The Northern Ontario School of Medicine's Public Health and Preventive Medicine Program provides comprehensive training with a focus on northern, rural and remote public health and offers the opportunity to also meet the training requirements of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) with two years of Family Medicine training.
Program application language: English
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Reference letters should be written by teachers and/or faculty who have a reasonable knowledge of you, either through close association in training situations, or as your faculty advisor. References should provide an assessment of your population, public health and medical knowledge, clinical skills, interpersonal skills, ability to communicate effectively, your attitude toward learning your abilities to enter training in public health and preventive medicine. If you plan on pursuing certification from the College of Family Physicians, one of your reference letters should also reflect your commitment to Family Medicine.
Order from your registrar.Medical Student Performance Record
Order from your Dean's office.Personal Letter
The personal letter (maximum 1000 words) should focus on the following:
If your transcript/CV 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
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
Applicants will be selected for an interview based on:
As the clinical component of PHPM residency training is completed through the NOSM Family Medicine residency program (whether completing one or two clinical training years), the admission requirements for the Family Medicine residency program have to be met by PHPM candidates, which includes clinical examination score requirements for IMGs.
The NOSM Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency Program aims to offer high quality training to enable residents to flourish as independent PHPM specialists working to improve the health of populations.
Our goal is to deliver a comprehensive curriculum that integrates all of the CanMEDS roles/competencies, and is designed with an explicit focus on building skills to improve northern, rural and Indigenous health, while preparing residents to practice the full breadth and depth of public health and preventive medicine.
We aim to offer opportunities in our program to allow residents to tailor learning environments and areas of focus to further meet their own individual career goals.
Through our selection process, our program aims to identify candidates who have a strong academic history with demonstrated competence and interest in Public Health and Preventive Medicine (e.g. past PHPM/community health experience, a broad range of electives relevant to the discipline, scholarly activities/research, conference involvement and other related work, academic, or life experiences). We are seeking candidates who have a strong passion and desire to improve the health of individuals, communities, and populations. [Note for 2021 Candidates – The Program is aware that the COVID-19 pandemic has limited elective options and other experiential opportunities. These unique challenges will be considered throughout our selection process.]
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 and population health 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 medical school with a social accountability mandate to the needs and the diversity of the populations of Northern Ontario, candidates best suited to the NOSM Public Health and Preventive Medicine Program are those with a vested interest in northern, rural and remote medicine, who can adapt and thrive in a hands-on, distributed residency program that requires flexibility and some travel away from their primary location of residence. 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.
Review team composition : The file review team is comprised of program faculty and residents.
Average number of applications received by our program in the last five years : 0 - 50
Average percentage of applicants offered interviews : 76 - 100 %
|CV||Academic & work background/experiences, personal/professional accomplishments, communication skills|
|Electives||PHPM elective(s), diverse range relevant to the discipline, rural and/or northern an asset [Note for 2021 Candidates – The Program is aware that the COVID-19 pandemic has limited elective options and other experiential opportunities. These unique challenges will be considered throughout our selection process.]|
|Examinations||We do not evaluate this file component.|
|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, PHPM rotation competencies, any academic, personal or professionalism concerns|
|Personal letters||• Experiences that led to your interest in Public Health and Preventive Medicine; • Aspects of the NOSM Public Health and Preventive Medicine program that interest you; • The reasons you wish to focus on population medicine as a career, and what that means to you; • Your commitment to Northern Ontario and personal qualities that make you an ideal candidate for practice in Northern, rural or remote settings; • How you anticipate this program will assist you in becoming an excellent practitioner of Public Health and Preventive Medicine; • Your greatest challenge if you are accepted into this program and what you would do to address this challenge; and • Any additional information about yourself that should be considered by the Selection Panel.|
|Reference documents||Commitment to PHPM, performance, knowledge/clinical skills, character, attitude towards learning|
|Research/Publications||Past achievements/successes relevant to PHPM, 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 may accommodate requests to re-schedule interviews for applicants due to weather, technology failure, or unforeseen circumstances.
|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||We do not evaluate this interview component.|
|Interest in the discipline||Genuine passion for PHPM, interests/experiences, 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)||
Other - Problem-Solving Skills: Conflict resolution, ability to assess, plan, and take appropriate action.
