Laurentian University will award Professor Arnie Aberman with an Honorary Doctorate of Laws for his work with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM).
The school, established in 2005 by Laurentian
and Lakehead University
in Thunder Bay - 1,000 kilometres apart - has transformed health care in Ontario by training and retaining doctors and health professionals to practise in rural areas.
"I'm really pleased to receive this honour, because it's a recognition of the impact the school has made on health services in Northern Ontario," said Aberman, a Professor in the Department of Medicine who was Dean of the Faculty of Medicine from 1992 to 1999.
"It's been a terrific success.
was the only one of the school's five-member Implementation Management Committee with experience running a medical school.
gave advice on accreditation, curriculum development and distance education, and came up with a solution for the challenge of establishing one faculty of medicine within two universities: the school as a not-for-profit corporation, with an independent board for fiscal matters and a line of reporting to each university for academic affairs.
It was a unique governance model for a faculty of medicine, without precedent in North America.
"Success has many parents, and failure is an orphan," said Aberman
"This school's achievements are the result of hard work by countless individuals in medicine, academia, government and the private sector.
Most of all, community involvement across Northern Ontario has been tremendous, and I'm most proud of that."
Aline Chrétien, the Chancellor of Laurentian University, will present Aberman with the honorary doctorate at a convocation ceremony on June 4.