Discovery Week 2011 Highlights
Discovery Week 2011 has wrapped up another successful year, with 169 students in over 32 communities from Amherstburg to Zurich. This was the largest group of students we've ever had, and the program was spread out over two weeks for the first time so that everyone could be accommodated.
The students spent their week shadowing and observing doctors and other health care professionals including nurse practitioners, dentists, optometrists, physiotherapists, and dieticians.
They enjoyed hands-on clinical experiences such as suturing, physical exams, physical histories, ER, surgery, and some were even able to attend the birth of a baby.
The week was rounded out by social activities to help them experience what it would be like to live in that particular community. They explored their surroundings and were treated to events like BBQs and dinners with physicians. Some students enjoyed canoeing, hiking, winery tours, or just hitting the beach.
It's important to note that Discovery Week would not be possible without the tremendous support we receive from physicians, staff, and allied health care professionals in our rural and regional communities and we are very appreciative of their commitment to the program.
This year we were pleased to see more involvement from family health teams including new teams in North Middlesex, Sarnia, and Zurich, and we are already looking forward to Discovery Week 2012.
Discovery Week in the News
- Medical Students Sample Rural Life (London Free Press)
- Relishing Rural Roundup (The Tillsonburg News)
- Meaford Shows Med Students Rural Hospitality (Simcoe.com)
- Med Students Welcomed at HDH for Discovery Week (The Hanover Post)
- The (Soon to be) Doctors are In (The Woodstock Sentinel)
- Doctors to be Take the Pulse of Rural Medicine (Western News)