This edition of the NOSM University Faculty Handbook contains policies and procedures pertinent to faculty at NOSM U. Because of the range of subject matters and authority of them, these policies and procedures are subject to change at any time. Revisions to the Faculty Handbook will be incorporated periodically. NOSM U Faculty are responsible for checking the website to keep abreast of alterations and additions.
Should you have any Faculty Handbook related questions, please contact:
Toll-free faculty line at 1-877-678-7358
The Office of Faculty Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to NOSM University
I am pleased to welcome you as a new faculty member of NOSM University.
Since its official opening in 2005, NOSM U has made great strides in establishing itself as a medical school for the 21st century. On March 4, 2022 the province made NOSM University Canada’s first independent medical university, effective April 1, 2022.
Guided by our vision – Innovative Education and Research for a Healthier North – the School is committed to the education of high-quality physicians and health professionals and building the School’s international recognition as a leader in distributed, learning-centered, community-engaged education and health research.
We will achieve this by fostering positive learning environments for our faculty, staff and learners, building collaborations with partners, and continuing to meaningfully engage our communities. Your role will be integral to NOSM U’s continued success and progressive changes occurring at the forefront of medical education.
Should you have any inquiries, please feel free to contact us via our toll free faculty line at 1 877 678 7358. They would be pleased to assist you.
I wish you much success and look forward to working with you.
Dr. Sarita Verma BA, LLB, MD, CCFP, FCFP
President, Vice Chancellor, Dean and CEO
Vision, Mission, and Values
Innovative Education and Research for a Healthier North.
To improve the health of Northern Ontarians by being socially accountable in our education and research programs and advocating for health equity.
We will realize this by:
- Embedding social accountability as a core value in graduates. NOSM University will be a recognized leader in rural and Northern health knowledge and will influence and advocate for policy advances in health at all levels of government.
- Increasing research capacity and expertise in population-based health to improve advocacy and evidence-based policy in Northern Ontario. NOSM University will have a positive research impact on Northern health, be known as the leader in Northern health research and increase grant and other research funding.
- Incorporating advanced technology into curriculum and day-to-day activities of the school. NOSM University will be a leader in educational excellence through its curriculum renewal, competency-based training, adaptive technology, and will meet or exceed all accreditation standards.
- Being a strong active partner with communities in need to create a flourishing health workforce to serve the North.
- Securing sustainable financial and human resources to deliver on our vision of innovative education and research. We will be financially sustainable by ensuring access to resources and infrastructure to sustain and grow NOSM University through efficiencies and a culture of advancement.
- Creating a sustainable working and learning environment. NOSM University will commit to diversity, wellness and respect for faculty, staff and learners.
NOSM University encourages ingenuity, creativity, a culture of inquiry and discovery, and the importance of learning from others in every aspect of the School’s education, research, social accountability, and corporate mandates. NOSM University uses innovative approaches to ensure continuous improvement of our distributed model of education and research.
NOSM University adheres to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) definition of the Social Accountability of Medical Schools as “the obligation to direct their education, research and service activities towards addressing the priority health concerns of the community, region and the nation that they have a mandate to serve. The priority health concerns are to be identified jointly by governments, health care organizations, health professionals and the public.” As part of its social accountability mandate, NOSM U has the responsibility to engage stakeholders at all levels of its broad community.
NOSM U pursues education and research goals in close partnership with its host universities. Collaboration and partnership is also important to NOSM U with its teaching hospitals, community physicians, health professional clinical teachers, health system stakeholders, and communities it serves. NOSM U values the insights, contributions, and support of its many partners that work to improve the health of the people and communities of Northern Ontario. NOSM U recognizes that collaboration is both a process and outcome that engages different perspectives to better understand complex problems, and leads to the development of integrative solutions that could not be accomplished by any single person or organization.
NOSM U fosters inclusiveness by supporting an environment which embraces differences in staff, faculty and learners and respectfully creates value from the differences of all members of the NOSM U community, in order to leverage talent and foster both individual and organizational excellence.
