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NOSM-Family Medicine (http://www.nosm.ca/familymedicine)
Additional Requirement: Situational Judgement Test (CASPer) is a required test for all applicants to NOSM Family Medicine Programs.
(Please refer to the Supporting Documentation Section)
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Given the COVID-19 Pandemic, all Promotion, Recruitment and Selection activities will be conducted virtually, using a variety of web-based tools to help you get to know us, and us you!
Program application language: English
NOSM offers Family Medicine training in seven Northern Ontario Family Medicine streams:
Please note: If applying to more than one NOSM Family Medicine stream, the same supporting documents may be used for each application, with the exception of the Rural Stream and the Remote First Nation Stream, which require additional documentation.
Rural Stream: an additional document (the NOSM FM Rural Addendum/Questionnaire) with specific questions pertaining to suitability for rural training.
Remote First Nation Stream: a customized personal letter and additional reference requirements.
Applications to additional streams must be completed by 11:59 p.m. E.T. on Thursday, March 25, 2021. Applications to the Remote First Nations Northern Ontario will not be considered once file review has opened as of 12:05 p.m. E.T. February 8, 2021.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: As per the Ontario Provincial Eligibility Criteria, if you are submitting a Canadian Birth Certificate or Act of Birth, or Confirmation of Permanent Residence in Canada document, you MUST submit a government issued photo I.D. to accompany your citizenship documentation.
The Letters of Reference must be written by clinical teachers and/or clinical faculty who have a reasonable knowledge of you, either through close association in clinical training situations or as your faculty advisor. References should provide an assessment of your medical knowledge, clinical skills, interpersonal skills, ability to communicate effectively, your attitudes toward learning, and commitment to Family Medicine.
Order from your registrar.Medical Student Performance Record
Order from your Dean's office.CASPer exam
The CASPer Test
All applicants to the NOSM Family Medicine Program are required to complete an online assessment (CASPer), to assist with our selection process. Successful completion of CASPer is mandatory in order to maintain admission eligibility.
CASPer is an online test which assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program and will complement the other tools that we use for applicant screening. In implementing CASPer, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process.
In order to take CASPer, you will be responsible for securing access to a computer with audio capabilities, a webcam, and a reliable internet connection on your selected test date. CASPer can be taken practically anywhere that you can satisfy the aforementioned requirements. No exceptions will be provided for applicants unable to take CASPer online due to being located at sites where internet is not dependable due to technical or political factors.
Please go to www.takeCASPer.com to sign up for the Canadian Postgraduate Medical Education test (CSP20201) and reserve a test using a piece of government-issued photo ID. You will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times. Please note that these are the only testing dates available for your CASPer test. There will be no additional tests scheduled. Please use an email address that you check regularly; there may be updates to the test schedule. The tests for the 2021 admission cycle will be open for registration in September 2020.
Please direct any inquiries on the test to email@example.com. Alternatively, you may use the chat bubble in the bottom right hand corner of your screen on the takecasper.com website.
The CASPer test is comprised of 12 sections of video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of probing questions under a time contract. The test typically takes between 75-90 minutes to complete. Each response is graded by a different rater, giving a very robust and reliable view of personal and professional characteristics important to our program. No studying is required for CASPer, although you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure at takeCASPer.com, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test.
CASPer test results are valid for one admissions cycle. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it.Personal Letter
The personal letter (maximum 500 words) should focus on the following:
We encourage you to outline your letter with bullets/numbers.
If your transcript/MSPR indicates academic difficulty, failure(s), repeat of a year or any gaps in your education or work history, please attach a supplementary statement to the END of your Personal Letter entitled "Transcript/CV Addendum" explaining the above.Custom Résumé / CV Photo
Optional: you may submit abstracts of recent publications.
Applications submitted after file review has opened on February 8, 2021
Supporting documents (excluding letters of reference) that arrive after file review has opened on February 8, 2021
Letters of reference that arrive after the unmasking date on February 8, 2021
In keeping with the CanMEDs roles, please note that throughout the entire application and selection process, your interactions with NOSM personnel may be taken into consideration by the program in their selection process and ranking decisions.
