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PGY3 FM Self-Directed Enhanced Skills

NOSM University 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; this practice can be a traditional comprehensive, continuing care practice or as a practice with special interests or focused practice.

At present, funding is available for at least one (1) 12-month PGY3 position in the Self Directed Enhanced Skills stream.

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

  • Indigenous Health
  • Women’s Health
  • Mental Health
  • Northern and Remote Medicine
  • Acute and Critical Care
  • Addictions Medicine
  • 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 experiences that meet their individual learning needs with flexible lengths ranging from a minimum of 3-months to a maximum of 12-months. PGY3 residents in the Self-Directed Program will be expected to develop learning plans outlining their personal learning objectives, identify clinical experiences and other learning opportunities to meet their objectives, and list assessment tools required to demonstrate achievements.  Residents in the program will also have periodic meetings with the Program Director to reflect on their learning and review their progress.

Training Sites

It is the expectation of the Enhanced Skills PGY3 programs at NOSM University that 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.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for NOSM U’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 U 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 U 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

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.

Application opening date: August 1, 2023
Application closing date: Ongoing
Interview period: November 3, 2023
Offer letters: December 13, 2023
Resident Responds By: January 10, 2024

A complete application should be submitted online and consist of:

  • Personal letter
    • State the reasons for applying to the self-directed program and how these skills will benefit your career and the community where you plan to practice.
    • Outline your personal learning objectives and what experiences you will need to achieve them
    • How you will assess your learning and progress by incorporating critical self-reflection in your learning plan
  • Updated Curriculum Vitae
  • Preferred start date and schedule including rotation, preceptor, and community preferences
  • Completed Program Director Reference Questionnaire from current residency program
  • Two letters of reference from clinical supervisors

Apply Online Opens on Aug 1, 2023

Program Contacts

Dr. Kathy Simpson
Self-Directed Enhanced Skills Program Director

Melanie Pilon
Program Coordinator
PGY3 Enhanced Skills Programs
NOSM University – Sudbury
Sudbury ON P3E 2C6
Tel:  705-662-7247


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