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REF NO.: 301

SUBJECT: Memorial University's Family Medicine residency program number one in Canada
DATE: May 24, 2006

The Family Medicine residency program offered at Memorial University's Faculty of Medicine is first in the country in the percentage of graduates choosing family medicine. Memorial is also one of only four Canadian medical schools to have the program quota 100 per cent filled on first match of the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS).
            All graduates of Canadian medical schools must continue their training in either family medicine or specialty training. At Memorial, over 45 per cent of graduates chose family medicine, and the 20 family medicine residency positions available were filled in the first round of matching. There are a total of 794 family medicine positions offered at Canada's 16 medical schools, and only four universities -- Memorial, Université de Montréal,, University of Calgary and University of British Columbia— had their quota filled.
            In addition to the 20 positions at Memorial University filled through CaRMS, another position has been filled through the Military Officers Training Program.
            Dr. James Rourke, dean of Medicine at Memorial, said the university is doing a good job of training doctors for family practice and work in rural communities. "Family medicine residents have the option of doing nine months of their training in the Northern Family Medicine Program (NorFam), based at Happy Valley/Goose Bay in Labrador. Because of the success of that program, Labrador is well-supplied with doctors."
         Dr. Rourke said that a new study released yesterday by Dr. Maria Mathews, assistant professor of Health Policy and Health Care Delivery in the Division of Community Health and Humanities, shows that Memorial University of Newfoundland is doing a good job of training and retaining physicians for the province, including rural and remote areas. "The province currently has 822 fully-licensed doctors; 237 are MUN grads in general practice and another 208 are MUN grads in specialist practice."

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