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Winter 2016/2017


A Warm Welcome

Submitted by: John Shea

Welcome to the latest edition of the Health Sciences Huddle! I would like to take this opportunity to wish a Happy New Year to all of the NOSM community. The year 2016 was ripe with change within the Health Sciences and Interprofessional Education (HSIPE) Unit of the Community Engagement Portfolio at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM). On behalf of the HSIPE Unit, we would like to take a moment to reflect and say thank you for the tremendous commitment you all have dedicated to clinical education.

Prior to getting into this exciting edition of The Huddle, here is a brief update and re-cap of the personnel changes in our unit in 2016:

First let’s start with the welcome backs. Our Interprofessional Education Program Lead Justine Jecker has returned from her maternity leave and also returning to the same role is Gayle Adams-Carpino.

We have said goodbye to several individuals in the last few months. Congratulations to Heather Westaway who took on a new role as the Manager, Faculty Affairs and CEPD. Marion Briggs, Director, Health Sciences and Interprofessional Education retired at the end of September. Jackie Hummelbrunner, SLP and Amy Forget, OT have both concluded their time as Clinical Learning Liaisons at NOSM. All of you have been so dedicated to your roles and such advocates for the students who have travelled to the North. It is with heartfelt thanks and sadness to have to say goodbye.

I will be moving back to my position as Clinical Course Director for the Physician Assistant Program, as my contract as Interim Manager is ending. A new Manager will assume the reins in early January 2017. I have enjoyed this opportunity and it has been a pleasure to have worked in this capacity.

And now we would likely for warmly welcome our new additions to the team. Robert Barnett, Administrative Director of Community Engagement and Integrated Clinical Learning. Rob comes from the NECCAC where he was the Director of Research, Planning and Partnerships. Chad Clower a Speech Language Pathologist has started as the new North West Clinical Learner Liaison. Chad comes to us with wealth of experience as an SLP/Audiology with a focus on brain injury. He has been a great addition to our team.

The new manager for Community Engagement and Integrated Clinical Learning will be Jennifer Turcotte-Ruzzak of Thunder Bay. Jennifer comes (back) to the school with an understanding of the history of NOSM’s early rehab efforts, significant management experience across the communities of the Northwest and decades of community and academic nursing practice.

We wish all you the very best in your new roles and opportunities!

Celebrating the Northern Studies Stream

A Northern Studies Stream celebration was held in Thunder Bay on November 9, 2016 to acknowledge those who have contributed to the program and have been involved in the academic teaching. There were a number of noteworthy individuals in attendance, including Chris Winn, Lori Knott, and Elaine Foster-Seargeant who received appreciation awards. Those in attendance enjoyed a night of fond memories, some stories, and a few laughs. It was impressive to see the number of individuals who have come full circle from being students in the program to now being preceptors, lectures, and even the program Course Director.

Our Newest Addition!

Submitted by: Chad Clower

Chad ClowerHi everyone, my name is Chad Clower. I am originally from British Columbia and have made my way to Thunder Bay where I've lived since 2009. In my former life, I was a hockey player and received a full ride Division I NCAA Hockey Scholarship with pursuits of playing professional hockey. After multiple shoulder and back injuries resulting in way too many surgeries, I shifted gears in life and pursued a career as a Speech-Language Pathologist (S-LP) graduating from Minnesota State-University Mankato in 2008. Straight out of grad school, I moved to Alberta and worked for a year as a school board S-LP until moving to Thunder Bay in 2009. I then worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital from July 2009 to August 2016 on the Acquired Brain Injury/Neurology Rehabilitation Program.

I have been very active with NOSM since arriving in Thunder Bay. I have been a faculty member since 2010 providing many learning experiences for S-LP learners and am now pursuing a new role as Lecturer for Case Based Learning (CBLs). Currently, I am the Clinical Learning Liaison (CLL) for Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology for NOSM in the West catchment area. I am also starting a private practice focused on providing speech and language services for Thunder Bay and region. To say that there has been a lot of change in the past six months is an understatement, but I am very excited about all of my new professional directions!

I am a husband of eight years to my beautiful wife Kate and a father of two beautiful boys and my black lab Kabella. I love family time and hanging out with my boys. I am an avid outdoorsmen and sportsman and love hunting, fishing, camping and the outdoors, as well as hockey and my new found passion golf!
I am very excited about my new role as CLL and the learning opportunities that I can help secure in Thunder Bay and the entire Northwest region. I truly believe that the ‘North’ offers such a unique and wonderful experience for learners across the learning spectrum. Plus, if you’re an avid outdoorsperson like me, you’ll have endless hours of fun pursuing what this area has in store. Take care everyone and I hope we run into each other in the future.

Health Sciences Clinical Educators Gather in Timmins

This past fall, Health Sciences Clinical Educators in the communities of Temiskaming Shores and Timmins gathered to connect and engage with one another in their capacity as integral partners in NOSM’s Dietetic Internship Program and the Rehabilitation Studies Stream. Featured in this photo are Clinical Educators from Timmins and area. At both events, new clinicians were connected to the community of practitioners in the area. Updates were shared and new directions in clinical education in partnership with NOSM were explored. A thank you was bestowed to all in attendance for their outstanding commitment to quality education in the North!

New Clinical Education Advisory Group

NOSM's HSIPE Unit is in the process of establishing a Clinical Education Advisory Group as way of connecting with our clinical education partners and exchanging updates regarding factors influencing clinical education. This will be a forum for reviewing developments and trends in the clinical environment which may impact clinical education (staffing, organizational directives), reviewing changes in NOSM processes, promoting best practices in clinical education, sharing successes and challenges during clinical placements as well as other topics identified by the advisory group. This pan-Northern advisory group will be convening in January 2017 with meetings scheduled on a quarterly basis. The membership for this group is currently under development so if you are a passionate clinical educator and want to be involved, please contact Erica Snippe-Juurakko, Clinical Education Resource Lead at esnippejuurakko@nosm.ca. Stay tuned for meeting summaries in future editions of The Huddle.

