Good luck to our colleagues at the Dalhousie Medical School, in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia. Today is the first day of their Rural Week, an organised programme for newer medical students to experience rural practice.
As well as the anticipated effect for recruitment of future rural doctors, they also feel that it is vital that all doctors gain exposure to the challenges of rural practice, so that there is better understanding if they follow a more urban or centralised career pathway.
The video below explains the programme, and has contributions from both staff and students. Please leave a comment or contact us directly if you know of other projects like this where you work. A recent article in the Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine by Dr Roderick Cheung highlights the importance of these weeks in providing early inspiration.