Health and Community Services
March 13, 2019

The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable John Haggie, Minister of Health and Community Services:

Health Minister Acknowledges Memorial’s Faculty of Medicine for Outstanding Accomplishments

Mr. Speaker, I rise in this Honourable House to congratulate the Memorial University Faculty of Medicine on receiving the Rural Medical Education Award from the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada. The award will be presented in Halifax in April.

The society looks for a medical school program matching the most graduates to rural family medicine programs. In 2018, Memorial excelled with 67.7 per cent of total graduates matching to a rural family medicine residency. They have certainly set a standard that other medical school programs can aspire to.

Graduates from Memorial’s medical school are receiving world-renowned training that will enable them to excel as physicians, and many of them are choosing rural areas for their residencies, which is extremely important as we look at physician recruitment and retention throughout our various regional health authorities.

While acknowledging the rural medicine award, I would also like to acknowledge other Faculty and students who have been recognized for outstanding work in their respective medical fields: Dr. Jane Green, Dr. Wayne Gulliver, Dr. Vernon Curran, Dr. Kris Aubrey-Bassler, Dr. Graham Fraser, Dr. Matthew Parsons, Dr. Bruno Stuyvers, Dr. Qi Yuan, Dr. Jennifer Shea, Dr. Maria Matthews, Masters student Leah Curnew and medical student Travis Pickett.

I ask all honourable members to join me in congratulating Memorial’s Faculty of

Medicine for their many outstanding accomplishments.

Thank you Mr. Speaker.

2019 03 13                              2:15 p.m.