About NOSM Education Research Communities


The Northern Ontario School of Medicine’s (NOSM) mission is to contribute to improving the health of the people and communities of Northern Ontario by advancing the highest quality of medical practice, learning, teaching, research and professionalism.

Our aim is to have class profiles which reflect the demographics of the population of Northern Ontario. It is the intention of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine to maximize the recruitment of students who are from Northern Ontario and/or students who have a strong interest in and aptitude for practising medicine in Northern urban, rural and remote communities. We are also committed to recruiting Indigenous/Aboriginal, Francophone and Franco-Ontarian students.

We are looking for highly motivated students from a variety of backgrounds, who are self-directed, who will thrive in a small group- based, distributed learning environment, who have a genuine interest in helping us fulfil our mandate and who uphold our values.

Skills and Abilities for our Medical Program

Students in medicine must be able to communicate with patients and colleagues, make observations about patients, gather information and analyze data in order to arrive at medical judgments. Applicants who may need accommodation to undertake the Medical Program at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine are advised to review our Essential Skills and Abilities Required for the Study of Medicine policy and to contact the Learning Assistance Office at Lakehead University or the Special Needs Office at Laurentian University for more information.

Campus Assignment

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.

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. 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.

NOSM does not designate seats for residents of Northern Ontario or other rural and remote communities, out-of-province applicants, or military (Canadian Forces) applicants.




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