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A Student Organizing Committee, led by Co-Chairs and NOSM MD students Derek Bos, Vanessa Ellies, and Emily Robinson, worked hard to organize parallel programming for more than 300 NOSM and international students from Australia, Belgium, Nepal and the Philippines attending Rendez-Vous 2012. The student program included a preconference workshop, site visits, and social events designed to stimulate dialogue between students from across the globe about current health-care issues affecting people worldwide.

The first group, consisting of approximately 30 delegates, visited the breathtaking Sleeping Giant Provincial Park for some wilderness
medicine training and a short hike. The second group, consisting of approximately 20 delegates, completed a longer hike to the top of the infamous Sleeping Giant itself.

A third group, of approximately 25 delegates, visited Thunder Oak Cheese Farm for a tour and tasting in the morning, followed by a visit to Gammondale Farm for more fun fall activities in the afternoon.


For more information on the sites visited, please click on the links below:

Sleeping Giant

Thunder Oak Cheese Farm

Gammondale Farm






Rendez-Vous Student Organizing Committee

Rendez-Vous Organizing Committee Student Team Leads:

  • – Derek Bos
  • – Vanessa Ellies
  • – Emily Robinson

Pre-Conference Workshop Team Chair:

  • – Kendra Komsa

Socials & Networking Committee:

  • – Hillary Bohler
  • – Krista Clark

Community Site Visit Committee:

  • – Laura Kistemaker

Logistics & Housing Team Chair:

  • – Cassandra Taylor