NOSM Family Medicine PGY3
Care of the Elderly Enhanced Skills
Ontario School of Medicine offers a 12-month PGY3 residency in Care of the
Elderly. The program is offered under the Enhanced Skills in Family Medicine
program. This program is an innovative residency offered throughout the north
to prepare family physicians to work in a focussed care of the elderly
practice. As with other NOSM residencies this program will also prepare
residents to practice outside tertiary care centres where there is less
specialist support. Geriatric care is an area of medicine that is undergoing
rapid development in the north and this is an exciting opportunity for
residents to be a part of newly developing and evolving programs. Physicians
will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to assess and manage geriatric
issues such as atypical presentation of disease, functional decline, neurocognitive
disorders, depression, delirium, falls, frailty, osteoporosis, and end-of-life
Residents in the
Care of the Elderly program will work in interdisciplinary settings throughout
their training in the main teaching centres (Sudbury,
Thunder Bay and North Bay)
and rural communities (New Liskeard, Elliot Lake, Timmins,
providing them with broad-based exposure
to a variety of practices. Teaching faculty include focused practice care of
the elderly physicians, geriatric psychiatrists, geriatricians and allied
health professionals. The residency will provide a broad exposure and
experience in the variety of practice styles and settings applicable to a focused
practice in care of the elderly in hospital and community-based settings.
include inpatient and outpatient geriatric assessment, geriatric rehabilitation,
geriatric psychiatry, day hospital, and community outreach team assessments.
Electives will be individualized to meet the learning needs and career goals of
the individual resident. There will be a core longitudinal experience within
the long-term care setting with clinical preceptors identified in each
Residents in the
Care of the Elderly program may attend a variety of rounds and academic
courses. Residents must attend the NOSM
CEPD Care of the Elderly monthly rounds that connects residents with NOSM
faculty members with focussed practices in care of the elderly. Selected from a defined list of topics,
residents will be expected to present rounds to their resident and faculty
colleagues at least once during their residency year. Residents are encouraged
and supported to teach junior residents and undergraduate medical students on
topics related to the care of the elderly.
Residents as Teachers (RaTS) preparation sessions are also available to
residents for developing teaching skills.
learning needs, residents may attend additional related rounds available
through NOSM, University of Calgary, University
of Alberta, and University of Toronto. Residents are also be supported by the
program to undertake a 5-week Care of the Elderly certificate course offered by
scholarly project is also a mandatory component of the Care of the Elderly
residency program. Residents are
provided with a number of supports to complete their scholarly project. In
addition to the four weeks allotted as part of the clinical curriculum, they
are provided with some financial support and connected with faculty members
with similar interests. Depending on the
type of project, residents may also complete the project longitudinally and replace
the research rotation with an elective.
The scholarly project may also be presented at the NOSM CEPD Care of the
Elderly rounds or other appropriate conference or academic session.
Residents in the
Care of the Elderly program participate in program administration by sitting on
the Enhanced Skills Residency Program Committee and the NOSM CEPD Care of the
Elderly Program Planning Committee.
Interviews between the Program Director and residents, once they have
completed training, are important for guiding overall program planning.
To be eligible for NOSM’s Enhanced Skills Programs candidates must be:
- Currently enrolled as a PGY2 in a Canadian Family Medicine Residency Program at the time of application. Residents must start their PGY3 within 12 months of completing their PGY2 year.
- Physician currently practising in Canada and meeting program funding eligibility requirements according to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC).
Note: Practising physicians interested in taking the program must apply separately through the re-entry program of the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care.
Application opening date: August 22, 2016
Application closing date: October 7, 2016
Interview period: October 10 to December 8, 2016
Offer letters: December 9, 2016
Resident Responds By: December 15, 2016
Start Date: July 1, 2017
Care of the Elderly Application Form
*If you are unable to open the application form, please email Marie Parkkari to request a copy.
current CV and two letters of reference, one of which should be from your
program director, are required to accompany your application. A date for
interview will be established following receipt of application, and in
conjunction with the other Ontario Enhanced Skills PGY3 programs. Residents
will be notified by email of the success of their application.
Dr. Grant McKercher
Coordinator, Postgraduate Education
West Campus, Northern Ontario School of Medicine
Thunder Bay ON P7B 5E1
Tel: (807) 766-7310
Fax: (807) 766-7483