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Northern Passages Fall 2014 Now Available

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The Fall 2014 edition of Northern Passages is now available online in English and French. The Northern Ontario School of Medicine's (NOSM) fourth Aboriginal Community Partnership Gathering, entitled "Walking the Vision," was recently hosted by the Chapleau Cree First Nation. This edition of Northern Passages highlights the partners from across Northern Ontario who participated in the Gathering; experiences of Dr. Doris Mitchell, NOSM Alumna, as a new physician returning home to practise; and, activities and successes occurring across NOSM's wider campus of Northern Ontario.

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Dr. Jacques Abourbih, NOSM Professor Honorarius, Celebrated

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On Monday, October 6, 2014, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) honoured long-standing friend and colleague, Dr. Jacques Abourbih with a reception at the Hellenic Centre in Sudbury. Involved with NOSM since 2005, Abourbih is well respected at the School as an outstanding physician, educator, and leader. He has been lauded with numerous awards, including the title of Professor Honorarius–a well-deserved accolade to commemorate his dedication to the School, its learners, and to the health of all Northern Ontarians. Proceeds from the celebration last evening will establish the Maimonides Bursary. This endowed bursary will be awarded each year in perpetuity to a NOSM learner with demonstrated financial need.

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Breast Cancer Survivors Inspire NOSM MD Students

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On Tuesday, September 30, medical students at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) were inspired by the personal narratives of two Northern Ontario women who had been affected by breast cancer: Kimberley Wahamaa and Louise Bergeron (both diagnosed before the age of 50). In addition to retelling their experiences, the two women provided NOSM learners with suggestions for supporting patients dealing with breast cancer. Experiences such as these allow NOSM learners to engage in patient-centred and patient-sensitive approaches to medical care. In addition. Dr. Amadeo Parissenti, NOSM Professor of Medical Sciences, spoke about advances in his medical research that will allow physicians to tailor treatment for cancer patients to reduce the affects of chemotherapy. Sincere thanks go out to Kimberley and Louise for sharing their personal battles with breast cancer with NOSM students.

NOSM Partners with Thunder Bay Charities to Offer Free Sessions About Planned Giving

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At a media conference held in Thunder Bay on September 29, the Community Giving Group, comprised of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), Confederation College, St. Joseph's Foundation, Thunder Bay Community Foundation and Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation, introduced the first two of several free public information sessions on planned giving. The sessions provided attendees with guidance about how to leave legacy gifts that benefit the donor, the donor's family, and the community at large. The free sessions are part of an ongoing collaborative campaign, "Your Will is a Gift."

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