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First year medical students hosted in Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority for Rural Week

This year 21 medical students attended rural week in nine communities in Interlake-Eastern area. During rural week, first year medical students are hosted by communities and given the opportunity to shadow physicians, NPs and other care providers during their regular workday in local health clinics. 

In an effort to provide medical students with exposure to the practice diversity found in rural settings, students shadowed hospital and primary health care staff in Arborg, Ashern, Beausejour, Eriksdale, Gimli, Lac du Bonnet, Pine Falls, Selkirk and Teulon.

“My first day working with Dr. Speer was really great,” says first year medicaI student, Robin Penwarden who spent some time at Dr. Margaret Speer’s Eveline Street Clinic, “I got lots of hands on clinical experience. I was fortunate enough to have patients who were comfortable with me doing their prenatal checks which was great.”

On top of clinic time, the week also includes a host of activities, organized by community volunteers, to give students an understanding of what it’s like to live and work in rural communities. A few of the activities that this year’s rural week students participated in included dinners and BBQs hosted by local physicians and the community, visits to dairy farm operations, fishing and golfing trips, a tour of the oldest church in western Canada, a flight over Selkirk and area provided by St. Andrews Airport and a visit with the Director of the Giigewigamig Traditional Healing Centre in Pine Falls.

Rural Week, as part of the University of Manitoba medical curriculum, first started in 2004.
It’s an initiative coordinated by the RHA in collaboration with the Department of Family Medicine, Max Rady College of Medicine and the Manitoba HealthCare Providers Network.

arborg rural week

Photo cutline: As part of Rural Week, Rachel Rudney, David Kim and Andrea Soriano took part in Fit Kids Healthy Kids Leader Training in Arborg.
sta airport rural week

Photo cutline: From left to right: First year medical students Nathan Smith and Robin Penwarden and St Andrews Airport board member secretary Bill Hilash, chairperson Jerry Roehr  and first year medical students Samer Al-Hadidi and Janet Yuen. The students attended Selkirk for rural week and took a flight through St. Andrews Airport.


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