North’s medical situation improving

Dr. David Snadden, executive associate dean of education for UBC’s Faculty of Medicine, says two trends in medical education are starting to benefit the health of communities in northern BC.
First, the province is graduating more medical students than ever and Snadden foresees a saturation point in Vancouver and Victoria.
The second is the push to build interdisciplinary medical teams to work in smaller towns like Vanderhoof, Burns Lake, Mackenzie, Quesnel and Dawson Creek.
The number of doctors working in Prince George has jumped from 132 in 2004 to the current 200, and that steady climb will likely continue once the BC Cancer Centre for the North opens later this year.
“Just by bringing the program here, immediately you change things. A lot of the doctors are here because they want to be involved in teaching. Having learners in the hospital has transformed the hospital because when you’re teaching as a physician you’re always challenged to keep up to date,” says Snadden. “And we’re not just about teaching, we’re just now beginning to have some really talented researchers here in the north.”

Prince George Citizen, Mon Jul 2 2012, Page: 4, By: Ted Clark