About NOSM Education Research Communities

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), has a mandate to be socially accountable to the cultural diversity of the region it serves, including the needs of Francophone people and communities in Northern Ontario. 

Of the total Franco-Ontarian population, twenty-seven per cent (27%) of the Francophones live in Northern Ontario.  The School will endeavour to ensure that all its activities demonstrate sensitivity to an understanding of the cultural and linguistic needs of Francophones in Northern Ontario.   

Please see our Francophone Affairs website for more information. 

The following communities have elective placement opportunities that will have a higher Francophone patient base.   


Blind River                    Bilingual
Elliot Lake                    Bilingual
Espanola                       Bilingual
Hearst                    Francophone
Iroquois Falls                    Bilingual
Kirkland Lake                       Bilingual
Marathon                    Bilingual
Temiskaming Shores                    Bilingual
North Bay                    Bilingual
Smooth Rock Falls                    Bilingual
St. Charles                    Bilingual
Sturgeon Falls                    Bilingual @ 75% Francophone
Sudbury                    Bilingual @ 30% Francophone
Thunder Bay                        3% Francophone Population
Timmins                    Bilingual 


 Please note that not all physicians will offer the opportunity to work with Francophone patients and you should review the individual placement descriptions to determine what to expect from different physicians. 



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