Northern Lights 2022: Registration Now Open!

Registration is now open for Northern Lights 2022: Pan Northern Leadership Forum (virtual), February 24-25, 2022, (12:45 pm – 4:45 pm) . The Forum will provide a great opportunity to further develop your leadership skills and network with colleagues from across Northern Ontario.  Forum highlights will include leadership coaching skills AND Operation Remote Immunity AND leadership two-eyed seeing AND leadership social media skills.

Further information can be found by clicking on the link above.

Don’t miss out on Early Bird fees for NOSM Faculty ending January 17, 2022.



Check out some upcoming events from our affiliates:

Event 1: VIRTUAL: Inaugural David Healey MSK Day

It will be two half day sessions being held on 2 separate afternoons.  

When: Both on Fridays – October 15 and November 12, 2021

Time: 12:30-5:00pm (afternoons only)
Where: Online via WebEx   

More details to come!

Event 2: North of 44 – Primary Care Conference

The 6th Annual North of 44 Conference will be held virtually on Friday November 19th, 2021. More details coming soon!


AFMC DME Research Workshops October and November 2021

Medical education: Disruptive change and unintended consequences

See below for details on some exciting upcoming workshops being offered by the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC):

Greetings to all colleagues involved and interested in Distributed Medical Education, as well as past participants of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) Distributed Medical Education (DME) Research Day!

The AFMC DME Network Metrics and Research Group is pleased to announce the rescheduling of the Research Skill Development Workshop, that was cancelled in April 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Dr. Kevin Eva and his colleagues at CHES, the Centre for Health Education Scholarship at UBC, will be offering this research training over 3 sessions this Fall:  October 19, November 2 and November 16, from 9 to 12 AM (Pacific Time).

The Workshop will cover such topics as: What is Research? – Clarification of research goals – Specification of the research topic – Moving from idea to action plan – Making it happen – Dissemination options and strategies.

Anyone who is currently doing or preparing to conduct research in Distributed Medical Education (DME), including students and residents, are welcome!

By offering this Workshop, we hope to fulfill the following:

  • Enhance research capacity in DME sites
  • Support research about DME
  • Facilitate collaborations across DME programs in Canada

REGISTRATION – There is no fee for this Workshop, but those wishing to register will need to commit to all three Zoom sessions and should expect reading and other work in between.

So, please register only if you are prepared and able to fully engage in the series. 

 Registration Deadline = August 25, 2021.


New Faculty Publication!


Check out the following abstract for, “Impact of a computerized decision support tool and care bundle on critical care costs of acute kidney injury (AKI) patients” by faculty member Dr. Ghosh (1) and co-authors, L. Atallah (1), J. Rivers (2) and C. Bourdeaux (2).

This work was recently published and accepted for presentation in the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) Lives 2020 Congress – the 33rd annual congress hosted by ESICM. The ESICM supports and promotes the advancement of knowledge in intensive care medicine, in particular the promotion of the highest standards of multidisciplinary care of critically ill patients and their families through education, research and professional development.

See this exciting project along with the other ESICM Lives 2020 presenters at the following link.

Recent Faculty Publication

Check out the recent publication by Dr. David Berry, “Application of big data in healthcare: examination of the military experience,” published in the journal of Health and Technology.


Abstract Healthcare is fully embracing the promise of Big Data for improving performance and efficiency. Such a paradigm shift, however, brings many unforeseen impacts both positive and negative. Healthcare has largely looked at business models for inspiration to guide model development and practical implementation of Big Data. Business models, however, are limited in their application to healthcare as the two represent a complicated system versus a complex system respectively. Healthcare must, therefore, look toward other examples of complex systems to better gauge the potential impacts of Big Data. Military systems have many similarities with healthcare with a wealth of systems research, as well as practical field experience, from which healthcare can draw. The experience of the United States Military with Big Data during the Vietnam War is a case study with striking parallels to issues described in modern healthcare literature. Core principles can be extracted from this analysis that will need to be considered as healthcare seeks to integrate Big Data into its active operations.

Keywords: Big data · Hospitals · Electronic health records · Communication · Delivery of health care

Click Here for access to the full article.

Canadian Association for Medical Education Awards

Congratulations to Dr. Ed Hirvi on his recent Canadian Association for Medical Education (CAME) Certificate of Merit. The Certificate of Merit promotes, recognizes and rewards faculty committed to medical education in Canadian medical schools.

