Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency Program
Become part of the Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency
Program in Canada with an explicit focus on building skills to improve
northern, rural and Aboriginal health and to practice the full breadth and
depth of Public Health and Preventative Medicine. The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons
of Canada officially approved a change in the specialty from Community Medicine
to Public Health and Preventive Medicine (PHPM). The new specialty and residency program title
reflects the residency's primary training mandates centered on development of
competencies in assessing and influencing the determinants of health.
The NOSM Public Health and Preventive Medicine program is
designed with flexibility to ensure residents meet the Royal College of
Physicians and Surgeon’s training requirements while allowing tailored learning
environments and areas of focus to meet residents’ career goals.
The majority of NOSM
residency rotations are scheduled within northern Ontario. There are
opportunities to pursue placements in other accredited Public Health and
Preventative Medicine residency program sites across Canada (e.g. in Montréal, Vancouver,
Manitoba) as well as elective placements in a variety of settings within Canada
and across the world.
With training slots available for two residents in each
cohort, you may have a colleague in your year. The program expects to grow to capacity
to ten residents.
- Approximately 60 core field and university-based faculty are
associated with the program and connections to others are growing.
- Faculty with expertise in Aboriginal Culture and
Spirituality, Francophone Culture, Mines and Mills/Occupational Health, the
Social Determinants of Health, and Wilderness Medicine.
- The best of both worlds – placements in the North combined
with learning experiences in larger urban centers.
- Exceptional work-life balance and recreational
The NOSM Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency
Program aims to foster the ability of residents to flourish as independent practitioners
of the discipline, who improve the health of populations. Five years of post-MD
training in Public Health and Preventive Medicine are required by the Royal
College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). Your five years must
- 1 to 2 years of clinical training
- A minimum of 1 academic year of course work in Public Health
and Preventative Medicine (previous graduate work may be credited), and
- A minimum of 1 year of Public Health and Preventative
Medicine field placements.
"path" of a Public Health and Preventive Medicine Resident is likely
- Clinical training is completed within the NOSM Family
Medicine Residency Program. This prepares trainees for the Medical Council of
Canada Qualifying Examination, Part II (MCCQE II) in the first year. Residents
who pursue a second clinical year are eligible to write the Certification Examination
in Family Medicine in their second year. The first year includes a one-month
Orientation to Public Health and Preventative Medicine. A clinical elective in
the second year may be focused on: Aboriginal and Rural/Remote Health,
Infectious Diseases, Sexual Health, and/or Travel Medicine.
- Academic exposure to Public Health and Preventative Medicine
during the clinical years is provided through academic half days in connection
with the University of Toronto. These rounds are followed by NOSM-specific PHPM
rounds. Academic half days occur weekly
during the Orientation to Public Health and Preventative Medicine rotations. First
and second year residents are expected to participate in Public Health and
Preventive Medicine academic half days once a month during other rotations in
their clinical years. Opportunity for a research project is available during
the two clinical years.
- Academic coursework to meet the requirements of a graduate
degree, such as through distance courses offered for the Masters in Public
Health at Laurentian University, Lakehead University, the University of
Waterloo or other accredited institutions. The Graduate Departments of Public Health
Sciences and Health Policy, Management & Evaluation at the University of
Toronto also offer relevant courses. Course topics related to building skills
to assess and improve population health include: epidemiology and
biostatistics, program evaluation, needs assessment, Canada's health system and
policy, field investigation, health promotion, global health and others.
- Field training placements in various placements sites, from
local to international levels, including a focus on the following subject
areas: three months for Aboriginal and rural/remote health; two months for
environmental health; four months for communicable disease control; four months
for health policy and planning; three months for health promotion and chronic
disease prevention; and six months for senior management and administration; as
well as selectives and six months of electives.
Your options include:
- A second clinical year of training to meet the requirements
for licensing with the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), with the
approval of the Family Medicine program, or to focus on an area of Public
Health and Preventive Medicine practice, such as sexual health or infectious
diseases. If the second clinical year of
training is not pursued, a resident may use the second year to extend the time for
graduate study electives.
- A research thesis-based Master’s degree.
- A focus in a specific area for your academic work and/or
field placements, in addition to Aboriginal and rural/remote health, such as
on: francophone health; occupational health; surveillance and health
informatics; emergency preparedness; cancer prevention and screening; or global
- A PhD pursued within the residency program.
- Pursuit of a PhD may require an educational leave from the
residency program or completion of the PhD following the Public Health and
Preventive Medicine FRCPC certification examination.
Potential Path 1:
Potential Path 2:
To apply to this program, visit www.carms.ca and select the
Northern Ontario School of Medicine’s Public Health and Preventative Medicine
Some additional reading to spark your Public Health
Pioneering Graduate from NOSM PHPM Residency Program: http://www.nosm.ca/about_us/media_room/media_releases/media_release.aspx?id=15639
Public Health Physicians of Canada (PHPC) website:
Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) website:
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)
Objectives of Training in Public Health and Preventative Medicine:
Rural and Northern Health Care Framework Report http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/ruralnorthern/report.aspx
PHAC population health page
AFMC Primer on public health
What is Public Health?
Dr. Kimberley Barker
Program Director, Public Health and Preventive Medicine
Northern Ontario School of Medicine
955 Oliver Road
Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5E1
Tel: (807) 766-7506
Fax: (807) 766-7483