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Funding subsidies available for health agencies looking to hire a medical student next summer

Northern Ontario School of Medicine is accepting applications for summer employment program

Health agencies looking for health-care students to work with them next summer can apply now for funding.

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) is accepting applications for the NOSM Summer Studentship Program, established by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. It allows for a limited number of NOSM students the opportunity to gain relevant work experience in their field of study. 

A NOSM news release said the Summer Studentship Program provides funding to approved agencies located in Northern Ontario to hire students who were born and/or raised in Northern Ontario. Eligible health-care professions include medicine, nursing, rehabilitation, and pharmacy, said the release.

Interested health agencies are asked to complete the funding application form, available on the School’s website, from November 1, 2021 to January 1, 2022. If required, NOSM will request additional agency information pertaining to organizational and recruitment goals, due January 15, 2022. 

NOSM said  as soon as agencies have been approved for funding, students will then be invited to apply for summer placements. All employment-related matters such as the selection of candidates, job duties, rate of pay, and duration of the employment contract is determined by the employing agency.

NOSM said the value and importance of the program was clearly demonstrated last summer when medical students were able to help alleviate a critical staff shortage in Hearst, where it was an ‘all hands on deck’ approach as COVID-19 cases escalated in the Porcupine Health Unit district.

Agencies interested in participating in the Summer Studentship Program are encouraged to contact Nova Mason, Community Relations Coordinator, at NOSM by telephone at 1-800-461-8777 ext. 7520,  or 807-766-7520, or by email at said the release.