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NOSM Family Medicine PGY3
Maternity Care Enhanced Skills

Maternity Enhanced Skills

Program Information

Physicians practicing in northern and rural settings require comprehensive knowledge and skills. The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) recognizes that some residents require additional learning opportunities beyond those provided in the family medicine residency to enhance their scope of practice and further develop competencies and skills sets. Through NOSM, the learning environments of northern communities are combined with academic centers to reach these goals. NOSM's PGY3 programs in enhanced skills assist learners to develop the necessary knowledge, skills, and professional behaviours to manage clinical problems outside tertiary centers in settings with less resources and medical specialists' support.

NOSM Postgraduate Family Medicine is pleased to have funding available to support a number of residents interested in developing their obstetrical skills further to benefit the PGY3 resident in confidently and competently providing service to their future community of practice.

At present, funding is available for two(2) PGY3 positions in the Maternity Care Enhanced Skills stream. The proposed training blocks will be 24 weeks in duration. The 6-block curriculum trains physicians in higher risk pregnancies including surgical delivery skills, instrumental delivery, and treatment of obstetrical emergencies. Residents applying to these PGY3 programs should have a demonstrated interest in northern and rural practice. Preference will be given to those residents able to describe how the Maternity Care Enhanced Skills training they are seeking will meet a specific community need.

Four blocks of the program are in higher risk maternity and two blocks are spent with a FP/GP OB who provides caesareans for integration. Clinical rotations are in Northern Ontario except where a need for sufficient volume cannot be met. One of the two months of FP/GP can be taken as a related elective. In the past, residents have scheduled electives in OB ultrasound or neonatology.

Application Process

Application Eligibility:

To be eligible for NOSM’s Enhanced Skills Programs candidates must be:

  • Currently enrolled as a PGY2 in a Canadian Family Medicine Residency Program at the time of application. Residents must start their PGY3 within 12 months of completing their PGY2 year.
  • Physician currently practising in Canada and meeting program funding eligibility requirements according to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC).

Note: Practising physicians interested in taking the program must apply separately through the re-entry program of the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care. 

Application opening date: August 21, 2017

Application closing date: October 6, 2017

Interview period: October 9 to December 6, 2017

Offer letters: December 7, 2017

Resident Responds By: December 15, 2017

Maternity Care Enhanced Skills Application Form

Maternity Care Enhanced Skills Questionnaire

Program Director Reference Form

*If you are unable to open the application form, questionnaire or program director reference form, please email the Program Coordinator to request copies. 

Application for NOSM’s PGY3 Maternity Care Enhanced Skills program can be submitted to the Postgraduate Office using the Maternity Skills Application Form.

The Maternity Skills Questionnaire must also be completed by someone whose practice includes the provision of C-sections and who is in a position to comment on your skills in this area. 

The application form, personal letter, CV, and the names of two preceptors are required to accompany your application.  Applicants will be notified by email of the success of their application.

Program Contacts

Dr. Peter Hutten-Czapski
Maternity Skills Enhanced Skills Program Director

Marie Parkkari
Postgraduate Coordinator
Northern Ontario School of Medicine
955 Oliver Road
Thunder Bay, ON, P7B 5E1
Tel: (807)766-7310
Fax: (807) 766-7483
Email: mparkkari@nosm.ca


*Originals must be forwarded by mail 


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