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Two new NOSM MD seats earmarked for the Department of National Defense

Posted on July 6, 2020

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine’s (NOSM) MD program is offering two new medical student seats exclusively for military candidates who are selected for subsidization by the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).

“By partnering with the Department of National Defense we will prepare Canadian military physicians to treat underserviced and remote communities across Canada and around the world,” says Dr. Sarita Verma, NOSM Dean, President and CEO. “It is an honour to help prepare Canadian military physicians with this level of hands-on training. There truly is no better training ground than Northern Ontario.”

“NOSM has been accepting military candidates to the MD program for several years. The difference now is that we are able to increase opportunity to get into NOSM by adding two additional dedicated spots for qualified military applicants,” Dr. Verma explains.

Applicants to the new stream must be Regular Force Members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and must meet all of NOSM’s general application requirements.

“Canadian Forces Health Services Group is pleased to collaborate with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine in the provision of subsidized medical training to future General Duty Medical Officers,” says Major Tina Lipcsey, Staff Officer Attraction, Canadian Forces Health Services Group.

NOSM has been instrumental in providing medical training to students being subsidized by the Canadian Armed Forces through both the Military Medical Training Plan and the Medical Officer Training Plan.

“In order for soldiers, sailors, airmen and airwomen to be willing to put themselves in harms’ way, they need to feel confident that, if injured at home during training or overseas on operations, there will be highly qualified Medical Officers readily available to provide them with the urgent medical care they need,” says Major Lipcsey. “Since the Canadian Armed Forces does not have its own medical school, it relies on partnerships with civilian educational institutions like NOSM to produce highly educated and skilled physicians.”

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