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Enhanced Skills Training in Family Practice Anesthesia

Family Practice Anesthesia

Program Information

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine's Family Medicine Enhanced Skills Training in Anesthesia Program prepares family physicians to provide safe anesthesia services in rural communities. Physicians completing this one year program will be able to provide both elective and emergency anesthesia services for patients without severe systemic illnesses and prepare them to be a resource to their community. Physicians will also acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for the anesthetic management of obstetrical emergencies, epidural analgesia, difficult airways, pain management, short-term ventilation, trauma and preparation of patients for safe transfer.

The NOSM FPA program is nationally renown for the FPA boot camp, engagement in national competency development and eLearning.  This program is connected to numerous community sites servicing the entirety of Northern Ontario.  The opportunities for not only clinical exposure, but also future job opportunities are unparalleled. 

This program has two spots available each year.  One resident will be based at Health Sciences North (HSN) in Sudbury and the other will be based at the Sault Area Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie. Both are tertiary care referral centers for their respective geographical areas in the north. Residents will work closely with highly skilled anesthesiologists in an environment that is dynamic, progressive and focused on education. This program centers on learning, not service.

A significant proportion of the year, 32-40 weeks, will be spent in your home base where there will be exposure to a broad range of anesthesia services. The rest of the year includes rotations in critical care, pediatric anesthesia and rural comprehensive family medicine. Exposure to pediatric anesthesia occurs at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa, while the rural comprehensive family medicine rotation is spent in one of the more rural centers in the north such as Huntsville, Timmins, Sioux Lookout or Kenora.

Educational rounds and formal teaching sessions occur on a weekly basis. There is a curriculum of didactic problem based or simulation based learning sessions on topics specifically relevant to the FP-Anesthetist. A wide selection of anesthesia reference textbooks, electronic library resources and computer services are also available for use by the residents.

Family Practice Anesthesia Boot Camp 

Residents will participate in a week-long anesthesia "boot-camp", which has been operating for the past 5 years with great success.  This week focuses on practical/technical aspects of anesthesia and crisis resource management through simulation didactic sessions and skill specific training sessions. 

Watch the NOSM Family Practice Anesthesia Boot Camp Video Here!

How to Apply

Candidates interested in this general practice Anesthesia program should be in their second year of Family Medicine, CCFP program or should have successfully completed their CCFP exams. Candidates with the intention of practicing in Northern Ontario after completion of the one year training are given preference. Candidates should have recent certification in ACLS. Support for ATLS and PALS certifications will be available if not already obtained.

While in Ottawa, residents may also participate in crisis management training at the Anesthesia Simulation Center.

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, 2017

Download the Family Practice Anesthesia Application Form
If you are unable to open the application form, please email Sara Wilson to request a copy of the form.

Application for NOSM’s PGY3 Anesthesia program can be submitted to the Postgraduate Office using the application form available for download. A current CV and three letters of reference, one of which should be from a clinical preceptor, are required to accompany your application. The interview date will be established following receipt of application, and in conjunction with the other Ontario Anesthesia PGY3 programs. Residents will be notified by email of the success of their application.

Program Contacts

Program Director
Dr. Rob Anderson

Program Coordinator
Sara Wilson

Please forward your application to:

Sara Wilson
Northern Ontario School of Medicine
935 Ramsey Lake Road
Sudbury, ON P3E 2C6
Tel: (705) 662-7135
Fax: (705) 662-7143
Email:  sara.wilson@nosm.ca 


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