NOSM U’s faculty, staff, and learners seek to learn and listen to one another respectfully and communicate openly. NOSM U’s staff, faculty, and learners treat others and their ideas in a manner that conveys respect as differences are discussed, fosters an open academic debate, and which respects academic freedom.
Section 1: Orientation
Faculty members will receive an orientation package at time of appointment. Questions related to the orientation package should be directed as follows:
Clinical Sciences: Brittney Freeman email@example.com
Human Sciences: Sarah Sanford firstname.lastname@example.org
Medical Sciences: Pamela Lemieux email@example.com
Section 2: Recruitment and Hiring Protocol between the NOSM University and Lakehead and Laurentian Universities
Recruitment and Hiring of Faculty and Staff
While recognizing that each institution is entitled to determine its staffing needs and that any qualified person is entitled to apply for a faculty or staff position, the NOSM University wishes to maintain a cooperative relationship with Lakehead University and Laurentian University. Accordingly, NOSM U undertakes to follow an open recruitment and hiring process with appropriate consultation with Lakehead and Laurentian Universities wherever their interests may be seen to be directly affected.
Section 3: Clinical Teaching Position Description
Clinical Sciences Faculty Providing Clinical Teaching
The Clinical Sciences Faculty member who provides clinical teaching is a qualified health care professional and faculty member who practices in a clinical setting in which the learner will learn. The faculty member provides experience and opportunities for observation, which allow the learner to meet learning objectives. The faculty member also acts as a resource person during the learner’s placement.
- Licensed health care professional. This includes Health Science Professionals, to view a complete list, please click here.
- Qualified to assist the learner in meeting learning objectives in the clinical setting.
- Qualified by the faculty according to practice experience, clinical expertise, and educational expertise.
- Become acquainted with the objectives of the NOSM U clinical placement/clerkship.
- Become familiar with the learner’s individual learning objectives.
- With the learner, determine and arrange clinical experiences that will help the learner meet their personal learning objectives.
- Provide the School with a list of skills and/or procedures that the learner may observe or perform and specify which may require some advance preparation.
- Orient the learner to the clinical environment’s personnel, physical facilities, policies, and procedures.
- Assume supervisory responsibility for the learner’s practice.
- Provide periodic written assessments of the learner’s progress in meeting the learning objectives and the learner’s behavior and responsibility in demonstrating a professional commitment to patients, staff, the Clinical Teacher, and the clinical setting.
- Maintain verbal and/or written communication with a designated School faculty or staff member.
- Assist the learner in becoming acquainted with the people and activities of the community.
Note: All Clinical Sciences faculty providing clinical teaching should have a NOSM University faculty appointment in order to formally assess a medical learner. For more detailed information on the various opportunities to be involved with NOSM U, please view the Faculty Opportunities Brochure and visit the Clinical Appointment Opportunities page on our website.
Section 4: Faculty Appointment and Reappointment Policy
Section 5: Distributed Medical Education Committee of the Council of Ontario Faculties of Medicine (DME-COFM)
The delivery of Distributed Medical Education (DME) in Ontario is enabled by the collaborative placement of medical learners from the six Ontario medical schools to clinical rotations in communities throughout the province. The Distributed Medical Education Committee of the Council of Ontario Faculties of Medicine (DME-COFM) document linked below outlines the principles for collaborative distributed medical education across Ontario.
Section 6: Policy and Procedures for the Evaluation of Faculty Providing Clinical Teaching
Section 7: Professionalism for Clinical Faculty: Clinical Sciences Professionalism and Code of Conduct Policy, Procedures, and Professional Attributes Guidelines
Section 8: Responding to Student Concerns of Mistreatment Procedure and Flow Chart
Section 9: Entitlements of Stipendiary Appointments
Stipendiary appointees with faculty appointments are eligible to:
- Participate in Academic Governance
- An email account, to be used in their capacity as NOSM University faculty member
- Access to the NOSM U Intranet and online curriculum
- Participate in Continuing Health and Professional Education Sessions
- Access internet and online curriculum
- Remuneration for teaching
- Access to the School’s Health Sciences Library (HSL), including electronic and on-site libraries and other resources
- Academic pricing at University bookstores and microcomputer centers
- Access to accredited virtual and in-house CME/CPD events at the School
- May purchase a membership at the athletic facilities at host Universities
- Participate in Academic Funding Plan (AFP), if not a Physician Faculty member
Faculty members with stipendiary appointments are independent contractors, not employees of NOSM U. As per Section 4.2 of the NOSM U Policy and Procedures for Faculty Appointment and Promotion, faculty with stipendiary appointments are not eligible for:
- Pension and benefits
- Assigned office space
- Tuition waiver
Faculty with stipendiary appointments are responsible for the purchase of their own computers and other supporting technologies.
