Northern Passages Winter 2015 Now Available
The Winter 2015 edition of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine's (NOSM) newsletter Northern Passages is now available online. This edition highlights the Bring a Doctor Home Hockey Tournament, which raises money each January in support of NOSM medical students born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie; postgraduate medical education at NOSM; and, articles highlighting activities occurring across NOSM's wider campus of Northern Ontario.
THEnet Receives AFMC's Social Accountability Award
The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) announced on February 19, 2015 that the Training for Health Equity Network (THEnet) is the very first recipient of the AFMC - Charles Boelen International Social Accountability Award. NOSM is the only Canadian member of THEnet, a consortium of health-professional schools committed to achieving health equity through education, research, and services responsive to community priorities. Charles Boelen, known as the father of the social accountability concept in medical education has visited NOSM on a number of occasions. Most recently, when Boelen spoke at Rendez-Vous 2012, he said that, “the Northern Ontario School of Medicine is a vivid example of how, from the beginning, an institution can successfully incorporate social accountability into their mandate.” The AFMC - Charles Boelen International Social Accountability Award will be presented to THEnet during the President’s Address and awards ceremony on April 26, 2015 as part of the Canadian Conference on Medical Education (CCME).
NOSM Holds Eighth Annual Regional Meeting
The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) held its eighth annual Regional Meeting on January 30-31, 2015. The 2014-2015 academic year marks the eighth year that NOSM medical students are completing their Comprehensive Community Clerkships (CCC) in medium-sized communities throughout the North as part of their third-year studies. This year's Regional Meeting–held in the communities of Dryden, Kapuskasing, and North Bay–included two days of learning sessions. Participants included NOSM employees and faculty, Site Administrative Coordinators, Site Liaison Clinicians, Local NOSM Group (LNG) members, and medical students from clerkship communities across Northern Ontario. Participants shared their experiences in a variety of sessions, exploring topics of relevance to the distinctive CCC component of NOSM’s model of community engaged medical education.