Important information on COVID-19 / Renseignements importants sur la COVID-19!

We are asking all patients and visitors coming to HSN to please wear a mask as an added step to reduce the spread of germs and protect vulnerable patients. Handmade masks are NOT acceptable. When you arrive at the hospital as a patient or care partner a hospital approved mask will be provided to you and you will be expected to wear it during your time at HSN to keep yourself, other patients and care partners and our staff, physicians, learners and volunteers safe.

Patients going for a procedure where they must remove the mask will be asked to keep it ready to be put back on once the procedure is completed.

Before coming to the hospital, please check our COVID-19 info page for updates.

Education at Health Sciences North

Health Sciences North is affiliated with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Laurentian University, Cambrian College and Collège Boréal. As an Academic Health Sciences Centre, we work with our partners to provide valuable learning experiences across a variety of disciplines. Click on the links on the side for more information.

Simulation Laboratory

  The Simulation Laboratory promotes high-quality educational activities across all health professions including nursing, respiratory therapy, paramedicine, physicians and other allied health practitioners. Through collaboration with our partners at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) we are fostering the future of medical care in the north and providing an environment for patient, and learner-safe education.

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Grand Rounds


Grand Rounds are 1-hour sessions, presented by HSN physicians or residents on topics that satisfy a need (gathered through surveys, evaluations of previous Grand Rounds or identified within the institution).These sessions are held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday from September to May in Health Sciences North’s Lecture Rooms and broadcasted through OTN.

All physicians from the community are invited to attend Grand Rounds and Lecture Series at Health Sciences North. 


Students & Medical Learners


Health Sciences North (HSN) supports the education of Students and Medical Learners through enriching secondary and post-secondary school placements, internships, residencies and fellowships. 

During your visit to the hospital, you will be seen by a team of health care professionals, some of which may be in-training. Individuals in-training will identify themselves to you as students, learners or medical residents. Working under the close supervision of hospital staff and attending physicians, they play an important role in the care and treatment of you and your family. Do not hesitate to ask them questions about their role in your care. 

Key Contacts:

  • Student Placements/Job Shadows: 705-523-7100 x 1921
  • Medical Students/Residents/Observerships with a Physician: 705-523-7100 x 4483 or x 5072


Academic affairs is pleased to announce that HSN has provided approval for the gradual return of students this Fall. What this means is that HSN will only accept requests from students in their 3rd & 4th/or final academic year (or where a course is 2 or 3 years, only students in their last year would be considered) for placement opportunities.

Placement opportunities will also depend on whether the departments have the capacity to accommodate.

The gradual return will be reviewed again in October/November for January 2021.

Should you have students that meet the criteria, please complete the placement request via .  

All placements will be confirmed by August 20, 2020.

Health Sciences Library

The Health Sciences Library is a hospital resource that strives to support Health Sciences North staff, physicians, residents and students in their commitment to providing excellence in patient care, education and the advancement of research. 

The Library maintains current and authoritative resources in both print and electronic formats.  Knowledgeable staff are able to assist with research and offer practical training sessions.  The library provides a welcoming space to conduct research, read a book, or hold meetings.

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Northeast Cancer Centre Patient Library

Patient Library The Northeast Cancer Centre Patient Library welcomes patients and families to read and take home books, view videos, enjoy internet access and learn through interactive multimedia.

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