Section 10: Policy and Procedures Governing Joint and Stipendiary Faculty Promotions
Section 11: Joint and Stipendiary Faculty Appeal Procedure
Section 12: Clinical, Medical, and Human Sciences Faculty Salaries and Stipends
NOSM University Medical and Human Sciences Faculty: Non-Physician (Effective July 1, 2022)
Total Yearly Salary based on Daily Rate*:
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* The Daily Rate is calculated based on the floors and ceilings by academic rank.
NOSM University Clinical Sciences Faculty: Physicians (Effective July 1, 2021)
Total Yearly Salary based on Daily Rate:
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* A clinical supplement is included in the Physician daily salary rates. The supplement represents a value of $10,000 for each of four days/ week worked. This is intended to compensate clinical faculty for the reduction in income on these four days. A “full-time” clinical appointment would be four days plus one clinical day. The stipend for part-time (i.e., 1-4 days) is shown on a per day/week basis. Clinical faculty would not normally be full-time, except in the case of administrators (Associate Deans, Division Heads).
NOSM University Stipendiary Faculty Administrative Stipends (Effective January 1, 2019)
Associate Deans are senior academic administrators with a portfolio that carries broad program responsibilities for NOSM University and report directly to the Dean in these roles. Typically, Associate Deans may supervise Assistant Deans, Division Heads, Directors and/or Managers in their areas of responsibility. The position requires the incumbent to act in that capacity on average up to three days per week. Physician or non-physician base salary/daily rate + $20,000 administrative stipend.
Faculty in these positions report to an Associate Dean. The position requires the incumbent to act in that capacity on average 1 to 1-1/2 days per week. Physician or non-physician base salary/daily rate + $15,000 administrative stipend.
Faculty in these positions supervise other faculty in their roles within the medical school. They collaborate to allocate faculty resources to the educational programs. The position requires the incumbent to act in that capacity on average up to three days per week. Physician or non-physician base salary/daily rate + $20,000 administrative stipend.
Faculty in these positions supervise other faculty in their roles within the medical school. They have the overall responsibility for the writing, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of the Years 1 and 2 rotations, and Year 3 Clerkship. The position normally requires the incumbent to act in that capacity on average up to three days per week. Phase 1 – Physician or non-physician base salary/daily rate + $15,000 administrative stipend.
Phase 2 Director
Faculty in these positions supervise other faculty in their roles within the medical school. They have the overall responsibility for the writing, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of the Year 3 rotations. The position normally requires the incumbent to act in that capacity on average up to three days per week. Phase 2 – Physician or non-physician base salary/daily rate + $15,000 administrative stipend.
The module coordinator will act as a liaison between the students, the appropriate Phase Committee and the student assessment committee with regards to assessment strategies for his or her module. This position requires a commitment of 1 day per week. Physician or non-physician base salary/daily rate + $5,000 administrative stipend.
Theme Course Chairs
Provide leadership and direction to Theme Committee members in development of all aspects of the Theme in the NOSM U curriculum including student assessment. Set agendas and meeting dates for Theme meetings. Supervise activities of all Committee members as per committee member responsibilities and expectations. Chair all Theme Committee meetings. Attend all Phase meetings to represent the Theme. Attend all UME Committee meetings. These positions require a commitment of 1 to 3 days depending on the Theme. Physician or non-physician base salary/daily rate + $2,500.
Theme Writers/ Item Writers
Theme writers participate as a curriculum contributor for writing group and complete and independent writing items and examinations as assigned. Administrative Stipend – $500 to $2,000 depending on complexity of task.
