TORONTO, Feb. 24 /CNW/ - The Council of Ontario Universities (COU)
welcomes the announcement by the federal government to fund new family
medicine positions and training opportunities across Ontario and across
Canada. This initiative will help improve access to health care for
Ontarians in remote areas and rural communities.
Approximately 60 additional third-year family medicine residency
positions in emergency medicine and enhanced skills will be created at
Ontario's six Faculties of Medicine. The faculties are located at
McMaster University, University of Ottawa, Queen's University,
University of Toronto, University of Western Ontario, as well as the
Northern Ontario School of Medicine at Laurentian University and
A third year in family medicine is an optional residency period for
family medicine residents that helps provide additional knowledge and
skills in a particular area of practice.
"This initiative will support comprehensive family practice in
under-served communities, and focus on areas such as anaesthesia,
obstetrics, care of the elderly, palliative care, rural skills, mental
health and addictions," says Dr. Catharine Whiteside, co-chair of the
Council of Ontario Faculties of Medicine and Dean of the Faculty of
Medicine at the University of Toronto. "This additional training will
help family physicians meet the needs of the community by having a
comprehensive family practice, including services such as delivering
babies or working in the local emergency department."
The federal government is investing $11.3 million to support this
project in Ontario. This funding will be provided over four years to
cover the full cost of establishing the residency positions and will
include teaching costs, travel, accommodation, resident salary and
"Today's announcement will help ensure Ontarians have greater access to
health care providers, regardless of where they live," says Bonnie M.
Patterson, COU President and CEO. "This funding will support the
education and training of Ontario's family medicine practitioners and
greatly complements the provincial government's continued commitment to
enhancing health care in Ontario."
SOURCE Council of Ontario Universities
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