ICEMEN 2016 Conference Report

JUNE 20-25, 2016

ICEMEN 2016 (International conference on Community Engaged Medical Education in the North) was a five-day conference which explored the themes of social accountability and community engagement in medical education and research. With a theme of The Story of Community Engaged Health Professional Education and Research: The Community in the Driver’s Seat, ICEMEN 2016 investigated how community-driven health education and research builds healthy communities.

JUNE 24-25, 2016

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine’s Northern Health Research Conference (NHRC) has been held annually since 2006. It provides an opportunity for researchers in the region to present their research and exchange research ideas. The conference demonstrates NOSM’s commitment to research, health care, and education to the people of Northern Ontario and beyond. NHRC 2016 explored research activities arising from community-based activities and highlights projects under way from students, residents, and community-based researchers. The conference provided opportunities for collaboration and networking.

JUNE 23-24, 2016

The overall goal of the Indigenous Research Gathering was to provide an opportunity for researchers (including researchers who themselves are Indigenous) to come together to acknowledge past experiences, conduct ceremonies for healing, generate future opportunities for positive and respectful relationships between Indigenous communities and researchers and plan a new and positive path forward. The Gathering, held in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, is on the traditional Ojibway territory of the Batchewana First Nation, neighboring the community of Garden River First Nation.

JUNE 20-22, 2016

Participants with Conference on the Move got a glimpse into rural health care in Northern Ontario! This bus excursion showcased several communities who partner with NOSM on a trip that started in Toronto, stopped on Manitoulin Island, and concluded in Sault Ste. Marie prior to the ICEMEN 2016 opening ceremonies. Conference on the Move focused on social accountability, community engagement, and cultural inclusivity in Northern Ontario, as a gateway to understanding the health of the people and communities of the region. Participants experienced wilderness medicine, Indigenous culture, and learned about the history of Northern Ontario.