The NOSM Family Medicine Residency Program will review candidate’s applications based on:
The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) is committed to the education of high quality physicians and health professionals, and to international recognition as a leader in distributed, learning-centred, community-engaged education and research.
The NOSM Family Medicine Program's vision is to educate doctors based on the CanMEDS-FM roles to develop the skills and attitudes necessary to deliver excellent, culturally respectful health care to the communities of northern Ontario, including rural and remote areas.
Through our selection process, our program aims to identify candidates who have a strong academic history with demonstrated competence and interest in family medicine (e.g. FM rotations, electives, scholarly activities, conference involvement and/or other related work or life experiences). We are seeking candidates who possess superior clinical and communication skills, and have the ability to relate to patients, their families, and caregivers with compassion, empathy, sensitivity and humility.
We are looking for candidates who possess the ability and willingness to work collaboratively (within and across professional domains) in a team dynamic to secure optimal patient outcomes, while exemplifying the highest standards of professional behavior -- inclusive of responsibility, respect, and self-awareness.
We are also looking to identify candidates who would be a good fit for our program. As a socially accountable medical school, accountable to the needs and the diversity of the populations of Northern Ontario, candidates best suited to the NOSM Family Medicine Program are those with a vested interest in rural medicine, who can adapt and thrive in a hands-on, distributed rural residency program that requires flexibility and some travel away from their primary location of residence. At times, you will train in environments with very few learners, which affords excellent first-in-line, hands-on experience.
We also believe that candidates who are resilient, can prioritize their personal well-being and work-life balance, and are also committed to self-reflective learning, continuing professional development, and quality improvement, are well-suited to our program. Through our selection process we aim to identify and successfully match candidates who possess these attributes as well.
Review team composition : Each application is reviewed and scored independently by two program faculty members. Members of our file review team are the Program Director, Site Directors, Assistant Site Directors and/or Family Medicine Faculty Members.
Average number of applications received by our program in the last five years : 201 - 400
We average approximately a combined total of 250 applications across all of our program streams.
Average percentage of applicants offered interviews : 76 - 100 %
We typically interview approximately 175-200 candidates.
|CV||Academic & work background/experiences, personal/professional accomplishments, communication skills|
|Electives||Diverse range relevant to the discipline, rural and/or northern an asset|
|Extra-curricular||An asset to demonstrate work-life balance and wellness, personal interests. Include in CV.|
|Leadership skills||Any leadership roles held throughout training should be outlined in the CV|
|MSPRs||Patient interactions, FM rotation competencies, any academic, personal or professionalism concerns|
|Personal letters||Practice goals, interest/knowledge in FM and our program, personal and northern/rural suitability|
|Reference documents||Commitment to FM, performance, knowledge/clinical skills, character, attitude towards learning, professionalism, engagement in learning.|
|Research/Publications||Past achievements/successes and interest in participating in future scholarly activity|
|Transcripts||Strength of academic record, any red flags/concerns|
|Other file component(s)||
If any part of your application indicates academic difficulty, failure(s), repeat of a year or any gaps in your education or work history, a supplementary statement at the END of your Personal Letter is required. Please entitle your statement as "Transcript/CV Addendum", explaining the above.
We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted candidates’ opportunities to arrange and complete electives and would like to reassure you that a lack of elective activity this year will not negatively impact your application to our program.
Interview format :
We routinely accommodate requests to re-schedule interviews for applicants.
|Collaboration skills||Demonstrated ability to work well in a team setting/multidisciplinary environment|
|Collegiality||Personable, respectful towards others, values the importance of a supportive/collegial atmosphere|
|Communication skills||Able to reflect and communicate responses clearly and concisely, can communicate well with others|
|Health advocacy||Advocacy for patients, including geographically isolated or marginalized populations|
|Interest in the discipline||Genuine passion for Family Medicine and future practice goals|
|Interest in the program||Knowledgeable about our program, training sites, northern Ontario patient populations and challenges|
|Leadership skills||Qualities such as: proactive/takes initiative, accountable, innovative, motivated and goal-oriented|
|Professionalism||Conducts themselves in a professional manner, self-aware, unbiased, morally/ethically responsible|
|Scholarly activities||We do not formally evaluate this component during the interview|
|Other interview component(s)||Problem-Solving Skills: Conflict resolution, ability to assess, plan, and take appropriate action.|
This residency program is for 2 years.
