Prairie Mountain Health (PMH) was again proud to participate in Rural Week (May 28-June 1), where first-year Medical Students from the University of Manitoba’s Max Rady College of Medicine spread out across rural and northern Manitoba.
The initiative allowed students to gain first-hand experience of how rural and northern Manitoba medical practices function. It also further promoted the many benefits of working and living in rural areas.
This year, 35 medical students participated within 13 PMH communities, which include: Brandon, Dauphin, Hamiota, Killarney, Minnedosa, Neepawa, Rivers, Russell, Souris, Ste. Rose, Swan River, Treherne and Winnipegosis.
There were also ‘walk with a doc’ scheduled events taking place in Hamiota, Rivers and Swan River.
PMH Executive Director of Primary Care and Support Services, Michelle McKay, says the week-long experience is another important part of regional recruitment and retention initiatives.
“We really appreciate the opportunity to highlight communities, medical facilities and sites within the health region in the hopes that some of these up and coming physicians eventually select to live and work in rural Manitoba.”
McKay adds that PMH very much appreciates the efforts of all of the physician preceptors, health-care professionals and community volunteers to ensure Rural Week succeeds.
The community of Winnipegosis was involved in the Rural Week initiative for the first time. Here, Dr. Alison Carleton, left, works with medical student Rachel Alder on a procedure.
Medical students have some water fun at Kinasoa Lake.