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Web portal to be launched for rural physicians in Canada

Ref. No. 77

DATE:     Jan. 14, 2002
SUBJECT:     Web portal to be launched for rural physicians in Canada

Note to editors:
Media attending the launch can park in Area 9, medical school parking lot.

On Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 4 p.m. in the main auditorium of the Faculty of Medicine, Health Sciences Centre, a Web portal for rural physicians in Canada will be launched. Access to the Web portal will provide rural physicians with new professional development options, such as accredited online courses and educational resources.

Retention of physicians is an area of concern for all Canadian communities. In particular the rural areas are highly affected. With the Web portal, rural physicians can continue their medical education in their own communities.

All partners in this project are Canadian and include the University of Calgary, the University of Ottawa, the University of Alberta, Pfizer Canada, community and government groups, and the private sector.

Memorial University's Office of Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine will host the launch. Participants include:

  • The Honourable Julie Bettney, minister of Health and Community Services, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Judith Dowler, acting executive director, Office of Rural Health, Health Canada, Government of Canada
  • Dr. Ean Parsons, family physician and assistant dean for continuing medical education, Memorial University
  • Dr. John Toews, associate dean, continuing medical education, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary (through videoconferencing)

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For more information, contact: Fran Kirby, manager, Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University. Phone: (709) 777-6653 or toll-free 1-888-299-0676 E-mail: fkirby@mun.ca

 

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