News at Medicine - April 2019 - Rural medical education among Faculty of Medicine awards

Rural medical education among Faculty of Medicine awards
April 15, 2019
The Faculty of Medicine is once again being recognized for encouraging physicians to practice in rural areas.  
For the second time in 10 years, the Faculty of Medicine has been awarded the Rural Education Award from the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada (SRPC).

Every year the SRPC awards the Rural Medical Education Award to an undergraduate medical program which has excelled in producing graduates headed for a career in rural medicine. This year they looked for the medical school program matching the most graduates to rural family medicine programs in the 2018 Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) match.
Memorial University excelled with 67.7 per cent of total graduates matching to a rural family medicine residency.
The faculty’s postgraduate residency training program in family medicine is a unique training model that includes stream sites in Newfoundland and Labrador ranging from the eastern, central and western regions, as well as the NorFam training centre in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador, and the Nunafam residency in Nunavut.
“On behalf of the people of rural Canada, I thank you and your colleagues at MUN for inspiring your students to choose rural training programs. You’ve set a standard that I hope other programs will aspire to,” wrote Dr. Tom Smith-Windsor, chair of the Nominations and Awards Committee, in a letter to Dean Margaret Steele.
“As the only medical school in Newfoundland and Labrador, we have a special obligation to meet the unique health needs of the communities we serve,” said Dean Steele. “Because of this, we have cultivated partnerships at a community level so that when our learners are in these rural and remote areas, they are able to develop connections and foster relationships that can grow and encourage the learner to consider a career in rural medicine.”  
The awards were presented in conjunction with the SRPC’s 27th Annual Rural and Remote Medicine Course which was held in Halifax, NS, from April 4-6. Drs. Katherine Stringer, Wendy Graham and Lyn Power attended and accepted the award on behalf of the Faculty of Medicine. Memorial also won the Rural Education Award in 2008 and has been awarded the SRPC Keith Award seven times for excelling in producing rural doctors.
In addition to the Rural Education Award, many faculty and learners received also awards:
Rural Long Service Award
  • Dr. Charlene Fitzgerald, clinical assistant professor, Family Medicine (Continuing Professional Development/Faculty Development coordinator – Postgraduate, Goose Bay – Northern Stream).
  • Dr. Robert Forsey, clinical associate professor, Family Medicine (Family Medicine Stream director (Labrador)). 
  • Dr. Mohammed Hussain Irfan, clinical lecturer, Family Medicine
FELLOWSHIP of Rural and Remote Medicine of the SRPC
  • Dr. Charlene Fitzgerald
  • Dr. Wendy Graham, clinical educator, Family Medicine, and coordinator, CPD Faculty Development Western Stream.
  • Dr. Gabe Woollam, clinical assistant professor, Family Medicine
Resident Essay Winner
  • Dr. Caroline Patterson, resident