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Friday, May 19, 2017

Medical Students spread out across Southwestern Ontario for Discovery Week

Discovery Week will see 168 first year medical students from Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry spread out to more than 30 communities throughout southwestern Ontario to receive a hands-on learning experience in rural and regional communities.

The experience offers a unique learning opportunity for these students by providing an intimate understanding of the diverse experiences which impact health and wellness in the centres within Schulich Medicine & Dentistry’s Distributed Education network.

This year’s Discovery Week takes place during one of two weeks, May 22 to 26 or May 29 through June 2. The participating communities extend from St. Thomas to Owen Sound. This year 28 first year medical students will shadow physicians and visit patients across the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) to gain a better understanding of how patient care is delivered in this community.

“Discovery Week is an important learning opportunity for our students, introducing them, for the first time, to the opportunities and challenges of living and working in a rural or regional community,” said Dr. George Kim, assistant dean, Rural and Regional Community Engagement at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry. “Students will be intimately involved in patient care while developing an understanding and appreciation for rural regional medicine.”

To arrange interviews with Dr. Kim, please contact Crystal Mackay. For information on Discovery Week in your community please contact Laurie Roberts, Corporate Lead Medical Staff at HPHA.

Media Contact:

Crystal Mackay
Media Relations Officer
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University
Tel: 519-661-2111 ext. 80387
Cell: 519-933-5944

Event Contact:

Laurie Roberts
Corporate Lead, Medical Staff
Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance
Tel: 519-272-8210 ext. 2426
Cell: 519-276-7175
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