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NOSM Family Medicine PGY3
Self Directed Enhanced Skills Programs

Self Directed 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.

Equally important to the program's learning objectives are the individual learning objectives of each resident. The goal of the PGY3 Enhanced Skills programs in the Self Directed stream are to offer practical and relevant northern-based training while at the same time maintaining flexibility to encourage self-directed learning for well-focused and tailored educational opportunities.

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

At present, funding is available for at least three (3) 12 month PGY3 positions in the Self Directed Enhanced Skills stream. Preference will be given to those residents with a demonstrated interest in northern or rural practice, seeking four or more months of training. In addition, residents able to describe how the Enhanced Skills training they are seeking will meet a specific community need will be given preference.  

Examples of self-directed programs for which funding is available include, but not limited to:

  • Indigenous Health
  • Women’s Health
  • Advanced Obstetrics
  • Northern and Remote Medicine 
  • Wilderness Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Other areas deemed valuable, or relevant by the Program Director (in consultation with the learner and the community they serve)

The program will provide opportunities for residents to select other experiences that meet their individual learning needs with flexible lengths ranging from a minimum of 3-months to a maximum of 12-months.

It is the expectation of the Enhanced Skills PGY3 programs at NOSM that where residents’ learning objectives can reasonably be completed in Northern Ontario, clinical rotations will be undertaken in Northern Ontario. If however, it is felt that there is insufficient patient volume to ensure development of a specific skill, or lack of sufficient specialty preceptor numbers in the North, residents can undertake their learning in other Ontario centers. In most instances, residents are expected to find, confirm and schedule their own rotations outside of Northern Ontario. Clinical learning in Northern Ontario will be coordinated and scheduled through NOSM.

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

Self Directed Enhanced Skills Application Form

Program Director Reference Form

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

The application form, personal letter, CV, letters of good standing, and information from your program director are required to accompany your application.  Successful applicants will be notified by email of the success of their application.

Program Contacts

Dr. Kathy Simpson  
PGY3 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


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