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Thursday, June 6, 2019


Medical Students 

Participate in Rural Week

by Patti Hacault, 

Staff Reporter


Rural Week is a compulsory learning experience for all first year medical students enrolled in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba. It offers students an opportunity to get first-hand experience and introduction to both rural and northern medicine, as well as rural lifestyles.


It also is a prospect for participating communities to platform themselves and foster what they have to offer future doctors.


In its first year (2003), Rural Week was a non-compulsory experience and was selected by 80 percent of the class. The Rural Week program was approved as a component of the Med 1 curriculum in 2004. It allows the entire class to spend one week in rural and northern communities.


Annually, the efforts of numerous teachers, health care professionals and countless community volunteers provide students with rural medicine and community experiences. Rural Week 2019, coordinated by Manitoba’s Office of Rural and Northern Health (ORNH), the University and rural regional health authorities, provided an excellent opportunity for 110 medical students to gain first-hand experience of how a rural and northern Manitoba medical practice functions.

The Notre Dame de Lourdes and St. Claude Health Centres (Southern Health Santé Sud) and the Tiger Hills Health Centre (Prairie Mountain Health) took part in the Rural Week program from May 28th through to May 31st. Two students were assigned to each hospital where they had an opportunity to get actual experience under the guidance of the local doctors.


Prairie Mountain Health (PMH) also participated in Rural Week hosting 35 medical students within 13 PMH communities which included: Brandon, Dauphin, Hamiota, Killarney, Minnedosa, Neepawa, Rivers, Russell, Souris, Ste. Rose, Swan River, Treherne and Winnipegosis.

First year medical students and doctors from the Tiger Hills Health Centre taking part in the Rural Week program from May 27th through to May 31st posed for a picture on Wednesday, May 29th. Pictured outside the Tiger Hills Medical Centre Emergency Entrance were standing in the back (l-r) Dr. J. MacTavish, MD B. Sc CCFP, and Dr. A. P. Vorster MBchB CCFP. In the front (l-r) were Meredith Chiu, Diana Craig, and Dr. S. Prud’homme MD CCFP.

The Times Photo / Patti Hacault

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