Medical Discovery Week In Huron Perth

29 University of Western Ontario first year medical students will spend next week at the four Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance hospital sites.

Clinton, St. Marys and Seaforth will each host four students for four days, while Stratford hospital will have 17 visiting students .

Discovery Week is a mandatory one week placement at the end of the first year for all undergraduate medical students from the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry in London.

Students will learn what a typical family physician does all day.

They’ll spend time in hospitals, doctor’s offices, specialists clinics and community service organizations.

That will give students a better perspective of some of the differences and similarities of medical practices in various sized communities.

Doctors and Allied health team members will help students learn and practice skills such as casting, suturing , mechanical ventilation, infant assessment and resuscitation, psychiatric assessment, and workplace health and safety.

The students will also tour the local Community Food Centre, a farm in Seaforth, and spend an evening at the Stratford Festival.

“Introducing first year medical students to the many and varied practice opportunities in rural communities early in their training is a tremendous way to strengthen long term recruitment of health care professionals,” adds Andrew Williams, HPHA President & CEO.

“One of the great things about Discovery Week is that the students have no idea what to expect,” says Dr. Erin Heisz. “They could be assigned to the ER for the day or they could be doing house visits.”

Dr. Heisz was a Discovery Week student herself, returning to the HPHA for part of her clerkship and residency before deciding to settle in Stratford. “It’s extremely rewarding to be able to teach these students about your job, or your specialty or your interests,” she remarks.