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CampMed

CampMed is NOSM University’s annual summer camp that provides high school students with a unique opportunity to be inspired to consider a future as a healthcare professional. CampMed provides Northern Ontario and rural and remote students of Ontario with an opportunity to explore Indigenous and Francophone culture, health and traditions, health-care careers, obtain hands-on experience, and find a mentor.

CampMed 2023 was a huge success last year with excellent participation throughout Northern Ontario. We look forward to another great summer with our campers!

For CampMed 2024, students will have the opportunity to participate in-person.


CampMed 2024 Dates & Registration Fee

Sudbury: July 8 to July 12, 2024 (36 spots available)

Thunder Bay: July 15 to July 19, 2024 (28 spots available)

Registration Fee: $450 (non-refundable)

NOTE: For those selected to participate, the registration fee includes lunches, snacks, interactive workshops, prize bag, and a t-shirt.

Information regarding payment method options will be provided to those selected to participate in their CampMed Registration Package.

Travel/Accommodations Information

Campers who must travel to Sudbury or Thunder Bay to participate in CampMed are required to have a chaperone.

Open to Ontario residents only.

Transportation, accommodation and all other costs are the responsibility of the camper and their chaperone.

Scholarship Opportunities

NOSM University has several CampMed scholarships available to support families who might not otherwise be able to afford the cost of attending CampMed.

These scholarships are in place to help campers and their families mitigate the cost of attending CampMed. These scholarships will not cover the entire cost of attending CampMed. Scholarship information is listed in the application, applicants can list individual needs for one or more of the scholarships available.

Available scholarships:

  • Registration Scholarship
  • Travel Scholarship
  • Accommodations Scholarship

Donate to CampMed

CampMed has been a successful pathway to medicine at NOSM University:

  • 674 Total Campers – 23 who have since been admitted to NOSM University
  • 75 University student volunteers since 2016 – 10 who have since been admitted to NOSM
  • 167 Indigenous Campers
  • 238 Francophone Campers
  • 245 Campers from over 48 different communities in Northern Ontario

NOTE: The above statistics are based on the available data for CampMed from 2006-2019.

We hope that you will consider contributing to this important work of inspiring the youth of Northern Ontario to see themselves as the health care professionals of our tomorrow.

Read about the impact/influence CampMed can have on the career path of a student here.

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Application Information

The application for CampMed 2024  is closed.

Eligibility

CampMed accepts applications from high school students who:

  • Are in Grade 10 or Grade 11 as of June 2024 (have priority), students from other grades may also apply
  • Live in Northern Ontario or other rural and remote parts of Canada
  • Submit a completed application form with all required documentation by the application deadline

How to Apply

Submit the application form, which includes a short essay (max. 250 words) about why you are interested in Health Sciences.

CampMed Volunteer Profiles

Meet our amazing CampMed Volunteers!

We are so grateful for our team of volunteers who are working hard to bring you this year’s CampMed!


Jadyn Adams
Hi everyone! My name is Jadyn Adams and I’m excited to be volunteering at CampMed this summer! I’m currently finishing my first year of medical school at NOSMU on the Thunder Bay campus. Prior to medical school, I completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and briefly worked as a psychiatric RN. Within medicine, I have strong interests in psychiatry (specifically forensics), endocrinology, reproductive health, and social medicine. Outside of school, I love to travel, read, and spend time with family and friends. I can’t wait to meet you all and share my passion for medicine!


Adele Austin
Hey there everyone! My name is Adele. I am thrilled to be joining you at CampMed and can’t wait to get to know all of you! Although I am originally from Cobourg, I definitely consider Sudbury as my home since attending Laurentian for my bachelor’s in nursing. Outside of my nursing career and studies, I enjoy spending time outdoors and mentoring children and youth in the child welfare system. Looking forward to sharing some fantastic experiences and memories with you all at CampMed!


