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ICEMEN 2016 Concludes but the Dialogue Continues


Close to 350 participants from 12 countries were involved in one or all of Conference on the Move, ICEMEN 2016, the Indigenous Research Gathering, and the Northern Health Research Conference. On Thursday evening (June 23), we were joined by many locals in Sault Ste Marie for the NOSM 10th anniversary celebratory dinner Stories Around the Campfire. From the outstanding keynote addresses to oral presentations to the poster presentations to the workshops, there was genuine excitement in the sharing of knowledge and experience of social accountability, community engagement and Indigenous health in education, research and service. Congratulations, well done and thank you to conference co-chair Dr Marion Briggs and the many people who were involved in contributing to making ICEMEN 2016 such a phenomenal success.

Watch the CTV News report about ICEMEN 2016.

NOSM-European Health Professional Recruitment and Retention Project Receives Funding

Recruit and Retain

Recruiting and retaining health-care professionals for rural and remote communities is an ongoing challenge in many parts of the world. Today, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) announced that, together with partners from four European countries (Sweden, UK [Scotland], Iceland, and Norway), it would participate in a project to advance recruitment and retention of health and other public sector workers in the Northern Periphery and Arctic region. The project, titled Recruit and Retain 2: Making it Work, has received €2 million from the European Union. Within Canada, the project activities will focus on recruitment and retention initiatives of physicians in Northern Ontario and Nunavut.

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NOSM Hosts International Conference to Discuss Putting ‘Communities in the Driver’s Seat’ to Promote Rural and Remote Health


From Monday, June 20 to Saturday, June 25, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) will host an international conference in Sault Ste. Marie, titled the International conference on Community Engaged Medical Education and Research in the North (ICEMEN) 2016 along with three partner events: Conference on the Move, the Indigenous Research Gathering, and the Northern Health Research Conference (NHRC). More than 300 guests from around the world will meet in Sault Ste. Marie for ICEMEN 2016, which is the fifth in a biennial series of conferences co-hosted by Flinders University School of Medicine and the Training for Health Equity Network (THEnet). Like Northern Ontario, many regions around the world are working to increase access to rural and remote health-care. One prominent way of accomplishing this is through community-engaged health education, where students live and learn in rural, remote, Indigenous, or underserved communities. The purpose of ICEMEN 2016 is to convene global partners to share best strategies for community-engaged education and research that meets the needs of rural, remote, and/or Indigenous populations. The theme of the conference is “The Story of Community-Engaged Health Professional Education: The Community in the Driver’s Seat.”

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NOSM to Celebrate 10th Anniversary in Sault Ste. Marie

Campfire Stories

The 2015-2016 academic year marks 10 years since the Northern Ontario Medical School (NOSM) welcomed its inaugural class of medical students. Over the last decade, the School has worked with communities across the region to build a healthier Northern Ontario. From June 20-25, 2016, NOSM will be hosting the International conference on Community Engaged Medical Education in the North (ICEMEN), which will attract over 300 leading researchers from Canada and around the world to Northern Ontario. NOSM is concluding its year of 10th Anniversary celebrations with a very special reception and dinner. Join past, present, and future friends of NOSM and share your Stories Around the Campfire. The evening will include a rich cultural experience with our Indigenous and Francophone community partners, including a welcome by the Chief of the traditional territory Batchewana First Nation.

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