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Medical school earns national recognition for excellence in producing rural doctors


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The Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University has been honoured by the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada with the Keith Award, given annually to Canadian postgraduate medical programs that have excelled in producing rural doctors.

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The Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University has been honoured by the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada (SRPC) with the Keith Award, given annually to Canadian postgraduate medical programs that have excelled in producing rural doctors.

This year’s Keith Award looked at the largest number of graduates practicing in rural areas 10 years after graduation. Family medicine residents were identified through the Canadian Post-MD Educational Registry and practice location was taken from the Canadian Medical Association database 10 years later.

“On behalf of the people of rural Canada, I thank you for creating an excellent program which is producing much-needed rural doctors and sets a standard that I hope other programs will aspire to,” wrote Dr. John Wootton, chair of the SRPC Nominations and Awards Committee, in a letter to Dr. James Rourke, dean of medicine at Memorial.

This is the fourth time Memorial University has received the society’s prestigious Keith Award since it was introduced in 2000. Memorial has also received the society’s Rural Education Award in 2009 in recognition of excellence in producing medical graduates headed to a career in rural medicine.

“This is an outcome that really matters,” said Dr. Rourke. “It reflects on our commitment to produce the kind of doctors we need to Newfoundland and Labrador and across Canada. This is the equivalent of a gold medal for medical schools from the SRPC.”

This year’s Keith Award looked at the largest number of graduates practicing in rural areas 10 years after graduation. Family medicine residents were identified through the Canadian Post-MD Educational Registry and practice location was taken from the Canadian Medical Association database 10 years later. “On behalf of the people of rural Canada, I thank you for creating an excellent program which is producing much-needed rural doctors and sets a standard that I hope other programs will aspire to,” wrote Dr. John Wootton, chair of the SRPC Nominations and Awards Committee, in a letter to Dr. James Rourke, dean of medicine at Memorial. This is the fourth time Memorial University has received the society’s prestigious Keith Award since it was introduced in 2000. Memorial has also received the society’s Rural Education Award in 2009 in recognition of excellence in producing medical graduates headed to a career in rural medicine. “This is an outcome that really matters,” said Dr. Rourke. “It reflects on our commitment to produce the kind of doctors we need to Newfoundland and Labrador and across Canada. This is the equivalent of a gold medal for medical schools from the SRPC.”

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