Medical students from Dalhousie University in Halifax now are getting hands-on training on the South Shore through an expanded program to introduce future doctors to practising in rural communities.
Bridgewater, Lunenburg and Liverpool are welcoming five medical school students, who will spend their entire third year in the area through the Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship Program.
Traditionally, third-year students do their clerkships with short placements in various communities.
"This is a great way to offer on-the-job training and show students what it's like to practise in rural areas," Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey said in a news release issued September 30.
"It can also help with recruitment. We hope that exposing students to rural medicine early in their studies will interest them in eventually building careers there," the minister added.
The students will gain community-based education under the supervision of local doctors during their 48-week clerkship, while also working with other health-care providers in the community.
The Health Services Foundation of the South Shore, South Shore Regional Hospital Auxiliary and Queens General Hospital Foundation contributed $890,000 to create duty rooms, lounges and learning space at South Shore Regional and Queens General Hospitals, according to the release.
The clerkship program was first launched in September 2019 in Cape Breton, with four students training each year in North Sydney and New Waterford.