Community Engagement at the Village Noël Temiskaming

Ian MacDowell, Physiotherapy student and Luce Gauthier, Speech-Language Pathology student participating at the Village Noël Temiskaming engaged with elders from the Timiskaming Shores area. At this display, they had the opportunity to participate in traditional drumming and singing. In discussion with the Elders, students gained insight into the challenges of health care access for the Indigenous communities in the area.
Luce Gauthier, Speech-Language Pathology student at the Village Noël Temiskaming enjoying Tire sur la neige (draw on the snow) also known as tire d'érable or la tire. It is made in the late winter and early spring as the maple syrup harvest begins and snow is still on the ground.

Interprofessional Placement and Research Experience – Nokiiwin Tribal Council

Submitted by: Justine Jecker

Faculty and staff from the HSIPE Unit, in conjuction with students and faculty from the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at McMaster University will be delivering, for the first time, an interprofessional role-emerging Indigenous community placement and research experience for two occupational therapy (Katherine and Rachel) and two physiotherapy (Katrina and Nick) students, servicing Nokiiwin Tribal Council. Justine Jecker will be both precepting and supervising these students through the collaborative and inter-organizational support of Sarah Wojkowski (McMaster), Lisa French (Nokiiwin), Audrey Gilbeau (Nokiiwin), Hailey Masiero (NOSM), Pat Miller (McMaster), and Bonny Jung (McMaster).

Nokiiwin Tribal Council consists of six member First Nation communities of the Robinson Superior Treaty who recently identified several health concerns and access to health care issues in a March 2016 Needs Assessment. In particular, a lack of interprofessional collaboration for teams servicing the six reserves was identified as a major limitation to service provision and accessing appropriate healthcare services, whether on the reserve or in Thunder Bay.

The placement/research project runs from January to July 2017. The McMaster students will have the opportunity to work with the communities and produce a report that summarizes a literature review on service provision on northern reserves, and proposes a practical access model for the communities. Their work will also be presented at two symposia in McMaster University in June and July.

Joanne Beyers Receives Distinguished Service Award!


Joanne Byers
Joanne Beyers received the Distinguished Service Award from Association of Local Public Health Agencies (alPHa) for her outstanding contribution to public health in Ontario. During her 30 year career in Northern Ontario she has worked as a hospital dietitian, a public health nutritionist, researcher and educator.

In her current role as Foundation Specialist at the Sudbury & District Health Unit, her work has informed programs and services across the entire province while influencing colleagues in all areas of public health. Jo has also been with the Northern Ontario Dietetic Internship Program since its inception supporting the research component which demonstrates not only her passion for knowledge transfer but also a commitment to the training and appreciation of evidence based practice with future practitioners. Congratulations, Jo!

Interprofessional Education at NOSM: The School and Youth Health Program

Submitted by: Gayle Adams-Carpino, IPE Lecturer, NOSM

Interprofessional education (IPE) has been identified as a key learning strategy to enhance the collective ability of health and social care students and practioners to work together. Globally, IPE is seen as a mechanism to address the serious health human resource shortage for underserviced populations.

In November 2016 the Interprofessional School and Youth Health Program was delivered to 22 students who were on clinical placement, or studying in a northern academic institution. The Program examined the IPE competency domains as identified in the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative Framework (CIHC, 2010). The learning bridges the teaching of IPE competencies by focusing on how to address the health, social and educational needs of young people (15-25) living in high-risk situations. The health needs of vulnerable youth living in the north serve as an exemplar of how IPE for collaborative practice can be integrated into students’ future practice. Participating programs included: occupational therapy (Queen’s), Dietetic Internship Program (NOSM), Orthophonie (Laurentian), Nursing (Laurentian), Medicine (NOSM), and Radiation Therapy (Laurentian).
 

Northern Ontario Dietetic Internship Program Hits Milestone!


This program year (2016-17) marks the 10th NODIP class with 12 incoming interns and 111 graduates! This huge accomplishment is due to tireless leadership of Denise Raftis, Program Manager, and the tremendous support from preceptors, project advisors, working and advisory group members, and affiliated organizations. The program is highly sought after by potential applicants as well as recognized for its leadership in curriculum such as population and public health, and Indigenous and Francophone cultural competency with more than 10% of graduates working in public health/family health teams/community health centres and more than 10% working in Indigenous health across Canada. Stay tuned for more highlights over the program year.
 

Rich Learning Experiences

Submitted by: Deka Ali and Beth Prysnuk, second-year students with Queen’s Master’s of Occupational Therapy program.

As second-year occupational therapy students on placement through NOSM, we had the opportunity to participate in the School and Youth Health Program. The facilitator and our classroom colleagues were in Sudbury and we joined the education sessions via videoconference from Kenora and Sault Ste. Marie. The focus of the program was interprofessional collaboration with the aim of developing the skills, knowledge, and insight required for effective interprofessional teamwork in a northern community. We interacted with students from: Radiology, Speech and Language Pathology, and Nursing. Our rich learning experiences were provided through lectures, case scenarios, stories from youth, a presentation on aboriginal spirituality, group activities, and student case examples. This interactive learning experience provided us with the opportunity to learn about other professions, reflect on our role as OTs on interprofessional teams, and think about ways in which we can provide more equitable healthcare to people living in northern communities.

The School and Youth Health six-week program was facilitated by Gayle Adams-Carpino in November and December 2016.
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