The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) is getting five new residency positions for 2016, David Orazietti MPP announced Wednesday.
“This announcement comes as the Northern Ontario School of Medicine is celebrating their 10th anniversary,” said Orazietti. “Our government has delivered improved access to primary care in Northern Ontario, and the further addition of five new residency positions at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine will help ensure our community continues to train and recruit qualified doctors.”
Research done by NOSM shows that students who attend medical school in Northern Ontario are staying in the North to practice after graduating. According to NOSM, 94 per cent of doctors who completed both their MD and residency with NOSM are practicing in Northern Ontario today, and 33 per cent of those doctors are in remote, rural communities.
Currently, there are a number of NOSM graduates working in Sault Ste. Marie, including a consulting pediatrician, a diagnostic radiologist, and five family physicians. Additionally, there are ten NOSM family medicine candidates currently completing their residency in the community.
Sault Ste. Marie has seen an increase in both the number of physicians working in the community and the number of doctors per 10,000 people since 2003. Between 2003 and 2013, there has been a 23.9 per cent increase in the number of physicians working in Sault Ste. Marie and a 25.7 per cent increase in the number of doctors per 10,000 people.
Improving access to care is part of Ontario’s four-part plan to build Ontario up. The plan includes investing in people’s talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
Between 2003 and 2013, Sault Ste. Marie has gained 33 more physicians, for a total of 171 physicians working in the Sault in 2013 (up from 138 Sault-area physicians in 2003)
92% of NOSM MD students are from Northern Ontario
69% of doctors who completed their residency with NOSM are practicing in Northern Ontario today (22% are in remote, rural communities)
NOSM contributes $67-82 million of new economic activity per year in Northern Ontario