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NOSM Receives International Award for Business Communication

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Earlier this month, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) was awarded a Gold Quill Award of Excellence from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) in recognition of the School’s promotion of the Standardized Patient (SP) program. Originally seeking 20 new Standardized Patients, NOSM implemented a campaign to recruit individuals interested in participating in the School’s SP program, wherein community members participate in the education of future physicians. As a result of the new advertising strategy, NOSM received 50 new applications for Standardized Patients. Congratulations to all those whose hard work was recognized by the IABC!

NOSM Welcomes Rob Barnett to the Role of Administrative Director, Community Engagement and Integrated Clinical Learning

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We are pleased to announce that Mr. Robert Barnett has accepted the role of Administrative Director, Community Engagement and Integrated Clinical Learning (CEICL) at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), effective Monday, August 8, 2016. Rob comes to us from the North East Community Care Access Centre where he was the Director of Research, Planning and Partnership, and was responsible for the direction of Health Link start-up, LHIN Partnership, and the Project Management, Operational Excellence, System Partnership and Ethics portfolios. Rob has been a devoted supporter of NOSM since 2003, when he was a member of the School’s initial Distributed Clinical Learning project team, and as an Assistant Professor, Health Information with the Division of Human Sciences, participating in academic governance, teaching, and research. Rob will be based at NOSM at Laurentian University in Sudbury. Please join us in extending a heartfelt welcome to Rob, and congratulating him on his new role.

ICEMEN 2016 Concludes but the Dialogue Continues

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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

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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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