Medical Students & Residents
Electives and Learning Opportunities
Whether you are a medical student or a resident there are a number of elective opportunities for you in the City of Kawartha Lakes including:Family Medicine, OB/GYN, Orthopedics, General Surgery, or Emergency Medicine.
The Kawartha Lakes Health Care Initiative (KLHCI), in conjunction with the Ross Memorial Hospital, works with the Rural Ontario Medical Program (ROMP) to place students and residents in family medicine and multi-specialty training situations. All six medical schools have access to ROMP's programs which are supported, scheduled, and credentialed. Elective opportunities are offered throughout the year for learners and accommodations are available. Funding assistance for accommodations and travel provided through ROMP or your medical school for electives of four weeks in duration for clerks and residents.
KLHCI offers family medicine residents teaching practice opportunities (one-to-two months) for family medicine and emergency medicine. These opportunities are available through University of Toronto, Queen's University, University of Western Ontario, and McMaster University.
In addition to these rotations, KLHCI and Ross Memorial Hospital participate in Rural Medicine Week which is organized annually by ROMP. Each year we host a group of first or second year medical students from one of the five southern-Ontario medical schools. Sign up for this event is done through the ROMP website (www.romponline.com).
Tuition and Residency Assistance and Bursaries
The Kawartha Lakes Health Care Initiative (KLHCI) is offering tuition assistance, up to $10,000, in each of a medical students second, third and fourth year of study at any of the Ontario medical schools. This assistance is provided with a signed four year Return of Service agreement. For further information, please contact us.
The Kawartha Lakes Health Care Initiative (KLHCI) is offering a Residency Support program of up to $10,000 in years 1 or 2 of a Canadian Family Medicine Residency. This assistance is provided with a signed four year Return of Service agreement. For further information, please contact us.
Ray & Jessie Harris Medical Student Bursary
This medical student bursary is provided to qualifying candidates with the hope that the candidate will choose to practice medicine in the City of Kawartha Lakes and become a member of the medical staff at Ross Memorial Hospital. The successful candidate(s) will receive this bursary for one academic year only. Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to be considered: Resident of the City of Kawartha Lakes for at least two years of the five previous to undergraduate study; enrolled in undergraduate studies in a Canadian School of Medicine; Canadian citizen or landed immigrant; able to demonstrate a financial need. For more information contact the Ross Memorial Hospital Foundation.
Dr. R.J. Watson, Ross Memorial Hospital Student Bursary
If you are a medical student in any year of study, in a faculty of medicine program (in a Canadian University) and were a resident of the City of Kawartha Lakes for at least two years, you could be eligible for the Dr. R.J. Watson Medical Student Bursary. The bursary offers $1,000 per academic year for a maximum of three years. For more information contact Ross Memorial Hospital Foundation.
What the Students have To Say . . .
"I am a fourth-year medical student at the University of Ottawa, finishing a four-week elective in family medicine with Dr. Maria Cescon (November 2010). I wanted to take the time to express my appreciation for how well-organized this elective has been. Cindy Snider has done a wonderful job in making sure I have been comfortable at the RMH apartment. I once mentioned to Dr. Cescon that I found the path to the parking lot at the back of the house, and the parking lot itself, to be quite dark in the early mornings when I lave to go to the recreational centre. Dr. Cescon passed on the message to Cindy, and within days, she had arranged for lights at the side and back of the house to be turned on overnight. This has greatly improved visibility around the house, and in turn has made me feel safer entering and leaving the house at night and in the morning. The memership card to the recreational centre included in each student's welcome package is another detail that certainly does not go unnoticed. Traveling from city to city every few weeks for various electives can be difficult, and having access to a gym here allows me to maintain some semblance of a routine. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions at all about my elective experience. This is my second elective in Lindsay and Woodville; I had the opportunity to work under the preceptorship of Dr. Cescon for four weeks in mid-2009, and found the experience so rewarding that I knew I would be back in my final year of medical school. Though I will eventually settle down and practice in Toronto, for family reasons, I will always remember how welcome I feel in this community, and will certainly spread the word among my classmates and colleagues about the City of Kawartha Lakes" Irene Ha, University of Ottawa, Class of 2011
"I participated in Rural Medicine Week in the City of Kawartha Lakes in May of 2008 and I would like to emphasize that the week was a great opportunity to get hands-on experience in almost every field of medicine. It was a great way to finish off my first year!" Rohit Mohindra, Queen's University, Class of 2011
"As a first-year medical student, my experience in the City of Kawartha Lakes was certainly very enjoyable and memorable. It exceeded my expectations in terms of the diversity of fields of medicine that I was privileged to assist in and learn from. I really enjoyed working at the Woodville family clinic as well as scrubbing in for several orthopaedic surgeries at Ross Memorial Hospital. Working with the doctors in the emergency department, as well as participating in multidisciplinary meetings in Palliative Care, was an eye-opening educational experience. The most exciting aspect of my observership was being able to witness Caesarean sections and a natural birth. What struck me the most about my time in Lindsay is the staff's genuine camaraderie and professionalism. I truly enjoyed working with both staff and patients. Dr. Cescon and Dr. Bingham were incredible preceptors and mentored me in a way that I learned awhole lot more than I expected to learn in such a short time.On top of that,they also made me feel right at home! I would highly recommend the City of Kawartha Lakes, and Ross Memorial Hospital, to any medical students looking for elective opportunities, residency, or to start a career." Katrina Vandamme, Class of 2011, Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland
"My experience at the Ross Memorial Hospital was absolutely excellent. Working a range of shifts in the Emergency Room, I was exposed to a variety of patient presentations. My preceptors, as well as other physicians in the hospital, were dedicated teachers who guided me in building history-taking, physical exam and procedural skills. I would recommend an elective in the Ross Memorial Emergency Department to a medical student of any level of training - without reservation." Alaina Aguanno, Medical Student, University of Calgary, Class of 2010