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NOSM’s Indigenous Reference Group and Ogichidaang Gagiigatiziwin Meet

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NOSM held its quarterly meeting of the Indigenous Reference Group (IRG) and Ogichidaang Gagiigatiziwin—NOSM’s Circle of Elders and Traditional Knowledge Keepers—on Tuesday, February 20. Members began their one-day meeting with an opening prayer from Elder Phyllis Shagaubay, followed by a welcome from Dr. Roger Strasser, NOSM Dean. Dr. David Marsh, Associate Dean, Community Engagement, who is stepping down from his administrative role at the School as of February 28, 2018, thanked the Indigenous Reference Group for their collaboration and support over the past eight years.

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Statement Made on Behalf of Dr. Roger Strasser, NOSM Dean and CEO


The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) does not tolerate sexual harassment and is committed to ensuring the safety of our learners, staff and faculty. We treat allegations of sexual harassment very seriously, and will do everything necessary to ensure that any allegations brought forward are dealt with thoroughly. NOSM strongly refutes any claim that NOSM suspended Dr. Safavi for coming forward and reporting claims of sexual harassment. NOSM’s Policy requires that sexual harassment complaints be treated confidentially, and until our investigation into this matter is complete, NOSM will not be commenting further.

National First: Remote First Nations Residency Stream


Medical school graduates may now be able to undertake postgraduate family medicine training connected to a remote First Nation community in Northern Ontario. With the strong support of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) under the First Nations Health Action Plan, Matawa First Nations Management (MFNM), Eabametoong First Nation (EFN), and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) have created a unique two-year family medicine residency stream. Together, NOSM, MFNM, and EFN designed a selection process that is equally driven by community determination of the best resident physician for the community and meeting the School’s requirements for residency program entry. The selection process is significant, as NOSM, MFNM, and EFN collaborate at all stages in the selection process. Eabametoong First Nation community members make the final decision to admit the resident to the program and to work in their community. This unique tripartite process—the first-of-its-kind in Canada—demonstrates elements of collaboration and community self-determination.

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L’EMNO est l’hôte du 6e symposium francophone


Le Bureau des affaires francophones de l'École de médecine du Nord de l'Ontario (EMNO) est l’hôte du 6e symposium francophone de l’École qui aura lieu du 5 au 7 avril 2018 à l’Université Laurentienne à Sudbury (Ontario). Ce symposium, une collaboration entre l'EMNO, l’ACFAS-Sudbury (anciennement l’Association canadienne française pour l’avancement des sciences), le Consortium national de formation en santé, volet Université Laurentienne, portera sur la recherche dans le contexte minoritaire francophone. Le thème général sera La recherche dans le contexte francophone minoritaire : Élargissons nos horizons.

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