Core residency program being developed at South Bruce Grey Health Centre

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GREY-BRUCE – South Bruce Grey Health Centre CEO Michael Barrett reported to the board on a program that promises to have a positive impact on recruiting new doctors, as well as improving quality at all four hospital sites.

Investigation has begun into the development of a core residency program. Barrett said SBGHC has never had a core residency program and presently receives residents for only a short period of time.

“Learners would be here up to and over two years,” he said, noting this does have an impact on recruitment.

The program provides residents with “significant exposure to the hospital and its communities.”

So far, it’s received “enthusiastic support” from the physicians, Barrett said, adding, “We’re well suited to host the program with four sites and a variety of rural programs including family practice, hospital inpatient care, emergency department and obstetrical care. We’ve got it all here.”

The next step will be to reach out to surrounding hospitals and Ontario medical schools.

Board member Bill Heikkila said he really likes the core residency program, and wondered if there is anything similar for nurses. The matter was addressed in the report by Angela Stanley, chief nursing executive.

Stanley discussed the nursing student program and stressed the importance of “maximizing student placements” and ensuring they have an “early connection with human resources in applying for vacant positions.”

Stanley said, “We’re putting together a task force to ensure we have the best program for nursing students.”

Dr. Lisa Roth, chief of staff, said in reference to the core residency program, “The physicians definitely see the value of it.”

She noted its importance as more than a tool for recruitment.

“When we have learners, it ups the tone of the whole hospital.”

Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times