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Northern Ontario Medical School Students come to Debajehmujig’s Creation Centre to explore communications, interviewing and problem identification.

On February 12th, right in the heart of the winter, Debajehmujig Storytellers was delighted to work with our local Family Health Team in Mindemoya to host the Northern Ontario Medical School students in a day long exercise to explore communications, interviewing and identification of underlying issues that may be responsible for what the patient is presenting. Debajehmujig Animators Joe Osawabine, Bruce Naokwegijig, Jessica Wilde Peltier, Josh Peltier and Jenna Ebene fulfilled the role of live “patients”, presenting characters with multi layered and complex personal histories who would represent the social and economic ecologies of the patients they would be serving in Northern Ontario once they become Doctors.

The day involves eight to ten medical students working in pairs and revolving through eight separate characters and scenarios that are created by the animators in advance and improvised with the students during the interview. We transformed four studio spaces into what might be  “typical” Northern Health Centre interview spaces and the day unfolded under the supervision of Dr Maurianne Reade and Dr Shelagh McRae, both faculty members of NOSM, operating remote practical teaching sites on the Island. This year’s group of students were a spirited and engaging group that explored with us creatively, took an interest in our community projects and elder and youth engaged creation work that has been evolving at The Creation Centre over the past few years.

We enjoyed a meal together prepared from ingredients supplied by our local food producers and prepared by our Land based animators and interns.