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Training Sites

Homebase Sites

Residents complete the majority of their training at their homebase site.  NOSM U PHPM offers training through two separate streams, a PHPM-FM stream with a homebase in Sudbury and a PHPM stream with a homebase in Sault Ste. Marie.


NOSM U PHPM-FM residents are based in Sudbury, on the territory of Atikameksheng and Wahnapitae First Nations, with occasional travel and relocation required across Ontario. Sudbury is a city of almost 170,000 people, best known for mining, beautiful lakes, and blueberries. Sudbury offers excellent restaurants, hiking trails, and French language opportunities. Residents complete the majority of their clinical training at Health Sciences North and Sudbury-based clinics, and many of their public health field placements at Public Health Sudbury & Districts.

What our residents say: “Sudbury is a growing and welcoming city. In my first two days here, I was able to discover and connect with the Latin community in the city, including finding a place to do one of the things I enjoy the most, dancing salsa. I have also found great places to go for dumplings, baklava, good pasta, chai, and the list goes on!” – Dr. Oscar Pico Espinosa

Learn more about Sudbury here

Learn more about Public Health Sudbury & Districts here

Sault Ste. Marie

NOSM U PHPM residents are based in Sault Ste. Marie, on the territory of Garden River and Batchewana First Nations, with occasional travel and relocation required across Ontario. Sault Ste. Marie is a city of just over 70,000 located on the St. Mary’s River, directly across the international border from Michigan.  Sault Ste. Marie offers easy access to both Lake Superior and Lake Huron, and what locals believe to be the best pizza in the world. Residents complete the majority of their clinical training at Sault Area Hospital and Sault-based clinics, and many of their public health field placements at Algoma Public Health.

What our residents say: “”Sault Ste. Marie is an excellent place to live and work. Both the public health unit and hospital are modern facilities with enthusiastic, compassionate, and learner-oriented staff. The city and its surroundings are fantastic: The commute is short, the people are friendly, the harbourfront is beautiful, the food is delicious, the outdoors is awe-inspiring and accessible (lakes galore, hike trails, bike trails, beaches, rock climbing, scuba diving, you name it), and if you ever need a little change of scenery and atmosphere, the U.S. is just a hop, skip, and a jump away!” – Dr. Emil Prikryl

Learn more about Sault Ste. Marie here

Learn more about Algoma Public Health here

PHPM rotation sites

Social accountability is one of NOSM University’s core values and the geographical area we serve is vast. In order to best prepare our residents to practice in a variety of contexts, and particularly northern, rural, and remote settings, relocation and travel are required during training. Residents receive financial support for travel to and from mandatory educational activities outside their home bases, and housing support for core rotations away from their primary residence.  NOSM U core PHPM rotation sites include:

  • Algoma Public Health
  • Grey Bruce Public Health
  • Hasting-Prince Edward Public Health
  • Northwestern Health Unit
  • Public Health Ontario
  • Public Health Sudbury & Districts
  • Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit
  • Thunder Bay District Health Unit

Elective sites

NOSM U PHPM residents pursue a wide variety of public health and preventive medicine electives at the local, provincial, national, and international level.  Examples of elective sites include:

  • Government of Nunavut
  • Indigenous Services Canada
  • Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario
  • Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health of Ontario
  • Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority
  • University of Global Health Equity in Butaro, Rwanda