Code of Respect
A Message from Dr. Sarita Verma
At the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), we are coming together to create a culture of diversity, inclusion, respect, social accountability and wellness. We have recently launched a School-wide movement grounded in respect which we hope can ignite a positive cultural change that reaches beyond our individual organizations and into our communities. The possibility of change, for our School and the profession, lies within each of us; in the language we use, the values we aspire to, the curriculum we create, the way we express ourselves, the way we make decisions—not only who is at the table, but who feels safe to speak truthfully and see themselves reflected in the decisions being made at that table.
To truly prepare our learners to care for people in our communities, we must model being a compassionate and socially accountable members of our school. If we can embrace and learn from our differences—race, gender identities, abilities, backgrounds, beliefs, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and our infinite number of inherent and acquired traits—we can truly respect one another.
It’s an exciting time to be a part of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. As a member of the NOSM community, you are a part of the School’s mission to improve the health of Northern Ontarians by being socially accountable in our education and research programs and advocating for health equity.
As we work together to accomplish our mission, we hope the Code of Respect will provide guidance and helps us all to create the future we all deserve.
Dr. Sarita Verma
Dean, President and CEO, NOSM
CODE OF RESPECT
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OUR VISION & MISSION
Innovative Education and Research for a Healthier North.
To improve the health of Northern Ontarians by being socially accountable in our education and research programs and advocating for health equity.
We will realize this by:
Embedding social accountability as a core value in graduates. NOSM will be a recognized leader in rural and Northern health knowledge and will influence and advocate for policy advances in health at all levels of government.
- Increasing research capacity and expertise in population-based health to improve advocacy and evidence-based policy in Northern Ontario. NOSM will have a positive research impact on Northern health, be known as the leader in Northern health research and increase grant and other research funding.
- Incorporating advanced technology into curriculum and day-to-day activities of the school. NOSM will be a leader in educational excellence through its curriculum renewal, competency-based training, adaptive technology, and will meet or exceed all accreditation standards.
- Being a strong active partner with communities in need to create a flourishing health workforce to serve the North.
- Securing sustainable financial and human resources to deliver on our vision of innovative education and research. We will be financially sustainable by ensuring access to resources and infrastructure to sustain and grow NOSM through efficiencies and a culture of advancement.
- Creating a sustainable working and learning environment. NOSM will have a commitment to diversity, wellness and respect for faculty, staff and learners.