Family medicine’s move to new residency model attracts fresh interest.
There is a lot going on at Memorial University (MUN) in the Discipline of Family Medicine (DFM). This is our first year for Streams including our northern, rural (west and central) and eastern Carms sites. This year Family Medicine achieved a 100% placement rate in the first iteration – the first time this has occurred since the 2010-11 academic year! We’re proud of our program and excited to welcome our new residents for 2015.
Our excellence in training rural family physicians has been well recognized by the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada over many years.
Our Point of Care Ultrasound PoCUS program is a first for family medicine residents in Canada.
We have over 300 of our Family Medicine (FM) graduates practicing in Newfoundland and Labrador and we are keen to recruit more. Our Streams are promoting a hub and spoke model to support more remote communities. As well, we are working on initiatives to improve care and support to family physicians including open access scheduling to improve access. This province needs more family physicians so we have many opportunities to offer post-graduation with wonderful colleagues.
Primary care renewal in NL
This is an exciting time for primary care renewal. We are embracing the Patients Medical Home (PMH) and working with partners to create models of primary care that reflect the components of the PMH.
Emergency Medicine enhanced skills program
We have an excellent and competitive enhanced skills program in emergency medicine, introduced a new Care of the Elderly program in 2015 and anticipate one in Care of Underserved Populations in 2017.
Our medical school has won international recognition for its social accountability with the ASPIRE award and our programs are specifically designed to address existing areas of population need.
Leslie Rourke received the Researcher of the Year award at the 2015 PriFor conference. She accepted her award and shared her wisdom on the value of primary care research that is patient oriented and matters in keeping with the theme of this year’s conference.