Innovative Education and Research for a Healthier North.


The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) is committed to the education of high quality physicians and health professionals, and to international recognition as a leader in distributed, learning-centred, community-engaged education and research.

NOSM will accomplish this by:​

  • Being socially accountable to the needs and the diversity of the populations of Northern Ontario
  • Actively involving Aboriginal, Francophone, remote, rural and underserviced communities
  • ​Leading and conducting research activities that positively impact the health of those living in Northern communities
  • Fostering a positive learning environment for learners, faculty, and staff
  • Achieving an integrated, collaborative approach to education, learning, and programming
  • Increasing the number of physicians and health professionals with the leadership, knowledge and skills to practice in Northern Ontario.


The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) encourages ingenuity, creativity, a culture of inquiry and discovery, and the importance of learning from others in every aspect of the School’s education, research, social accountability, and corporate mandates. NOSM uses innovative approaches to ensure continuous improvement of our distributed model of education and research.

NOSM pursues education and research goals in close partnership with its host universities. Collaboration and partnership is also important to NOSM with its teaching hospitals, community physicians, health professional clinical teachers, health system stakeholders, and communities it serves. NOSM values the insights, contributions, and support of its many partners that work to improve the health of the people and communities of Northern Ontario. NOSM recognizes that collaboration is both a process and outcome that engages different perspectives to better understand complex problems, and leads to the development of integrative solutions that could not be accomplished by any single person or organization.

NOSM’s faculty, staff, and learners seek to learn and listen to one another respectfully and communicate openly. NOSM’s staff, faculty, and learners treat others and their ideas in a manner that conveys respect as differences are discussed, fosters an open academic debate, and which respects academic freedom.

Social Accountability
NOSM adheres to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) definition of the Social Accountability of Medical Schools as “the obligation to direct their education, research and service activities towards addressing the priority health concerns of the community, region and the nation that they have a mandate to serve. The priority health concerns are to be identified jointly by governments, health care organizations, health professionals and the public.” As part of its social accountability mandate, NOSM has the responsibility to engage stakeholders at all levels of its broad community.

NOSM fosters inclusiveness by supporting an environment which embraces differences in staff, faculty and learners and respectfully creates value from the differences of all members of the NOSM community, in order to leverage talent and foster both individual and organizational excellence.