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NOSM Anesthesiology Residency Program

NOSM is very pleased to offer its newest residency training program to have received new program status from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. NOSM's Anesthesiology program is a comprehensive learning experience that is designed to prepare trainees for a successful career in anesthesiology.

The five-year program provides trainees with opportunities to learn in a diverse range of clinical settings throughout Northern Ontario. Graduates of the program can expect to gain valuable experience in a wide variety of settings having spent a portion of their training in a Northern rural environment. Trainees will benefit from this distributed learning approach with additional experiences and proficiency in sub-specialty areas that are integral to Anesthesiology practice.

Current Residents can access the E-Learning platform here

Curriculum


PGY-1 Mandatory Rotations    

    

Rotation 

 

Duration 

 

Adult Anesthesia   

 

12 weeks (3 blocks) 

 

General Surgery  

 

4 weeks (1 block) 

 

Emergency Medicine  

 

4 weeks (1 block) 

 

General Medicine  

 

4 weeks (1 block) 

 

General Pediatrics  

 

4 weeks (1 block) 

 

Obstetrics/Gynecology  

 

4 weeks (1 block) 

 

Palliative Care 

 

4 weeks (1 block) 

 

Selective 

Options include: 

  • Family Practice Anesthesia 
  • Radiology 
  • Emergency Medicine 
  • Thunder Bay ICU 
  • Psychiatry 
  • Family Medicine 
 

8 weeks (2 blocks) 

 

Selective: General Medicine 

Options include:     

  • CTU 
  • Cardiology 
  • Nephrology 

 

4 weeks (1 block) 

 

Selective: General Surgery 

Options include:     

  • Orthopedics 
  • Thoracic 
  • Vascular 
  • General Surgery 

4 weeks (1 block) 

 
 

PGY 2 

  

Rotation 

 

Duration 

 

Anesthesia   

 

32 weeks (8 blocks) 

 

Community Anesthesia   

 

8 weeks (2 blocks) 

 

Pre Admission Clinic 

 

4 weeks (1 block) 

 

Obstetrical Anesthesia   

 

4 weeks (1 block) 

 

Elective 

 

4 weeks (1 block) 

 
   

PGY 3-5 

Rotation 

 

Duration 

 

Adult Anesthesia (including all sub-specialty areas)  

 

36 weeks (9 blocks) 

 

Cardiac Anesthesia  

 

8 weeks (2 blocks) 

 

Chronic Pain  

 

4 weeks (1 block) 

 

Community Anesthesia  

 

4 weeks (1 block) 

 

Neurological Anesthesia  

 

4 weeks (1 block) 

 

Obstetrical Anesthesia  

 

4 weeks (1 block) 

 

Pediatric Anesthesia (Toronto– Hospital for Sick Children) 

 

12 weeks (3 blocks) 

 

Regional Anesthesia/Post Anesthesia Care Unit  

 

4 weeks (1 block) 

 

Thoracic Anesthesia 

 

4 weeks (1 block) 

 

Vascular Anesthesia 

 

4 weeks (1 block) 

 

Adult Intensive Care Unit  

 

24 weeks (6 blocks) e.g. Med/Surg Adult ICU, Cardiac ICU, and Neonatal ICU 

 

Internal Medicine  

 

28 weeks (7 blocks) e.g. Cardiology, Respirology, Nephrology, Transfusion Medicine 

CTU, or other 

Elective 

 

20 Weeks (5 blocks) 

 

 

PGY 2-5 Elective Rotations 
Elective Rotations - There are six blocks of electives which may include sub-specialty areas of anesthesia, research or other areas of medicine which may contribute to the advancement of one's education in anesthesia. Electives are meant to allow residents to further develop an interest in sub-specialties of anesthesiology, increase their experience in an area not well represented by NOSM, meet their own learning needs or explore a community as a possible location for work.   

 

Research  

Built into the core program is a comprehensive physician scholar program.  This includes an introductory research course as well as core seminars on critical appraisal and research methods. In addition, residents are expected to undertake a scholarly project during their PGY2-4 years with the guidance and help from the staff.  These can be a clinical or basic sciences research project, a quality assurance project, a research project, or any other scholarly project in areas relevant to academic anesthesiology.  In addition there are regular Journal Clubs throughout the year. A yearly program retreat is planned where residents will be expected to present at least once during their residency.  Residents are encouraged to present their findings at national conferences such as the Canadian Anesthesia Society Meeting. 

 


Many aspects of NOSM's programs set it apart from more traditional residency routes:

  • Superior hands-on learning experiences within a variety of practices and clinical approaches through multiple levels of health care delivery
  • Early integration as a key member of a health care team
  • Community-based, clinical learning experiences
  • Self-directed, and learner-centred training
  • A team of dedicated preceptors committed to enhancing resident learning opportunities and clinical experiences
  • Exceptional lifestyle balance with a multitude of recreational opportunities unique to Northern Ontario
  • Exposure to the culture and social fabric of Francophone and Aboriginal communities
  • Access to the most advanced, state-of- the-art technologies in the industry
  • Travel support and accommodation for rotations away from residents’ home base
  • A strong commitment to resident education rather than resident service

Contact Information

Dr. Rob Anderson
Regional Director, Anesthesiology

Sara Wilson
Postgraduate Program Coordinator
Tel : 705-662-7135
Email: sara.wilson@nosm.ca 

 

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