Jaycelin Bolen
Hello, my name is Jaycelin Bolen and I am from Atikokan, Ontario. I am starting my third year of undergrad as a student in the Honours Bachelor of Science in Medical Sciences at Brock University. In my spare time, I like to paint and run. I also attended CampMed when I was in high school and look forward to meeting the new participants!


Miranda Boudreau
Hi everyone! My name is Miranda Boudreau and I am so thrilled to be a medical student volunteer this year for CampMed! I am 25 years old, and was born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario! I completed my Undergraduate Degree in Biomedical Biology at Laurentian University and my Master’s Degree in Aging & Health at Queen’s University. For fun, I enjoy spending my time outside such as running, hiking, riding my horse, camping and fishing! I am looking forward to meeting you all this summer!


Madyson Campbell
Hi everyone! My name is Madyson and I am a first year student at NOSM U on the West campus. I am from Thunder Bay, and I completed my BSc at the University of British Columbia in 2023. I am proudly Métis and currently serve as the Region 2 Representative on the Métis Nation of Ontario Youth Council. I am also the co-founder of the Thunder Bay Free Store, a youth-led outreach initiative providing essential goods to individuals in need in Thunder Bay. Additionally, I have been involved in several research projects related to healthcare services, substance use, and Indigenous health. Looking forward to a great week at CampMed!


Michaela Coccimiglio
Hello everyone! I am Michaela Coccimiglio, a first-year NOSM medical student studying in Thunder Bay. Before medical school, I completed my undergraduate degree in applied life sciences at Lakehead University, with a research focus in chemistry. In my free time, you will find me enjoying the summer weather at camp, baking in the kitchen, or spending time with my family and friends. I have always known that I wanted to go to medical school, and during high school, I was a CampMed camper, just like all of you.


Mireille Courchesne
Hi, my name is Mireille Courchesne. I am honored and excited to be volunteering for CampMed at NOSM on the Sudbury campus. A little bit about myself, I was born and raised in French River and completed my nursing diploma at Collège Boréal. I’ve been a nurse for 3 years and most of that time being spent in the Shirley and Jim Feilding Northeast Cancer Center in Sudbury delivering cancer care to populations all over Northeastern Ontario. I am currently working towards my Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) through Nipissing University with less than a year left to go! I have a strong passion for advocating for my patients and practicing self-awareness. I love the outdoors and spend most of my time in the summers on the water, fall; hunting, winter; snowmobiling and spring making maple syrup! A fun fact about myself is that I was a volunteer firefighter in my community for a few years. My goal is pursuing medicine in the next few years and serving northern Ontario. I look forward to contributing my skills and dedication to the CampMed program and am eager to engage in meaningful experiences alongside my fellow volunteers and participants.


Caroline Dorey
Hello! My name is Caroline (she/her) and I am a second year student in the Specialized Honours Psychology program at Lakehead University. My research interests focus on child and adolescent mental health and access to care for Indigenous communities in Northern Ontario. I have lived in Thunder Bay my whole life and currently work as a Dietary Aide at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. I am excited to meet everyone this summer


Grace Fisk
Hello! My name is Grace Fisk and I’m from Atikokan! I‘m currently taking an undergrad in a Bachelor Of Science in Medical Science and I’m very excited to be helping out at Camp Med!


Kayla Folz
Hello! My name is Kayla Folz, and I am a first-year medical student on the Sudbury campus. I was born and raised in Sudbury Ontario, and I have been lucky enough to begin my medical education in my hometown. Before medical school, I completed my undergraduate degree at Laurentian University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science, specializing in Kinesiology. I fell in love with medicine at the age of five while helping my dad recover from a serious illness. I knew at a very young age that this was the career path I was meant to take. I grew up in the gymnastics world and competed as a senior national gymnast, spending many years coaching. This experience fostered my love for working with children, which has inspired me to pursue a career in pediatrics. Just over two years ago, I broke my neck and spent months recovering, experiencing all aspects of the healthcare field. The healthcare practitioners I worked with went above and beyond to assist me in every aspect of my recovery, and I am thrilled to be able to use my first-hand experience to impact individuals’ lives the same way they did for me.


