By Marianne Curtis
Southern Regional Health Authority is hoping that a number of doctors who paid a visit to the region during a two day event in September will decide to practice in the community upon graduation.
On September 28 and 29 approximately eighty first and second year residents participated in education sessions and activities to familiarize themselves with the Southern RHA and the local communities. The residents were in the region as part of the 2012 Family Medical Resident Retreat. This is the first time the University of Manitoba Family Medicine Program brought the retreat to the region.
Kathy McPhail, chief executive officer for Southern RHA is thrilled to have the event hosted in the region.
“We recognize there are many options for practice that today’s residents are able to select from and we want to situate Southern RHA as their selected point of destination as we strive towards 2015 and our commitment provincially to a physician/provider for all,” stated McPhail.
The students come from all four of the Family Medicine training streams of Northern Remote, Urban, Rural and Bilingual.
Southern RHA Medical Vice President Dr. Myron Thiessen was also pleased with the opportunity.
“We are delighted to host the Family Medicine Resident Retreat,” added Thiessen. “These Doctors can virtually choose from dozens of practice sites in dozens of communities in Manitoba and throughout Canada as they make their decisions on where they will practice, live and raise their families.”
The Southern RHA has been working hard over the last year in planning for this event and has had the support of many local businesses and community members.
The goal was to overwhelm these new Physicians and their families with hospitality in the hopes that they will put Steinbach, the surrounding communities and Southern RHA at the very top of their list of potential practice sites.