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Rural Health Day 2014
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Dr. Oswaldo Ramirez, Chief of Staff at Stevenson Memorial Hospital, teaches a group of medical students how to intubate a patient (insert a breathing tube). The hands-on workshop was part of Rural Health Day on Wednesday, an event that brought 20 students to Stevenson.

Medical students get hands-on view of rural medicine

Posted June 5, 2014

A group of first-year medical students from the University of Toronto visited Stevenson Memorial Hospital on Wednesday as part of Rural Health Day, participating in hands-on workshops in intubation, suturing and IVs, as part of the day long activities.

The event, sponsored by the hospital and the Alliston and Area Physician Recruitment Committee (AAPRC), has been held each year to showcase rural medicine to students. This year 20 students attended. They also visited a local farm and learned about local history during lunch at the Museum on the Boyne.

Rural Health Day
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Dr. Monique Moreau shows Anna Kulshreshtha, a first year medical student from the University of Toronto, how to suture, using a chicken leg as a "patient".

"This has been a fantastic day," said student Amy Chen. "I really love the area and it's great to have a chance to learn a lot of clinical skills that we wouldn't normally be exposed to in school."

Dr. Ramirez said the event is an opportunity to get students out of the city and showcase rural medicine.

"We have a chance to show University of Toronto first year medical students exactly what we do as rural physicians," he said. "Its been shown that ... if we plant the seeds in the early years of their education, then there is a chance that these students will come back to us and be physicians in our community."

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