NOSM U Theme 1 – 5 Committee Members
|wdt_ID||Position||Commitment (Days/Month)||Medical Doctor||Other Instructor|
Theme 1 Committee Member
Contribute to the development of the Theme 1 (Northern and Rural Health) Course as a member of the Course Committee. The position requires a commitment of 1 to 3 days per month.
Theme 2 Committee Member
Contribute to the development of the Theme 2 (Personal and Professional Aspects of Medicine) Course as a member of the Course Committee. The position requires a commitment of 1 to 3 days per month.
Theme 3 Committee Member
Contribute to the development of the Theme 3 (Social and Population Health) Course as a member of the Course Committee. The position requires a commitment of 1 to 3 days per month.
Theme 4 Committee Member
Contribute to the development of the Theme 4 (Foundations of Medicine) Course as a member of the Course Committee. The position requires a commitment of 1 to 2 days per month.
Theme 5 Committee Member
Contribute to the development of the Theme 5 (Clinical Skills in Health Care) Course as a member of the Course Committee. The position requires a commitment of 1 day per month.
Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) Related Roles
Competence Committee Member (RCPSC Residency Programs)
Competence Committee members make group decisions based on patterns of performance evidence to inform postgraduate resident progression in their program. Committee members exercise judgment in making decisions and status recommendations that are guided by the national specialty competency framework.
Education Advisory Committee Member
Education Advisory Board members provide effective advice, resources and support to any Residency Program, Program Director, or Resident requesting guidance with creating and implementing effective individual educational/learning plans particularly in relation to remediation periods.
Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) Tutor
Under the direction of the EBM Coordinator and a Program Director, EBM Tutors prepare and deliver EBM tutorial sessions for postgraduate residency program academics. Tutors participate in program and curriculum planning.
Reporting to either a Program Director or a residency program Research Coordinator, the research tutor is responsible for facilitating the development of research skills for postgraduate residents. The tutor is responsible for facilitating tutorial sessions at Academics and may provide direct one-to-one support as well. The following roles have salaries that are calculated with the Physician Leadership Evaluation Tool* and thus have been deleted from the Faculty Handbook: Phase Three Coordinator, Clerkship Leads, Section Chairs, Directors. Other roles with salaries calculated with the Physician Leadership Evaluation Tool include:
Medical Advisors, Medical Directors, Global Health Coordinator, Site Liaison Clinicians, Francophone Lead, Francophone Education Lead, Evidence Based Medicine Coordinator, Research Coordinator, IMG Coordinator, ICU Coordinator, Evaluation Coordinator, Psychotherapy Coordinator, Regional Director, Research Tutor, FM Academic Coordinator, FM Academic Resource Coordinator, Enhanced Skills Coordinator, CTU Director, Program Director, Active Site Director, Developing Site Director, Major Site Director, Academic Coordinator, Rural FM Director.
*The Physician Leadership Evaluation Tool is designed to recognize the primary elements of physician leadership roles including but not limited to complexity, contacts, rank, qualifications, use of judgement, independence of action and qualifications
NOSM University Rates for Instructional Hours: Small Group Facilitation/Clinical Lecturer, etc. (Effective 2017/2018*)
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|1||Medical Doctors||– $200/first hour then
– $150/each additional hour to a maximum of $500/half day
|2||Other Instructors||– $100/first hour then
– $75/each additional hour to a maximum of $250/half day
|3||Other Instructors – WGS/Lab Lectures/DTS||– $200/first hour then
– $150/each additional hour to a maximum of $500/half day
Section 13: Clinical Teaching Compensation Plan
Section 14: Faculty Remuneration Process
Faculty Remuneration Process
*Refer to the following Appendix A for further details on this process.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions regarding HST, or if there are any changes to your banking or you HST registration status.
Appendix A: Faculty Remuneration Process
Academic teaching generally includes lectures/seminars/teaching sessions (in person or virtually), academic session facilitation, competence committee participation, simulation and skills training outside of a clinical rotation/learning experience. This would also include preparatory work designing subject learning objectives, assessing comprehension throughout course delivery, and evaluating teaching effectiveness. Academic teaching rates are often used to benchmark other academic work such as remediation or enhanced learning plan (ELP) coaching.
