November 10, 7pm EST
Join the NOSM University Urology Team and learn details about our new Urology Program provided by program leadership and faculty.
There will be a presentation as well as time for Q&A.
The Program has an intake of two residents per year, who will be based in Thunder Bay. The educational model of the Program, from its inception, is the competence by design (CBD) model of training.
NOSM University Urology residents will train in three main centres: Thunder Bay, Greater Sudbury, and the Greater Toronto Area. Each centre has unique features and patient populations that will expose residents to diverse patient populations that span across the province. Residents will complete the majority of their rotations at the two main teaching sites: Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC), located in Thunder Bay; and Health Sciences North (HSN), located in Sudbury. An inter-institutional agreement with the University of Toronto will provide specific mandatory training rotations to supplement the residents’ exposure to the disciplines that the population in Northern Ontario cannot consistently provide them.
Northern Ontario, a large landmass with approximately 800 000 residents, has a higher proportion of the population that identify as Indigenous (13%) and Francophone (16%) compared to the overall proportion in the province. Furthermore, approximately 40% of the population live in rural communities. The opportunity for community and rural experience is a major component of resident training at NOSM University and is one of the aspects which will set this Program apart from others in Canada.
The Greater Toronto Area (GTA), on the other hand, the largest metropolitan centre in Canada, encompasses a diverse population, including several ethnic and social backgrounds. While there are only a few rotations in Toronto, because of the large population, residents will be exposed to another dynamic learning environment which is unique to a metropolitan setting and learn from physicians that are practicing within the benefits and challenges experienced in a metropolitan centre.
There are numerous communities located in Northern Ontario that do not have direct access to urological services. The program will help learners understand the needs and strategies to get urological care to these patients, including those in indigenous communities. The Program includes experiences in regional hospitals where residents will go to these smaller communities to perform clinics and urological procedures. To increase residents' awareness of the community hospital urologic patient population, residents will be given the opportunity to interact further through receiving consultation from peripheral communities during calls and participating in Teleconsultation clinics.
NOSM University will provide housing for Block placements and the Urology program will reimburse residents for short term housing and transport for residents in those clinical settings.
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.
It is important to understand this is an evolving issue. You are required to review Provincial, Hospital, University and Program information to ensure you are in continued compliance with directives.
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.
Letters of Reference must be completed by clinical teachers and/or faculty who have a reasonable knowledge of you, either through close association in clinical training situations or as your faculty advisor. If possible, one or more letters from a faculty member in Urology is helpful but not required.
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.
Appreciated for memory aid.Personal Letter
A personal letter (maximum 1000 words) should focus on the following:
Your career interests / goals
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 beginning of your Personal Letter entitled "Transcript/CV Addendum" explaining the above.
Applications submitted after file review has opened on December 2, 2023
Supporting documents (excluding letters of reference) that arrive after file review has opened on December 2, 2023
Letters of reference that arrive after the unmasking date on December 2, 2023
Two different members of the resident selection committee will review and score each applicant file, including reference letters. The scoring system takes into consideration the selection criteria outlined below. These scores will be aggregated and reviewed by the selection committee. Unfortunately, we are not able to interview all of the applicants and we will offer interviews to the most competitive candidates based on these reviews.
Candidates for the program will be based on the following criteria
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 urology, prepared to practice 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 urology CanMEDS competencies outlined by the Royal College are met, thus allowing our residents to acquire and hone all the necessary skills/knowledge to develop into highly competent, professional, and skilled urologists.
Through our selection process, our Program aims to identify candidates who have a strong academic history with demonstrated competence and interest in urology (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.
Our program and NOSM university value the importance of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in residency education, and achieving a diverse and inclusive group of residents is a goal of our selection process.
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. Each application will be reviewed and scored independently by a combination of 2-4 program faculty members.
Average number of applications received by our program in the last five years : 0 - 50
This is the inaugural year of the Urology Program, and as such, these statistics are currently not available
Average percentage of applicants offered interviews : 0 - 25 %
This is the inaugural year of the Urology Program, and as such, these statistics are currently not available
|CV||Academic & work background/experiences, personal/professional achievements/awards, volunteerism|
|Electives||Urology/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||Practice goals, interest/knowledge in urology. & our program, personal and northern/rural|
|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 for urology., knowledgeable, competent, clear understanding of our specialty.|
|Interest in the program||Knowledgeable about our program, training sites, northern Ontario patient populations and challenge|
|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.
Knowledge/Skills: Ability to apply clinical knowledge, assess, plan, and take appropriate action.
Personal Attributes: Demeanor, personality, attitude towards learning.
Time management: Ability to make good use of time/plan 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 educational model of the Program, from its inception, will be the competence by design (CBD) model of training.
The program includes core rotations in urology and subspecialty rotations selected to incorporate a diversity of experience and proﬁciency in subspecialty areas that are integral to community based practice, but less commonly emphasized in traditional urology residency programs.
Based on the resident`s personal learning plan, the content, sequence of training, and the schedule of movement between teaching sites may vary. The majority of rotations will be completed in Thunder Bay with rotations in Sudbury and Toronto, depending on preceptor and clinical resources. Residents are required to provide their own vehicle.
Sample Rotation Plan (rotations in Thunder Bay or northern hospitals unless noted otherwise; blocks are 4 weeks in length)
General Surgery - 4 block Plastics - 1 block
Vascular - 1 blocks
Nephrology - 1 Blocks
Transplant – 1 block (Toronto)
Trauma – 2 blocks
Urology – 3 blocks
Research – 1 blocks
ICU – 2 blocks
Urology – 6 blocks (Sudbury)
Urology - 4 blocks (Thunder Bay)
Research – 1 block
Pediatric Urology – 3 blocks (Toronto)
Urology – 9 blocks (6 blocks Thunder Bay & 3 Blocks Sudbury)
Infertility – 1 block (Toronto)
Research – 1 block
Elective- 1 block
Urology - 10 blocks (6 blocks Thunder Bay & 4 blocks Sudbu
Urology Clinic – 1 block
Urology - 12 blocks (6 blocks Sudbury & 6 blocks Thunder Bay)
Academic Half Days
Residents will have protected time to attend weekly academic sessions. Senior resident(s), fellows, or faculty will prepare and present material in preparation for the Royal College Exams and from Campbell Walsh Urology textbook. A faculty will supervise resident and fellow presentations and engage the other residents to participate in a discussion on the topics that will be selected by the Academic Coordinator and approved by the Residency Program Committee.
There are two main teaching sites where residents will complete the majority of their rotations which are: Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC), located in Thunder Bay; and Health Sciences North (HSN), located in Sudbury. The following rotations are provided at the University of Toronto: transplant, pediatric urology, and fertility
To learn more about Northern Ontario, please visit the "Wider Campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine University " webpage.
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