St. Thomas, ON – The St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital (STEGH) and the St. Thomas Elgin Health Recruitment Partnership are pleased to host fourteen first-year medical students from Western University – Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry June 3-6, 2013.
Coordinated by the South Western Ontario Medical Educational Network (SWOMEN) at Western University, Discovery Week 2013 has four areas of focus: becoming familiar with rural/regional medical practice; inter-professional education and care within rural/regional health; acute and/or chronic care; and dealing with diverse populations. The students will gain this experience by working in, and with: out-patient clinics, ER triage, specialists, family physicians, and emergency departments. The SWOMEN Discovery Week is an innovative program designed to encourage new physicians to practice in smaller communities upon completion of their training.
“We are excited each year to host new medical students and encourage the idea of practicing medicine in a community hospital such as St. Thomas Elgin General. It’s a great opportunity forstudents to shadow and see firsthand the practice of our experienced team of physicians,”explains Dr. Nancy Whitmore, Vice President and Chief of Staff.
Many Elgin County physicians and health care workers participate in the week to provide an interesting and enjoyable experience for the medical students. Throughout the week, students will spend time at STEGH in a variety of areas including the Operating Room, Laboratory, Diagnostic Imaging Department, Chemotherapy Unit, Emergency Department, Pathology, Orthopedics, Complex Continuing Care, OBGYN, and Internal Medicine. They will also have the opportunity to spend time with our Clinical Associates, and in Family and Pediatric physicians’offices in St. Thomas, Aylmer, the West Elgin Community Health Centre, and with allied health at the St. Thomas Elgin Health Unit, Talbot Trail Physiotherapy and Elgin Audiology.