Other - Personal Attributes: Personal characteristics and interests, learning style/attitude towards learning
Public Health and Preventive Medicine (PHPM) is a broad specialty with a large range of opportunities and career choices. PHPM specialists are experts in understanding the health determinants of whole populations and assuming leadership roles in how to improve and maintain the health and wellbeing of communities. A Public Health and Preventive Medicine specialist monitors and assesses the health needs of a population and develops, implements, and evaluates strategies for improving the public’s health. These specialty physicians draw on knowledge and skills in health measurement, health promotion, disease prevention and health protection to collaboratively address community health issues through public policy, and partnerships.
PHPM specialists are involved in the leadership of governmental and non-governmental organizations at local, provincial, national and international levels. PHPM physicians are employed in roles such as Medical Officers of Health for health units, CEOs for health authorities, Executive Directors for non-governmental organizations, and consultants for private industry. Many specialists contribute to scholarly work and are involved in the research and teaching of academic institutions. Specialists can also contribute to community-oriented clinical practice with an emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention.
The knowledge of PHPM specialists include design, implementation and evaluation of health programs on community health issues such as communicable disease control, environmental health, epidemiology and prevention of acute and chronic disease and injury.
The Northern Ontario School of Medicine's Public Health and Preventive Medicine program offers:
Wellness support is also available to all NOSM residents via the NOSM Postgraduate Wellness Program.
Residency is a unique opportunity to learn, grow and set the stage for the rest of your career. Residency also has its challenges. While you will face high expectations, the NOSM Postgraduate Wellness Program aims to ensure you also have a high degree of support. The mission of the Wellness Program is to assist our residents in achieving the knowledge and skills to develop healthy and productive professional identities during this important transitional time. The framework of the program includes occupational/academic health, physical health, emotional health and social health.
Our highest priority is providing and coordinating supports for residents who have specific health needs, whether pre-existing or arising during residency. Wellness Program personnel will assist residents with finding and coordinating health resources, as well as working with residency programs to accommodate the learning and training environment if needed. The program also includes proactive components for all residents such as: a wellness curriculum, promoting safe housing and transportation, ensuring your duty hour and leave protections are respected, cultural supports, and guidance with developing a healthy and productive professional identity.
The NOSM Postgraduate Wellness Program has developed a “Residents” section within the interactive wellness app NOSM Well. The Residents section in the App delivers easily accessible, secure, up-to-date wellness information to you around the clock, in any setting!
This residency program is for 5 years.
Program length of training does not exceed the Royal College or College of Family Physicians of Canada standard.
The NOSM PHPM Residency Program follows the Structure of Training Requirements set by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
This five-year program is designed with an explicit focus on building skills to improve northern, rural and remote health while preparing residents to practice the full breadth and depth of Public Health and Preventive Medicine. Some flexibility allows residents to tailor learning environments and areas of focus to meet career goals.
Based on the resident’s personal learning plan, the content, sequence of training and schedule of movement between teaching sites may vary.
The key components of the 5-year residency program are:
Please visit the PHPM Program section of the NOSM website for more details:
During the clinical years of training, residents of the NOSM PHPM program will select a home base in either Sudbury or Thunder Bay, with approval from the Program Director. The majority of rotations during clinical training will require completion within NOSM's geographical service area in northern Ontario.
PHPM core field placements occur at various sites in northern Ontario. Site selection depends on learner preference and site capacity, with Program Director approval.
Opportunities for elective placements at federal, provincial or territorial locations may be discussed directly with the Program Director.
To learn more about northern Ontario, please visit the "Wider Campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine" webpage.
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