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Newfoundland Programs
Memorial University holds a one-week Rural Forum every Fall. All first year medical students must take part in a two-week rural medicine shadowing program.  The University organizes Rural Family Medicine rotations for clerks, and provide some funding for MUN students to travel.  There is one core Rural Family Medicine rotation during 3rd year, and one Rural Family Selective during 4th year.  The Rural selective in 4th year can be chosen from General Specialty, Family Medicine, or Community Medicine. Most hospitals provide accommodation. Out of province students are welcome but MUN students have priority.
Contact: Maureen Kent and Ruth Alivio
Phone: (709) 737-6262
Fax: (709) 737-6702
E-mail: Maureen at or Ruth at
Nova Scotia Programs
Dalhousie university lacks sufficient preceptors at this time to offer any to students from other institutions, and therefore REAP is trying out other avenues to get names of excellent "supernumary" preceptors. Any help in suggesting names of good teachers (certification in Family Medicine not required) will be appreciated.

The medical school at Dalhousie does not have any mandatory rural rotations at all, however some options are available to obtain rural experience. There is a Rural Medicine Action Group for interested students that keeps up a website about electives and other rural issues.

During the summer after the second year there is a Summer Rural Preceptorship Program where 12 students get to spend four weeks with one of a number of rural physicians. This program has been in place in 1993 and recent efforts by students and others have led to increased funding. Expenses are reimbursed to $300. For more information, contact:
Dalhousie University Department of Family Medicine
Contact: Nicole Smith Summer Rural Preceptorships
QEII HSC, 8th Floor, Abbie J. Lane Memorial Building
5909 Jubilee Road, Halifax, NS, B3H 2E2
Phone: (902) 473-4745
Fax: (902) 473-4760
While being reorganized for 1999, Dalhousie currently requires all medical students in the clerkship (third and fourth years) to complete two months of family medicine training, one month as "core" and month as a "selective" under the Undergraduate Preceptorship Program. During the one month core rotation, two weeks must be spent outside the metro Halifax area, and is often (but not always) in a rural area. Students choose from a list of family medicine preceptors provided by the Department of Family Medicine 25 in Nova Scotia, 22 in New Brunswick and 5 in PEI. Travel and living expenses for time spent outside Halifax can be partially reimbursed to a maximum of $400.
Dalhousie University Department of Family Medicine
Contact: Laura Harris Undergraduate Preceptorships
QEII HSC, Department of Family Medicine, 8th Floor
5909 Veteran's Memorial Lane, Halifax, NS, B3H 2E2
Phone: (902) 473-4746
Fax: (902) 473-4760
Clerks at Dalhousie are provided with three months of elective time, all of which can be spent practicing rural medicine should the students wish to do so. Students are responsible for making all necessary arrangements.

New Brunswick Programs
In 1997 a 10 week Summer Rural Studentship program was started for first and second year medical students in rural New Brunswick. The New Brunswick program is administered by New Brunswick Medical Society and Department of Health and Community Services, and is funded by the Department of Advanced Education. In collaboration with the eight Regional Hospital Corporations, 5 to 10 positions are offered, depending upon the availability of preceptors. Five will be filled through the Francophone medical training program at Sherbrooke; the other five are being offered to Dalhousie University medical students. While the focus of these studentships are on rural family practice, it is hoped that students will have an opportunity to spend time with specialists working with the regional hospitals as well. Each successful candidate will receive a stipend of $2500 and students are given accommodation at a regional hospital, or, if possible, with the physician they are working with. Preference will be given to applicants from New Brunswick.

Selection of students for this program will be based on:
1. Reasons for your interest in the position, including how you would benefit from the experience.
2. Strengths you would bring to this experience.
3. A brief proposal for the required written report. In the proposal, you will define an issue relevant to rural health that is of interest to you and briefly discuss how you will explore this issue during the experience. The report must be submitted prior to receiving the full stipend following the experience.
A personal letter detailing the above is required. The letter is limited to a maximum of two (2) typewritten pages. A complete application includes:
1. Your personal letter.
2. Completion of an information form indicating geographic preference in New Brunswick, availability of an automobile and potential to do the experience in a French speaking community.
For students at Dal the information form is to be completed with the personal letter and submitted to:
Dalhousie University Department of Family Medicine
QEII HSC, 8th Floor, Abbie J. Lane Memorial Building
5909 Jubilee Road, Halifax, NS, B3H 2E2
phone: (902)-473-6250
fax: (902)-473-8548
Contact: Nicole Smith, Secretary, Undergraduate Studies
Additional information can be obtained by contacting
New Brunswick Medical Society
176 York St., Fredericton, NB, E3B 3N7
Contact: Janet Maston, Communications Officer
Phone: (506) 458-8860
Fax: (506) 458-9853
Prince Edward Island Programs
Medical students can apply for a Prince Edward Island summer studentship, although first preference is given to students originally from PEI. Rural preceptors are pre-selected by the Medical Society of Prince Edward Island, although in the future it may be possible for students to locate preceptors on their own. Sites may include Alberton, Cornwall, Kensington, Montague and Summerside. For more information contact:
Medical Society of Prince Edward Island
559 North River Road, Charlottetown, PE, C1E 1J7
Contact: Jayne Yeo, Communications Officer
Phone: (902) 368-7303
Fax: (902) 566-3934
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