The Northern Ontario School of Medicine contributes to improving the health of the people and communities of Northern Ontario.

The guiding values of the medical school are:
- a passion for living in, working in and serving northern urban, rural and remote comunities
- sensitivity to diversity
- excellence in medical practice, teaching, learning and professionalism

General Objectives

The objectives of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine are to provide a comprehensive undergraduate program based in Northern Ontario and reflective of the people and communities of Northern Ontario. Students will develop the core knowledge base necessary to embark on their postgraduate training and will be competitive with all other undergraduate medical students.

The Curriculum

Phase 1, the first of three curriculum phases in the Undergraduate Medical Education program at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, encompasses the first two years of the four-year program. The entire undergraduate medical curriculum is delivered through the following five courses: Northern and Rural Health, Personal and Professional Aspects of Medical Practice, Social and Population Health, Foundations of Medicine, and Clinical Skills in Health Care.

In order to be eligible to graduate from the Northern Ontario School of Medicine with the MD degree, a student must successfully complete, as part of the program requirements education experiences remote from the Lakehead University and Laurentian University campuses. These required experiences include:

1. Case Based Module - Integrated Community Experience 106
2. Case Based Module - Integrated Community Experience 108
3. Case Based Module - Integrated Community Experience 110
4. The Comprehensive Community Clerkship (Phase 2-Year 3)
5. The required Clerkships and Electives in Phase 3
6. All other required electives in Phase 1 or Phase 2.

Knowledge Acquisition

Throughout the four years of the curriculum students will be expected to develop their knowledge building from basic concepts in each of the five themes in the first two years. At the end of the first two years students will make the transition to their clerkship years in order to be able to develop their clinical reasoning skills further. During the clerkship years, they will be able to work their way through challenging clinical presentations, accessing appropriate information resources to address their clinical questions, and apply their knowledge in direct, supervised patient care.

Skills Acquisition

The focus of the skills development in the context of the NOSM undergraduate program in the first two years is on clinical examination and communication skills. Students will be expected while on their community placements to develop some simple clinically relevant skills, such as intramuscular injections, intravenous starts, and cast applications, as the opportunities arise. These skills will be expanded through the clerkship years to provide each student with a base of skills comparable to any graduating medical student.

Professional Behaviour Statement

Medical students are developing professionals. For NOSM, professionalism is defined as conduct of professionals that includes: commitment to the purposes and principles of the profession, adherence to professional standards of competency, behaviour, and accountability, and participation in professional organizations and continuing education. NOSM students will recognize that their development as professionals will be supported and assessed throughout the four year program.

Learning Methods

In years 1 and 2 there are four distinct types of learning opportunities at the Medical School: large group sessions, small group facilitated sessions, structured clinical skills sessions, and learner directed clinical opportunities.

Financial Information

The Board of Directors of NOSM is committed to providing funds in bursaries and awards to support the financial needs of medical students throughout the Medical Program. Medical students are also eligible for provincial and federal student loans. Information regarding financial aid is available through the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs of NOSM as well as on the website.

Tuition for the calendar year 2005-2006 is $14,600. A non-refundable deposit of $1,000 is required at the time of a firm acceptance to NOSM. This deposit will be put toward tuition fees.

See also:
Medicine Courses
Medicine - Application/Academic Regulations

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