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Curriculum & Academics

Anesthesia Boot Camp

Residents will participate in a week-long anesthesia “boot camp”, which has been operating for over 10 years with great success.  This week focuses on practical/technical aspects of anesthesia and crisis resource management through simulation didactic sessions and skill-specific training sessions.

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Educational rounds and formal teaching sessions occur on a weekly basis. There is a curriculum of didactic problem-based or simulation-based learning sessions on topics specifically relevant to the FP-Anesthetist. A wide selection of anesthesia reference textbooks, electronic library resources, and computer services are also available for use by the residents.

Clinical Curriculum: Rotation Schedule

Core Anesthesia: 32 weeks
Sault Ste. Marie

The majority of your training at NOSM University will occur at one of the major northern referral centers. Both the Sudbury regional and Sault Area hospitals are REGIONAL referral centers. As such, there is more than sufficient volume and acuity of cases to ensure a well-rounded, relevant education. Residents will work closely with interested, enthusiastic anesthesiologists and MAY train concurrently with royal college streamed residents. Some core anesthesia training will occur in smaller urban centers in Northern Ontario.

Your first Clinical rotation will always be an Anesthesia rotation in your home base. At the beginning of this rotation, four complete days of orientation will occur in the Simulation Laboratory/Hospital settings.

Consolidative Family Practice: 4 weeks
Sioux Lookout

As required by the College of Family Physicians, you will spend one month in a comprehensive family practice setting with a Family Practice Anesthetist. Days will be spent doing whatever it is the preceptor does. This may include but is not limited to, family practice anesthesia, emergency medicine, and office practice. Because of the nature of the rotation, it is usually spent in a more rural area.

Community Anesthesia: 4 weeks
Elliott Lake
North Bay
Sioux Lookout

Intensive Care: 4 weeks

Pediatric Anesthesia: 8 weeks
Ottawa (CHEO)

You will spend two consecutive months in Ottawa at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). The high volume of cases ensures a good exposure to a broad range of pediatric anesthesia. This will provide you with enhanced skills and comfort in dealing with pediatric patients.


NOSMU Anesthesiology eLearning Platform (eLP)

Critical to moving toward an effective, competency-based, distributed education program that keeps residents informed on their progress and connected to the program was the creation of the eLearning Platform.  There are multiple aspects to this personalized webspace that includes schedules, resources, access to policies, databases, and evaluations.

The active learning PBL based “declarative knowledge” curriculum is administered through the eLP.  It doesn’t matter what rotation the residents are on…they will always have access to the academic program!

Simulation Training

Simulation plays a major role in the active learning curriculum of the NOSM U anesthesia family practice residency program. Our simulation program incorporates high-fidelity simulation with mannequins, hybrid patients, and standardized patients. Our simulation lab is a previously functioning operating room that has been renovated into 3 simulated operating rooms and small classrooms, one large conference room, and a large skills lab. We now have access to HSN’s new state-of-the-art simulation center which opened in the fall of 2021!