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Thunder Bay Site Director: Dr. Kim Varty
Assistant Site Director: Dr. Carla Dubois

Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) Family Medicine Residency in Thunder Bay is truly superior.  The Thunder Bay site is a closely-knit medical community where you will receive diverse, competency-based family medicine training.  You will have exposure to many different family practice styles including solo, group, and interprofessional team-based practices.  Inpatient care, walk-in clinics, palliative care, and maternal/newborn care are part of many local family practices.

Thunder Bay is one of two host university sites for NOSM.  As a resident based at the Thunder Bay site, you will be part of the layered learning experience for medical student training, further developing your skillset as a teacher and collaborator.  Residents from General Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Internal Medicine and Pediatric NOSM Postgraduate Residency programs are also based in Thunder Bay, which supports the learning experience while on specialty placement and promotes professional networking.  Unique to our site are the Intensive Care Unit and Infectious Disease rotations available to learners at the PGY2 level. Located in the heart if Northwestern Ontario, there are numerous placements based in rural and remote locations which learners are encouraged to experience.

Our Family Medicine program is structured around the Triple C Competency-based Curriculum which allows for residents to shape their learning experience with support from clinical preceptors and competency coaches.  The small program size allows for flexibility in scheduling.  To enhance your training as a scholar, there are a multitude of research opportunities available in Thunder Bay with library support on site.

Thunder Bay is a regional referral centre for Northwestern Ontario.  Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC) is a 375-bed tertiary care academic centre offering a comprehensive range of services in a state-of-the-art healthcare facility, including a fully integrated Regional Cancer Centre Program.  Other medical facilities in the city include St. Joseph’s Care Group, which offers complex care, physical rehabilitation, long-term care, mental health and addictions; Norwest Community Health Centre; Dilico Family Health Team Clinic; Anishnawbe Mushkiki Aboriginal Health Access Centre; and Thunder Bay District Health Unit.

At NOSM’s Thunder Bay site, on the shores of Lake Superior, under the watch of the Sleeping Giant, you will find a Family Medicine training experience which is unparalleled in the country.  We look forward to welcoming you to our Thunder Bay NOSM family.