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Conference Funding

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine supports development of leadership skills and scholarly activity for residents. Attendance at leadership conferences and presentation of research projects at local and national meetings or conferences is one avenue for residents to achieve these objectives.

Please refer to the Postgraduate Medical Education Resident Conference & Course Funding Policy for full funding guidelines.

The following section outlines PGME Office sponsored conferences and funding availability:

International Resident Leadership Summit (IRLS) – Extension of ICRE

The International Resident Leadership Summit (IRLS) is an extension of the International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE).

  • The IRLS is one of Canada’s premier resident development events, a two-day conference hosted by the Royal College.
  • Programs that distribute chief/senior resident responsibilities among more than one resident are eligible to share the total funding available by discipline. Programs with both an East and West chief role are eligible for two $1,500 grants.
  • *Note: Chief residents may elect, with the approval of their Program Director, to redirect ICRE funding to a chief resident leadership conference within their discipline.
  • Chiefs are to contact their Program Coordinator by September 1st to express interest in attending.

  • $1500 maximum provided to each chief/senior resident (all disciplines) to attend.
  • Resident reimbursement processes will apply for the conference attendance and travel reimbursement.
  • Expenses incurred beyond the maximum grant available are the responsibility of the individual and can be combined with CME funding from the resident reimbursement protocol.

NOSM Northern Health Research Conference (NHRC)

  • The NHRC explores research activities within Northern Ontario arising from community-based activities. It highlights projects underway from students, residents and community-based researchers. The conference provides opportunities for collaboration and community networking.
  • To promote Northern research, two (2) resident conference registrations and travel grants for each RCPSC program and six (6) resident registration and travel grants for the Family Medicine programs will be provided annually, in addition to any funded residents presenting research.
  • Annually, a notification of when to express interest will be advertised in The ‘Script, with registration processes outlined.

  • Travel funding and conference registration will be provided to any resident presenting research at the annual conference.
  • Conference attendance and travel support for the NHRC is not transferable to other events.

NOSM Northern Constellations–Faculty Development Conference

  • Northern Constellations offers a wide variety of innovative and interactive workshops to meet your individual learning needs.
  • Travel funding for up to two (2) residents per RCPSC program and six (6) residents from the CFPC programs will be available each year to attend Northern Constellations.
  • Annually, a notification of when to express interest will be advertised in The ‘Script, with registration processes outlined.

  • Should demand exceed the number of available spaces, the Associate Dean will confer with the Program Directors to determine resident selection based on their teaching and leadership qualities.
  • Travel support for Northern Constellations is not transferable to other events.

Research Travel Grants – Presenting at a National Conference

Requires an application and is subject to available funding on a first come first served basis up to the maximum amount available.

  • For residents presenting a paper:
    Travel support will be set up to a maximum of $2,000 per academic year. Expenses incurred beyond the maximum grant available are the responsibility of the individual and can be combined with any available CME, travel or research funding from with program funding.
  • For residents presenting a poster:
    Travel support will be set up to a maximum of $1,500 per academic year. Expenses incurred beyond the maximum grant available are the responsibility of the individual and can be combined with any available CME, travel or research funding from with program funding.