SEME: Supplemental Emergency Medicine Experience
The SEME program offers an innovative three month remunerated fellowship for rural Ontario family doctors looking for additional training in emergency medicine. Focusing on practical and relevant skills, this clinical immersion experience is designed for physicians practicing comprehensive care in smaller and rural communities. To date, 140 family physicians have successfully completed the SEME program.
Accepting applications now!
The Ontario MOHLTC has approved funding for the SEME program until 2025.
Jan. 11 - Apr. 4, 2021: Current cohort
Sept. 27 - Dec. 19, 2021: Accepting applications, deadline March 26, 2021
Jan. 17 - Apr. 10, 2022: Future cohort
Click below for the electronic application form.
SEME Thunder Bay
In 2020, the Ontario MOHLTC approved an expansion site for the SEME program in Thunder Bay. This satellite site will provide a much needed training option closer to home for Northern Ontario family physicians. Beginning Spring 2021, the Thunder Bay SEME program will welcome three physicians per year.
The mission of the SEME Program is to provide a practical training option for practicing family physicians wishing to enhance their emergency medicine skills, thereby increasing recruitment and retention of physicians providing emergency care in rural and semi-rural communities. The SEME Program is centralized and administered at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. A key factor in the success of the program is the collaborative teaching efforts of the fourteen University of Toronto affiliated hospital sites, the Rural Ontario Medical Program teaching sites and over 300 faculty including emergency physicians, intensivists, anesthesiologists, and trauma surgeons.
SEME Success Stories
"The SEME program is one of the best career decisions that I have made. The opportunity to attend weekly, high quality academic sessions taught by seasoned experts, participate in regular simulations, and do clinical rotations with leaders in emergency medicine made this an invaluable experience for me."
Dr. Heather Laakso, 2017
"Not only did I learn from a high volume of cases during the program, but I was able to compare how rural and urban practices are different and ensure my patients are receiving a high quality standard of care in Northwestern Ontario. The weekly didactic sessions were fantastic, hands-on, and some of the best small group learning I have done since residency."
Dr. Lucy Manchester, 2019
"I’ve always wanted to practice broad scope family medicine, but even after completing my rural family medicine residency, I did not feel completely prepared to cover emergency room shifts independently. The SEME Program was the perfect opportunity for me to develop the acute care skills required for emergency medicine with the understanding that I also want to practice family medicine."