Strengthening Ontario's Aboriginal And Rural Communities
Ontario's $1.5-million investment in a Research Chair in Aboriginal and Rural Health will help the Northern Ontario School of Medicine improve the health of Aboriginal people and rural residents.
The Research Chair will be the first of its kind in Canada, helping to identify the health needs of Aboriginal and rural communities and raising health awareness in remote communities.
Northern Ontario School of Medicine
The school is a joint initiative of Laurentian University in Sudbury and Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, with campuses in both cities. The school has a mandate to serve northern communities, including rural, remote, Aboriginal and Francophone communities. About 10 per cent of the school's student population is Aboriginal.
Each campus has a state-of-the-art research lab. Students at both campuses have access to modern e-learning technology such as interactive video-conferencing and web-based course materials.
The school's innovative undergraduate medical program is clinically and community driven and gives students a strong grounding in core knowledge and skills, including the basic sciences. The school offers residency programs throughout northern Ontario.
Postgraduate education is available in family medicine and the major specialties of general internal medicine, general surgery, orthopedics, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry and anesthesia. Graduate programs offered by distance learning enable rural physicians to pursue university studies without leaving their towns or practices.
Supporting Students In The North
Ontario has invested $118 million in the Northern Ontario School of Medicine since 2003-04.
The government contributed $5 million to the school's bursary fund to help students from northern, rural and remote communities with the costs associated with attending medical school.