Ontario universities applaud government's investment in 100 new medical spaces across the province

    TORONTO, May 21 /CNW/ - Ontario universities welcome the Ontario
government's new investment to support 100 additional medical spaces designed
to help improve access to physician services. The Ontario government is
providing operating funding and $35 million in capital funding to support
these new positions.
    "The government's announcement reflects its continued strong commitment
to enhancing health care in the province by addressing the physician shortage
through expanded medical education," said Dr. Carol Herbert, Chair of the
Council of Ontario Faculties of Medicine (COFM) and Dean of the Schulich
School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Western of Ontario.
    The increase in undergraduate medical school positions is an important
part of the government's physician resource plan, and builds on the two
previous successful expansions of 160 new positions begun in 2000 and 104 new
positions begun in 2005. This third expansion, along with the establishment of
the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, will increase the total number of
first year spaces from 532 in 2000 to 952 in 2011.
    Dr. Paul C. Genest, President of the Council of Ontario Universities,
noted: "This government continues to demonstrate strong leadership and
commitment to improving health care services to benefit all Ontarians, and the
capital investment will also stimulate local economic activity by creating
jobs in several communities around the province."
    COFM values its strong partnership with government in improving
Ontarians' access to physician services.

For further information:

For further information: On behalf of Carol Herbert: Kathy Wallis, Media
Relations, University of Western Ontario, (519) 661-2111 ext. 81136,
kathy.wallis@schulich.uwo.ca; Paul C. Genest, President of COU, (416)
616-7231, pgenest@cou.on.ca

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