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New med school receives donation from Pfizer Canada

SUDBURY and THUNDER BAY, Ont. – The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) has received a financial boost from Montreal-based Pfizer Canada for the creation of computerized teaching resources.

Joanne Halloran, Team Leader in Continuous Healthcare Education with Pfizer Canada, presented a $100,000 cheque to NOSM Founding Dean, Dr. Roger Strasser, to assist with the production of medical videos for use by NOSM faculty and students.

“We are proud to provide an educational grant designed to support and enable a partnership with NOSM,” said Halloran. “We strongly believe in building collaborative bridges between Pfizer and important healthcare stakeholders like the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.”

A sample two-minute video presentation showed how to prepare and affix a cast on a patient with a broken arm. These portable videos are unique given that they can be played on a handheld PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) and physicians can access them anywhere, anytime, to perform a medical procedure.

The videos are particularly well suited to the rural and remote regions of Northern Ontario.

“We are grateful to Pfizer for their significant investment in the education of future NOSM physicians,” said Dr. Roger Strasser. “This project is an important step to providing virtual, state-of-the-art medical tools that are a vital component of practicing medicine in the unique landscape of Northern Ontario.”

Pfizer Canada Inc. is the Canadian operation of Pfizer Inc., the world’s leading pharmaceutical company. Pfizer discovers, develops, manufactures and markets prescription medicines for humans and animals, as well as many of the world’s best-known over-the-counter healthcare products. Last year alone, Pfizer invested $109 million in R&D in Ontario. Pfizer Canada’s Community Investment Program supports more than 1,000 non-profit organizations and projects across the country, with a total investment exceeding $17 million.

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine is a pioneering faculty of medicine. The School is a joint initiative of Lakehead and Laurentian Universities with main campuses in Thunder Bay and Sudbury, and multiple teaching and research sites across Northern Ontario. By educating skilled physicians and undertaking health research suited to community needs, the School will become a cornerstone of community healthcare in Northern Ontario.