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Program Highlights

The NOSM U PHPM program prepares physicians to practice full-scope public health and preventive medicine in northern, rural, remote, and global contexts.  Our residents train at sites across Northern Ontario, as well as sites outside Northern Ontario that offer experiences relevant to NOSM U’s social accountability mandate.  Our program offers residents a supportive environment to create sustainable improvements in health outcomes.  Program highlights include:

  • Outstanding program coordination and wellness support
  • Excellent examination preparation
  • Diverse, compassionate resident colleagues
  • Social accountability and health equity focus
  • Easy access to urban amenities and outdoor activities across beautiful Northern Ontario

The NOSM U PHPM program offers a comprehensive curriculum that integrates all the CanMEDS roles, while explicitly focusing on the knowledge and skills required to practice in northern, rural, and remote contexts.

Key components of the five-year PHPM residency program include:

  • Weekly academic half-days, regular academic full-days, and biannual in-person learning events
  • A minimum of 12 months of clinical training
  • A minimum of 2 semesters of graduate training
  • A minimum of 18 months of public health and preventive medicine field placements
  • A scholarly project

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General Information

The five-year NOSM U PHPM residency training program follows the Royal College Specialty Training Requirements, and ensures residents meet the Royal College Objectives of Training.  Key components of the NOSM U PHPM curriculum—clinical training, academic training, and PHPM field placements—are summarized below.

Clinical training

The NOSM U PHPM offers training through two separate streams: PHPM-FM in Sudbury and PHPM in Sault Ste. Marie.  Residents in the Sudbury PHPM-FM training stream complete two years of clinical training with the NOSM U Family Medicine Residency program, leading to certification with the College of Family Physicians as well as certification with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Academic training

NOSM U PHPM residents participate in weekly academic half-days (AHDs), regular academic full-days, and biannual in-person learning events.  Regular academic activities include Discussion of the Week (DOW) and Knowledge & Skills sessions, journal clubs, joint academic rounds with other PHPM residency programs, practice OSCEs, and practice written examinations.  PGY1-2 residents are expected to participate in the DOW and may attend the whole AHD when clinical duties allow, while PGY3-5 residents attend the whole AHD.

NOSM U PHPM residents must complete a minimum of two semesters of graduate training.  Residents in the PHPM-FM stream can complete up to one year of graduate training.  Most residents choose to complete a Master of Public Health during their training.  Residents work closely with the program director to select a Canadian or international university program that meets their interests and the Royal College requirements.  Residents with previous graduate training may be credited, resulting in additional elective time or a reduction in training time.

Public health and preventive medicine field placements

NOSM U PHPM residents complete 6 core rotations:

  • Public Health Systems and Practice
  • Communicable Disease
  • Environmental Health
  • Health Policy and Planning
  • Health Promotion, Chronic Disease Prevention, and Injury Prevention
  • Leadership and Management

NOSM U PHPM residents complete the majority of core rotations within NOSM U’s geographical service area in Northern Ontario, and complete all their core rotations at sites with training experiences relevant to NOSM U’s social accountability mandate.  Residents are required to live and work in multiple communities.

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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 - Public Health and Preventive Medicine including Family Medicine - Sudbury.
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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View of the Sudbury Science North building from Hermit's Bay
The City of Greater Sudbury is centrally located in Northeastern Ontario at the convergence of three major highways. It is situated on the Canadian Shield in the Great Lakes Basin and is composed of a rich mix of urban, suburban, rural and wilderness environments. Greater Sudbury is 3,627 square kilometres in area, making it the geographically largest municipality in Ontario and second largest in Canada. Greater Sudbury is considered a city of lakes, containing 330 lakes and the largest lake contained within a city, Lake Wanapitei.

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