Local Education Groups Across Northern Ontario

Local Education Group (LEG)

A LEG is a group of physician clinical faculty who have joined together to assume responsibility for the provision of a significant, identifiable component(s) of NOSM's current academic mandate. LEGS work closely with the NOSM Undergraduate and Postgraduate Associate Deans to ensure the academic/curriculum needs of the learners are met. To date, 51 LEGs have been implemented and approved in Northern Ontario.


The purpose of the LEGs is to provide the physician clinical faculty with an organization structure to address the challenges of balancing the demands for the provision of academics and clinical services. It is also intended to facilitate the ongoing delivery of the NOSM academic mandate by the physician clinical faculty.


Alternative Funding Plans (AFPs) in Ontario are funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) to support the clinical teaching activities of physicians, thus ensuring sufficient clinical learning opportunities to the next generation of physicians. Although AFPs have existed at other Ontario medical schools since the 1990s, Ontario's newest medical school, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), has a unique mandate and mission to train physicians for rural and northern communities.

NOSM's distributed medical education (DME) model - with two campuses more than 1000km apart in Sudbury and Thunder Bay, and clinical learning taking place in over 70 communities across northern Ontario - indicated the need for a different approach to supporting clinical faculty. [1-3] Instead of a single centralized governing body to administer the funds, the NOSM AFP is implemented through Local Education Groups (LEGs). LEGs are self-organized groups of NOSM clinical faculty who are responsible for providing selected medical education services at the undergraduate and/or postgraduate level. LEGs also support other academic activities such as professional development, research and clinical innovation. [4,5] An independent organization, the Northern Ontario Academic Medicine Association (NOAMA), administers the LEGs Initiative, through a negotiated agreement between the MOHLTC, the Ontario Medical Association (OMA), the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), and the Physician Clinical Teachers Association (PCTA).

Groups interested in applying to be a LEG

Contact Michelle Labate at mlabate@noama.ca for information on how to apply.

*Monitoring and Evaluation Framework For the Local Education Groups (LEGs) Initiative by Jill E. Sherman, M.P.H. and Wayne Warry, Ph.D. from Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research at Laurentian University



