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Medical Electives

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) provides a variety of high quality rural, remote,  small urban and tertiary center clinical learning opportunities in northern Ontario, throughout the Northern Electives Program (NEP).  NEP  is designed for internal and external undergraduate medical students and postgraduate residents to complete elective placements in family medicine and specialty disciplines. All medical trainees from any medical university in the world can gain access to northern community-based clinical learning opportunities by registering for visiting electives through the AFMC Portal.

Communities At-A-Glance

The Community At-A-Glance Information Sheet is designed to help to guide learners select a rural placement community that might best meet your interests and learning goals.  The objective of this information is to provide learners with some helpful insight into northern Ontario communities and what they have to offer. We hope this information helps to guide your electives choices.

Additional information about Northern Ontario communities can be found on the NOSM’s Community Profiles.

Northern Ontario Community Information

Last updated: September 27, 2021

wdt_ID Location (NE/NW) Community Name Community Webpage Population (Stats Can2016) Closest Airport Disciplines Offered for UG Disciplines Offered for PGME Emergency Department # of Hospital Beds # of LTC Beds Francophone Presence Indigenous Presence Community Hospitals More Information Links
1 NW Atikokan http://atikokan.ca/ 2 Atikokan minicipal airport 3.7 km Fort Frances Municipal Airport - 83.2kmDryden Regional Airport - 89.9km FM-RURAL FM-RURAL YES 41 26 YES Atikokan General Hospital https://www.atikokanmedicalclinic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Atikokan-Medical-Clinic-103508038002183/
https://www.facebook.com/atikokangeneralhospital/
https://aghospital.on.ca/
2 NE Blind River http://www.blindriver.ca/ 3 Sault Ste. Marie Airport - 166km FM RURAL (EM) FM RURAL (EM) YES 26 32 YES North Shore Health Network- Blind River
3 NE Bracebridge https://www.bracebridge.ca/en/index.aspx 16 North Bay/Jack Garland Airport - 167km Toronto Pearson Airport - 177km ANES, EM, FM (ANES, RURAL), HOSTA, IM-GEN, SURG-GEN ANES, EM, FM (ANES, RURAL), FPA, HOSTA, IM-GEN, SURG-GEN YES 50 15 Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare- South Muskoka Memorial Hospital https://www.mahc.ca/en/index.aspx
4 NE Bruce Mines http://www.brucemines.ca/ 582 Sault Ste. Marie Airport - 87km FM-RURAL FM-RURAL
5 NE Burk's Falls http://www.burksfalls.net/ 981 North Bay/Jack Garland Airport - 87km FM-RURAL FM-RURAL
6 NE Chapleau http://www.chapleau.ca/en/ 1 Timmins Victor M. Power Airport - 209km FM RURAL (EM) FM RURAL (EM) YES 65 37 YES YES Services de Sante de Chapleau Health Services
7 NE Cochrane http://www.cochraneontario.com/ 5 Timmins Victor M. Power Airport - 110km FM RURAL (EM, FRANCO) FM RURAL (EM, FRANCO) YES 33 37 YES YES MICs Group of Health Serivces - Lady Minto Hospital
8 NW Dryden http://www.dryden.ca/en/index.asp 7 Dryden Regional Airport - 11.8km ANES, DI, EM, FM RURAL (ANES, COE, PC), HOSTA, LAB MED, OBS/GHYN, SURG-GEN ANES, FPA, EM, FM RURAL (ADDICTION, ANES, AM, COE, PC), HOSTA, OBS/GYN, SURG-GEN YES 40 10 YES YES Dryden Regional Health Centre www.drhc.on.ca
https://www.dingwallmedicalclinic.ca
https://www.drydenfht.com
9 NW Eabametoong First Nation (Fort Hope) http://www.eabametoong.firstnation.ca/ 1 Fort Hope Airport FM-RURAL YES
10 NW Ear Falls http://www.ear-falls.com/ 995 Red Lake Airport - 61km FM-RURAL FM-RURAL YES
Location (NE/NW) Community Name Community Webpage Population (Stats Can2016) Closest Airport Disciplines Offered for UG Disciplines Offered for PGME Emergency Department # of Hospital Beds # of LTC Beds Francophone Presence Indigenous Presence Community Hospitals More Information Links

Legend

wdt_ID acronym name
1 ACU Acute Care Unit
2 ANES Anesthesia
3 COE Care of the Elderly
4 DI Diagnostic Imaging
5 EM Emergency Medicine
6 FPA Family Practice Anesthesia
7 HOSTA Hospitalist
8 ICU Intensive Care Unit
9 IM-CARDIO Internal Medicine - Cardiology
10 IM-CCU Internal Medicine - Critical Care Unit

Clinical Placements

Learners can expect a high-quality educational experience that often offers one-on-one individual teaching with a clinical facilitator in an exciting practice environment. Our teaching physicians are enthusiastic and knowledgeable clinical role models, who uphold a high standard of care and thrive on achieving patient well-being.

Each elective provides an opportunity to develop skills in an informal setting and offers hands-on exposure to a wide range of medical situations that are often not available in a larger urban teaching center. Each learner works closely with a clinical facilitator to meet his/her objectives, with regular feedback and evaluations. Electives are available in Family Medicine, Rural Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, as well as in many of the specialty disciplines.

NOSM Electives Catalogue

For elective opportunities please reference the NOSM section of the AMFC Portal for elective descriptions within all our communities. If you require guidance on disciplines and communities that offer elective opportunities, please email electives@nosm.ca

I Need Help – Resources

 If visiting learners are in need of contact or support information regarding personal crisis, learner mistreatment, academic difficulty, or workplace injury reporting, please visit the Culture at NOSM page for more information on our policies and procedures.