See below for a list of full award recipients:

Memorial University of Newfoundland/Université Memorial de Terre-Neuve

Dr. Jasbir Gill

Dalhousie University/Université Dalhousie

Dr. Lara Hazelton
Ms. Judy Buchanan

Université Laval

Dre Elise Martel 
Dre Julie Thériault
Dre Anne-Marie Pinard 

Université de Sherbrooke

Pre Martine Chamberland
PÉric Lavoie

PJulian Savage

Université de Montréal

Dre Marie-Hélène Girouard
Dre Lyne Ménard
Dre Margaret Henri

McGill University/Université McGill

Dre  Joanne Alfieri
Dre Aliki Thomas
Dr Robert Sternszus

University of Ottawa/Université d’Ottawa

Dr. Sandy Tse
Dr. Nikhil Rastogi
Dr. Louise Murray

Queen’s University/Université Queen’s

Dr. Melissa Andrew
Dr. Brent Wolfrom

University of Toronto/Université de Toronto

Dr. Mark Fefergrad
Dr. Latika Nirula
Dr. David Chan

McMaster University/Université McMaster

Dr. Keyna Bracken
Dr. Matthew Sibbald
Dr. Karl Stobbe

Northern Ontario School of Medicine/École de médecine du Nord de l’Ontario

Dr. Ed Hirvi

Western University/Université de Western

Dr. Yiannis Iordanous
Dr. Alice Tsui

University of Manitoba/Université du Manitoba

Dr. Francis Amara

University of Saskatchewan/Université de la Saskatchewan

Dr. Tara Lee

University of Alberta/Université de l’Alberta

Dr. Tammy McNab
Dr. Elaine Yacyshyn
Dr. Curtiss Boyington

University of Calgary/Université de Calgary

Dr. Melinda Davis
Dr. Martina Kelly

Dr. Aliya Kassam

University of British Columbia/Université de la Colombie-Britannique

Dr. Theresa van der Goes
Dr. Parvathy Nair
Dr. Cary Cuncic

Canadian Association for Medical Education (CAME)/Association canadienne pour l’éducation médicale (ACEM)

2733, chemin Lancaster Road, suite / bureau 100 Ottawa, ON │K1B 0A9

Tel / Tél. :  613-730-0687 │Fax / Téléc. : 613-730-1196


Northern Lights 2021 Registration NOW OPEN

Northern Lights 2021 
Daring Leadership in Difficult Times

February 25 & 26, 2021 (12:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.   EST)
Check out the following details on an upcoming leadership conference!

Join us for Northern Lights 2021 and learn together with colleagues from across Northern Ontario.  Our Pan Northern Leadership Forum will include virtual sessions on the afternoons of February 25 and 26th along with pre Forum and post Forum online leadership development activities.  Together we will explore Daring Leadership in an ever-changing and unpredictable world. Our clinical and educational settings need daring leadership. Dare to take a stand when those around you are sitting.  Dare to take on a new role and learn how to deliver on mandates and dreams.  Dare to engage in difficult conversations with courage and empathy.  Dare to support leadership diversity, equity and inclusion on your teams, with your colleagues and at NOSM.

Keynote Address: Jane Philpott

The Honourable Jane Philpott is a family physician and former Member of Parliament. She served in numerous cabinet positions including Minister of Health, Minister of Indigenous Services, President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government.  Dr. Philpott played a lead role in policies that have shaped Canada: bringing in 25,000 Syrian refugees; legislating Medical Assistance in Dying; negotiating a health accord with new resources for mental health and home care; and improving infrastructure for First Nations to provide clean water. Prior to politics, Jane was a family doctor for 30 years, with the first decade of her career in Niger, West Africa. She was Chief of Family Medicine at Markham Stouffville Hospital. On July 1, 2020 Dr. Philpott was appointed as the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Director of the School of Medicine and CEO of the Southeastern Ontario Academic Medical Organization. (SEAMO).


Managing an epidemic during a pandemic

Check out the following article from the NOSM Overcoming Barriers to Safe Opioid Prescribing Program:



Through the current pandemic, the opioid crisis continues. Helping primary care providers, residents and medical learners support patients through challenges with acute and chronic pain has never been more important. 

Overcoming Barriers to safe Opioid Prescribing is an accredited CEPD program that incorporates two approaches to education:

1.     Online module

o    Downloadable evidence-based tools and resources

o    Interactive: work through case-based scenarios

2.     Community of practice workshops

o    Virtual format

o    Connect with other providers & reduce feelings of isolation

o    Work through challenging cases in collaboration with like-minded peers

Registration fees for the program have been WAIVED until the end of March 2021.