Hannah Gray
Hi everyone! My name is Hannah, and I’ll be one of the medical students for the Sudbury In-Person CampMed. I’m so excited to meet you all! I am from Wahnapitae First Nation and have spent the last year living in Sudbury. Prior to medical school I was a Registered Nurse for 8 years! I worked in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and in Sandy Lake First Nation as the Nurse in Charge. In my personal time you can catch me reading a book, hanging out with my German Shepard, and eating ice cream! Can’t wait to meet you all and to spend a week together in July!


Emma Harland
Hello! My name is Emma and I am currently a second year medical student at NOSM University. I am from Thunder Bay and recently graduated from Lakehead University with my Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Throughout my undergraduate degree, I worked in a variety of clinical settings including intensive care and outpatient oncology. During this time, I also was involved in teaching literacy in a remote community and providing health promotion workshops to local youth. As for hobbies, I enjoy playing soccer, running, coaching figure/power skating, and walking my dogs Archie and Stella. I’m looking forward to this year’s camp and being able to meet all of the new campers!


Tara Hutchison
Hello! My name is Tara and I am a fourth-year medical student on the Sudbury campus. I am Cree from Moose Factory, ON. Before medical school I worked as a Registered Nurse at Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre in Sudbury, I completed my BScN at Laurentian University. I also attended Camp Med in high school and as a volunteer in university.


Sarah Jepson
Hello! My name is Sarah and I was born and raised in BC I have been working as a paramedic for almost 5 years and I hope to go into medicine one day! I love spending time outdoors hiking and camping. A few years ago I hiked from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail! 5 months 2650 miles!


Alex Kowalski
Hi everyone! Bonjour à tous! My name is Alex and I am a third-year student at Laurentian University majoring in Nursing with a minor in Psychology. After finishing my undergraduate degree, I hope to further my education at NOSM and pursue a career in rural family medicine in Northern Ontario. Born and raised in Kapuskasing, Ontario, I take pride in my francophone roots. Currently, I’m gaining valuable experience at a family doctor’s office in Kapuskasing, where I serve as a student nurse managing my own patients. Additionally, I am also certified as a phlebotomist. Outside of studies and work, you can find me playing hockey, going to the gym, or baking a sweet treat. I am eager to get to know all of you and share my passion for medicine and healthcare with you!


Brittany Kube
Hello! My name is Brittany. I am currently a BScN student in the compressed nursing program at Lakehead University. Although I am not originally from Thunder Bay, I have called this beautiful city home for a few years! I love student life, and the most rewarding part for me has been getting involved in the student community and the greater community through the many volunteer opportunities that Lakehead and NOSM provide. When I am not at school, you can find me hiking the trails (the scenery here is fantastic!), gardening, baking, crafting, and dancing! No matter how hard things get, music helps me find my center. It’s all about balance! This summer, I am most looking forward to CampMed! We are going to have so much fun exploring medicine and the world of healthcare together!


Ella Lachimea
Hello! My name is Ella Lachimea and I am going into my last year of the collaborative nursing program at Lakehead University. I was born and raised in Thunder Bay and have grown to appreciate the beautiful outdoors that Northwestern Ontario has to offer. I enjoy spending my free time hiking, coaching volleyball, and playing sports, such as soccer and softball. I am excited to attend CampMed as a volunteer to share my passion for the healthcare field with others.


Alexie Lanteigne
Hi everyone! My name is Alexie, and I’ll be one of the medical students for the Sudbury CampMed. I’m so excited to meet and spend the week with all of you! I was a Registered Nurse in rural family medicine and a part-time professor in the French nursing program at Laurentian University prior to beginning my studies at NOSM University. In my personal time, you can find me outside with my chocolate labs, spending time with my family, or travelling somewhere! I can’t wait for CampMed, see you all in July 🙂


Madeleine Leach Jarrett
Hello! My name is Madeleine, and I am a Master of Science student at Laurentian University studying quality of life and access to care for women living with complex medical conditions in Northern Ontario. I was born and raised in Sudbury, and I love spending time outdoors, camping, swimming, and making friendship bracelets all summer long. I spend my winters reading, learning to cook and bake, and spending time with my friends and community. I am very excited to participate as a volunteer in CampMed!


