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PGY3 FM Obstetrical Surgical Skills

NOSM’s Postgraduate Family Medicine Enhanced Skills Program is pleased to have funding available to support family medicine residents who are interested in further developing their obstetrical skills, to benefit them in confidently and competently providing care to their future community of practice.

At present, annual funding is available for a minimum of one (1) PGY3 position in this Obstetrical Surgical Skills stream.

Program Overview

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.

Four blocks of the program are in higher risk maternity and two blocks are spent with a FP/GP OB who provides caesarean 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.

Eligibility Criteria

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

  • 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.
  • *A physician currently practising in Canada (for a minimum of 12 consecutive months) who meets 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 MOHLTC Re-Entry Program. Additional information about the Re-Entry Program and application requirements are available on the MOHLTC Central Forms Repository.

Enhanced Skills Exam Policy for Entry

Postgraduate training appointment/entry into the NOSM PGY3 Family Medicine Enhanced Skills program is conditional upon the candidate’s successful completion of the Family Medicine Certification Exam (CFPC exam). As such, NOSM holds the right to terminate a candidate’s postgraduate training appointment and release them from any existing contracts/obligations to the program, should this requirement not be met by the anticipated training start date

How to Apply

Residents applying to the PGY3 program should have a demonstrated interest in northern and rural practice. Preference will be given to those residents able to describe how the Obstetrical Surgical Skills training they are seeking will meet a specific community need.

Application opening date: August 24, 2020
Application closing date: September 16, 2020
Interview period: November 2 and November 9, 2020
Offer letters: December 10, 2020
Resident Responds By: December 18, 2020

A complete application should be submitted online and consist of:

  • Personal letter
    • State the reasons for applying to the self-directed program and be specific about what Enhanced Skills you wish to learn and how these skills will benefit your career and the community where you plan to practice.
  • Updated Curriculum Vitae
  • Preferred start dates
  • Letter of good standing from your current residency program and Program Director Reference Questionnaire
  • Two letters of reference from clinical supervisors and Obstetrical Surgical Skills Questionnaire
    • The Obstetrical Surgical 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.

Apply Online

Program Contacts

Dr. Peter Hutten-Czapski
Obstetrical Surgical Skills Program Director

Marie Parkkari
Program Coordinator
PGY3 Enhanced Skills Programs
NOSM at Lakehead University
Thunder Bay ON P7B 5E1
Tel:  807-766-7310
Fax:  807-766-7483


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