Program length of training does not exceed the Royal College or College of Family Physicians of Canada standard.
The NOSM Family Medicine program is an accredited program of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC). We follow the Triple C competency-based curriculum in all of our training streams. Utilizing the CanMEDS-FM competencies, along with the CFPC's Priority Topics and Skills Dimensions, our curriculum is build with community Family Medicine in mind. All of our rotations are largely community based, with several opportunities within our hospitals. The vast majority of teaching is provided by Family Physicians. Comprehensiveness of practice, along with continuity of care and education are central to our work. Depending on the stream, the approach to the scheduling of clinical experiences will vary. All Family Medicine residents will receive ongoing coaching and feedback, both informally and formally through our workplace-based assessment methods. Regularly scheduled periodic reviews provide an opportunity for self-reflection and coaching from a Competency Coach. Candidates who are self-directed and engage in reflective practice are particularly suited to our residency program.
The NOSM Family Medicine Clinical Curriculum incorporates a diversity of experience and proficiency in areas integral to community-based Family Practice. Each resident will spend significant time in the community practice of Family Medicine preceptors. Residents participate in all aspects of the practice, including provision of continuous care to their own patients within the practice and participation in the care of all in-hospital patients within the practice whenever possible. Participation in the care of the practice’s patients in multiple environments including the hospital, patient’s home and other scenarios is encouraged.
|Domains of Care||Curriculum Objectives|
Across the Life Cycle
|Care of Underserved Patients||
Throughout the program, elective rotations provide additional flexibility and enable residents to tailor their training to achieve competence in the domains of care and their individual learning objectives not met by immersions in the regular core rotations. Diversity of experience during elective rotations is encouraged and recognized as being extremely valuable.
Below is the typical NOSM Family Medicine Program Clinical Curriculum, represented in weeks. Due to the needs of the communities, some of the program streams will demonstrate slight differences in curriculum.
Note: Family physicians (preceptors) who do not do hospital rounds – residents are required to do three (3) additional weeks of Internal Medicine.
|Family Medicine Rural||8||24||8||8||8||8||16|
|Family Medicine Rural||8||24||8||8||8||8||-|
The Family Medicine academic program consists of academic sessions, courses, and retreats. At this time, protected time every week affords a half day of teaching, separate from clinical duties. These sessions will cover the vast majority of CFPC's Priority Topics, along with some hands-on skills including simulations, procedural skills and other small group learning. Due to the pandemic, we have moved to a virtual method of delivery, with an eye to come together occasionally for mini-retreats at the end of blocks. In the first year of residency, all residents will participate in the Core Curriculum offered to all NOSM residents, across all specialties, which will cover key topics such as the Resident as Teacher, Indigenous health, medical errors and patient safety, etc. In addition, specific sessions in second year will be tailored to preparation for CFPC examination.
The NOSM program also provides financial support for residents to obtain certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP). Residents are also provided with some financial support to attend other courses or conferences such as Family Medicine Forum and Society of Rural Physicians Rural and Remote Medicine Conference.
Other learning sessions, virtual or in-person, are scattered throughout the year to address learning needs.
We value the importance of Wellness and encourage protected time for residents to gather and dialogue with each other on a regular basis.
While the role of Scholar will evolve throughout the two-year program, a number of activities are planned in the program:
These activities contribute to the development of effective teaching practices, formulating and investigating scholarly questions, and disseminating and communicating knowledge to professional audiences. Residents also contribute to the quality improvement of the Family medicine program by providing feedback on the clinical experiences and academic curriculum; this data is collected and utilized by the program to augment the overall program curriculum.
