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Provincial Programs
Please apply early to the programs as they tend to be first come first served and fill up quickly:

1. Northeastern Ontario Electives Program (NEP)
NEP was developed in 1995 as a collaborative venture amongst the North-eastern Ontario Family Medicine Program (NOFM), the University of Ottawa, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines. The main objective of NEP is the provision of a variety of rural and remote clinical learning opportunities in North-eastern Ontario for undergraduate medical students and postgraduate residents from CFPC and Royal College programs. Travel costs to and from the setting and accommodation for the student are provided by the program for Ontario residents. Out of province students can usually be provided accommodation.

Contact: Carmen Patry
935 Ramsey Lake Road Sudbury, ON P3E 2C6
Phone: (800) 461-8777
Fax: (705) 671-1688

2. North-western Ontario Medical Program (NOMP)
NOMP was developed in 1972 as a collaborative venture among the Thunder Bay Medical Society, the North-western Ontario Medical Society, the North-western Ontario Medical Society, the Ontario Ministry of Health and McMaster University. The main objective of NOMP is the provision of a variety of unique rural and remote educational opportunities in North-western Ontario. There are 150 - 175 teaching months available per year in communities ranging from 2,000 to 15,000 population. Travel costs to and from the NOMP setting and accommodation for the student are provided by the Programme for Ontario students. Out of province students can be worked in but will only be provided accommodation. Duration of electives is normally four to six weeks, but special arrangements for longer periods can be made provided objectives are suitable and sufficient advance notice is given. Research electives are available that last for a duration of eight (8) to twelve (12) weeks.

Contact: John Ongaro
Coordinator of Community And Professional Development
Health Sciences North
955 Oliver Road
Thunder Bay On P7B 5E1
Phone: (807) 343-2129
Phone toll free: (800) 279-4859
Fax: (807) 343-2104

3. Rural Ontario Medical Program (ROMP)

ROMP which is based at the Collingwood General and Marine hospital is primarily funded for residents in family medicine and specialties but can also offer rotations for undergraduates. ROMPs main objective is to provide early exposure to rural medicine and the lifestyle that goes with it. Students are guaranteed a busy and productive rotation. Accommodation is provided. Once a year ROMP also organizes a Rural Health Week with one of the medical schools in which the community and the hospital hosts ten students for an intensive week of rural medical training. The 1999 event will be in association with Queens University. In 1999 ROMP has grown to involve a number of communities, many with catchments of 30,000 or more and thus not rural at all, but rather small cities. Students would be well advised to check out the nature of the setting, to obtain maximum training benefit.

Contact: Andrea Ewen, Program Assistant
459 Hume Street, Collingwood, ON, L9Y 1W9
Phone toll free: (877) 445-7667
Fax: (705) 445- 8911
While co-ordination is not offered, please note that there are bursaries available through the Ontario Medical Association for electives done in Underserviced Areas. There are 2 bursaries for each of the 5 medical schools in the amount of $500 each. Applicants must be members of the OMA and can take their bursary to any underserviced area, but preference is for Ontario sites. An application is available from the OMA but should be lodged with your University who awards the bursaries.

Contact: Ontario Medical Association
525 University Ave Suite 300 Toronto, ON, M5G 2K7
Phone: (416) 599-2580
Phone toll free: (800) 268-7215
Fax: (416) 599-9309
Fax toll free: (800) 267-6973
The NAHSN summer studentship program is sponsored by the Ministry of Health on an annual basis to encourage northern students to return home for summer employment. Geared primarily for medical students, all health care disciplines are encouraged to apply for an 8 week placement in an institution or agency close to their home.  They are remunerated on an hourly rate [about $11] and there can be some provision for transportation. While geared for northern students, southern students can apply as well and will be considered if vacancies are available. Prospective candidates can apply directly to Jackie Thoms at NOMEC 1-800-461-8777 for an application form for the North East and John Ongaro at NOMP 1-800-279-4859 for the North West. They must also submit a letter from their most recent marks, a letter from their Dean [or designate] and a curriculum vitae. They may or may not be placed in a related position but all placements are in health. The results in 1999, the first year, were extremely positive. Applications accepted in January are for the following summer.

If you are at one of the Ontario Universities consider the following:

  • University of Western Ontario medical students wishing to do an elective have online instructions. Rural medicine is being integrated into the curriculum starting at the first year. 1998 marks the first year of the Rural Medicine Interest Club. It meets monthly. Faculty advisor is Dr. Ken Milne. 1999 was the first year of a rural medicine excursion for interested students. They went on a canoe trip on the Saugeen River in May and had rural doctors as speakers about rural medicine and lifestyle.

  • At McMaster University 1st year medical students can choose to spend one half day each week in a rural community. During clerkship, students may choose to pursue their family medicine rotations in a rural area.

  • At the University of Toronto there is a Rural Health Initiative, which has as its aim to increase awareness of rural health issues among medical students and staff. Click here to access their website. A contact e-mail address is Opportunities in rural medicine and general application procedures can be found within the online Clerkship Electives Catalogue, with instruction on how to apply as a visiting medical student (some restrictions apply). U of T students have access to Medical Alumni awards of $250 (deadlines Nov 1 and April 1 Tel 979-1539) and other Elective Awards to $750 (deadline Nov 1 Tel 978-2715) for out of town electives. Contact the family and community medicine department or clerkship electives program for further information.

    Contact: Family and Community Medicine: Mrs Rachel Ellis
    Phone: (416) 978-1896
    Fax: (416) 978-3912

    Contact: Clerkship Electives: Mrs Eva Lagan
    Phone: (416) 978-0416
    Fax: (416) 987-4194

  • Queens University has a Rural Medical Initiative (QRMI) of medical students that has arranged a rural medicine source book, website, e-mail newsletter, lecture series and ongoing creative projects such as the rural high schools outreach program.  The medical school itself is associated with the Moose Factory Program which places students in a remote Northern Aboriginal hospital. No bursaries or scholarships are available for electives. Electives can be arranged through.

    Contact: Janet Gaudreau
    Phone: (613) 549-4480 ext 3966
    Fax: (613) 544-9899

  • The University of Ottawa medical school has its electives catalogue on-line, with instruction on how to apply as a visiting medical student.
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