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September 2, 2004
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Dr. David Reid Recognized with Teaching Award

Health and Social Services

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Dr. David Reid was recently recognized by Dalhousie University with the prestigious Preceptor of the Year Award for the province of Prince Edward Island. This award was presented at the 39th Conjoint Scientific Assembly hosted by the Maritime Chapter of the College of Family Physicians of Canada held at the Delta Prince Edward recently.

This honor is awarded annually to one family physician in each of the maritime provinces, in recognition of outstanding training of medical students and residents.

Health and Social Services Minister Chester Gillan advised that health educators such as Dr. Reid make it possible to provide training opportunities in Prince Edward Island to teach and guide medical students throughout their clinical rotation.

As part of the government’s enhanced physician recruitment plan, family practice training opportunities permitted 35 clinical rotations for medical students in 2003.

“Our ability to recruit more family doctors to PEI is greatly enhanced by enabling prospective physician recruits to spend time working throughout our province directly with Island physicians,” said Minister Gillan. “We can provide medical students and residents with a good understanding of the practice and lifestyle opportunities PEI can offer.”

Dr. George Carruthers, Site Director for the PEI Medical Education Program, advised that feedback from students and residents on their educational experience in PEI has been extremely positive.

Since January of this year, 24 medical students have worked as clinical clerks, job shadowing a family doctor for approximately four to six weeks. Medical students from Dalhousie University, McGill University, Memorial University, University of British Columbia, Queens University and University of Ottawa have participated in the program.

“The leadership, dedication, and teaching ability of physicians like Dr. Reid make it possible to provide strong training opportunities on Prince Edward Island,” said Dr. Carruthers.

Dr. Reid graduated from Dalhousie University in 1989 with his MD and received his certificate in Family Medicine from the College of Family Physicians of Canada in 1992. He has been practising at the Sherwood Medical Centre and has been teaching medical students for the past 11 years. Dr. Reid is the President of the PEI Chapter of the College of Family Physicians. Since becoming a preceptor in 1993, Dr. Reid has received glowing evaluations from the many medical students who have spent time in his practice. Consistently, students have described time in his practice as an “excellent rotation” with a preceptor who is “very supportive of all involvement in his clinic and an excellent teacher.”

Several other Island family physicians also teach and guide medical students through family medicine clinical rotations on PEI including: Dr. Phil Hansen, Dr. George Carruthers, Dr. Mireille Lecours, Dr. Ken Coady, Dr. Randy MacKinnon, Dr. Alfred Morais, Dr. David Reid, Dr. Janet Baker, Dr. Peter MacKean, Dr. Cyril Moyse, Dr. Grant Matheson, Dr. Andrew Wohglemut, Dr. Lana Beth Barkhouse, Dr. Adrianna Veer, Dr. Paul Berrow, Dr. Ed White and Dr. Trina Stewart.

Media Contact: Sara Underwood
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