Northern medical school offering two more spots in program to candidates from the military
The Northern Ontario School of Medicine is offering two spots at the school to members of the Canadian Armed Forces who are training to be physicians. (File)
SUDBURY -- The Northern Ontario School of Medicine is offering two spots at the school to members of the Canadian Armed Forces who are training to be physicians.
The students must already be selected by the armed forces to receive subsidies for their medical training.
“By partnering with the Department of National Defense, we will prepare Canadian military physicians to treat underserviced and remote communities across Canada and around the world,” NOSM CEO Dr. Sarita Verma, said in a news release Monday. “It is an honour to help prepare Canadian military physicians with this level of hands-on training. There truly is no better training ground than Northern Ontario.”
Verma said NOSM has been accepting military candidates to the MD program for several years.
"The difference now is that we are able to increase opportunity to get into NOSM by adding two additional dedicated spots for qualified military applicants,” she said.
Applicants must be regular force members of the armed forces and meet all of NOSM’s general application requirements.
“Canadian Forces Health Services Group is pleased to collaborate with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine in the provision of subsidized medical training to future General Duty Medical Officers,” Major Tina Lipcsey, staff officer attraction, Canadian Forces Health Services Group, said in the release.
NOSM has been instrumental in providing medical training to students being subsidized by the Canadian Armed Forces through both the military medical training plan and the medical officer training plan.
“In order for soldiers, sailors, airmen and airwomen to be willing to put themselves in harms’ way, they need to feel confident that, if injured at home during training or overseas on operations, there will be highly qualified medical officers readily available to provide them with the urgent medical care they need,” Lipcsey said. “Since the Canadian Armed Forces does not have its own medical school, it relies on partnerships with civilian educational institutions like NOSM to produce highly educated and skilled physicians.”
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