Ontario Boosts Medical School Spaces Across Province



    McGuinty Government Training More Doctors, Building A Healthier Ontario

    TORONTO, May 21 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Ontario is boosting the number of first year medical students across the
province, beginning this September, to build a healthier Ontario.
    The province will train more doctors by creating 100 new first year
spaces at five medical schools over the next three years. The majority of the
students will study in the new community-based campuses in Kitchener-Waterloo,
St. Catharines, Mississauga and Windsor.
    The Waterloo Regional Campus of the Michael G. DeGroote School of
Medicine will admit seven more students for a total of 28 first year students
in September. The campus, a satellite of McMaster University, will also
receive almost $2.1 million to build additional classrooms, buy training and
IT equipment and library resources.
    Community-based undergraduate campuses allow medical students to take
much of their education in smaller urban centres, which increases the
likelihood that these students will ultimately practice in those communities.

    QUOTES

    
    "Ontario must train more doctors, and we're helping meet that demand today
with 100 new first-year medical spaces at our medical schools. We're creating
more opportunities for our local students to train closer to home, connect
with the local medical community and prepare for careers where they study."
    - Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities John Milloy
    (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/biography/tcu_minister.html).

    "The McGuinty government is working hard to improve access to physicians
for Ontarians - right here where they need it. Today's increase in medical
student spaces will ensure our success continues to build in the years to
come."
    - Minister of Health and Long-Term Care David Caplan

    QUICK FACTS
    -  By 2011, the government will have created 260 new first year medical
       school spaces, a 38 per cent increase since 2004-05.
    -  Ontario's six medical schools will welcome 952 first year students
       when all of the new seats are added by September 2011.
    -  New spaces are being created at five medical schools and nine
       locations.
    -  The province is investing $35 million over three years to help medical
       schools build the specialized rooms, labs, and equipment they need to
       train our future doctors.

    LEARN MORE

    Find out more (http://www.healthforceontario.ca/) about working in
healthcare in Ontario.

    Explore (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/postsec/univers.html) what
Ontario's universities have to offer.

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               Increasing Medical School Spaces Across Ontario

    The Ontario government is meeting its commitment to train more doctors by
creating 100 new spaces for first year medical students over the next three
years.
    Spaces will be created at:

    -  McMaster University (http://fhs.mcmaster.ca/mdprog/) and its Waterloo
       Regional Campus and Niagara Regional Campus
    -  University of Toronto (http://www.facmed.utoronto.ca/site4.aspx) and
       its Mississauga Academy, to be completed
       September 2011
    -  University of Western Ontario (http://www.schulich.uwo.ca/) and its
       satellite campus in Windsor
    -  Northern Ontario School of Medicine (http://www.normed.ca/), and
    -  University of Ottawa (http://www.medicine.uottawa.ca/eng/).

    To support the expansion, the government is also providing $35 million
over three years to complete construction of the new campuses, expand
classrooms, buy training equipment and library resources, and improve video
conferencing and webcasting between sites.
    The majority of the new student spaces will be created in community
campuses to ensure the sites have the ideal number of students for a high
quality learning environment. In 2006, the government invested in new medical
education campuses to train doctors in more communities and improve access to
health care across the province.

    More Doctors

    HealthForceOntario (http://www.healthforceontario.ca/) is the province's
strategy designed to make Ontario the employer-of-choice in health care and
ensure that Ontarians have access to the right number and mix of qualified
healthcare providers, now and in the future. The government's plan to increase
the number of doctors in Ontario is working:

    -  Between 2002 and 2007 there was an overall increase of 2,210 of
       physicians in Ontario, up from 21,056 to 23,266.
    -  Since 2004, the government has more than doubled the number of
       International Medical Graduate (IMG) training and assessment
       positions, and continues to work with various stakeholders to further
       reduce barriers that IMGs face in qualifying for practice in Ontario.
       As a measure of the success of this program, more than 5,600
       internationally-trained doctors are practicing in Ontario.
    -  Between 2004 and 2008, the government increased the number of family
       medicine residency positions by 75 per cent or 151 positions. As of
       June 2008, 330 additional family physicians graduated as a result. A
       further expansion of 170 family medicine residency positions will take
       place between 2008 and 2014.
    -  As of September 2008, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine had
       students in all four years of its medical education program, and will
       be graduating its first class of 56 this spring.


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For further information: Annette Phillips, Minister's Office, (416)
326-5748; Tanya Blazina, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2746

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