Program that produces rural doctors wins award

A  B.C. medical program, dedicated to producing doctors headed for a career in rural medicine, won a national award.

Last Friday in Halifax, The Northern Medical Program received the Rural Medical Education Award from the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada.

It is given out each year to a medical program that has excelled in producing graduates headed for a career in rural medicine. In 2008, 57% of NMP grads were placed in rural residencies.

The Northern Medical Program is a partnership between the University of British Columbia and UNBC and has been an integral part of the expansion of UBC’s Faculty of Medicine.

President of the Northern Medical Society Michelle Sutter says the NMP allows people living in rural communities to receive the health care they deserve in their own community.

UNBC’s Vice Provost of Medicine Dr. David Snadden says he thanks Northern Health and the physicians and communities of the North. He says without their support the program would not even be possible.

The SRPC is a voluntary professional organization representing more than 2500 of Canada’s rural physicians. The Society provides leadership for rural physicians and promotes sustainable conditions and equitable health care for rural communities.

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