Norfolk General Hospital in Simcoe has become an official teaching site for McMaster University’s Faculty of Health Sciences.
"For the last few years we’ve had some McMaster students on site, learning from our medical staff and gaining practical experience," said William Lewis, hospital president and CEO, at a Nov. 5 reception to celebrate the agreement.
"Today we are celebrating the signing of an agreement with McMaster that signals our mutual desire to formalize and expand our relationship. We look forward to teaching more medical students and family medicine residents in the future, and eventually hosting other health sciences students as well."
Dr. John Kelton, dean and vice-president of the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster, said health sciences students gain valuable experience by working in community hospitals.
"Half of our medical students, for instance, will be spending their medical career working in a community or rural environment. It’s important they learn outside of the tertiary hospitals, and Norfolk promises to give them a wide range of valuable clinical experiences."
The partnership is also expected to boost Norfolk County’s physician recruitment efforts. "It’s widely known that having students get experience in a particular community increases the chance that they will return to practice after graduation," said Dr. Peter Rich, Norfolk General Hospital’s chief of staff. "Having students around also makes for a more stimulating environment for our existing medical staff, which helps with retention. It’s a win-win."
"We are very proud to be affiliated with McMaster University’s Faculty of Health Sciences, which has a world-class reputation for innovation in teaching," Mr. Lewis said. "It’s a positive thing for Simcoe and all of Norfolk County."