Year of Infinite
President’s interim Report
Welcome to 2023, the NOSM University “Year of Infinite Innovation.” Now that we have successfully transitioned to becoming a university and have provisional status with the Council of Ontario Universities (COU), we are planning for the next 12 months to be transformative.
Strategic Direction 2: Advance Social Accountability
Strategic Direction 2: Advance Social AccountabilityMajor advances are being made in the deployment of “pathways” in rural generalism, Francophone health and Indigenous health. NOSM University is working closely with education program leads to align education...
Strategic Direction 3: Innovate Health Professions Education
Strategic Direction 3: Innovate Health Professions EducationThe Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) team visited and assessed NOSM University from October 23-25, 2022. Their report has been received and is a very strong assessment of the...
Strategic Direction 1: Transform Health Human Resource Planning
Strategic Direction 1: Transform Health Human Resource PlanningWork in leading the transformation of Health Human Resources (HHR) planning has continued and productive discussions have taking place with the Ministries of Health and Colleges and Universities (MCU), the...
Strategic Direction 4: Strengthen Research Capacity in Northern Ontario
Strategic Direction 4: Strengthen Research Capacity in Northern OntarioAdmissions for the Master of Medical Studies are underway. This very successful program is in its third year. This innovative degree currently has 13 enrollees in total, including two who were...
Strategic Direction 5: Becoming a University
Strategic Direction 5: Becoming a UniversitySince the last report in November 2022, the appointment of the new Board of Governors and Chancellor has occurred. The elections for the Senate are underway. The transition Senate has passed a revised bylaw which clarifies...
Investing in our Infrastructure
Strategic Enabler: Investing in our InfrastructureNOSM University’s Information Technology (IT) team has launched various initiatives that support our cybersecurity posture and have contributed to the successful procurement of cyber risk insurance. All staff members...
From Informative to Transformative
THE NOSM UNIVERSITY OF TOMORROW
As we look forward with hope to the post-pandemic era, NOSM University has a window of extraordinary opportunity in which to fundamentally and strategically transform itself to meet the health research, education and health care demands of tomorrow. The turbulence caused by the global COVID-19 crisis touched—and forever changed— every element of work in which we were engaged during this historic time. The crisis revealed that the prevailing medical education paradigm, a legacy of past centuries, is outmoded, and too brittle to bend and adapt to the realities of the day. It also demonstrated the need for research and scientific discovery to respond quickly to the issues of the day, and for evidence-based clinical practice to inform public policy.
2021 Research Annual Report
A Treetop View
Research focused on a Healthier North
Research at NOSM University stems from unique questions rooted in the need to improve the health of the peoples and communities of Northern Ontario. For years, Canadian health research took place primarily in large centres. This meant many questions related to the health of Northerners were going unanswered, including the incidences of chronic disease, outcomes for patients with mental illness and how work in industries such as mining or forestry affect one’s health. Also left unanswered were specific questions about the health of Indigenous and Francophone communities in the North—two groups that have historically been under-represented in research.