Kristina Levert
Hello! My name is Kristina and I am so excited to be a medical student volunteer for this year’s CampMed! I grew up in Sudbury and come the fall, I will be going into my second year at NOSM University! I completed my undergraduate studies in Biologie Biomédicale at Laurentian University before I began my journey into medicine. A fun fact about me is that I’m trilingual, speaking English, French and Croatian. Outside of class time, I love going to the gym, hiking with my golden retriever or traveling! I’m looking forward to getting to know everyone!


Julian Mariotti
Hello! My name is Julian Mariotti, and I was born and raised in Sudbury. This fall I will be entering my 2nd year of the Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology program here at Laurentian University, and I hope to pursue a career in medicine after graduation. In my free time, I enjoy anything related to soccer, as well as fishing, and spending time with loved ones. I’m very excited to be a part of CampMed 2024!


Hannah Melchiorre
Hello! My name is Hannah and I am a second-year medical student on the Thunder Bay campus. I am originally from Thunder Bay, but had the privilege to attend Purdue University for my undergraduate degree in Biochemistry while playing NCAA Division I soccer in the Big 10 conference. I then completed a Masters of Public Health at Queen’s University before coming to NOSM! I love all things outdoors, post-run café stops, and own enough plants to fill a small greenhouse.


Moira Menard
Hello! Bonjour! My name is Moira, and I just completed my first year of Nursing at Lakehead University. Throughout my first year of university, I gained valuable insight and hands-on training. I participated in CampMed twice myself, and found it incredibly rewarding. I am eager to pursue a career in healthcare in the coming years.Volunteering is a significant part of my identity, and I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to patient care at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital every week. In my leisure time, I enjoy playing basketball, hiking, and spending time with my puppy, Rupert. I am looking forward to giving back to the camp and meeting everyone!


Emma Mensour
Hello/Bonjour! My name is Emma, and I am a first-year medical student at NOSM U. I was born and raised in Huntsville, Ontario. English is my first language, and I am a Francophile. I am an avid runner and I enjoy many outdoor activities. I have a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree. I have fond memories of my NOSM U CampMed experience when I was in high school and I am looking forward to giving back to the community as a NOSM U CampMed leader this year.


Liam Michaud
Hi I’m Liam Michaud. I’m a biomedical biology student at Laurentian University. I’ve loved science and medicine for as long as I can remember. I’ve attended Camp Med as a camper a few years ago and can’t wait to be able to help out at the camp this year!


Jack Moskalyk
Hello! My name is Jack Moskalyk, I am a 3rd year Kinesiology student studying at Queen’s University in Kingston. When I am not in school, I love to spend time on the lake with my friends here in Sudbury, and go camping with my family. Some of passions and hobbies include anatomy, fitness, travelling, hiking, and sports! I am very excited to be involved with CampMed this summer, and to meet all of you!


Hunter Polonoski
Hello! My name is Hunter, I am a second year nursing student at Lakehead University within the collaborative stream. I’m born and raised locally (Thunder Bay) and am currently employed as a PSW with St. Joseph’s Hospital working with post-stroke & brain-injury rehabilitation clients. When I’m not studying or working I’m typically assisting with nursing research at the TBRHSC, volunteering, downhill skiing, or fishing. I was a previous CampMed participant in 2019 and am excited to return this time as an instructor!


Adam Poulin
Hello! My name is Adam, and I’m looking forward to helping coordinate this year’s CampMed program! I’ve previously participated in the program as a high school student, undergrad volunteer, and this is my first time coordinating as a medical student. When I’m not studying, I enjoy spending time outdoors, catching up on some reading, and watching sports. I’m looking forward to making everyone’s CampMed experience great!


