NOSM Family Medicine PGY3
Self Directed Enhanced Skills Programs
practicing in northern and rural settings require comprehensive knowledge and
skills. The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) recognizes that some
residents require additional learning opportunities beyond those provided in
the family medicine residency to enhance their scope of practice and further
develop competencies and skills sets. Through NOSM, the learning environments
of northern communities are combined with academic centers to reach these
goals. NOSM's PGY3 programs in enhanced skills assist learners to develop the
necessary knowledge, skills, and professional behaviours to manage clinical
problems outside tertiary centers in settings with less resources and medical
important to the program's learning objectives are the individual learning
objectives of each resident. The goal of the PGY3 Enhanced Skills programs in
the Self Directed stream are to offer practical and relevant northern-based
training while at the same time maintaining flexibility to encourage self-directed
learning for well-focused and tailored educational opportunities.
Postgraduate Family Medicine is pleased to have funding available to support a
number of residents interested in developing Enhanced Skills that will benefit
the PGY3 resident in confidently and competently providing service to their
future community of practice.
At present, funding is available for at least three (3) 12 month PGY3 positions in the Self Directed Enhanced Skills
stream. Preference will be given to those residents with a demonstrated
interest in northern or rural practice, seeking four or more months of training.
In addition, residents able to describe how the Enhanced Skills training they
are seeking will meet a specific community need will be given preference.
Examples of self-directed programs for which funding is available include, but not limited to:
- Aboriginal Health
- Women’s Health
- Advanced Obstetrics
- Northern and Remote Medicine
- Wilderness Medicine
- Infectious Diseases
- Other areas deemed valuable, or relevant by the Program Director (in consultation with the learner and the community they serve)
will provide opportunities for residents to select other experiences that meet
their individual learning needs with flexible lengths ranging from a minimum of
3-months to a maximum of 12-months.
It is the
expectation of the Enhanced Skills PGY3 programs at NOSM that where residents’
learning objectives can reasonably be completed in Northern Ontario, clinical
rotations will be undertaken in Northern Ontario. If however, it is felt that
there is insufficient patient volume to ensure development of a specific skill,
or lack of sufficient specialty preceptor numbers in the North, residents can
undertake their learning in other Ontario centers. In most instances, residents
are expected to find, confirm and schedule their own rotations outside of
Northern Ontario. Clinical learning in Northern Ontario will be coordinated and
scheduled through NOSM.
To be eligible for NOSM’s Enhanced Skills Programs candidates must be:
- Currently enrolled as a PGY2 in a Canadian Family Medicine Residency Program at the time of application. Residents must start their PGY3 within 12 months of completing their PGY2 year.
- Physician currently practising in Canada and meeting program funding eligibility requirements according to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC).
Note: Practising physicians interested in taking the program must apply separately through the re-entry program of the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care.
Application opening date: August 22, 2016
Application closing date: October 7, 2016
Interview period: October 10 to December 8, 2016
Offer letters: December 9, 2016
Resident Responds By: December 15, 2016
Start Date: July 1, 2017Self Directed Enhanced Skills Application Form
*If you are unable to open the application form, please email Marie Parkkari to request a copy.
A current CV
and two letters of reference, one of which should be from your program
director, are required to accompany your application. Applicants will be
notified by email of the success of their application.
Dr. Kathy Simpson
Interim Program Coordinator
PGY3 Enhanced Skills Program Director
Coordinator, Postgraduate Education
West Campus, Northern Ontario School of Medicine
Thunder Bay ON P7B 5E1
Tel: (807) 766-7310
Fax: (807) 766-7483