LEG Lead

LEG Administrator

City of Lakes LEG

Dr. Katherine Richardson

Ms. Tamara Moylan

Dryden Medical Education Group

Dr. Adam Moir

Ms. Wendy Allan

Elliot Lake LEG

Dr. Frank Chi


Espanola Physicians LEG

Dr. Kimberly Perlin

Dr Liane Ainslie 

Family Medicine LEG - Sudbury


Ms. Monique Loach

Fort Frances LEG

Dr. Marc Ruppenstein

Mr. Todd Hamilton

Ms. Shari Bujold

Fort William Family Health Organization LEG

Dr. Delene Nelson

Ms. Shannon Frizzell

Health Sciences North Obstetrics and Gynaecology Clinical Teaching Group 

Dr. David Huneault

Ms. Leigh Huneault

Health Sciences North Sudbury General Surgical Clinical Teaching Group

Dr. Richard Benedict

Ms Stacey Zayette

Hearst Family Health Organization LEG

Dr. Richard Claveau

Ms. Marylene Tremblay-Comeau

Huntsville Physicians LEG

Dr. Roy Kirkpatrick

Ms. Sue Featherston

Kapuskasing Sensenbrenner Hospital Medical Staff LEG

Dr. Chris Meilleur

Dr. Julie Boucher

Ms. Nicole Hachez 

Kirkland Lake and Englehart LEG

Dr. Jessica Moore

Ms. Crystal Burns

Lake of the Woods Health Sciences Campus LEG

Dr. Brad Kyle

Dr. Jonny Grek

Mr. Shaune Oakley

Dr. Steph Foidart

Dr. Dave Kyle

Lakehead Obstetrics and Gynaecology LEG

Dr. Frank Potestio

Ms. Laura Kydd

Manitoulin Island Clinical Teachers Association LEG

Dr. Shelagh McRae

Ms. Keely King

Marathon Family Health Team LEG

Dr. Eliseo Orrantia

Ms. Joanne Berube

Ms. Dario Verin

North Bay Paediatric LEG

Dr. Kate Nicholson


North Bay Physicians LEG

Dr. Christopher Cathers

Ms. Ashley Foreman

Northern Ontario Palliative Care LEG

Dr. Andrew Migay

Ms. Alisha Migneault

Northern Orthopaedics (N.ORTH) LEG

Dr. Kevan Saidi

Ms. Lianne Anselmo

Parry Sound LEG

Dr. Wil Smith

Dr. David Clarke

Ms. Angela Draycott

Red Lake LEG

Dr. Mark Polle

Ms. Georgie Schuurman

Sault Ste Marie Academic Medical Association LEG

Dr. Ed Hirvi

Ms. Carrie Stewart

Ms. Wendy Doda

Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre LEG

Dr. Justin Poling

Ms. Linda McNaughton (Clinic Administrator)

Michelle Hrynchuk (LEG Admin Asst)

South Muskoka LEG

Dr. Ken Hotson

Ms. Sue Featherston

South Temiskaming LEG

Dr. Stacy Desilets

Ms. Amber Sayer

Sudbury Anaesthesia LEG

Dr. Brent Kennedy

Ms. Valerie Boivin

Sudbury Cardiology LEG

Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim

Ms. Debbie Lloyd

Sudbury Critical Care LEG

Dr. Kyle McKechnie

Dr. Sarah McIsaac

Dr. Fabio Luison

Ms. Denise Fleury

Sudbury Emergency Associates LEG

Dr. Dominique Ansell

Dr. Virginie Marchadier

Sudbury Hospitalist LEG

Dr. Jennifer Zymantas

Ms. Sara Cover

Sudbury Multidisciplinary LEG

Dr. Geordie Linford

Dr. Katherine Santos


Sudbury Paediatric LEG 

Dr. Melanie Breau


Sudbury Pathology LEG

Dr. Jose Miguel Gonzalez Berjon


Sudbury Psychiatry LEG

Dr. Elendu Okoronkwo

Mr. Kevin Saroka

Thunder Bay Anaesthesia LEG

Dr. Todd McDonald


Thunder Bay Critical Care LEG

Dr. Caitlin McCallum


Thunder Bay Diagnostic LEG

Dr. Amer Alaref


Thunder Bay Emergency Physicians LEG

Dr. Jonathan Smith

Ms. Debbie Reed

Thunder Bay Family Medicine LEG

Dr. Kim Varty

Dr. Nicole Zavagnin

Ms. Teesha Zaik

Thunder Bay General Surgery LEG

Dr. Scott Cassie


Thunder Bay Head and Neck Physicians LEG

Dr. Blair Schoales 


Thunder Bay Internal Medicine LEG

Dr. Trevor Bon


Thunder Bay Orthopaedic Division LEG

Dr. David Puskas

Ms. Laura Kydd

Thunder Bay Paediatric Teaching Faculty LEG

Dr. Linda Bakovic

Ms. Laura Kydd

Thunder Bay Psychiatry LEG

Dr. Suzanne Allain

Ms. Mary-Anne Penney

Thunder Bay Regional Cancer Centre LEG

Dr. Margaret Anthes


Timiskaming-Cochrane LEG

Dr. Auri Bruno-Petrina

Dr. Robert Miller 


Timmins Educators and Mentors (TEAM) Physicians LEG

Dr. Kiersten Parr

Ms. Julie Godin

Wawa LEG

Dr. Mike Cotterill

Ms. Stephanie Stamler 

West Nipissing LEG

Dr. Klère Bourgault

Ms. Laura Jean


2021 LEG Lead & Administrator's Meeting
Fri Nov 05, 2021
November 5-6, 2021, is tentatively scheduled for the LEG Lead & Administrator’s Meeting. The event will be taking place at the Marriott Toronto Airport Hotel. Please take the time to mark it in your calendars. More information will follow at a later date.
2021-2022 AFP Call for Proposals
Mon Oct 04, 2021
Due Date for Submissions: Monday, October 4, 2021 at 11:00 p.m. Eastern Time