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Medical students visiting Alliston for Rural Health Day on June 10th

ALLISTON – May 14, 2015 Stevenson Memorial Hospital and the Alliston & Area Physician Recruitment Committee (AAPRC) will be hosting the 11th annual Rural Health Day on Wednesday, June 10, 2015.

Once again, up to 20 first-year medical students from the University of Toronto are expected to join the Committee as they learn how primary health care is practiced in a rural Ontario community. The event is designed to open minds and showcase the rewarding aspects of living and practicing family medicine in a rural community.

Students will participate in a variety of skill stations at the hospital where they learn suturing, intubation and intravenous initiation skills taught by Stevenson’s highly trained physicians and nurses.

“I am extremely happy to see us continue the tradition of Rural Health Day,” said Dr. Oswaldo Ramirez, Chief of Staff at Stevenson.  “This is such an important event for our community, and I am excited to be able to share the unique culture of Stevenson Memorial Hospital with our visiting medical students.  I am confident that our guests will see we offer a great deal of compassion and inclusiveness, while championing a spirit of innovation.  At Stevenson we endeavour to offer excellent care for our patients.”

The students will be taken out of their current urban teaching setting and get a feel for the rich history and rural life of the area. 

Lunch will be served at the Museum on the Boyne, with guest speaker Ralph Braden sharing local history and stories about important figures in medicine including, Sir Fredrick Banting and William Osler. Participants will also tour local landmarks and the Frederick Banting Homestead.  Dr. Monique Moreau usually has an educational surprise for the students, and it remains to be seen if she can top last year's trauma scene.

 “On behalf of the Recruitment & Retention Committee it is my great pleasure to welcome the U of T medical students as they learn about the unique challenges and opportunities of rural medicine,” said Keith White, AAPRC Chair.  “We know that a rural practice site presents its own unique challenges and rewards.  As a result of this visit and experience, we hope the students will choose to return to Alliston and area for future training and to establish their permanent practice.”