Doctors in training will be at Bluewater Health this week

'Discovery Week' is opportunity for first-year medical students to get a peak at real-life issues

Bluewater Health is welcoming 14 first-year medical students from the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University in London to its facilities in Sarnia and Petrolia this week.

A total of 14 students, 10 in Sarnia and four in Petrolia, will be taking part in “Discovery Week,” also known as Undergraduate Medical Education Week.

“Discovery Week gives first-year medical students an opportunity to understand the issues that physicians are facing on a daily basis.”—Dr. Mike Haddad, Bluewater Health Chief of Professional Staff.

The program, coordinated by the Distributed Education Network, allows medical students to see first-hand the type of life and practice issues facing doctors and their patients. Experiences include time spent in hospital, family doctors’ offices, specialists’ clinics and community service organizations – providing students with a better perspective of some of the differences and similarities of medicine in small and mid-sized communities throughout Southwestern Ontario, compared to the London and Windsor medical school campuses.

“Discovery Week gives first-year medical students an opportunity to understand the issues that physicians are facing on a daily basis,” said Dr. Mike Haddad, Bluewater Health Chief of Professional Staff. “At this stage of their training, the students are often considering which specialty they are interested in as a career path. Discovery Week provides an opportunity to spend time with different specialists and possibly help the students with their decision-making.”

As part of the week’s activities, medical students spend time in Bluewater Health’s Emergency Departments, Ambulatory Care clinics and Operating Rooms, and work at doctors’ offices in order to gain a better understanding of the medical needs of Sarnia-Lambton residents. The medical students will also be speaking to high school students at Northern Collegiate Institute & Vocational School on Wednesday about considering a career in medicine.

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