Family medicine residency program expands to Durham Region
Family Medicine residents from Queen’s School of Medicine and citizens of Oshawa and Durham region will benefit from the expansion of the university’s community-based residency program to the new Lakeridge Health Education and Research Network (LHEARN) Centre.
Dr. David Walker, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, announced at an Oshawa event today that Queen’s is providing $1M towards the capital cost of the Centre.
“This initiative will help Queen’s and Lakeridge Health provide state-of-the-art training for the next generation of health-care providers and become a model exemplifying ‘best practices’,” said Dr. Walker. “The program will improve health care for the citizens of Oshawa and area by increasing the number of doctors practicing in the region, reducing local wait times and focusing on preventive care and chronic disease management.”
Beginning in July 2012, some of Queen’s Family Medicine residents will live and train in Oshawa and the surrounding area for their entire two years of residency. The new Centre will be their academic home.
“For Family Medicine residents, LHEARN will provide a unique opportunity to develop and hone our skills in an integrated family medicine setting – combining clinical practice in family medicine with a range of learning experiences in other medical disciplines,” said Family Medicine resident Dr. Jay Dong.
The $1M investment comes from funding through the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for a $6.6M initiative to expand Queen’s Family Medicine residency program to Oshawa, Belleville, and Peterborough. The expansion will also help these communities recruit and retain family physicians.
Lakeridge Health, Queen’s and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology have signed a Memorandum of Understanding designed to enhance and expand health sciences education and research.