A Message From Your Conference Co-Chairs

The fifth in a series of bi-annual conferences hosted by the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) and Flinders University, ICEMEN 2016 (International conference on Community Engaged Medical Education in the North) will be held in Sault Ste. Marie, Northern Ontario, Canada on June 20-25, 2016. NOSM (Canada), Flinders (Australia), and THEnet (Global) are “Putting Communities in the Driver’s Seat!”

Through the diverse global interest of speakers and participants, ICEMEN 2016 will promote international dialogue and exchange and strengthen awareness of distributed, community-engaged medical and health professional education, research, and service. Delegates will have an opportunity to visit and engage with communities in Northern Ontario through Conference on the Move (June 20-22). The Indigenous Research Gathering (June 23-24) and the Northern Health Research Conference (June 24-25) may also be of interest to participants. Sessions will run concurrently throughout the five-day ICEMEN 2016 conference. What a story we will have to tell!

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, and socially accountable medical education and research. NOSM serves as the Faculty of Medicine of Lakehead University in Thunder Bay and Laurentian University in Sudbury, with teaching and research sites across the wider NOSM campus, Northern Ontario.

The Flinders University School of Medicine has an international reputation for integration and innovation in patient care, education, and research. As a member of the Global Health Education Network and a founding member of the Training for Health Equity Network, the School is also committed to being accountable to the community it serves, both locally and internationally. The School’s main campus is situated in Adelaide, South Australia and extends to sites across rural South Australia and the Northern Territory (NT).

THEnet (Training for Health Equity Network) is a global learning community of schools committed to transforming health-professional education to improve health equity. Grounded in a deep commitment to social accountability, THEnet—of which NOSM and Flinders are charter members—is committed to supporting and achieving health equity through education, research, and service that meets the needs of communities, particularly those communities and peoples who are marginalized.

We encourage health professionals, educators, students, and researchers from all parts of the world to come along and share experiences, insights and learn from each other about social accountability and community participation in health professional education.

ICEMEN was first held in Sudbury and Thunder Bay, Ontario in 2008 through a partnership between NOSM and Flinders. This international partnership continued with The Muster in the Barossa Valley, Australia in 2010; Rendez-Vous in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada in 2012; and, The Muster at Uluru, Australia in 2014. We acknowledge previous partners for their vital contributions to these conferences including: James Cook University, the Federation of Rural Australian Medical Education, the Consortium of Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship, the WONCA Working Party on Rural Practice, and The Network Towards Unity for Health.

Growing in breadth and depth—and in personal, professional, and organizational impact—the ICEMEN and Muster series of conferences are not to be missed! Educators, researchers, students, and practitioners with an interest in rural and remote health, global health, social accountability and community engagement in education, service and research will benefit from the learning and networking opportunities ICEMEN 2016 has to offer.

ICEMEN 2016 will also celebrate NOSM’s 10th Anniversary since the admission of the School’s Charter Class in September of 2005. Conference highlights will include opportunities to learn about the NOSM journey and reflect on its accomplishments to date. The Gala Dinner on Thursday evening will be the capstone event of a full year of NOSM saying thank you, merci, and miigwetch to the many partners across the School’s wider campus of Northern Ontario.

Please join us for this exciting opportunity to teach and learn together!

Marion Briggs (NOSM) and Leesa Walker (Flinders)
ICEMEN 2016 Conference Co-Chairs