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    Plan to address doctor shortage

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    Plan to address doctor shortage

    Middlesex County looks to help foreign-trained doctors get residency spots.
    DEBORA VAN BRENK, Free Press Reporter 2004-02-11 03:29:00







    Middlesex County has set up a group to figure out how best to help foreign-trained doctors get residency spots to practise medicine here. In an idea believed to be unique in Ontario, county councillors yesterday unanimously gave county administrator Bill Rayburn the go-ahead to seek federal job-training money and other grants and loans.

    County council approved a hurry-up approach to the doctor-shortage problem and authorized Rayburn to set up a committee, then a budget, then a formal proposal for funding -- all within a month.

    That money would help international medical doctors get the two or three years of experience they need in a residency program, and ease rural doctor shortages.

    Rayburn said that would beat starting from scratch, where someone entering medical school may be a full-fledged family doctor in seven years or more.

    And it beats recruiting family doctors from other areas because it can solve a long-term problem.

    "I see that as a shuffling of the same deck of cards and we need to increase the number of cards in the deck," Rayburn said.

    Warden Ian Brebner said he's convinced it's the right thing to do. "Two years ago, I would have thought that this is the last issue we should look at."

    But small communities are crying for more doctors and it's time to set aside jurisdictional boundaries, he said.

    Middlesex Centre Mayor Bev Shipley said many doctors are nearing retirement age and something new needs to be tried. "In our area, there are five doctors and in 10 years, they'll be gone."

    Rayburn said he hasn't run across any opposition to the concept from the federal level, but others have told him there may be bureaucratic hurdles.

    Elgin County is also considering jumping on board. The councils of the two counties figure this could be used as a pilot project across Canada.

    Recently, London set up a local committee to recruit new doctors to ease a shortage that has left as many as 20,000 without a family doctor.
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    wow

    Howdy!
    I'd have to say that that is a good thing... the question is whether they will allow IMG's from caribbean? Is anyone here applying to other international school besides the caribbean?

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    hi

    I'm from Middlesex County - Dorchester, Ontario. Yep. It's 15 min. away from London which has the University Hospital (4+ sites) and is considered one of the best in Canda. AND it's designated underserved. I think the message is 'underserved' in Ontario doesn't mean living in an igloo in the North. S-

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    Don't knock it until you've tried it!!!

    Please people, are we Canadians or not?

    Living in the north is not so bad. Before I was accepted at SGU, I spent some time up north. By that I mean way up north. Inuvik, NWT. Way above the actic circle. I worked for the NWT Health services, in the doctor/hospital billing dept, and let me tell you something.

    In order for physicians to come up north, the government gives them incredible benefits/incentives. I know that family docs (in the NWT) make around 400K/year, with some specialists making twice that. Some also get a "living allowance" to cover for some extra expenses as well as bonuses for signing contracts (ie. 5+ years).

    The NWT (at the time I was there) had only one pediatrician. He made an obscene amount of money per year.

    Yeah, I know it's cold in the north, but after a while, you get used to it. Plus, you get to get away from the hussle and bussle of city living.

    If you love nature, the NWT is awesome. I saw black bears, caribou, muskox. The fishing and hunting there is amazing. Plus, you can drive your snowmobile on the road. That's how I got to work in the winter. The RCMP didn't care.

    Just my thoghts,

    RK403
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