Minister Romano speaks out on change in NOSM status to an independent medical school

Ontario Colleges and Universities Minister Romano says making the Northern Ontario School of Medicine an independent university is a good move.

Romano issued the statement yesterday stating the government believes that the university is critical to ensuring the availability of health human resources in Northern Ontario and that it is ready to become an independent, degree-granting post-secondary institution.

Romano stated the legislation he tabled last week will allow the medical school to become more agile and nimble to the changing environment for students as they assist in tackling the region’s health human resource needs.

Romano notes the school already operates largely independently and his ministry already it directly.

He emphasized making the school fully independent “will reduce duplicative and unnecessary administration and governance.”

The school will no longer continue its relationship with Laurentian or Lakehead universities with the move by the government to sever the three.

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