Deer Lake First Nation hosting Northern Ontario School of Medicine officials tomorrow

NOSM press release

NOSM Engages Communities in Strategic Planning

Together, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) and the people and communities of Northern Ontario are creating a Strategic Plan for the School for the years 2015-2020. 

From May to September 2014, NOSM's Dean and CEO Dr. Roger Strasser, Associate Dean of Community Engagement and Senior Associate Dean at Laurentian University, Dr. David Marsh, senior leaders, and staff are travelling to more than 50 Northern, rural, remote, Francophone, and Aboriginal communities across the North to meet with individuals, organizations, health-care professionals, and faculty to discuss Northern Ontarians' ongoing health-related needs. The input provides important guidance and sets priorities for NOSM's future. All feedback is extensively recorded, and will inform the direction that the School takes for the next five years. 

Established in 2005, NOSM is closely approaching its tenth anniversary. While the last ten years have proven to be very successful for advances in medical education and research in the North, the School is committed to ongoing innovation and excellence. 

"The Northern Ontario School of Medicine was born out of a widespread community movement that said: if we're ever going to change the shortage of physicians in Northern Ontario, we need our own, stand-alone medical school in Northern Ontario," says Dr. Roger Strasser, NOSM Dean. "Now, nearly ten years after NOSM opened its doors, the input of Northern Ontario communities is just as important as it was nearly a decade ago. Discussion with Northern Ontarians is vital in identifying how we can work together for a healthier North."

"At NOSM, all of our activities regarding education, research, and service centre around improving the health of Northern Ontarians," says Dr. David Marsh, NOSM Senior Associate Dean at Laurentian University and Associate Dean of Community Engagement. "So far in August, for example, we have visited Sundridge, Burks Falls, Huntsville, Bracebridge, Parry Sound, Espanola, Blind River, Thessalon, Sioux Lookout, Thunder Bay, and Sudbury. Next week, we will visit Atikokan, Fort Frances and Emo, Kenora, and Red Lake. We are doing this to ensure that our Strategic Plan for 2015-2020 reflects the needs of the people and communities of the North."

Help Create NOSM's 2020 Vision

There are continuing ways to have your say in NOSM's priorities for the next half of this decade. NOSM invites: 

a.     Northern Ontarians to visit to rank current strategic priorities identified in community meetings to date. Northern Ontarians are also invited to submit personalized feedback via the website. The site will be continuously updated as the School further refines its priorities based on received input.

b.     Partner organizations to send written submissions identifying priorities, strategic enablers, and other important areas of collaboration to Further information about written submissions can be found at   

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The Northern Ontario School of Medicine is committed to the education of high quality physicians and health professionals, and to international recognition as a leader in distributed, learning-centered, community-engaged education and research.

For further information, please contact:

Kiri Benson         

Writer, Communications

Northern Ontario School of Medicine 

Phone: 705-662-7169