Joint Communiqué : Northern Ontario Medical School Now Accepting Applications for Visiting Electives on the AFMC Student Portal

OTTAWA, July 14, 2016 - The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC), the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS), the Fédération médicale étudiante du Québec (FMEQ) and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) are pleased to announce that NOSM is now accepting applications for visiting electives through the AFMC Student Portal. Visiting Elective Details for NOSM --how to apply, student eligibility, application fees, deadlines and required documentation – are available at:

“AFMC is pleased to have the Northern Ontario School of Medicine join the Portal. This collaborative effort opens doors for medical students to arrange visiting elective opportunities in diverse settings including Ontario’s northern and rural communities” said Dr. Geneviève Moineau, President and CEO of the AFMC.

"NOSM welcomes students from across Canada and around the world to the unique Northern and rural electives that we offer in Northern Ontario,” says Dr. Roger Strasser, NOSM Dean. “By making our undergraduate electives easily available through the AFMC Student Portal, we are able to support students in building their career according to their interests. I am personally pleased with the collaboration between NOSM and the AFMC, which led to the seamless integration of the Student Portal and our existing scheduling system."

“Students are excited to hear about the launch of an additional school on the AFMC Student Portal. Throughout this process, we remain committed to a fair and equitable access to visiting electives for all Canadian medical students. As partners in this roll out, we remain firmly committed to a smooth implementation of the Portal that would allow all Canadian medical students the opportunity to complete visiting electives in their chosen disciplines and locations across the country.” said Nebras Warsi, VP Medical Education at the CFMS and Philippe Simard, VP External at the Association of Medical Students, Université de Montréal and FMEQ representative on the Portal Committees.

The Portal is a bilingual information hub and centralized application service. Visiting Canadian and International undergraduate medical students will now be able to visit the AFMC Student Portal to learn more about NOSM’s elective offerings. Students can search the Visiting Elective Guide at any time without having to register or submit an application and at no charge.

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Quick Facts about the AFMC Student Portal

  • The Portal was launched in 2014
  • More than 8,000 students are registered with the Portal
  • Over 20,000 applications have been submitted through the portal
  • NOSM will be the 12th of Canada’s 17 medical schools to accept applications for visiting electives on the Portal

For more information, please visit The AFMC Student Portal at: