Dr. Jason Sutherland

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Program Highlights

Many aspects of our program set us apart from more traditional residency routes, enhancing the caliber of our graduates:

  • Practice opportunities are extensive, and diverse allowing residents to immerse themselves in the unique lifestyle of northern Ontario
  • Residents have flexibility and are encouraged to undertake clinical experiences in a wide variety of communities across the entire NOSM geographic area
  • Opportunities exist to undertake either Family medicine or other learning experiences in the French language and experience the Francophone culture of northern Ontario
  • Community rotations are available which will allow residents to immerse and familiarize themselves in the rural culture, and experience the challenges and rewards of delivery of care in rural and remote communities
  • Many diverse opportunities exist to encounter, immerse and deliver care to Indigenous Peoples including travel to northern First Nations.
  • Rotations in over 40 Northern urban, rural and remote clinical settings
  • Opportunity for a wide variety of PGY3 enhanced skills options in northern Ontario
  • A unique opportunity for blended hospital­-based and community-based training with first call coverage in most disciplines
  • Early integration as a key member of an interdisciplinary health care team dedicated to professionalism, high quality patient care and excellent medical education
  • A diverse variety of in-patient and outpatient experiences emphasized from the beginning of residency
  • Unparalleled preceptor support from physician faculty and preceptors whose primary focus is patient care and teaching
  • Commitment to resident learning
  • 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 home base and primary residence for up to 6 months per academic year
  • Opportunities to participate in research under expert guidance
  • Funding available for research, professional development and conference participation
  • Access to advanced technology and informatics that allows 24/7 access to electronic search engines, and electronic indexes, as well as an extensive collection of electronic medical/health journals and textbooks
  • Exceptional lifestyle balance with a wide variety of outstanding northern Ontario recreational opportunities
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General Information

The NOSM University Family Medicine program is an accredited program of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC). We follow the Triple C competency-based curriculum in all of our training streams. Utilizing the CanMEDS-FM competencies, along with the CFPC’s Priority Topics and Skills Dimensions, our curriculum is build with community Family Medicine in mind. All of our rotations are largely community based, with several opportunities within our hospitals. The vast majority of teaching is provided by Family Physicians. Comprehensiveness of practice, along with continuity of care and education are central to our work. Depending on the stream, the approach to the scheduling of clinical experiences will vary. All Family Medicine residents will receive ongoing coaching and feedback, both informally and formally through our workplace-based assessment methods. Regularly scheduled periodic reviews provide an opportunity for self-reflection and coaching from a Competency Coach. Candidates who are self-directed and engage in reflective practice are particularly suited to our residency program.

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Salary Information

Post graduate salaries and benefits differ by province and are determined by two things: your training year, and the province you work in. See below the salaries and benefits for NOSM University - Family Medicine - Northern Ontario.
Effective October 4th, 2023 
Professional Leave
7 working days/year
Additional time off provided for writing any CND or US certification exam, leave includes the exam date and reasonable travel time to and from the exam site. Additional RCPSC & CFPC Certification Examination
Prep Time
  1. Subject to operational requirements and at the request of a resident, a resident will not be scheduled for call duties for a period up to fourteen days prior to a CFPC or RCPSC certification exam.
  2. Subject to operational requirements and at the request of a resident, a resident *will be granted up to seven consecutive days off during one of the four week*s preceding a CFPC or RCPSC certification exam.
Annual Vacation
4 weeks
Meal Allowance
Frequency of Calls
1 in 4 In-hospital, 1 in 3 home
Pregnancy Leave
17 weeks
Parental Leave
35 weeks, 37 weeks if resident did not take pregnancy leave
Supplemental Unemployment Benefit (SUB) Plan
Top-up to 84% 27 weeks for women who take pregnancy and parental leave; 12 weeks for parents on stand-alone parental leave.
Provincial Health Insurance
Extended Health Insurance
Provincial Dues (% of salary)
Dental Plan
85% paid for eligible expenses
CMPA Dues Paid
Under current arrangements, residents are rebated by Ministry of Health and Long Term Care for dues in excess of $300.
Long-Term Disability Insurance
Yes – 70% of salary, non-taxable.
Statutory and Floating Holidays
2 weeks leave with full pay and benefits;
10 stat days plus 1 personal floater.
Residents are entitled to at least 5 consecutive days off over the Christmas or New Year period, which accounts for 3 statutory holidays (Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day), and 2 weekend days.
Life Insurance
Yes, 2x salary
Salary and Benefit Continuance
A resident that can’t work due to illness or injury will have salary and benefits maintained for 6 months or until end of appointment (whichever occurs first)
Call Stipend
$127.60 in-hospital; $63.80 home call or qualifying shift on shift-based services.
Weekend premium:
$140.36 in-hospital; $70.18 home call or qualifying shift on shift-based services.
Updated October 4, 2023

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Northern Ontario, Canada lives on a bed of ancient, rocky land known as the Canadian Shield. Our region sits due south of the remote shores of Hudson’s Bay, leading to the Arctic Sea and alongside the wild freshwater lakes of Huron and Superior. Our Boreal forests stretch for thousands of kilometres, and our towns are nestled comfortably inside this epic wilderness. Up here, even in our cities, you’re always just minutes from your next outdoor adventure