Northern Ontario School of Medicine - Public Health and Preventive Medicine including Family Medicine - Northern Ontario


Program Director

Dr. George Pasut


Program Coordinator

Sonya Richard

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  • Comprehensive PHPM training meeting the objectives of training set by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

  • The opportunity to meet the CFPC training requirements for Family Medicine

  • Collegial support from resident peers

  • Rotation opportunities primarily located in northern Ontario

  • Diverse settings for core and elective training, including

  • Affiliation with multiple urban and rural public health units across Ontario

  • Provincial and federal government and health agency placements

  • International placements may also be arranged to meet resident learning needs with sufficient notice

  • Preceptor support from physicians committed to practicing in Northern Ontario

  • A comprehensive academic program that includes NOSM specific educational sessions, and participation in rounds with the University of Toronto and Queens University's Public Health and Preventive Medicine Programs

  • Financial support for resident travel to and from core clinical placements away from the home base, and all mandatory educational activities at non home base locations

  • Housing support for core rotations away from primary residence

  • Funding available for research, professional development, and conferences

Wellness at NOSM

Wellness support is also available to all NOSM residents via the NOSM Postgraduate Wellness Program.

Residency is a unique opportunity to learn, grow and set the stage for the rest of your career. Residency also has its challenges. While you will face high expectations, the NOSM Postgraduate Wellness Program aims to ensure you also have a high degree of support. The mission of the Wellness Program is to assist our residents in achieving the knowledge and skills to develop healthy and productive professional identities during this important transitional time. The framework of the program includes occupational/academic health, physical health, emotional health and social health.

Our highest priority is providing and coordinating supports for residents who have specific health needs, whether pre-existing or arising during residency. Wellness Program personnel will assist residents with finding and coordinating health resources, as well as working with residency programs to accommodate the learning and training environment if needed. The program also includes proactive components for all residents such as: a wellness curriculum, promoting safe housing and transportation, ensuring your duty hour and leave protections are respected, cultural supports, and guidance with developing a healthy and productive professional identity.

The NOSM Postgraduate Wellness Program has developed a “Residents” section within the interactive wellness app NOSM Well. The Residents section in the App delivers easily accessible, secure, up-to-date wellness information to you around the clock, in any setting!

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The NOSM Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency Program aims to offer high quality training to enable residents to flourish as independent PHPM specialists working to improve the health of populations.

Our goal is to deliver a comprehensive curriculum that integrates all of the CanMEDS roles/competencies, and is designed with an explicit focus on building skills to improve northern, rural and Indigenous health, while preparing residents to practice the full breadth and depth of public health and preventive medicine.

We aim to offer opportunities in our program to allow residents to tailor learning environments and areas of focus to further meet their own individual career goals.

About PHPM as a Specialty

Public Health and Preventive Medicine (PHPM) is a broad specialty with a large range of opportunities and career choices. PHPM specialists are experts in understanding the health determinants of whole populations and assuming leadership roles in how to improve and maintain the health and wellbeing of communities. A Public Health and Preventive Medicine specialist monitors and assesses the health needs of a population and develops, implements, and evaluates strategies for improving the public’s health. These specialty physicians draw on knowledge and skills in health measurement, health promotion, disease prevention and health protection to collaboratively address community health issues through public policy, and partnerships.

PHPM specialists are involved in the leadership of governmental and non-governmental organizations at local, provincial, national and international levels. PHPM physicians are employed in roles such as Medical Officers of Health for health units, CEOs for health authorities, Executive Directors for non-governmental organizations, and consultants for private industry. Many specialists contribute to scholarly work and are involved in the research and teaching of academic institutions. Specialists can also contribute to community-oriented clinical practice with an emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention.

The knowledge of PHPM specialists include design, implementation and evaluation of health programs on community health issues such as communicable disease control, environmental health, epidemiology and prevention of acute and chronic disease and injury.