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Home for the Summer Program wraps up in Interlake-Eastern RHA

This summer, Interlake-Eastern RHA recently hosted a total of 30 students interested in working in the region for the summer. Home for the Summer is a joint initiative with Manitoba regional health authorities (RHAs) and the formerly known Office of Rural and Northern Health (ORNH). ORNH, which is now a part of the Manitoba Health Care Providers Network, started the program as a pilot in 2006.

The program provides students from the Interlake-Eastern RHA with hands-on clinical or site experience overseen through job shadowing roles. It originally started with medical students, but now extends  beyond that. Students worked in sites across the region, says Aiden Kahanovitch who is responsible for recruitment in the region.

“We placed students across the region in primary care settings in Stonewall and St. Laurent to long term care in Lac du Bonnet and Arborg and more,” says Kahanovitch. “This program combined with our other recruitment efforts are showing students the value of a health-care career in our region.” 

Practices in Beausejour, Eriksdale,  Gimli, Oakbank, Pinawa, Pine Falls, Selkirk, Oakbank and Stonewall hosted 17 medical students for anywhere from two to six weeks. Some of the areas the students were exposed to included obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, anesthesia, surgery and emergency medicine. Many students were also provided with opportunities to experience the Indigenous traditional healing centre, Giigewigamig, that is part of Pine Falls Health Complex.

There were 13 students who participated in the fields of nursing, occupational health and safety, primary health care, allied health, public health, pharmacy, acute and long term care nursing. The students were spread amongst Selkirk, Stonewall, St. Laurent, Arborg, Lac du Bonnet and Beausejour. There is a minimum five week commitment from these students who can be in their positions for as long as 16 weeks.

Interlake-Eastern RHA and the Manitoba Health Care Providers Network share in the funding support for student wages within the term positions. Students need to be enrolled in a health-care training program that fits a future need for Interlake-Eastern RHA.


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