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How to contact us:

NEP Mailing Address

Northeastern Ontario Electives Program

1942 Regent Street South

Unit G, Suite 127

Sudbury, Ontario

P3E 3Z9

NEP Location Address

Northeastern Ontario Electives Program

Health Sciences Education Resource Centre

Laurentian University Campus

935 Ramsey Lake Road

Sudbury, Ontario

P3E 2C6

NOFM Phone Number: (705) 688-0200

or Toll Free: 1-800-461-8777

NOFM Fax Number: (705) 671-1688

NOFM Internet Number: patry@nofm.laurentian.ca



The Northeastern Ontario Electives Program (NEP) was developed in 1995 as a collaborative venture amongst the Northeastern 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 Northeastern Ontario for undergraduate medical students and postgraduate residents from CCFP and Royal College programs. The settings range from Mattawa in the east to Hornepayne in the west.

Another important objective of NEP is to expose medical students and residents to medical practice and life style opportunities in relatively isolated or rural areas with the hope that this experience will encourage graduates to eventually set up practice in Northeastern Ontario.

NEP is structured as an elective program and, in so far as possible, attempts to meet the objectives of each individual student or resident. A NEP elective provides an opportunity for the trainee to develop his/her skills in a setting which is less structured than an urban teaching centre.

The program will accommodate trainees and will endeavour to place them with appropriate preceptors in our Northeastern Ontario communities for four weeks or more. Upon request, we can offer undergraduate community electives or Royal College and Family Medicine Postgraduates core training activity in Northeastern Ontario. The program is designed for undergraduate medical students and residents from the five Ontario medical schools. Funding is provided by the Ministry of Health of the Province of Ontario to the University of Ottawa.

The Northeastern Ontario Electives Program offers northern learning experiences on behalf of all five (5) Ontario Academic Health Science Centres. Medical trainees from all Ontario Faculties of Medicine can therefore gain access to Northern community-based clinical learning opportunities with logistical and scheduling details provided by the NEP.

Significant health care needs remain unmet in the Francophone and Aboriginal populations of Ontario. The NEP has a clear objective to offer french language training opportunities in addition to culturally diverse opportunities with the people of our first nations.

ELECTIVES FOR UNDERGRADUATE MEDICAL STUDENTS

The Program is designed for medical students from the five (5) Ontario Academic Health Science Centres. All arrangements must be initiated through the NEP office. Placements are made on a "first come, first served" basis. Because the applicant's first choice of elective experience or community location may not be available, all applicants are asked to provide several choices in descending rank order on the sheet attached to the application.

Duration of electives is for four weeks or more. Electives of less than four weeks are not available. All electives must be approved and signed by the Dean of the undergraduate program in which the student is enrolled. The form may also be signed by the Elective Coordinator of the program.

After the student's general objectives have been submitted to NEP, detailed rotation learning objectives are negotiated directly between the student and his/her designated supervisor in the NEP setting.

Travel costs to and from the NEP setting and accommodation for the student are provided by the Program for Ontario students. In most settings, accommodation is maintained by the program on a continuing basis.



ELECTIVES OR CORE TRAINING ACTIVITY FOR

POSTGRADUATE RESIDENTS

NEP elective opportunities are available for Ontario Residents who are enrolled in an accredited postgraduate medical training program and registered with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. All arrangements must be initiated through the NEP office. While requests can usually be accommodated, all placements are on a "first come, first served" basis. Because the applicant's first choice of elective experience or community location may not be available, all applicants are asked to provide several choices in descending rank order on the sheet attached to the application.

Duration of electives is for four weeks or more. Electives of less than four weeks are not available. All electives must be approved and signed by the Director of the postgraduate program in which the resident is enrolled. The form may also be signed by the Elective Co-ordinator.

After the trainee's general objectives have been submitted to NEP, detailed rotation learning objectives are negotiated directly with his/her designated supervisor in the NEP setting.

Travel costs to and from the NEP setting and accommodation for the resident are provided by the program for Ontario residents. In most settings, accommodation is maintained by the program on a continuing basis. To the extent that budgetary support allows spousal funding, you can apply for spousal funding in order that spouses have an equal opportunity to explore the enjoyment and the opportunities available in Northeastern Ontario. The program requires notice if children will accompany you to rotation so that accommodations can be scheduled appropriately. In many settings, accommodation for children is very difficult to obtain.



TRAVEL ALLOWANCES

For all NEP learning opportunities, travel funding is provided up to a maximum amount equal to the advanced return air fare booking excursion rate.

If the trainees choose to use any other form of transportation to and from the learning site, they will be reimbursed their legitimate expenses up to a maximum level equal to the air fare described above. All claims for reimbursement must be accompanied by original receipts.

Please Note: ADVANCE BOOKING OF FLIGHTS IS REQUIRED. IF NOT ADVISED OF A LEARNER'S EXACT TRAVELLING PLANS COMING AND GOING, THE NEP OFFICE WILL USE THE DATES SHOWN ON THE APPLICATION FORM TO BOOK TICKETS. ANY COSTS INCURRED DUE TO LAST MINUTE CHANGES OR CANCELLATIONS ARE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE STUDENT/RESIDENT.

If the student/resident should decide not to fly, arrangements can be made to send the student/resident a cheque for half the amount equivalent to the air fare (at the current advanced booking excursion rate) and the balance will be paid upon receipt of the student/resident's evaluation form of the preceptor.

NOTE: In special circumstances and upon demonstration of legitimate need, the NEP may provide postgraduate trainees with return transportation to their base medical school once every 60 days if the learning experience extends beyond 90 continuous days.


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