Photo: These four Northern Medical Program students will be training in Fort St. John for the next year – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca
History was made on Tuesday, as Fort St. John welcomed four third-year UNBC/UBC Northern Medical Program students.
For the next year, the students will practice the ‘hands-on’ section of their training in Fort St. John.
One of those students is Andrea Wood, who is originally from Quesnel. She says usually, med students pursue their third year training in more metropolitan areas. But, she says she wanted to study in a centre similar to her hometown.
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In their fourth year, the students will pursue an advanced clerkship made up of a series of elective courses. This is when students choose what they will specialize in. Then after graduation, students proceed to residency training.
Co-site Director of the Fort St. John Integrated Clerkship, Becky Temple, says she hopes these students choose to live and work here in the north.
Temple says she also hopes this initiative attracts more students to the area.
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The four medical students were also given financial assistance at the ceremony, to help offset student debt.
Photo: Fort St. John City Councilor Lori Ackerman formally welcomed the Northern Medical Program students on Tuesday morning – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca