Northern Ontario School of Medicine

Updated October 27, 2011

At A Glance

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) is a joint initiative of Laurentian University, Sudbury and Lakehead University, Thunder Bay. With main campuses in Thunder Bay and Sudbury, the School has multiple teaching and research sites distributed across Northern Ontario, including large and small communities. NOSM’s Vision is Innovative Education and Research for a Healthier North.

The West campus of NOSM is located in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada at the head of Lake Superior. The East campus of NOSM is located in the City of Greater Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. Our faculty, staff, programs and services team up to provide an extensive range of learning choices and alternatives, offering an unbeatable combination of quality education.

Grounded in the North

A medical school like no other, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine has a strong emphasis on the special features of northern Ontario. These include: a diversity of cultures – Aboriginal, Francophone, remote communities, small town rural, large rural community and regional centres; varying illness, injury and health status patterns with their specific clinical challenges; a wide range of health service delivery models which emphasize supporting local health care and interdisciplinary teamwork; and the personal and professional challenges, rewards and satisfactions of medical practice in northern and rural environments.

Education and Training

Our education and training programs span the life cycle of a physician practising in Northern Ontario. This begins with high school programs which encourage and support local students to aspire to medicine and gain entry to local universities for continuing their studies. Selection into our undergraduate program favours those who are likely to thrive in the challenging northern rural learning environments, including local applicants.

Our innovative undergraduate and MD programs involve students learning in small groups, much of the time in distributed community-based learning sites supported by broadband communication information technology. The curriculum is clinically driven, while ensuring students gain a strong grounding in core knowledge and skills including the basic sciences.

NOSM’s learning approach is patient-centred, focusing on people in their home/family/community context, through case-based learning. This Community Based Medical Education program has students learning not only in larger hospitals but also in other hospitals, health services, family practices and various community settings.

NOSM offers residency training in eight major general specialties, as well as the Family Medicine Residents of the Canadian Shield (RoCS) program – the newest Family Medicine program in Canada. PGY3 programs are also offered to those Family Medicine residents wishing to further their knowledge and training in specific specialty areas. NOSM PGY3 programs include Emergency Medicine, Anesthesia, Enhanced Skills Maternity Care, Care of the Elderly and Self-Directed Enhanced Skills. Royal College Specialty training available at NOSM includes Community Medicine, General Surgery, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery and Psychiatry. Anesthesiology and Obstetrics/Gynecology Northern training programs are also available through a partnership with the University of Ottawa though which these programs are accredited. All of NOSM’s residency programs combine learning within the major academic centres with clinical rotations throughout rural Northern Ontario health care settings, providing residency training that is unmatched in its variety of exposure and exceptional lifestyle balance.

Program preceptors are leaders of the medical community and well respected by their patients and colleagues. Residents can expect quality residency training that will prepare them for eventual practise in any community, but especially for communities in northern Ontario, including rural and remote areas. These learning experiences prepare residents to practice with confidence and distinction anywhere.

Discover Northern Ontario

Northern Ontario covers 1 million square kilometres and constitutes 90 per cent of the surface area of Ontario, although it contains only 10 per cent of the population. With breathtaking scenery, countless lakes, tourist attractions, art, cultures, communities, history and people Northern Ontario is worth discovering!

Salary and Benefits

See Provincial PAIRO/OCOTH agreement

Accommodation for out-of-city rotations – arranged by NOSM

University Registration Fees

University registration fees are currently $550 (subject to change).

Tuition Fees

There are currently no tuition fees charged at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine for residency training programs.

Program Start Date

All Northern Ontario School of Medicine programs will commence July 1st.

International Medical Graduates

Please see the Provincial Eligibility Requirements as per the CaRMS website.