Kenora Area Physician Recruitment

Medical Learners

Who we are

Kenora is a much sought after site for all levels of Medical Learners. For more information on Electives, Rotations, Observerships, or our Longitudinal Family Medicine Residency spots, please contact 

As a NOSMU teaching site, our faculty offer unique learning experiences in Rural Medicine. We have preceptors in Rural Family Medicine including with and in the First Nation communities, Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, Psychiatry, Internal Medicine, Anesthesia, and more! The SIMULATION LAB at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital provides a great experience for interactive hands-on learning.   

We also welcome Physician Assistant, Rehabilitation Sciences, Registered Dietician, Nursing, Laboratory, Diagnostic Imaging, and other Healthcare students!  

The Lake of the Woods Health Sciences Campus in affiliation with NOSMU delivers engaging skill-building opportunities. We are proud of our fulsome, inter-professional learning environment.

Students interested in further information about the Northern Ontario School of Medicine are encouraged to visit:

Rural Northwestern Ontario offers an incredible learning experience for Visiting Family Medicine Residents. Explore the rural generalist family medicine elective opportunities available at the NOSM University Visiting FM Rural Elective Program.

Both Undergraduate and Postgraduate medical students and residents need to apply for electives through the NOSM education application portal.

If you are a learner and would like to explore the possibilities, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Welcome! Your Lake of the Woods adventure begins in Kenora… ( 


UnderGrad Medical Education (ume)

Kenora hosts third year medical students for an 8-month Comprehensive Community Clerkship (CCC) during NOSMU’s Phase 2. Students are paired up with Medical Preceptors and participate in a wide range of clinical learning activities in primary care clinics, in the communities, and at Lake of the Woods District Hospital. During their Clerkship year, the medical students are encouraged to become active and involved members of the community.  

NOSMU’s Phase 3 takes place in Thunder Bay or Sudbury and is organized around a series of specialty clerkship rotations: Surgery, Internal Medicine, Children’s Health, Women’s Health, Mental Health, and Emergency Medicine. The integrated exposure to various specialties and subspecialties in this Phase provides students with the opportunity to assess specialty areas that they may choose to pursue as a future career. In this Phase, there are opportunities to experience medicine in different settings through elective experiences, many of which can also occur in Kenora by request. 


PostGrad Education (PGE)

Medical Students interested in experiencing full-scope Rural Family Medicine are able to apply for a MATCH through CaRMs (prospective residents/how to apply). NOSMU has a “Rural stream” with Kenora as a host site for the 2-year longitudinal Family Medicine residency. Our residents are given access to several different family medicine practice profiles during their Family Medicine blocks with the option to stay with us for electives. They can also do electives in other communities to have a unique learning experience. Medical Learners can contact us for more information on these opportunities, however all applications for elective rotations must be processed through the NOSMU education portal.

Whether you are attending the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, another Canadian Medical School or a medical school abroad, Kenora offers elective opportunities for post-graduate residents in:

  • Family Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Addictions Medicine 
  • Primary Care with First Nations
  • Anesthesia
  • Internal Medicine
  • General Surgery 
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiology
  • and more…


What to Expect

Located on Lake of the Woods, Kenora is a 4-season tourist destination, highlighting “Lake Life” at its finest. From boating and swimming in the summertime, to year-round fishing and hiking, as an outdoor enthusiast you have nature in your backyard!

The Kenora area is filled with countless recreation activities, indoor and out!

Winter activities include both cross-country and downhill skiing with tubing at Mount Evergreen, Biathlon, snowmobiling, ice fishing, snowshoeing and more. There are local hockey leagues (competitive and house) as well as skating, curling, Crokicurl, ice bikes, and more.

The other three seasons are spent enjoying the number of lakes and pristine forests, including the Lake of the Woods Yacht club and the rowing club at Rabbit Lake. Kenora hosts one of the largest Bass Fishing Tournaments, called KBI and local music during the summer including Kenora Harbourfest.

Housing for learners is a coordinated partnership between NOSMU and LWDH with many locations located on beautiful Lake of the Woods. 

The Moncrief Construction Sports Center hosts ice surface, swimming pool, sauna, walking track, exercise classes, and fitness center, which all of our learners can receive free access. From local coffee shops, cuisine, to music festivals, and fishing tournaments, Kenora is a hidden gem calling your name.  

Medical Learners have the opportunity to learn about community partnerships such as Kenora Chiefs Advisory Wellness Camp and Equine Therapy program, including meeting Ojibway Spirit Horses. 

About Us – Kenora Chiefs Advisory 

Strong collaborative partnerships make Kenora a fantastic place to live, learn, and grow. 


During rotations, there are always fun things on the go… This is just an ICE CREAM Friday courtesy of LWDH’ Sunshine Club and food truck BDI!   

Below is a photo of one of the many Inter-professional Learner events that occur throughout the year… this was held at Mount Evergreen where Medical Learners participated in an Escape Room and Tubing!  


While in our community you will be connected with many opportunities to practice work-life balance. 





Kenora is home to 1 of 6 ORNGE Emergency Transport bases. Learners may have the opportunity to accompany our Medical Director into the ORNGE control center. 



Who to Contact

We are here to answer any questions you may have about the learning experience in Kenora. We love to hear more about what you are interested in so we can make it the best experience possible.

Please feel free to contact us at and our Physician Recruiter Jenn Savage or the Site Administrative Co-Ordinator Bobbi Derkson will connect!

3rd Year Med Students: Outdoor Medicine
with Dr Meg Olson and Dr Robin Krug