Training more Doctors in Nova Scotia – New Family Medicine Residents

As part of our commitment to training more doctors here in Nova Scotia, the new North Nova Family Medicine Teaching Site opened today in Truro. Government is adding 25 new residency spaces across Nova Scotia, 10 of them in family medicine and 15 for specialists. Six of the new family medicine residencies are located at the new Truro site.

We know that physicians are more likely to practice where they train, so we are very excited to see the new North Nova Family Medicine Teaching Site in Truro welcoming six residents this month. Two will work in Truro, two in New Glasgow and two in Amherst.

Annually, we will be investing $3.3 million into the North Nova Family Medicine Teaching Site.

As well, the existing Cape Breton site will welcome two additional residents. Two more family medicine residents will gain more clinical experience in areas that will improve services in the community – women’s health and community hospitalist medicine.

The new additional spaces were announced last July and are part of Dalhousie University’s Family Medicine Residency Training Program.
These new residency spaces are an important part of our plan to increase access to family doctors. One of the best recruiting tools is residencies, as many residents who train here end up staying and calling Nova Scotia their home long term. This is a positive step for Nova Scotia health care.

Residents will spend two years in a family practice where they will follow a group of patients, gaining skills and experience in areas like maternal care, mental health and senior care.

We’re committed to working collaboratively with communities and the variety of partners within the health care system to address the challenges happening today and help create a better future for health care in Nova Scotia.

The new site and additional spaces bring the total number of Dalhousie Family Medicine teaching sites to five, training about 80 family medicine residents throughout the year.