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Rural Health Day

Stevenson Memorial Hospital and the Alliston & Area Physician Recruitment Committee (AAPRC) will be hosting the 10th annual Rural Health Day on Wednesday, June 4, 2014.

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 very excited to continue this annual tradition of Rural Health Day,” said Dr. Oswaldo Ramirez, Chief of Staff at Stevenson. “It is such a pleasure to be able to share the unique culture of Stevenson Memorial Hospital with our visiting medical students. We hope they will see that our hospital offers a level of warmth and friendliness along with a spirit of innovation allowing us to deliver excellent care.”

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 & William Osler. Participants will also tour Sheldon Creek farm and the Frederick Banting Homestead.

 “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 are excited that they are choosing to come to Alliston and area and we hope, as a result of this experience, they will consider returning at a later point in their medical careers.”