke Raycraft, East, Site
Brittany Pennock, 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,

Anesthesia and Critical Care

Lyndon Letwin, Year 1 East,
Miguel Proulx, Year 3 East, Co-President Site

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

Karly Dudar, Year 4 West,
Athina Nelson, Year 4 East,

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

Felicia Lotsois, West,
Shanon D’Angelo, 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.

French Clinical Skills

Josée Malette, West, 4th-year
Camille Boulay, East, 4th-year

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

Jai Mashru, Senior

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,
Jacqueline Harvey,
Roslyn Graham,

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 conservatories, 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 and spring months.

Indigenous Cultural Activities

Mélanie Rose-Frappier,
Doniya Quenneville,

Indigenous people believe that spiritual health is as important as mental, emotional and even physical health. The Indigenous Cultural Activities Interest Group will focus on the spiritual health of students. During the academic year, some Indigenous students sacrifice their spiritual practices in order to focus on their studies. This Interest Group would allow Indigenous students to reconnect with their culture throughout the year as well as educate non-Indigenous students about several Indigenous cultural practices/traditions. The executive group will be led by Indigenous students however, the activities and workshops will be open to all students, Indigenous or not.

Medical Students for Choice

Rebecca Mailloux,
Alexandra Franklyn,

The NOSM Chapter of MSFC 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 MSFC at the national and international level, such as information on training and conference opportunities across North America.

Mental Health

Danielle Ouellette, 4th-year
Joshua Osika, 4th-year
Alexander Bourdon, 4th-year

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);

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


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,

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.


Victoria Domonkos,
Jaclyn Wallace,
Niharika Shahi,
Lasha Gorecki,
Kim Jovanov,
Maryse Larose,
Dylan Irving,

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.

Paediatric Medicine

Lyndsay Greasley,
Jacqueline Harvey,

The Paediatric Medicine Interest Group 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. Areas of focus will range from clinical skills nights to Paediatrician Panels for students to learn more about the breadth of opportunities within paediatric medicine. Events will include a skills night, wherein students will have the opportunity to develop clinical skills that are relevant to Paediatrics (e.g., completing a concise infant exam, nutritional counselling for new parents and infants, and well-child checks). This will provide students with an introduction to some basic clinical skills, while also promoting networking with local Paediatricians and Paediatric residents.

Palliative Care

Caroline Duquette,
Phoebe Bruce,

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,
Suraj Mahida,
Melissa Menard,

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).


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,
Erika Lau,

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)

Victoria Domonkos,
Joseph Boyle,

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,
Isabelle Chaput,

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.


Victoria Domonkos,
Nathan Kyryluk,

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,

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.


Victoria Domonkos,
Nathan Kyryluk,

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.

Wilderness Medicine/Recreation/Conservation

Rory Lepage,
George Payne,

The goal of the NOSM Wilderness Medicine/Recreation/Conservation Interest Group is three-fold. Firstly, we aim to provide students with the opportunity to learn about wilderness medicine and safe outdoor recreation practices. To do this, we plan to organize at least one guest speaker event to discuss a topic related to wilderness medicine (ex- Wilderness Medicine Common Cases Night, “Make-your-own First Aid Kit” Night, a Wilderness Medicine Specialist Talk, etc.). 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. To do this, we plan to eliminate single-use plastic dishware and cutlery at campus luncheons, organize a NOSM student Earth Day garbage clean-up and also raise money for local environmental stewardship organizations. In addition, we hope to host a talk regarding environmental advocacy. Finally, we aim to promote the safe and sustainable enjoyment of the many wonderful outdoor recreational opportunities available to us both in our Northern Ontario home and beyond. To do this, we plan to organize at least one outdoor excursion for NOSM students (ex- skiing, rock climbing, camping, hiking, scavenger hunt, etc.).

Women and Children

Rebecca Mailloux,
Ali Dozzi,
Yue Sun,

Women and Children’s Health Interest Group (WCHIG) offers NOSM students an opportunity to gain exposure to the fields of women and children’s health through a variety of speaker events, workshops, and conferences, as well as to offer student advice on electives, careers, and CaRMS planning in children and women’s health.

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