Conference Meeting Canada

The 6th Recruit and Retain Conference was held from the 15-17th January, in the Nor’Wester Hotel and Conference Centre in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. Most of the project partners are agencies equivalent to the regional health authority partners in the Canadian Foundation for Health Improvement (CFHI) Northern, Rural or Remote Collaboration.

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine is the first medical school to open in Canada in over 30 years. Since its official opening in 2005, the School has developed and delivered a distinctive model of distributed, community-engaged, socially accountable medical education and research. NOSM has campuses at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay and Laurentian University in Sudbury, with over 70 teaching and research sites across Northern Ontario. NOSM is a made in-the-North solution that is attracting attention from around the world for its innovative model. In a very short time, NOSM has become a world leader in community-engaged medical education and research, while staying true to its social accountability mandate of contributing to improving the health of the people and communities of Northern Ontario.

The Keynote Speaker was Dr David Snadden, Executive Associate Dean, Education at UBC. Other Canadian speakers were: Dr Nick Busing, AFMC Project Lead, Future of Postgraduate Medical Education in Canada; Dr David Marsh, NOSM Associate Dean Community Engagement; Jeff Goodyear, Director, Health Workforce Policy Branch, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care; and a CFHI speaker (Erin Leith) on the Northern, Rural or Remote Collaboration initiative. In addition, the European partners presented the four elements of the Recruit and Retain project.

The outline of the conference was as follows:

Wednesday, 15 January 2014 - Potential Canadian preconference meeting in the afternoon;

Thursday, 16 January 2014 - Keynote Address followed by the plenary speakers and parallel sessions in small groups, followed by a conference dinner evening;

Friday, 17 January 2014 - In the morning, visits to NOSM, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, St. Joseph’s Care Group and Anishnawbe Mushkiki Aboriginal Community Health Centre. This was followed by a workshop session held in the afternoon involving the partners in the Recruit and Retain project.

See the report here


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