As of April 1st, NOSM University has become Canada’s first independent medical university. “Health care and health education and research have never been more important,” said NOSM University President Dr Sarita Verma. “We all know how complex and fragile the health-care system is across northern Ontario. NOSM University will transform the system for the north and reach into underserved communities like never before.” At the official launch of the university, the Government of Ontario announced an increase in NOSM University’s number of undergraduate and postgraduate medical education positions: Over the next five years, NOSM’s undergraduate seats will be expanded by 30 and its postgraduate positions by 41 to address northern Ontario’s doctor shortage. Greater Sudbury| NOSM| ON| Bay Today Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.