Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM)

Science Days & CampMed

Established in 2002 with a purpose to improve access to health-care in northern Ontario and address the health needs of the region, NOSM University is the greatest education and physician workforce strategy success stories in Northern Ontario’s history. While advocating for equitable access to care, the University contributes to the economic development of Northern Ontario. We rely on the commitment and expertise of the peoples of Northern Ontario to educate health-care professionals to practise in Indigenous, Francophone, rural, remote and underserved communities. With a focus on diversity, inclusion and advocacy, NOSM University is an award-winning, socially accountable organization renowned for its innovative model of distributed, community-engaged education and research.

Science Days: Indigenous youth across Northern Ontario are being invited to learn more about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) concepts with the goal of inspiring a career in health care. NOSM University and Science North have partnered on the delivery of health, life and human sciences related programming to Indigenous youth across Northern Ontario over a span of over 800,000km2.

CampMed: CampMed is NOSM University’s annual summer camp that provides students with a unique opportunity to be inspired to consider a future as a healthcare professional. CampMed provides Northern Ontario and rural and remote students of Canada with an opportunity to explore Indigenous and Francophone culture, health and traditions, health-care careers, obtain hands-on experience, and find a mentor.

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"Indigenous youth in Northern Ontario often find themselves isolated and disproportionately affected by the social determinants of health. By partnering with communities, we will make an impact on the number of youth who are engaged with science, interested in setting educational goals, and possibly working towards a career in health care. Importantly, our youth mentors will show them what’s possible for their future.”

Yolanda Wanakamik

Director of Indigenous Affairs