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Information for Visiting Learners

UPDATED: APRIL 14, 2021 | 2:40 PM EST

Many Canadian medical schools have now cancelled visiting electives (this includes NOSM). You are asked to contact the hosting school directly if you are unsure if your elective is occurring or not. The NEP (NOSM) electives are continuing to operate but there may be disruption to specific electives depending on the respective COVID-19 policies of each clinical teaching site. For more information contact the electives office directly at

Visiting Canadian Electives

Dear Visiting Elective Learners,

At this time, NOSM has cancelled all visiting electives, with the exception of some visiting resident agreements and electives, from March 16, 2020 until further notice. More information will come once a decision has been reached, to re-introduce visiting electives throughout all of Canada.

However, with the increasing need for proactive measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, NOSM has made the difficult decision to
further suspend all incoming visiting Canadian and International electives, with the exception of some visiting resident agreements and electives, until further notice. All fees will be fully reimbursed by NOSM’s Elective Program. The intent of this directive is to limit travel and movement of people, to contribute to nationwide efforts on mitigation, and for the protection of the high risk and vulnerable patient populations in Northern Ontario communities.

We understand this is highly stressful to students and there are potentially unavoidable scheduling changes that would arise as the situation develops. We hope you understand the need for efforts to minimize the spread of infection.

Should there be any further questions please contact me directly or

Best regards,

Joël Leduc
Community Services, Manager (NOSM at Laurentian University)
Community Relations Unit
Northern Ontario School of Medicine
Phone: 705.662.7116

Visiting International Electives

Dear international elective students,

Thank you very much for your recent application to the International Elective Program at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM).

With the increasing number of countries affected by COVID-19, NOSM has made the difficult decision to suspend all incoming visiting international electives, effective immediately.

As a result of this decision, your application/rotation at NOSM has been cancelled. We know this will be very disappointing news but hope you may understand that we must prioritize the safety and best interests of patients and students.

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this will cause but will ensure you receive a full refund of your elective fees.

As per NOSM policy, Canadians studying abroad are allotted two applications per lifetime to the elective program. International students are allocated one application per lifetime. With this said, learners whose application is being cancelled due to the COVID-19 decision of March 11, 2020 and have reached their application allotment, will be permitted to submit a new application for a later time.

Once a decision has been made to re-open the program to international electives, the process for submitting a new request is as follows:

  1. Learners will be required to submit a request by email to once they are ready to submit their AFMC application.
  2. Within the email please provide your name, the application ID number associated with the cancelled application/rotation, and the request for an additional application due to COVID-19 cancellation.
  3. From there learners will be provided information regarding the next steps by return email.
    Should there be any further questions please do not hesitate to contact