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Global Health Committee

VP Global Health

DUTIES

  • Co-Chair the Global Health Interest Group
  • Represent NOSM as a member of the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS)
  • Attend conferences organized by the CFMS
  • Participate in interest groups facilitated by members of the CFMS
  • Develop and facilitate pre-departure training for students participating in IFMSA international exchanges
  • Organize volunteer opportunities for students at NOSM
  • Administer and direct the Global Health Certificate program

VP GLOBAL HEALTH SENIOR: Annie Dubé

Photo of medical student, Annie Dubé

I am a second-year student on the Sudbury campus, and I am from the town of Huntsville. I enjoy spending time outside, canoeing in the summer or skiing in the winter. I spend my free time running, doing yoga, baking and reading. I also enjoy travelling and learning about new cultures around the world.

I have a passion for global and public health, with a particular focus on women and children in conflict settings. My previous role as a research assistant allowed me to be part of a variety of projects, looking at issues surrounding child marriage in Lebanon, peace babies (which are children fathered by UN peacekeepers and mothered by local women) in Haïti, and sexual abuse and exploitation perpetrated by UN peacekeepers against local women in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I am eager to share awareness and experiences of global health topics to our NOSM community.

I can easily be reached at globalhealth@nosm.ca

VP GLOBAL HEALTH JUNIOR: Chelsea Kubinec

I am a third-year medical student on the Thunder Bay campus at NOSM. I was born and raised in Thunder Bay. Prior to medical school, I completed an undergraduate and master’s degree in microbiology and immunology with research focusing on Campylobacter jejuni, a major cause of severe gastroenteritis in humans. Since returning to Thunder Bay, I have been working on research specific to Haemophilus Influenzae, an organism capable of causing serious invasive disease in humans (including meningitis, epiglottitis, and sepsis). Both C. jejuni and H. influenzae are prevalent bacteria worldwide and cause significant morbidity.

My overall interests include microbiology, immunology, virology and parasitology. Currently, I would like to specialize in Internal Medicine. Throughout my future in medicine, I’m hoping to continue my involvement in global health initiatives, recognizing that many areas (even within Canada) lack equitable healthcare resources, making those living in these areas at increased risk of invasive infectious disease.

I am here to support all members of the NOSM Global Health Committee in organizing events and representing NOSM at the federal level with the CFMS.

Global Health and Climate Change Advocate

DUTIES

  • Represents their university in the Global Health Advocacy Program
  • Coordinates local and national advocacy initiatives around a theme chosen each year by the Global Health Program within the CFMS (this year, the theme is Universal Access to Contraception)
  • Organizes advocacy training events and local campaigns at NOSM

GLOBAL HEALTH AND CLIMATE CHANGE OFFICER: Breezy Beaudry

My name is Breezy Beaudry and I am a second-year student on the West campus. I am originally from Kelowna, BC and have been thoroughly enjoying the wealth of outdoor activities Thunder Bay has to offer. Prior to NOSM, I participated in a year-long Rotary Exchange to France followed by a Bachelor of Science Honours/COOP degree at the University of Victoria in Kinesiology. During my undergraduate studies, I was fortunate to be a member of a research team that travelled to Everest Base Camp. It was a coupe physician I came across while hiking that further fueled my desire to learn more about not only global health but the effects of climate change on health. For example, during my time in basecamp, I was told that the ice-fields, while always having been a dangerous component of the climb, were becoming more unpredictable with warmer temperatures causing greater shifts in the ice.

What I hope this position will foster is student discussion, questioning and a safe place for debate. The impacts of climate change thus far are clear, what may be less clear is our place in the combat against climate change as future physician leaders.

I highly recommend taking a look at the CAPE website for more information on how physicians are advocating for the environment right now. Of particular interest is the section on pesticide use and the negative impact on glyphosate.

Please feel free to reach out to me at brbeaudry@nosm.ca if you have any questions or suggestions for events/talks.

Local Exchange Officer (LEO)

DUTIES

  • Set up of incoming student clinical electives or research projects
  • Support incoming students throughout their stay in Canada by overseeing accommodations, clinical electives/research projects, and social programs.
  • Liaise with IFMSA and CFMS
  • Guide outgoing students through the entire exchange application process from beginning to end.

LEO SENIOR: Vanessa Warren

My name is Vanessa Warren and I am a third-year student on the East campus currently completing my comprehensive community clerkship in North Bay. I completed my Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Laurentian University in Sudbury and worked briefly as a cardiology nurse prior to starting at NOSM. During the summer after my first year of medical school, I had the wonderful opportunity of doing a one-month elective in Internal Medicine in Portugal. After second-year, I completed a one-week family planning elective in London, England. I absolutely loved the opportunity to meet medical learners from many different countries and learn about their medical education and healthcare systems. It is my belief that these types of international learning opportunities encourage medical students to become stronger and more open-minded and empathic physicians. Therefore, it is my pleasure as the senior local exchange officer to help facilitate educational travel experiences as fulfilling and rewarding as my own while also ensuring that these learning experiences are ethical and safe for both students and patients. I would encourage any students considering an international elective to contact me and Kyle (LEO Junior) at leojunior.nosm@gmail.com for more information.

LEO JUNIOR: Kyle Feduik

I am a second-year student on the Thunder Bay campus, where I have lived most of my life. I graduated from Lakehead University in 2016 with an HBSc in Biology and Chemistry. I also spent a year before medical school at Niagara College studying to be a Primary Care Paramedic.