There are a variety of family practice models in Sudbury, lending to diversity and providing an opportunity for learners to assess what their practice styles might be when they complete their training. This allows for a well-balanced educational experience. For example, there are practices specializing in women’s health, palliative care, mental health counselling, sexual health, care of the elderly, hospitalist, undergraduate medical school teaching to name a few. Residents have the freedom to choose what their preferences are and we make it our priority to accommodate their learning goals. Residents are “paired” with a preceptor after we determine what your preferences are. You may be in an office with a few preceptors that will expose you to a variety of practice styles and populations and you may also work with other residents in the same office, but not with the same preceptor. This ensures that there is never a shortage of volume so exposure is maximized.
All of the family medicine preceptors teach because they want to, not because they are mandated. They are enthusiastic and welcoming both with respect to medicine and to exposure to life in Northern Ontario. Many learners here find themselves working alongside their preceptor in clinic, hospital or elsewhere and then may later be learning informally while floating on a boat on any one of our many lakes within the city limits or hiking in the trails directly behind the hospital. This can happen whilst on call, as we do mostly all “home call”. Informal teaching one on one or in a group setting with preceptors and other residents is commonplace. There are also several ‘journal clubs’ that residents can attend with their preceptors. This often involves an evening of food, drink, and learning, typically within our LEGs (local education groups). This provides an opportunity to network with other residents and family physicians in a social setting. Note that these are never mandatory.
The Sudbury Stream is the community home-base to the Undergraduate Medical Program and other NOSM Postgraduate Residency Programs, including General Surgery, Anesthesia, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. The presence of these programs allow opportunities for teaching, increased collaboration and connectivity between disciplines and levels of training. Other NOSM learners (dietetic interns, physician assistants, physiotherapists, occupational therapists) are also schedule clinical rotations in Sudbury.
Health Sciences North (HSN) is a new one-site acute care hospital, which boasts state-of-the-art equipment. As a large tertiary provider for Northern Ontario, HSN is the regional referral centre serving over 600,000 people in Northeastern Ontario. HSN’s 454-bed facility employs over 3,900 people and has a medical staff of over 300. Programs and services offered at HSN are: Medical Imaging, Medicine and Rehabilitation, Critical Care, Emergency and Ambulatory Care, Family and Child, Mental Health and Addictions, Northeast Cancer Centre. Surgical Services, Corporate Services, and Research. HSN established a Simulation Centre in 2011, helping to advance its academic mission. One of HSN’s most recent successes is the creation of the Advanced Medical Research Institute of Canada (AMRIC) in 2011.
Other resources include: Sudbury and District Health Unit, Universities and Colleges (Laurentian, Cambrian College, Collège Boréal), Aboriginal and Francophone Health Centres, Underprivileged health sites (Corner Clinic), Mental Health Facilities (Kirkwood Site, Cedar St. Mental Health Services), Nurse Practitioner clinics, Long Term Care facilities (Extendicate, St. Gabriel’s villa etc.). Support Services (Optometrist, physio, chiropractic, etc.), specialist services and clinics (Cardiac clinics, Vascular clinics, Orthopedic Referral Centre, Cancer Clinic).
Outside of medicine, our community offers much for the outdoor and indoor enthusiast. There are several hiking trails within the city; we boast the Camino trail of Sudbury, a 31 km walk on trails that connect through the city. There are several clean lakes and beaches where one can swim, sail, kayak or do watersports on. These are all accessible within the acceptable time frame of “responding while being on call”! There are many hockey leagues involving the doctors and residents, we have the Sudbury Wolves (OHL team), curling, golf courses, tree lit ice skating paths and several walking, cross country skiing and running trails. We have a downhill ski hill ( Adanac) that is only 10 minutes from the hospital which is perfect for a quick evening of night skiing or a day of learning to snowboard. There are many eclectic restaurants, live music and a theatre of the arts. Many movies are filmed here and the film companies are always looking for extras…
One really needs to come experience life in Sudbury- a short visit simply is not enough to gain a full appreciation. The learning in our family medicine program is robust and not service based. We consider ourselves not just a residency program but a family in an urban setting with a cottage feel. We have an extremely high retention rate because Sudbury is a really fantastic place to live and work!
To learn more about northern Ontario, please visit the "Wider Campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine" webpage.
To learn more about our Program - visit us at http://www.nosm.ca/familymedicine
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