NOSM University General Surgery Information Session
8pm - 9pm
Want to know what it is like to train in General Surgery at NOSM University? Want to know what it is like to work and live in Northern Ontario?
Come meet our Faculty and Residents for an hour-long session to hear what the General Surgery Program and Northern Ontario have to offer!
COVID-19 vaccination policy
Please be aware the Ministry of Health has mandated all hospital and health care employers establish, implement and ensure compliance with a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy. The Ministry directive can be reviewed here. Residents matched to any Ontario residency program must ensure they are able to comply with the Ministry directive in order to start training July 1, 2024.
Program application language: English
Applications will be accepted through the CaRMS R-1 Main Residency Match application process.
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.
Reference letters must be written by clinical teachers and/or faculty who have 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; and your attitudes toward learning.
Your medical school transcript can be submitted through one of the methods below:
For current year Canadian medical graduates (CMGs), there is no action required from you. Your medical school will automatically submit your MSPR to CaRMS on your behalf for you to assign.
If your MSPR is in a language other than the program language of English or French, you are required to have the document translated.
A personal letter (maximum 1000 words) focusing 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
Applications submitted after file review has opened on December 1, 2023
Supporting documents (excluding letters of reference) that arrive after file review has opened on December 1, 2023
Letters of reference that arrive after the unmasking date on December 1, 2023
Candidates for the General Surgery Residency Program at NOSM are selected based on the following factors:
These factors are assessed through the following:
Our mission is to educate residents who have a strong surgical and procedural aptitude to become competent specialists in General Surgery, prepared to practise in any setting, including rural and northern communities.
Our goal is to deliver a comprehensive hands-on curriculum that's designed to ensure that all of the General Surgery CanMEDS training objectives outlined by the Royal College are met, thus allowing our residents to acquire and hone all the necessary skills/competencies to develop into highly knowledgeable, professional, skilled surgeons.
Through our selection process, our program aims to identify candidates who have a strong academic history with demonstrated competence and interest in general surgery (e.g. surgical rotations, electives, scholarly activities, conference involvement and other related work or life experiences). We are seeking candidates who possess superior clinical 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. Candidates who are well suited to our program are those with a strong surgical and procedural aptitude, 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.
We also believe that candidates who are resilient, can prioritize their personal well-being and work-life balance, and are also committed to self-directed learning and reflective practice, 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 : The file review team consists of program faculty and residents. Each application will be reviewed and scored independently by a combination of 2-4 program faculty members and residents.
Average number of applications received by our program in the last five years : 51 - 200
The program receives an average of around 70-80 applications each year.
Average percentage of applicants offered interviews : 51 - 75 %
The program offers interviews to approximately the top 25-30 candidates.
|CV||Academic & work background/experiences, personal/professional achievements/awards, volunteerism|
|Electives||Surgical elective(s), diverse range relevant to the discipline, rural and/or northern an asset|
|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, surgical rotation competencies, academic/personal/professionalism concerns|
|Personal letters||Practise goals, interest/knowledge in surg. and our program, personal and northern/rural suitability|
|Reference documents||Commitment to surgery, performance, knowledge/clinical skills, character/attitude towards 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.
Interview format :
We do not re-schedule interviews for applicants after we have completed the scheduling process.
|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 formally evaluate this component during the interview|
|Interest in the discipline||Genuine passion and clear understanding of Gen Surg., past 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)||
Problem-Solving Skills: Overcoming challenges, conflict resolution, ability to rationalize and take appropriate action.
Personal Attributes: Personal characteristics and interests, learning style/attitude towards learning.
Knowledge: Ability to apply clinical knowledge, assess, plan, and respond accordingly.
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 General Surgery program includes core rotations and subspecialty rotations selected to incorporate a diversity of experience and proficiency in subspecialty areas integral to a future practice as a General Surgeon.
Based on the resident’s personal learning plan, the content, sequence of training and schedule of movement between teaching sites may vary. Years one and two comprise the core program (Surgical Foundations). In the fall of PGY2, the core program residents will be eligible to take the Surgical Foundations Examination, which must be successfully completed prior to the fellowship exams.
Residents spend the majority of their first year in either Sudbury or Thunder Bay, providing them with an opportunity to become acquainted with colleagues and to gain a foundation of skills before traveling outside of this home base. After this, there are multiple options available for ongoing training for a variety of rotations in the following communities: Thunder Bay, Sudbury, North Bay, Sault Ste Marie, Huntsville and Ottawa. The majority of training will be completed in Northern Ontario. Residents are required to provide their own vehicle.
Content of Training - sample structure (PGY1&2 can be redistributed with approval of Program Director)
**Resident must pass the Surgical Foundations exam prior to progressing to PGY-4
**Alternate sites between chiefs
13 blocks in General Surgery alternating between Thunder bay and Sudbury (7 and 6 blocks)
Academics are delivered to the full resident group during two to three full day sessions which occur usually every two months throughout the year. The residents will gather together for these academic days during protected time from clinical duties. Residents will also have the opportunity to participate in PGY1 Core Curriculum events, local community educational rounds, presentations, journal clubs and rounds through a WebEx online classroom as well as the Ontario Telemedicine Network.
Surgical Foundations: Residents in the first two years of training will attend the Surgical Foundations Program. Around the 15th month of training, residents in the program will write a final exam set by the Royal College. Faculty led teaching sessions will normally occur weekly on Tuesday afternoons from 1400 - 1700h.
All residents are expected to complete and present a minimum of two research projects over the five-year program.
In discussion with the Program Director and Research Coordinator, up to one half-day per week can be set aside as protected time for research.
Research electives can also be arranged.
Residents will be based out of Thunder Bay and Sudbury, with some general surgery rotations occurring throughout NOSM's distributed geographical area, with approval from 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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