My interest in global and public health issues started with the amazing opportunity of participating in a two-month exchange in Brazil as a paramedic student where I was able to work as a paramedic-nurse in various hospitals and clinics. This allowed me to learn about different healthcare systems, different ways of practicing medicine, and how to work with whatever resources are provided to you. It also gave me the opportunity to learn another language! Muito legal!

After that experience, I could not wait to apply for another exchange. So, during the summer after my first year of medical school, I participated in a one-month clinical exchange in Greece through the IFMSA-CFMS. This was a fantastic experience to learn from physicians and other students of various backgrounds. The experience expanded my view on what it means to be a physician and how different approaches to healthcare can best meet the needs of a diverse range of patients.

Because of my amazing experiences, I want to make the most of any international electives that catch your interest and inspire you! As the junior LEO, I am here to facilitate your participation in international educational electives or experiences. If you have any questions about international electives or anything else I can help you with, please contact me at leojunio.nosm@gmail.com.

Local Exchange Officer of Global Health Education (LOGHE)

DUTIES

  • Advocate for improved core and elective global health curricula and assist in the development of new global health education programs
  • Ensure the implementation of annual pre-departure training at NOSM
  • Disseminate global health opportunities/resources to members of the student body
  • Keep track of the current status of Global Health (GH) education at their medical school, especially in the areas of global health curriculum development and pre-departure training

LOGHE: Jenna Kennelly

My name is Jenna Kennelly and I am a first-year student on the East campus. I was born and raised in Sudbury, and completed an undergraduate degree in biomedical biology at Laurentian University before attending NOSM.  I am excited to be this year’s Local Officer of Global Health Education. My interest in Global Health started after becoming involved with extra-curricular at Laurentian such as MedLife Laurentian, where I was able to learn more about global health and develop a passion for participating in events centred around health on the community, national and global levels. I’m excited to bring this passion and experience to the LOGHE position as well as learn more along with my fellow council members and NOSM community.

Local Officer of Indigenous Health (LOIH)

DUTIES

  • Work primarily in conjunction with the National Officer of Indigenous Health and the VP Global Health at NOSM to coordinate Indigenous health activities at NOSM
  • Responsible for leading and implementing projects and initiatives that promote knowledge in and awareness of Indigenous health.

LOIH SENIOR: Mélanie Rose-Frappier

My name is Mélanie-Rose Frappier, I identify as Métis-Anishnaabe and Francophone and I was born and raised in Sudbury. I graduated from Laurentian University with a bachelor’s degree in Indigenous Studies with a minor in Outdoor Occupational Health and Safety. I am currently a second-year medical student and the Local Officer of Indigenous Health.

I have been advocating for the rights of Indigenous people on a provincial and national platform since the age of 16. With my previous knowledge and this position, I will advocate for the rights of Indigenous people to receive equitable as well as culturally competent care. I will strive to educate medical students about some of the specific health issues affecting Indigenous communities as well as how health professionals can better care for Indigenous people in Northern Ontario.

For questions, comments or concerns reach out to me at mrosefrappier@nosm.ca .

LOIH JUNIOR: Rylee Mose

Hello! My name is Rylee Mose and I am a first-year medical student in Thunder Bay. I am a proud member of the Métis Nation of Ontario and was born and raised in Thunder Bay. Prior to entering medical school, I completed the BScN program and currently practice as a Registered Nurse at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.

While growing up in Thunder Bay and working as a nurse, I have seen a need and a want for sharing information and learning from others about Indigenous people, culture and health. I hope to advocate through knowledge sharing and creating a safe space to ask questions and learn. Through my role, my goal is to advocate with Indigenous people, encourage learning, and promote culturally competent and safe care.

For any questions, comments or concerns please contact me at mrose@nosm.ca .

Local Officer of Sexual and Reproductive Health (LORSH)

DUTIES

  • Work primarily in conjunction with the National Officer of Reproductive and Sexual Health and the GHL at NOSM to coordinate reproductive health activities at NOSM.
  • Responsible for leading and implementing projects and initiatives that promote knowledge in and awareness of reproductive and sexual health, such as awareness days (World AIDS Day, International Women’s Day), workshops and electives.

LORSH EAST CAMPUS: Kayla Simmons

I am a first-year medical student on NOSM’s East campus. Although originally from Parry Sound, I moved to Kingston to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Queen’s University. In the clinical setting, I discovered my interest in women’s and sexual health. I hope to continue to work in this area in the Northern Ontario context during my medical career.

There are lots of LORSH events for this LORSHyear including World AIDS Day, International Women’s Day, and a Menstrual Products Drive. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or ideas for advocacy, initiatives, or opportunities related to sexual and reproductive health – my email is ksimmons@nosm.ca .

LORSH WEST CAMPUS: Alannah MacLean

I am a second-year student at the Thunder Bay campus and my role with the Global Health Committee is the Local Officer of Reproductive and Sexual Health (LORSH). I am originally from Sudbury, but have decided to make Thunder Bay my home after completing my undergraduate degree at Lakehead University and competing in the area with the National Team Development Centre for cross country skiing over the last several years.

I became interested in sexual health while doing undergraduate research in changing behaviours with hormonal contraceptive use. My research reinforced my interest in medicine to further my understanding of women’s health needs and different sexual behaviours. Advocacy plays an important role in advancing this knowledge in the medical field. In my role as the West campus LORSH representative, my East counterpart, Kayla, and I hope to draw attention to this important topic and provide information to our peers regarding sexuality, access to hormonal contraceptives, STI and HIV education, reproductive rights and more.

For any questions, comments or concerns please contact me at amaclean@nosm.ca .