Northern and Rural Student Engagement

The Northern and Rural Student Engagement (NRSE) Committee consists of medical students studying at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, or at a rural satellite campus of other medical schools in Ontario. The aim of the NRSE committee is to advocate for improved access to urban-based professional development opportunities for NOSM and rural-based students through various projects and initiatives. Preference is given to applicants who are studying at NOSM or rural satellite campuses.

Our Projects and Resources

Canadian Residency Social Media Accounts

COVID-19, geographical challenges, and high financial costs are just a few of the barriers that Canadian medical students face in getting to know residency programs across the country. We have compiled the social media accounts of medical schools and residencies across Canada so that you can stay up to date with their activities, information sessions, and much more!

Medical Schools and Residency Accounts (by school) Residencies (by specialty)

Northern and Rural Student Feature

If you’re interested in exploring rural medicine it can be both exciting and difficult to prepare for such unique settings, but preparation is essential! To help with your preparation, we are featuring 3 Ontario medical students here. Each from a different stage of medical training, they share their preparation, placements, and lessons learned. Enjoy!

Student Feature #1: NOSM Student Feature #2: University of Toronto

About us

Northern and Rural Student Engagement Senior Chair
Brooke Moncrief

Born and raised in the small rural town of Red Lake, ON, I couldn’t wait to graduate high school and move on to new experiences elsewhere. However, once I had left I found myself counting down the days until I could return home. I moved out west to British Columbia, and down to Waterloo in Southern Ontario, and then finally back to Northern Ontario where I attended Lakehead University and completed my Kinesiology degree. I found my passion in chronic disease management through lifestyle modifications, but knew the best way to help people was through an approach which combined medicine and lifestyle modifications. I plan to pursue family medicine and practice in Northern Ontario. Outside of medical school you’ll find me hiking with my family and dog and playing volleyball.


Northern and Rural Student Engagement Junior Chair
Julie Leroux

My name is Julie Leroux and I am a first year student at NOSM in Sudbury. Born and raised in Timmins, ON, I have always been passionate about helping Northern and rural communities. My favourite pastimes include downhill skiing, cooking and spending time with my family. 





Social Media

Want to learn more about our committee? Find us on social media!