For Resident teaching: If you are in doubt, the PGME program contact you are working with will advise you on payment classification and any necessary pre-approvals required.
The Clinical Sciences Faculty member who provides clinical teaching is a qualified health care professional and faculty member who practices in a clinical setting in which the learner will learn. The faculty member provides experience and opportunities for observation, which allows the learner to meet learning objectives. The faculty member also acts as a resource person during the learner’s placement. A Preceptor teaching in the clinical environment would fall into this category.
For details, please refer to the Clinical Teaching Compensation Plan.
Invoice Requirements (when a vendor is registered for HST)
HST- registered vendors must submit invoices directly to NOSM U Accounts Payable (email@example.com) to receive payment for all HST eligible services. HST eligible services are anything that is non-clinical teaching (any teaching that occurs without an actual patient present). Generally, this is either academic teaching or administrative work.
A proper invoice must:
- Contain a company name
- Contain an HST registration #
- Contain a unique invoice number
- Be billed to the “NOSM University”
- Be properly dated to reflect the appropriate invoice period
- Contain a description of the services performed including the dates the services were performed
- Be for the amount of service and the associated HST amount (cannot be exclusively for the HST)
- Be submitted in a timely manner
Section 15: Professor, Associate Professor, or Librarian Emeritus/Emerita Policy
Section 16: Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) Academic Appeals Policy
Section 17: Human Rights, Anti-Discrimination, and Harassment
Section 18: Leadership and Administration
NOSM University is a unique institution defined by a commitment to social accountability. The School pursues a culture of inclusiveness and responsiveness within the medical communities, the Northern Communities, the rural communities, and the Indigenous and Francophone communities it serves throughout the region. Evidence of this mandate can be found in the School’s curriculum, administrative structure, research program, student demographics, and continuing education.
NOSM University is committed to corporate, social, and academic accountability, and this is reflected in the School’s organizational structure. The School is registered as a not-for-profit corporation and maintains an independent budget, administration, and a Board of Directors, while academic affairs are deeply connected with both host universities.
The Dean, as an Academic Dean, is accountable for NOSM U academic activities through the NOSM U Academic Council and the Joint Senate Committee for NOSM to the two University Senates. The Dean, as CEO of the NOSM U Corporation, is accountable to the Board of Directors for the organization and management of the School.
Management of the organization is the responsibility of the School’s Executive Group. The Dean is accountable to the Board and is responsible for all aspects of the School’s direction except for those assigned to the Board itself.
The Executive Group consists of the Dean, the Associate Deans, and the Chief Administration Officer. This group is responsible for academic programs including Undergraduate Medical Education, Postgraduate Education, Community Engagement, Faculty Affairs and Continuing Education and Professional Development, Research, and the administration of NOSM U.
Section 19: Unit Specific Information, Resources, and Links
Note: To access some of the following resources and links you will be required to use your MyNOSM credentials/password.
Leadership and Administration
Other Resources and Links
- Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA)
- Statement on Free Speech
- Conflict of Interest (COI) with Commercial Entities Policy
- Electronic Monitoring Policy
- Intellectual Property, Patents and Copyright, Laurentian University
- Intellectual Property Policy, Lakehead University
- Academic Freedom and Integrity of Research
Never Miss a Beat!
The Office of Faculty Affairs Staff Directory and Contact Information
Dr. Harshad Telang
Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs
Dr. Barb Zelek
Division Head, Clinical Sciences
Dr. Elizabeth Levin
Division Head, Human Sciences
Dr. Douglas Boreham
Division Head, Medical Sciences
Director, Faculty Affairs
Executive Assistant, Faculty Affairs
Faculty Evaluations Coordinator, Faculty Affairs
Faculty Relations Coordinator, Clinical Sciences Division
Administrative Coordinator, Clinical Sciences Division
Administrative Assistant, Faculty Affairs (Clinical Sciences Division)
Administrative Assistant, Faculty Affairs (Medical Sciences Division)
Administrative Assistant, Faculty Affairs (Human Sciences Division)