Members of the public are invited to respond to a plan regarding the Northern Ontario Medical School (NOMS).
The NOMS board of directors has developed its vision of Canada's first 21st century medical school. The document, known as By-Law No. 2, defines how NOMS will be organized and governed and the relationship between NOMS and its two parent universities, Laurentian and Lakehead.
By-Law No. 2 in English is now available for viewing at the NOMS website, www.normed.ca . A French version will be made available mid-April.
"We are asking all interested parties to report by e-mail or written form so that the NOMS Board can begin reviewing the input at its April 2 meeting," said Dr. Fred Gilbert, NOMS board chair and president of Lakehead University.
"This is just the beginning of the process. We really want to hear from northerners about our plans."
"This is a vital document in the development of NOMS," said Judith Woodsworth, vice-chair of the NOMS board and president of Laurentian University.
"The idea of basing a medical school in two universities is unique in Canada, and a rare occurrence in the rest of the world. We are embarking on an exciting development and we want to get it right."
A new medical school for the whole of Northern Ontario, the Northern Ontario Medical School is a joint venture of Laurentian and Lakehead Universities.
With main campuses in Sudbury and Thunder Bay, NOMS will have multiple teaching and research sites distributed across Northern Ontario, in large and small communities.