Frequently Asked Questions
Section 1: General Information
Where do students of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine spend most of their time?
The Northern Ontario School of Medicine admits 64 students in each year. 28 of these students are based primarily in Thunder Bay and 36 in Sudbury. Students learn in the clinical setting starting in the first year of their program. There is a four week rotation in first year and two six week rotations in second year that will be in rural, remote and Aboriginal communities throughout Northern Ontario for all students. The third year of the Program is spent in selected communities outside Thunder Bay and Sudbury.
Can I choose which campus I would like to attend?
Candidates who are invited to interview will be asked to indicate their preferred campus. Students will be assigned to campuses based on the availability of seats at the preferred site, the suitability of the site for the candidate and of the candidate for the site. While the Northern Ontario School of Medicine will endeavour to assign successful applicants to their preferred campus, we are unable to guarantee that all students will be offered a seat at their preferred site.
How many seats are available in the class each year?
Each year the Northern Ontario School of Medicine has 64 seats in the class. 28 seats are at our NOSM at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay and 36 seats are at our NOSM at Laurentian University in Sudbury.
Does NOSM allow students to defer their admission to the following year?
The Northern Ontario School of Medicine does not generally grant deferrals of admission, though it will consider deferrals in exceptional circumstances. Requests are received through the Office of Admissions and are forwarded to the Deferrals Committee for consideration. Decisions of the committee are final and not open to appeal by the candidate.
What is the cost of tuition?
Tuition fees for First Year Medical 2016 - $23,432.00
Are there places reserved for students from Northern Ontario?
No. However, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine has a mandate to prepare students from the north for careers in medicine. Applications from students who are from Northern Ontario and/or students who have a strong interest in and aptitude for practicing medicine in northern urban, rural and remote communities are encouraged. While seats are not reserved for northern students, the School is committed to maximizing the recruitment of these students.
Are there places reserved for Indigenous/Aboriginal students?
Yes. The Northern Ontario School of Medicine designates two seats in each year for Indigenous/Aboriginal students as an indication of our commitment to recruiting Indigenous/Aboriginal students. However, this is a minimum, not the total number of Indigenous/Aboriginal students that the School will admit. Indigenous/Aboriginal students may choose either the General Admissions stream or the Indigenous/Aboriginal Admissions stream when applying.
Please visit the Indigenous/Aboriginal Admissions Stream section of our website for more information.
Are there places reserved for Francophone students?
We encourage applications from Franco‑Ontarian and other Francophone
applicants. The language of instruction and assessment for NOSM is English;
however, there are opportunities for clinical placements with French‑speaking
clinicians in French‑speaking communities. Other opportunities for learning in
the French language include educational resources, self‑directed groups and
electives. If you choose the Francophone designation in your application for
the purposes of the admissions process, you must be fluent in spoken French. In
addition, you must meet ONE of the
a. One parent is
Francophone and you attended at least eight years of French school (not
b. You have a
diploma from a French high school.
c. You can
demonstrate use of French in daily activities and a connection to a Francophone
Those applicants that meet criteria C only will be required to provide a recommendation letter in French
attesting to your connection to a Francophone community. Choosing the Francophone Designation means
more than simply being able to speak French.
Your referee should be someone who knows you well and can comment on
your engagement and connection to the francophone culture and community.
NOTE: This documentation must be sent directly to OMSAS by October 1,
If you choose the “Francophone” designation on the NOSM application, you
may be required to demonstrate your proficiency in spoken French.
Please note: By identifying as a Francophone
applicant, and should you be successful in the admissions process, you will be
identified as a Francophone student. Therefore, you will be required to include
NOSM’s Francophone communities in the lottery ranking for their CCC
(Comprehensive Community Clerkship) site selection process.
Please visit the Francophone Applicants section of our website for more information.
What are the criteria for the designation of Francophone for the admissions process?
Those applicants who have chosen the designation of Francophone on the application form and who are offered an interview will be interviewed in English in the same interview process that all candidates will undergo. In addition to this interview process, Francophone candidates will be required to attend an assessment of their French language skills at the interview site.
Applicants are reminded that the language of instruction and assessment for the School is English. However, there will be opportunities for clinical placements with French-speaking clinicians in French-speaking communities in Northern Ontario. Other opportunities for learning in the French language will include the availability of educational resources, self-directed groups and electives.
Should students interested in the Northern Ontario School of Medicine be applying to Laurentian or Lakehead University for their pre-med qualifications?
Both Laurentian and Lakehead Universities offer a range of high quality university programs that would provide excellent preparation for admission to the medical school. Choosing a northern university for undergraduate studies might be one way that students can demonstrate their interest in studying and working in Northern Ontario. However, place of undergraduate studies is only one of many indicators of a student's interest in the North.