Claire Poulin
Hello Campers, my name is Claire and I am a second year student at NOSMU! I am a Northern girl at heart, as I was born and raised in Atikokan – a hop, skip, and a jump from Thunder Bay. Prior to starting my medical education at NOSMU I completed my Honors Bachelor of Sciences in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Ottawa. I have a passion for science and research and would be happy to talk about my road to medicine while at CampMed.


Emily Pynn
Hello! My name is Emily Pynn, I was born and raised in Thunder Bay and am currently a first year medical student at NOSM University. I graduated from Queen’s University in 2023 with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Life Sciences. While I am not studying, you can find me walking my French bulldog, running, or hanging out with my family. I am extremely excited to be back as a CampMed volunteer, but this time as a medical student. I am looking forward to meeting all of the new campers!


Parmin Rahimpoor-Marnani
Hello everyone! My name is Parmin and I’m one of the Thunder Bay CampMed volunteers this year. I recently completed my undergraduate studies in Kinesiology and Health Science at York University. I’m passionate about neuroscience and equity centred research, and had the opportunity to pursue these interests in my undergraduate research on visuo-spatial performance of English as Second Language (ESL) students. In my free time, I enjoy reading, running, photography, and learning new languages. I’m super excited to meet all of you this summer!


Pierson Rasmussen
Hello, my name is Pierson Rasmussen. I am going into my third year of Nursing at Lakehead University. I have lived in Thunder Bay my whole life and am thankful to have grown up in a city surrounded by nature and Lake Superior. Being close to nature, I enjoy spending time outside while hiking, fishing, golfing, and swimming at camp. I have always had a passion for helping others which inspired me to start my nursing journey at Lakehead University. The Nursing program has enabled me to embark on my journey in the healthcare sector while still enjoying the activities I love in Thunder Bay.


Alexandra Santos
Hello everyone! My name is Alexandra, and I’m excited to be back at CampMed this summer! I am a first-year medical student at NOSM U on the Sudbury Campus. I live in Huntsville, Ontario, and recently graduated from the University of Toronto, where I completed a Master of Teaching. Before that, I completed an Honours Specialization in Kinesiology from Western University. My master’s research focused on culturally relevant mental health education to improve Northern rural youth outcomes. Before attending NOSM U, I loved being a teacher and making learning exciting for my students, which fuels my passion for health and education. I can’t wait to bring that energy and enthusiasm to CampMed this summer. In my free time, you can find me jogging, spending time outdoors with family and friends, painting, teaching at my local elementary school, and baking. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone this summer!


Maddy Soltys
Hi everyone! My name is Maddy Soltys, and I grew up in Espanola, ON. I am currently in my fourth year of Child Health at Brock University and I hope to further my education in medicine in the future. I am super excited to be volunteering at CampMed this year! In 2017 I was lucky enough to have participated in CampMed. I am looking forward to meet you all!!


Kelvi Toskovich
Hello! My name is Kelvi Toskovich and I am a first year medical student at NOSM U. I was born and raised in Thunder Bay and graduated last spring from the Applied Life Sciences program at Lakehead University. In my free time I love to run, read, and spend time with my friends and family. I love all things science and medicine! I am so excited to be a part of CampMed and can’t wait to meet you all in July!


Félix Tubin
Hi! My name’s Félix and I’m currently a 1st year medical student on the Sudbury Campus at NOSM U. I grew up in Sudbury and just recently finished my undergrad in Biologie Biomédicale at Laurentian University. Outside of school I enjoy playing tennis, basketball, going for runs, or catching up on recent movies/tv shows! I’m looking forward to CampMed this summer for the opportunity to work with the other volunteers to create a fun learning environment for the campers. Most of all, I’m excited to meet all the campers that’ll be participating, and hopefully pass on a lot of the cool things I’ve learned this past year. CampMed is a really unique opportunity to gain exposure to a career in medicine, and I’m eager to share my experiences with you all come July (hopefully to convince you to pursue a career in healthcare)!


