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December 16, 2003
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Minister Gillan Congratulates Dr. Charles Duffy For Receiving Teaching Award

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Health and Social Services Minister Chester Gillan today congratulated Dr. Charles Duffy, an Emergency Room Physician at the Prince County Hospital, for receiving the prestigious Preceptor of the Year Award for Prince Edward Island from Dalhousie University. The award is presented to one family physician in each of the maritime provinces in recognition of outstanding training of medical students and residents.

Dr. Duffy received the award for his work through the family practice training component of the Province’s Enhanced Physician Recruitment Plan. "The participation of doctors such as Dr. Duffy has contributed significantly to the success of this program," said Health and Social Services Minister Chester Gillan.

"Our ability to recruit more family doctors for the province is greatly enhanced by our ability to provide the opportunity for prospective physician recruits to work directly with Island physicians," added Minister Gillan. "This is an opportunity that would not be available were it not for the generosity of these dedicated professionals."

The training is part of the clinical rotation and has provided 62 clinical rotations for medical students and residents in 2002 and 86 clinical rotations in 2003 in both specialities and family practice. Dr. George Carruthers, Site Director for the PEI Medical Education Program, says the feedback from students on their educational experience in PEI has been extremely positive.

"The leadership, dedication, and teaching ability of Dr. Duffy and other physicians who participate in the program make it possible to provide strong training opportunities on Prince Edward Island," said Dr. Carruthers.

"Over the past year, we have had 33 medical students work as clinical clerks, job shadowing a family doctor for approximately four to six weeks. We also had five graduates from medical school perform a six to eight week family practice rotation on PEI as part of their residency. Residents are more directly involved with the patient than clinical clerks, but are still under the direct supervision of a family physician."

The medical students and residents were from Dalhousie University, McGill University, University of British Columbia, Queens University, University of Ottawa, and Dr. Duffy’s alma mater, Memorial University in Newfoundland.

Dr. Duffy received his MD from Memorial in 1990 and received his CCFP in 1992. Prior to accepting a position in the Emergency Department at the Prince County Hospital, he practiced for seven years in Montague. Since becoming a preceptor six years ago, Dr. Duffy has received glowing evaluations from the many clinical clerks and residents who have spent time in his practice.

Other Island family physicians working as preceptors include doctors Phil Hansen, George Carruthers, Mireille Lecours, Ken Coady, Randy MacKinnon, Alfred Morais, David Reid, Garth Slysz, Janet Baker, Peter MacKean, Cyril Moyse, Grant Matheson, Andrew Wohglemut, Lana Beth Barkhouse, and Adrianna Veer. Specialty areas also involved in teaching are: Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, General Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Obstetrics, Pediatrics and Orthopedics.

Media Contact: Connie McNeill
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