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Postgraduate Education

Postgraduate Education Organizational Chart 

The Postgraduate Portfolio of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) is responsible for the oversight, administration and support of all postgraduate residency education programs in Northern Ontario. NOSM, in accordance with its Mission Statement, is: “committed to the education of high quality physicians and health professionals, and to international recognition as a leader in distributed, learning-centred, community-engaged education and research.”

The School offers several of Canada’s newest residency training programs. These are focused on NOSM’s vision of Innovative Education and Research for a Healthier North. Residency disciplines offered include Family Medicine, Public Health Preventive Medicine, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery and Psychiatry. Anesthesiology and Obstetrics & Gynecology training programs are also available through a partnership with the University of Ottawa to provide Northern training streams. PGY3 programs are available to Family Medicine residents wishing to further their knowledge and training in specific specialty areas. NOSM PGY3 programs include Emergency Medicine, Anesthesia, Enhanced Skills Maternity Care, Care of the Elderly and Self-Directed Enhanced Skills. Currently, NOSM has 168 residents training in all of its programs distributed across Northern Ontario.

NOSM Family Medicine Residents of the Canadian Shield (RoCS)

NOSM Family Medicine RoCS is one program with a multitude of training sites - each with its own identity and advantages and the best of what distributed training has to offer. Residents matching to this program can select one of five hub site locations from where to base their training. An alternative is to choose the new Northern Ontario Stream option, which matches residents to communities and experiences of their choice. In this stream, the majority of the educational program occurs outside the five major hub sites. The hallmark of this new addition to NOSM’s Family Medicine RoCS program is a truly unique rural experience providing for very diverse training environments, while ensuring that the resident meets program requirements. 

Dr. Ric Almond is the Program Director. Each major location has a Site Director to assist Dr. Almond. The program has been designed to showcase unique opportunities in the North with exposure to the social fabric that make up small rural, remote, Aboriginal and Francophone communities. 

Royal College Training Programs at NOSM

NOSM successfully obtained new program status for its first Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada(RCPSC) program in 2007, with a Public Health Preventive Medicine (PHPM) residency program explicitly focusing on building skills to improve Northern, rural and Aboriginal health while preparing residents to practice the full breadth and depth of PHPM. Led by Program Director, Dr. Vera Etches, the program has a close collaboration with the University of Toronto. 

Just one year later, NOSM accepted its first residents into Pediatric and General Surgery programs. Sudbury Pediatrician Dr. Tara Baron leads the program as its Program Director. NOSM’s Pediatric residency offers a curriculum that includes core rotations and subspecialty rotations selected to incorporate a diversity of experience and proficiency in subspecialty areas integral to community based practice. These areas may be less commonly emphasized in traditional Pediatrics residency programs. This program collaborates with the University of Ottawa for world-class subspecialty and acute care rotations at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

Dr. Harshad Telang, in Thunder Bay, leads NOSM’s General Surgery Program. This provides residents with exposure to surgical training in busy, larger regional clinical centres and in smaller urban and rural locations. The program offers residents a comprehensive training experience leading towards certification in General Surgery along with the requisite knowledge and skills to effectively practice in a variety of community environments.

The year 2009 saw NOSM’s complement of Royal College programs expand to include two more newly accredited programs in Internal Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery. For Internal Medicine, Sudbury Gastroenterologist, Dr. Kim Tilbe is Program Director. His mandate includes a program with two major locations for residency education: Sudbury and Thunder Bay. Residents also spend time in several other locations in Northern Ontario to incorporate a diversity of experience and proficiency in subspecialty areas integral to community based practice.

NOSM’s Orthopedic Surgery program is led by Dr. David Puskas and is based in Thunder Bay. The program provides residents with exposure to the practice of orthopedic surgery in regional clinical settings throughout Northern Ontario. Residents gain valuable experience in diverse areas of clinical practice spending a portion of their training in a Northern rural environment.

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine’s newest discipline to receive New Program status from the Royal College is Psychiatry.  Led by Dr. Kuppuswami Shivakumar, the program accepts two new residents each year with clinical rotations available throughout Northern Ontario centres.

The Postgraduate Education portfolio is responsible for the administration of all postgraduate programs offered at the School. 


Contact Information

Kate Kearney
Executive Assistant, Postgraduate Education
Tel: 705-662-7259
Fax: 705-662-7274
Email: kkearney@nosm.ca


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