Kyle Vader
Hi there! My name is Kyle, and I am currently a second-year medical student at NOSM U on the Sudbury campus. Prior to medical school, I completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences at McMaster University, followed by a MSc in Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto and PhD in Rehabilitation Science at Queen’s University. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time outdoors and hanging out with my two cats, Archie and Ben. I’m happy to share about my path to medical school and I look forward to meeting everyone at CampMed this summer!


Thrishala Wijetunga
Hello, My name is Thrishala! I have a unique personality and am an award-winning musician, who was born and raised in Sri Lanka before moving to Canada in January 2023. I completed my bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences (hons) from the University of Wolverhampton (UK) and my master’s in Counselling Psychology from Girne American University. I am a certified classical vocalist from the Trinity College of Music in London, and am also an accomplished Bharatanatyam dancer. I was a professional voiceover artist from a young age and an A-Grade certified singer by Sri Lanka Radio Corporation. I was the female lead singer (for 9 years) for the musical band “Sohan and X periments”, which has been in the industry for over 4 decades. I have performed for diverse audiences on international platforms in Australia, Canada, Qatar, Kenya and more!

I have volunteered in a variety of medical camps, including rural health clinics, eye exam clinics, suicide prevention centers, and child mental health centers. My experience also includes managing a variety of fundraisers around Sri Lanka. I got married in 2022 and moved to Northern Ontario. While being employed as an Assistant Pharmacist, I have a strong desire to pursue a career in medicine in the future.


Tessa Zuck
Hello, I’m Tessa Zuck, and I am thrilled to be a part of the educational journey here at CampMed! I am currently studying Behavioural Neuroscience at Laurentian University and in the fall I will be entering my fourth year of the Honours Bachelor of Science program. I am excited about the opportunity to apply to Medical School and continue my academics within the field of Health. My passions lie in Neurology and Family Medicine, where I hope to make a meaningful impact. As a proud francophone from Sudbury, I embrace the diverse culture and natural beauty of Northern Ontario. Beyond academics, I find joy in fishing, camping, and hiking, immersing myself in the great outdoors. My background as a competitive dancer has instilled in me discipline and perseverance, traits I carry into all aspects of life. Whether exploring the wilderness, diving into school work or enjoying time with friends and family, I believe in a balanced approach to learning and living.


Four Pillars of CampMed

 

CampMed is founded on four pillars of learning. From top left and going clock wise, the icons in the new branding represent interprofessionalism, leadership, culture, and clinical skills—the knowledge and skills that participants gain from attending CampMed.

 


Interprofessional

Participants attending CampMed learn the importance of interprofessionalism in health-care settings by learning about various health careers and how those professionals work together to ensure the well-being and health of patients. The majority of the interprofessional learning at CampMed is provided by the health-care professionals who participate in the career fair as well as their mentors who are the NOSM’s students and undergraduate student volunteers from Northern Ontario.


Leadership

Throughout the week, the CampMed participants are provided with opportunities to observe the leadership skills of their mentors to build on their own leadership skills set as they are placed in situations that give them a safe setting to step out of their comfort zone and challenge themselves to lead.


Cultural

At CampMed, participants will learn about Francophone and Indigenous health and culture in ways that will broaden their understanding of health needs of Northern Ontario. In simple terms they learn what it means to be a socially accountable health professional. These cultural competencies are woven throughout the week-long curriculum.


Clinical Skills

CampMed offers participants a unique opportunity to get hands-on experience by learning medical and health sciences clinical skills, such as casting, inserting an NG tube, suturing, etc.

CampMed Coordinator Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding CampMed, please contact:

Lindsay Lemieux
CampMed Coordinator
campmed@nosm.ca
1-800-461-8777 ext. 7025

Thank you to this year’s donors: Kenny Family Foundation Fund and Ontario Medical Foundation, the charitable arm of the Ontario Medical Association!


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