Sault Ste. Marie has a strong history of clinical teaching complete with collaboration agreement with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM). The undergraduate program hosts eight third year students during the comprehensive community clerkship (CCC) annually. The postgraduate program holds four Family Medicine and one Family Medicine Anesthesia residency positions in CaRMS. Sault Ste. Marie also hosts many program and elective placements for learners from medical schools both in and out of country in undergraduate and postgraduate family medicine and specialty programs. It is common to have an average of twenty-three learners on site at all times.

Physicians in Sault Ste. Marie have an opportunity to apply for a NOSM faculty appointment and become a member of our Local Education Group funded by the Physician Clinical Teacher’s Association (PCTA). These opportunities allow for clinical teaching, preceptor payments, faculty and academic development, and research opportunities.

The amazing preceptor involvement is the key to the success of the clinical teaching program in Sault Ste. Marie. Learners often receive one on one teaching but there also many opportunities for residents to teach medical students participating in the Clerkship or Summer Studentship Programs.

Completing a rotation or residency in Sault Ste. Marie is a great way to experience the medical community and culture as well as the city and recreational opportunities to determine if it is a possible long term career location.

"The clinical experience was amazing and preceptors and staff were so accommodating and welcoming during my elective time in Sault Ste. Marie."

The Physician Recruitment and Retention office host several social learner events throughout the year including treetop adventures, golf day, ski day, snowshoe and hiking trips.






Sault Ste. Marie is an elective site with the Northern Ontario Electives Program (NEP) which is administered by the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM). The program provides a variety of high quality rural, remote, and small urban clinical learning opportunities in Northern Ontario. It is designed for undergraduate medical students and postgraduate residents from both family medicine and specialty programs.

Additional information and application for the NEP can be obtained at


The Summer Studentship Program is offered annually for the month of June to Saultites in their first or second year attending Canadian medical schools. The Program gives the medical students an incentive to return home to work during their training, with the intent to have them return to the community to practice medicine after their training has been completed. Twenty-one physicians have been recruited to-date who have participated in the Summer Studentship Program. This Program is made possible through the volunteer supervision of the medical students provided by our local physicians and allied healthcare professionals.

These paid jobs are part of the Northern Ontario initiative and the Program is organized by the SSM Physician Recruitment & Retention office. The work is varied and serves to enhance the students’ current knowledge of healthcare in the North. In Sault Ste. Marie the Program is structured to include three components: 1) community involvement, 2) research projects and 3) clinical opportunities made available at both the Sault Area Hospital and the Group Health Centre.

The student application enrolment period opens annually on December 1st to January 15th. Please visit for more information and to submit your application.


The Group Health Centre’s Clinical Learning Centre, opened in 2013, provides medical learners in Sault Ste. Marie with access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. The 5,000 square foot area houses fifteen examining rooms, five private offices, a computer room, and a waiting area. It is home to 5 dedicated family doctors and their support teams, and can accommodate up to 6 medical learners.
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