Dr. Walid Shahrour

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Shawne Neubauer

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Program Highlights

  • Early surgical skill training in both the Surgical Foundations Program and Urology
    Educational learning opportunities focused on anatomy and surgical procedures including 24-hour in-hospital access to full-body cadavers in Thunder Bay
  • Unparalleled preceptor support from knowledgeable surgeons committed to practicing in Northern Ontario
  • Learning from and working with a highly productive research team
  • Early integration as a key member of a healthcare team dedicated to professionalism, high-quality patient care, and excellent medical education
  • Exposure to care for patients from a variety of cultural backgrounds and social fabric, including in Francophone and Indigenous communities
  • Opportunity for learning experience in a range of Northern urban, rural and remote clinical settings, as well as in Toronto
  • Funding available for research, professional development, and conferences
  • Provision of financial support for resident travel to and from core clinical placements away from the home base and all mandatory educational activities at other locations
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General Information

The Program has an intake of two residents per year, who will be based in Thunder Bay. The educational model of the Program, from its inception, is the competence by design (CBD) model of training.  

NOSM University Urology residents will train in three main centres: Thunder Bay, Greater Sudbury, and the Greater Toronto Area. Each centre has unique features and patient populations that will expose residents to diverse patient populations that span across the province.  Residents will complete the majority of their rotations at the two main teaching sites: Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC), located in Thunder Bay; and Health Sciences North (HSN), located in Sudbury. An inter-institutional agreement with the University of Toronto will provide specific mandatory training rotations to supplement the residents’ exposure to the disciplines that the population in Northern Ontario cannot consistently provide them.  

Northern Ontario, a large landmass with approximately 800 000 residents, has a higher proportion of the population that identify as Indigenous (13%) and Francophone (16%) compared to the overall proportion in the province.  Furthermore, approximately 40% of the population live in rural communities. The opportunity for community and rural experience is a major component of resident training at NOSM University and is one of the aspects which will set this Program apart from others in Canada. 

The Greater Toronto Area (GTA), on the other hand, the largest metropolitan centre in Canada, encompasses a diverse population, including several ethnic and social backgrounds. While there are only a few rotations in Toronto, because of the large population, residents will be exposed to another dynamic learning environment which is unique to a metropolitan setting and learn from physicians that are practicing within the benefits and challenges experienced in a metropolitan centre. 

There are numerous communities located in Northern Ontario that do not have direct access to urological services. The program will help learners understand the needs and strategies to get urological care to these patients, including those in indigenous communities. The Program includes experiences in regional hospitals where residents will go to these smaller communities to perform clinics and urological procedures. To increase residents’ awareness of the community hospital urologic patient population, residents will be given the opportunity to interact further through receiving consultation from peripheral communities during calls and participating in Teleconsultation clinics. 

NOSM University will provide housing for Block placements and the Urology program will reimburse residents for short term housing and transport for residents in those clinical settings.

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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 - Urology - Thunder Bay.
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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Bright, vibrant and unique in every way. The city with a giant heart. Where urban life meants natural beautity. Thunder Bay is a city on Lake Superior, in northwestern Ontario, Canada. The Fort William Historical Park recreates an 1816 fur trading post. A trail leads to the summit of Mount McKay. Offering panoramic views, the Terry Fox Memorial and Lookout features a statue of the athlete and cancer research activist. On Sibley Peninsula, Sleeping Giant Provincial Park has trails, plus wildlife like moose and wolves.