The medical doctorate program of Université de Sherbrooke decentralized for Acadian students
Physicians to be trained in New Brunswick
Fredericton, le 25 juillet 2005 – New Brunswick students enrolled in the medical doctorate program of Université de Sherbrooke will receive all their training in New Brunswick starting September 2006.
Premier Bernard Lord, the president of the Université de Moncton, Yvon Fontaine, and the president of the Université de Sherbrooke, Bruno-Marie Béchard, made the announcement today in Moncton. This initiative is the result of a partnership between the provincial government, the Université de Sherbrooke, the Université de Moncton, regional health authorities and hospitals.
“This is great news for our health care system,” Lord said. “By receiving all their training here, our students will be more inclined to practise their profession in New Brunswick. In addition, they will be more familiar with the health care challenges in our province and will thus be better prepared to meet those challenges.”
The agreement enables the two universities to share expertise and resources. The Université de Sherbrooke will offer all four years of its undergraduate training program as well as two years of postgraduate training in family medicine at Université de Moncton. Each year, 24 new students will undertake their studies and training in New Brunswick. Instruction will be provided by clinical and science professors appointed by the Université de Sherbrooke and the Université de Moncton respectively.
“Since its establishment in 1954, the Université de Sherbrooke has focused its teaching on community needs, notably by providing training in the regions for physicians who then go on to serve in those regions,” said the president of the Université de Sherbrooke, Bruno-Marie Béchard. “The Centre de formation médicale du Nouveau-Brunswick will therefore respond to this community-based mission we have adopted. Also, we are pleased to be able to offer our Acadian students the opportunity to take advantage of the world renowned teaching of our Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at home, on the superb campus of the Université de Moncton.”
For its part, the Université de Moncton will house the new Centre de formation médicale du Nouveau-Brunswick on its Moncton campus and provide program support services. The students will benefit from all Université de Moncton student services and have access to resources dedicated to medical pedagogy and to new information and communication technologies.
“With its mandate to serve the Francophone population of New Brunswick, the Université de Moncton will play a leading role in this project,” said Fontaine. “This is a historic partnership that will draw on each partner's resources and make it possible to further develop our expertise in the training of health professionals and increase our research capacity in fields associated with the life sciences.”
Eighteen new physicians will be hired over the next five years to provide medical instruction for students. They will spend about one-third of their time teaching and two-thirds of their time delivering medical services to the population in the various regions of the province. Health and Wellness Minister Elvy Robichaud said this represents an investment by government of $3 million annually. Moreover, the provincial government will contribute $2.7 million towards the launching of the project on the Moncton campus as well as infrastructure renewal at the Dr. Georges-L. Dumont Regional Hospital.
New Brunswick has seen a net growth of 177 new physicians since June 1999 and an increase in the number of registered nurses with permanent employment from 6,014 in 1999 to 6,714 in 2004.
“As part of our Provincial Health Plan, Healthy Futures, we will invest in even more doctor, more nurses, more nurse practitioners and other health care professionals,'' the Premier said. “Our success in recruiting and retaining health care professionals will help ensure New Brunswickers receive the right care at the right time.''
The clinical medical training also requires the essential participation of New Brunswick's regional health authorities and hospitals. The hospitals will host students for rotations, clerkships, and family medicine residencies.
“Today is a great day for medical training of francophone students in New Brunswick as well as for recruitment and the renewal of medical resources,'' said Adélard R. Cormier, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Beauséjour Regional Health Authority. “The Beauséjour Regional Health Authority is very proud to participate with the other francophone health authorities in this medical training to benefit the population of New Brunswick."
“The decentralization of medical studies is an important element of our strategic plan «Growing and Innovating for a Healthy Society»," noted Dr. Réjean Hébert, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the Université de Sherbrooke. "Such distance training is possible owing to our innovative teaching method called Problem-Based Learning in small groups. We plan to recruit and train future professors to apply this method in Moncton with the same quality and according to the same standards as in Sherbrooke.”
In order to provide medical training for New Brunswick students, the provincial government purchases seats at various Canadian universities. Since 1996, three-quarters of New Brunswick's Francophone students have received their training from the Université de Sherbrooke.
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Chisholm Pothier, Office of the Premier, 506-444-2286
Hugues Beaulieu, N.B. Department of Education, 506 444-4714
Johanne LeBlanc, N.B. Department of Health and Wellness, 506 453-2536
Paul-Émile Benoit, Université de Moncton, 506 858-4129
Gilles Pelloille, Université de Sherbrooke, 819 821-8000, ext. 3395