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March 23, 2011 17:06 ET

Government of Canada Announces Funding to Support Training for Family Medicine Residents in Prince Edward Island

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 23, 2011) - Factsheet: Supporting Medical Education in Rural Communities in Prince Edward Island (

On behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, Minister Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today announced federal funding that will help to increase the number of supervising physicians and training opportunities in rural communities in Prince Edward Island.

"We are working with the provinces and territories to support training for residents with a particular focus on family medicine," said Minister Aglukkaq. "Strengthening health care with better access to physicians for Canadians is a priority for the Government of Canada."

Funding will help increase the number of supervising physicians to enhance training opportunities for family medicine residents in rural communities. This project will also support the establishment of the structure and networks required to coordinate training for clinical rotations. Arranging for more of the physicians in rural areas of PEI to supervise medical training will increase training opportunities in these communities. Ultimately, the exposure to these settings will increase the likelihood that residents will continue to practice in these communities after their training has been completed.

"This project will help to recruit physicians who would work as supervisors in small, rural communities," said Minister Shea. "These supervising physicians will attract residents and students to our communities, improving service and delivery."

Funding from today's announcement will help ensure the people of Prince Edward Island have greater access to the right supply, mix and distribution of health care providers. It will also support the Government of Prince Edward Island's efforts around health human resources planning which aims to create and maintain a stable, adequate health workforce in underserved communities.

The Government of Canada is providing over $306,000 in funding over four years through the Pan-Canadian Health Human Resources Strategy which supports and facilitates innovation in health human resources to help bring about an adequate supply of health care providers while promoting optimal working conditions for Canada's health workforce.

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