Home is where the heart is!

home for the summer group“I actually had the opportunity to work alongside physicians who were my next door neighbours growing up”. Medical student Erin McAndrew grew up in Morden, Manitoba and had the chance to care for her community as a part of the Home for the Summer program, operated by the Office of Rural & Northern Health.

“I had the wonderful opportunity of spending 8 weeks at the Agassiz Medical Centre and Boundary Trails Health Centre. It was very rewarding to work in a community I know well and have many connections with.”

The Home for the Summer Program, operated by Manitoba’s Office of Rural and Northern Health, pays medical students to work in clinics and hospitals throughout Manitoba to gain invaluable experience and exposure to rural medicine.

The diversity of the experience at Beausejour HEW Primary Health Care Centre provided great motivation to medical student Alexandra Dansen. The Program “truly made me appreciate the medical  diversity that a rural family physician has to be able to deal with. This summer, at once point,  my preceptor gracefully and successfully balanced the care of all the inpatients while concurrently completing a weekend shift of the emergency room. It was impressive and gave me motivation to be able to do the same one day.”

Diane Bosc spent her time in the clinic and hospital in Notre Dame de Lourdes.

“I really enjoyed my time because it was interesting to see the broad scope of practice of a rural physician.

The physicians in Notre Dame de Lourdes were all amazing teachers and they provided me with many opportunities to practice and learn new skills. My experience reinforced the importance of being honest and transparent with patients, and showed me how much they appreciate interacting with a physician who treats them with respect.”

The students are required to complete a research project drawing on their experience in the community. They then present their findings to a panel of physicians with the winners receiving a small cash prize.

Doctors Manitoba played host to those presentations along with a special dinner to celebrate everyone’s experience. The

panelists included Dr. Shannon Prud’homme, President-Elect of Doctors Manitoba, Dr. Holly Hamilton, Dr. Don Klassen, Dr. Jose Francois, Dr. Ira Ripstein and Dr. Jason Scott, a Past- President of Doctors Manitoba.

Doctors Manitoba and Manitoba’s Office of Rural and Northern Health were pleased to work together to help show the medical students that their work and ideas are more than welcome in rural Manitoba. Indeed, it will help shape the medical profession for years to come