Our Docs Teach – NOSM Clerkship Program

NOSM CLERKSHIP PROGRAM

It may be cliché to use the Toronto Raptors slogan #WeTheNorth, but in the eyes of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, we are considered a northern community. The Midland/Penetanguishene area became a NOSM community in 2014 and will now be accepting our fifth and sixth third-year medical students for their Comprehensive Community Clerkship starting in late August. These students – Geoffrey Leblond and Athena Young will experience all our medical community has to offer during their almost nine month long rotations. Various preceptors (physician teachers) will be involved in their training in family medicine, at Georgian Bay General Hospital, and at the Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care. As well, other professionals in the community from physiotherapists to massage therapists, dentists to optometrists will also be involved in their training. Please welcome Geoffrey and Athena when they arrive.

ATHENA YOUNG

I was born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario, where the majority of my family and friends live.

I completed my Honours Bachelor of Medical Sciences at Western University prior to starting at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM). My degree focused largely on the genetics and cell biology of developmental diseases and cancers.

Besides academia, in my spare time I enjoy dancing, running and being outdoors. I also really love to spend my time coaching and teaching kids. I currently coach two local cheerleading teams and teach dance classes in Thunder Bay.

ATHENA YOUNG

Midland has been regarded quite highly amongst NOSM students for providing great learning opportunities in terms of ER exposure and hands on surgical experience. I am looking forward to developing my acute care skills, as well as learning and improving upon my surgical knowledge and skills.

Midland has also been noted to be outstanding in teaching psychiatric care, an area of medicine in which I have a keen interest. I am so happy to be in Midland/Penetanguishene for my clerkship because of its beautiful location on Georgian Bay and all of the outdoor activities there are to do! I am really looking forward to my clerkship and can’t wait to get started.

GEOFFREY LEBLOND

I was born in Ottawa but grew up mostly in the North Bay and Sudbury areas.

I returned to Ottawa for school and work before coming to the Northern Ontario School of Medicine at Laurentian University. I am an avid baker and cook. Other hobbies include music and sports.

I have a BSc and MSc in biochemistry from the University of Ottawa. Following my degrees, I worked in research for a couple of years. In my second life I returned to the University of Ottawa to complete a bachelor in arts with a minor in music. While at school I worked as a crisis worker on the lines of the Distress Centre of Ottawa and Region.

My current specialty interests are Emergency Medicine and Psychiatry. I am also involved with LGBT Health advocacy and hope to work with this population throughout my career.

I chose to come to Midland/Penetanguishene primarily because of my interest in psychiatry,and hope to get exposure in this area through the Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care. I was also looking for a smaller centre, as opposed to cities like Timmins or North Bay.The relative proximity to Sudbury,Toronto, and the ski hills were also an added bonus. I hope to take up curling and skiing while in Midland!

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