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Incoming Residents Updates

This page is designed to ensure all of our incoming residents are aware of updated plans for Orientation, how the PGME Office is preparing to support residents around potential issues of self-isolation, scheduling and housing.

PGE Office Resident Orientation

PGME Office Resident Orientation will take place in the morning of Monday June 29th. We have decided this year to host the entire PGME Office Orientation virtually.  As such, residents will be asked to connect to orientation from their residency site home-bases, or first block location, and will join a variety of sessions that will provide training and information on processes and supports that will assist you throughout your residency. Further details and updates will be provided via your NOSM email account and will be posted here.

JUNE 29 – PGME Orientation 8:00am – 11:30am
During orientation, you will be introduced to a variety of people from different units within NOSM who will provide support for you throughout your residency. The morning will be broken up into three parts:
Part 1: Presentations
A series of engaging and informative welcome presentations featuring Dr. Rob
Anderson, Associate Dean PGME & Health Sciences, Dr. Johnny DellaVedova and Dr.
Louise Logan, Wellness Lead Clinician
Part 2: Virtual Roundtable Discussions
After the presentations, you will be divided into groups with your fellow residents where
you will engage in 5 virtual roundtable discussions with critical NOSM administrative
support units. Each roundtable discussion will last for 15 minutes followed by a 5 minute
Q and A. Once you’ve joined your first roundtable discussion, you will remain on that
same WebEx meeting while presenters virtually circulate through each group
discussion.
Part 3: IMG Resident Roundtable (IMG Residents Only)
All IMG residents are asked to attend this special meeting upon the conclusion of the
Virtual Roundtable Discussions, here is where you can meet your fellow IMGs as well
as Dr. Chiebere Ogbuneke, IMG Coordinator.
All residents should have received a schedule from their program coordinator, if you have not received one yet, please contact your program coordinator.

Program Orientation

In addition to PGME Office Orientation, you will be contacted over the coming weeks (if not already!) directly by your Program Coordinator, who will provide you with the necessary details as they pertain to your program’s orientation and/or activities which follow the PGME Office Orientation.

 

Self-Isolation and training start dates

The PGME Office and NOSM residency programs are carefully monitoring Northern Ontario hospital directives, Health Canada guidelines, and national medical school discussion about the potential for residents to be required to self-isolate for 14 days prior to beginning work if arriving from another location outside of your residency home-base site. We are working on developing contingency planning for training dates and schedules as well as housing support options for those who may be required to self-isolate upon arrival.

Current 14 Day Self-Isolation Requirements by Homebase

Bracebridge Travelling to Bracebridge from outside of Canada.
Huntsville Travelling to Huntsville from outside of Canada.
Kapuskasing Travelling to Kapuskasing from outside of Canada. All staff 2x per day will need to complete a temperature check and questionnaire.
Kenora  Travelling to Kenora from outside of Canada.
North Bay Residents must complete a questionnaire 5 days before their start date. Once submitted the hospital will determine if a 14 day self isolation is required of the incoming resident.
Sault Ste Marie Residents may complete their rotations at SAH as long as they have no symptoms, case contact, or positive test. Upon arrival in Sault Ste. Marie they can begin their rotation; however, they must Self-Isolate at home or in their lodging for 14 days. This means they must commit to not going anywhere other than work at SAH and home. No shopping, no socializing in person, no outings to the park, etc. While at work at SAH, they must wear the appropriate PPE.
Sioux Lookout Travelling to Sioux Lookout from outside of Northwestern Ontario.
Sudbury Travelling to Sudbury from outside of Ontario.
Temiskaming Shores Travelling to Temiskaming Shores from outside of Canada.
Thunder Bay Travelling to Thunder Bay from outside of Northwestern Ontario.
Timmins Travelling to Timmins from outside of Canada.

Housing

We understand that the current practice of social distancing has created a sense of uncertainty with respect to the ability to secure housing in your residency home-base site for the residents who are joining us from away. The PGME Office is working closely with NOSM Housing to ensure we are prepared to support residents in the event that they encounter initial challenges in obtaining housing at their home-base. Soon you will receive a survey about housing and questions will be adapted so that we can connect with and support those who may be encountering housing challenges that are related specifically to COVID-19 social distancing measures/closures of certain services etc.

Your safety and wellness

We continue to monitor and support the health and wellbeing of our current residents and the same will be true for you as well. In this regard, we encourage you to review our current NOSM COVID 19 information page for residents. You will see we work closely with PARO, the PGME Resident Wellness Office and the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada to ensure resident interests are protected. We care about you.

Part of your orientation this year will include information about safety when working in this pandemic.  It is the commitment of NOSM and all our clinical care partners that you will have the appropriate personal protective equipment for your work and that you know how to use it.  The safety of all our health care workers is paramount.

Your PARO-CAHO Collective Agreement will provide you with pregnancy and maternity leave. Out of caution, the Wellness office is offering restrictions from certain types of clinical work for pregnant residents due to a potential increased risk of severe COVID disease. You can review your PARO contact here.

While there is so much going on around you during this time, please don’t forget to take care of yourself!  Reach out to friends and family to maintain the important relationships to you.  Exercise and eat well.  Take time to do the things that bring you joy and fulfillment.

Contact Wellness Lead Clinician Dr. Dellavedova at: residentwellness@nosm.ca.

Contact your Wellness Coordinator Jaimy at: pgewellness@nosm.ca

COVID-19 Resources

NOSM has developed several resources to help our residents through the impact of COVID-19.

Frequently Asked Questions for Residents

COVID-19 Clinical Resources

Weekly COVID-19 Rounds

Registration

If you have questions about your registration process, please continue to work with pgregistration@nosm.ca. Our staff are working at home but are still working hard to ensure you are credentialled and ready to start residency, and your continued attention to submission of documents and fees etc helps us to help you.

PGME Office Contact

If you have questions we haven’t answered, please feel free to contact postgrad@nosm.ca and we will get you an answer as soon as we can.