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Research on the Health Workforce




An Examination of the NOSM Student Selection Process
K.C. Tilleczek*, J. Konkin, R.W. Pong, and D.M. Cudney*

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) at Laurentian and Lakehead Universities is unique in many ways. It is the first medical school to be established in Canada in 35 years. It also has a special medical education mandate. Thus, NOSM offers a once-in-a-life-time opportunity to conduct research on medical education.

This study on NOSM's student selection process was part of a large research program titled "From Applicants to Medical Students to Residents and Beyond - A Multi-year Research Program on Medical Career Life Cycle". It was conducted by the Centre of Rural and Northern Health Research (CRaNHR), an independent research institute, which is also jointly based at Laurentian and Lakehead Universities.

CRaNHR researchers used a qualitative, ethnographic approach to examine several issues, such as applicants' views of the student selection process, the selection criteria and changes in the student selection process over a number of years.

While the research findings could be used to improve NOSM's student selection process in future year, the study had no bearing on the outcomes of individual applicants.

(commissioned by the Northern Ontario School of Medicine)



(Names in bold denote CRaNHR investigators and research staff. Names with an * denote former CRaNHR investigators and research staff.)