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More medical students to learn at Brant area hospitals

Published: July 29, 2008
Peter Kagoma
Dr. Peter Kagoma, regional director for Mac-CARE in the Brant region

McMaster University and the Brant Community Healthcare System are expanding the number of medical students and residents learning and working in Brant Community Healthcare System hospitals.

The Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, through its McMaster Community and Rural Education program, known as Mac-CARE, will be increasing the number of students on four to six week rotations to 80 a year, starting this fall.

"The Brant community has been very welcoming of our medical students and our residents, and we appreciate the experience they gain here," said Dr. Rob Whyte, director of the Mac-CARE program and an assistant clinical professor at the medical school. "The vast majority of new physicians will practice in community health care rather than big city hospitals, and it is important for our students to learn in this environment.

"Studies also show medical students practice where they learn. We hope more of our students will take up practice in this area."

Dr. Peter Kagoma, regional director for Mac-CARE in the Brant region, said medical students will be hosted at all Brant Community Healthcare System hospitals, as well as the Norfolk General Hospital in Simcoe, the West Haldimand Hospital in Hagersville and at the Six Nations Aboriginal Health Centre, a  collaboration with the Six Nations Polytechnic. Dr. Kagoma is an internist and hematologist of the Brant Community Healthcare System and an associate clinical professor of medicine at the medical school.

Richard B. Woodcock, president and CEO of Brant Community Healthcare, welcomes the increased involvement of the medical school at area hospitals.

"The introduction of significant structured medical education in our hospitals will further enrich the culture of learning for everyone in our facilities," said Woodcock, "The result is win-win for McMaster, the Brant Community Healthcare System and the community."

Background on the McMaster Community and Rural Education (Mac-CARE) program

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