New med school receives donation from
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
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