Estevan's physicians will soon be showing aspiring doctors how the practice of medicine works.

"The College of Medicine of the University of Saskatchewan had approached St. Joseph's Hospital, and we've been in discussions with them for the past year or so, with the view to this becoming a learning site for their third year medical students," explained hospital Executive Director Greg Hoffart.

The program will be called 'Longitudinal Clinical Clerkship'. Instead of the typical training that a student at that stage would get in a larger center, this would see the training happen in a smaller community.

"Estevan will be the pilot site for that, so we'll be receiving two medical students, third years, in the summer. On August 1st they'll start, and they'll be with us for the year receiving their third year of medical training from our team of physicians here in Estevan."

The project director will be Dr. Edward Tsoi, who's spent many years practicing in the Energy City. He and Dr. Edward Krickan will serve as the preceptors for the pair of doctors-to-be.

"It will be a group effort of the entire medical staff to see that these students get their training," Hoffart said.

It was also speculated that such an initiative could potentially result in a spotlight on the southeast for fresh doctors looking for a place to settle down and establish a practice.

"It's encouraging for us. We're very appreciative that the College has looked to us as a site capable of doing this. We're appreciative of the physicians who will take it upon themselves to provide the experience and mentorship for these students. We're grateful for the opportunity to host these students."

"In other communities and other areas of the country, it's proven to be successful in terms of a potential place for these students to return to, to start their practice once their through medical school. So in a number of ways, it's something that's a really exciting, new initiative here in Estevan," the Director concluded.

More Local News

Accident On Friday Night

An accident on Friday evening kept Emergency crews busy. "At approximately 11 pm on January 18th, Estevan Police and Estevan Fire were called to the scene of a single vehicle collision," explains…

New Look for Canadian Dollar in 2019: Will Honour Gay Rights

Joe Wickenhauser is the Executive Director of Moose Jaw PRIDE and the Saskatchewan PRIDE Network. 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada. To commemorate…

SaskPower Pleased With Performance Of CCS at Boundary Dam Power Station

SaskPower’s carbon capture and storage facility at the Boundary Dam Power Station had a great year in 2018, according to their vice president of power production, Howard Matthews. The facility…

Millions for Crop Research in Saskatchewan

On Wednesday, the federal Minister of Agriculture Lawrence MacAulay and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister David Marit announced more than $12 million in funding for forty-four crop-related research…

Humane Society Receives Big Boost With $5000 Grant

The humane society has recently received a $5000 grant from the Western Financial western community foundation. Angela Prette with the humane society was extremely happy with the amount of the grant…

Bitter Winds Sticking Around

After some balmy temperatures and days to start the new year, more traditional Saskatchewan weather has moved in for the third week of January. Cold days and even colder nights with bitter winds is…

Snowplow Safety Important For Everyone

With the lack of snowfall we've seen in the southeast corner of the province, it's easy to forget about the drivers that keep the roads clear and drivers safe. Snowplow operators are often overlooked…

Accident On 13th Ave and King Street

A two-vehicle collision took place early Wednesday morning. "At approximately 7:45 this morning, a two-vehicle collision occurred at the intersection of 13th Avenue and King Street," explained…

The Difference Between Norovirus and Influenza Explained

Norovirus has been identified as the cause of a number of cases of nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting in the province. "Norovirus is a type of virus that affects the intestinal system," explained Doctor…

City's Proposed 2019 Budget Includes No Increase In Taxes Or Utility Rates

The city is planning some ambitious ideas for the proposed 2019 budget, but they won’t be including any higher taxes or utlility increases. The proposed budget was prepared by city administration and… is Estevan's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide