The Northern Ontario School of Medicine’s MD program is offering two new medical student seats exclusively for military candidates who are selected for subsidization by the Canadian Armed Forces.
“By partnering with the Department of National Defense we will prepare Canadian military physicians to treat underserviced and remote communities across Canada and around the world,” says Dr. Sarita Verma, NOSM dean, president and CEO. “It is an honour to help prepare Canadian military physicians with this level of hands-on training. There truly is no better training ground than Northern Ontario.”
“NOSM has been accepting military candidates to the MD program for several years. The difference now is that we are able to increase the opportunity to get into NOSM by adding two additional dedicated spots for qualified military applicants,” Dr. Verma explains.
Applicants to the new stream must be Regular Force Members of the Canadian Armed Forces and must meet all of NOSM’s general application requirements.
“Canadian Forces Health Services Group is pleased to collaborate with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine in the provision of subsidized medical training to future General Duty Medical Officers,” says Major Tina Lipcsey, Staff Officer Attraction, Canadian Forces Health Services Group.
NOSM has been instrumental in providing medical training to students being subsidized by the Canadian Armed Forces through both the Military Medical Training Plan and the Medical Officer Training Plan.
“In order for soldiers, sailors, airmen and airwomen to be willing to put themselves in harms’ way, they need to feel confident that, if injured at home during training or overseas on operations, there will be highly qualified Medical Officers readily available to provide them with the urgent medical care they need,” says Major Lipcsey. “Since the Canadian Armed Forces does not have its own medical school, it relies on partnerships with civilian educational institutions like NOSM to produce highly educated and skilled physicians.”
For more information and full details on how to apply, visit nosm.ca/mmtp or email email@example.com.
The Northern Ontario School of Medicine, meanwhile, has just welcomed 64 new resident doctors to Northern Ontario. These doctors — having recently graduated from an MD program at NOSM or at other Canadian medical schools — will practise medicine with the supervision of a licensed physician, while learning about a particular medical specialty.
“This group of resident doctors are some of the best and brightest, and we are honoured to have them join the Northern Ontario School of Medicine,” says Dr. Robert Anderson, NOSM’s Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education. “Residency is one of the most critical times in the development of a physician’s professional identity, and we are excited to help them not only become great doctors but to stand out in their field and become change leaders who will create real, lasting impact in communities across Northern Ontario.”
NOSM’s residents will be living and learning in one of 12 communities across Northern Ontario. During medical appointments, you may receive care from a learner from the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, supervised by a professional on our team. When you receive care from a NOSM learner, you are helping Northern-trained health-care professionals of tomorrow acquire the skills they need to serve you in the future.
Dr. Verma encourages community members to extend a warm welcome to residents working in their communities, health-care centres and hospitals across the region. “Resident doctors are essential to health-care delivery in Northern Ontario,” says Dr. Verma. “NOSM residents are dedicated to working with patients of all demographics, from infants to the elderly. They deliver health care based on their previous experience and level of training, always with the guidance of a supervising physician.”
Residency programs at NOSM are offered in family medicine and seven other specialties including anesthesiology, general surgery, internal medicine, orthopedic surgery, pediatrics, psychiatry, public health and preventive medicine.
Upon completion of their residency programs, these physicians will transition to independent practice.