More Doctors for Rural and Remote Communities
Prince George, B.C. – It’s just what the doctor ordered for some as the provincial government has announced 14 additional internationally trained physicians for rural and remote communities in B.C.
The Ministry of Health says they started work in February and March and are the fourth group of foreign doctors granted licences to practice in B.C. after going through B.C.’s Practice Ready Assessment – BC program.
Upon completion of the program doctors sign a three-year return of service contract to practice in a rural community in need.
The latest group have begun practicing or are in the process of setting up practice in the following communities: 100 Mile House, Campbell River, Chetwynd, Cobble Hill (two), Dawson Creek (two) Enderby, Fort St. John, Nelson, Salt Spring Island (two) and Williams Lake (two).
Since the pilot project began almost two years ago, (April 2015) a total of 53 family doctors have been recruited.
The ministry says two additional cohorts of up to 15 internationally trained doctors will be assessed in the spring and fall of 2017.