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A Special Message


The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) extends its sincere condolences to our military-affiliated learners, faculty, and staff and families, on the loss of two Canadian soldiers slain this week on home soil. We recognize the important and dangerous work accomplished by our Canadian military. As Canadians, we are fortunate in that war is usually something fought in distant lands; however, the events of this week in Montreal and Ottawa have literally brought home the challenges our military face in pursuit of our nation and the safety of our citizens. NOSM recognizes the impact that the death of these soldiers has on our people, most particularly those with military affiliations. We are grateful for your service, and keep you in our thoughts especially at this difficult time. Learners at any level who are experiencing additional stress as a result of these events are encouraged to contact Learner Affairs at learneraffairs@nosm.ca for support and resources. Staff and faculty are advised to connect with the Employee Assistance Program. In addition, all learners, staff and faculty are able to access Elder services by contacting the Aboriginal Affairs Unit at aboriginal@nosm.ca.

Research and Teaching in Medicine


Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC) is a state-of-the-art acute care facility serving the health-care needs of people living in Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario. Medical students, residents, and health professional learners from the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) are learning and undertaking rotations at the TBRHSC. The Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute (TBRRI) enables research to take place at the TBRHSC. In an article recently published in the Chronicle Journal, Dr. Mark Henderson, Executive Vice President Patient Services, TBRHSC and Regional Vice President, Cancer Care Ontario, shares his belief that "everyone in medicine should be participating in research and teaching to some degree."

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Northern Passages Fall 2014 Now Available


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


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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