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Overview and Training Sites

Program Overview

Length of Training: One (1) Year

The PGY3 Family Medicine Emergency Medicine enhanced skills program is built on years of expertise, academic excellence, and a well-developed infrastructure, designed for physicians seeking a unique and challenging experience in Emergency Medicine.

The program will provide an optimal training experience and enhance the emergency medicine skills of the family medicine residents and family physicians in the training  program, which will lead to improved delivery of emergency medical care in the communities in which these physicians will practice.

We function as one program, with two distinct training sites: one in Sudbury and one in Thunder Bay.

Residents who match to our program will be required to home-base in the community/stream that they match to. Most rotations will be completed in or near the resident’s home-base/location of primary residence.

The clinical and academic curricula are entirely shared.


Training Sites

Thunder Bay and Sudbury are the two home base locations for the program.

  • In Sudbury, the Health Sciences North (HSN) Emergency Department (ED) has the second-highest patient acuity rating in Ontario, combined with a patient volume of roughly 70,000 visits per year. It is staffed by over 30 CCFP(EM) and FRCP(C) emergency trained faculty.

Sunset picture of Ramsey Lake in Sudbury Ontario, facing the Science North building, and a canoer is on the lake.









  • The Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC) is one of the busiest EDs in Canada with approaching 110,000 visits per year and a geographically vast catchment area.

Beautiful fall view of the sleeping giant rock and Lake Superior in Thunder Bay Ontario


Both home base sites are designated Trauma Centres and regional Base Hospitals for pre-hospital care with a full complement of adult and pediatric emergency presentations. They are staffed by a mix of full and part-time physicians, with both CCFP (EM) and FRCP(C) certifications. All are faculty at NOSM U with designations of Professor to Lecturer.  Our teachers are leaders in medical education, research, POCUS, pre-hospital medicine and simulation – and are excited to share their expertise!  Neither hospital houses FRCP(C) emergency programs so exposure to acuity and hands-on procedures is exceptional.