Dr. Sarita Verma

A Message from Dr. Sarita Verma, President, Vice-Chancellor, Dean and CEO, NOSM University

At NOSM University, 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 NOSM University. As a member of the NOSM U 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.

NOSM University commits to: 

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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 University 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 University 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 University. NOSM University 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 University through efficiencies and a culture of advancement.

  • Creating a sustainable working and learning environment. NOSM University will have a commitment to diversity, wellness and respect for faculty, staff and learners.