CKHA hosting UWO medical students for Discovery Week
Chatham-Kent will be host to 16 first-year University of Western Ontario medical students for Discovery Week 2012, from May 28 to May 31, 2012.
Organized by the Southwestern Ontario Medical Education Network (SWOMEN), students from Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario will partner with Chatham-Kent Health Alliance to provide exposure to community medicine for medical students.
Students will have the opportunity to shadow family physicians in many areas of Chatham-Kent to find out what a typical workday entails. They will also experience a wide variety of medical specialties and practices at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance. More than twenty local physicians have signed up to be a preceptor/teacher to the students during this weeklong learning experience.
“This is the largest group we have had to date. The event has become so popular among students to come to Chatham. Our physicians take the time to show the students, first hand, what it is like to practice in a rural community. Our physicians embrace the teaching experience and for that we are very appreciative,” said Dr. Pierre Letarte, Chief of Staff. “We are looking forward to having the students spend the week with us. It’s always a great experience for them, and for us.”
Students will also speak to local high school groups. Presentations will outline their experiences and opportunities associated with the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario (London and Windsor campuses).
Social events will also be included in the week’s agenda so students can meet the physicians in a casual atmosphere and experience first hand some of the many amenities offered in Chatham-Kent. A welcome barbecue, lunch with the Mayor’s office, and a wine tour are among the planned festivities.