The China Medical Board study visited NOSM's Sudbury campus Sept. 5-7.
The delegation came to learn about rural health in Canada and how NOSM collaborates with local communities and health services to recruit local students, provides education programs grounded in the northern and rural context and graduates health professionals with the skills and the desire to practise in rural and underserved areas.
“There are so many things we have learned since our arrival,” Roman Xu, China Medical Board Office director said.
“The curriculum and how it is delivered at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine is so vastly different to curriculums used at medical universities in China.”
Technology at the school was a particular highlight for the group. One example of the technology used is each class is connected by videoconferencing equipment.
The lecture can be performed by a professor at either of the School’s campuses with students connected from sites across Northern Ontario.
“The use of this technology would be of great benefit to the rural and remote areas we are trying to reach,” Xu said.
“What an exciting opportunity it is for us to showcase the Northern Ontario School of Medicine to leaders from medical universities in rural China,” NOSM dean Dr. Roger Strasser said.
“Although there are differences between our school and the universities they represent, we have commonalities that link us and we can most certainly learn from each other.”
With many areas of rural China suffering from doctor shortages, the China Medical Board is touring one group of medical delegates through NOSM and another is visiting a medical program in Thailand.
The NOSM delegation is touring the medical school at Laurentian and meeting with many of NOSM’s staff and faculty members, visiting Health Sciences North, and travelling to Parry Sound, one of NOSM’s host communities for the Comprehensive Community Clerkship (CCC).