Pembroke Regional Hospital Represented At Recent Recruiting Events by sdaferv


									        Pembroke Regional Hospital
   Represented At Recent Recruiting Events
March 16, 2006

Montreal – Pembroke Regional Hospital was recently represented among
physician recruiters from across Canada at the second annual conference of the
recently-established Canadian Association of Staff Physician Recruiters (CASPR).

CASPR is unique in that it represents the only venue through which physician
recruiters across the nation can meet to share ideas and best practices.

Held in Montreal in late February in conjunction with the Quebec Residents’
Association Recruitment Fair for communities outside Quebec, the 2006 event
entitled “Today’s Physician Recruiter – A Tool Kit For Success” hosted nearly 70
physician recruiters including PRH’s Medical Affairs Coordinator and Recruiter
Mike Lavoie.

“I was very happy to have had the opportunity to have been representing
Pembroke & Area at my first CASPR National Conference and the Quebec
recruitment fair in Montreal. In the end, it was certainly of value to have been
involved in the conference and to hear about best practices from my recruiter
colleagues including becoming more aware of various recruiting strategies
involving rural recruitment,” said Mike Lavoie, Medical Affairs Coordinator, PRH.

“Interacting with my colleagues and networking with professionals from across
the country will result in more leads to our community and more successes for
Pembroke and area,” Mr. Lavoie added, “I appreciate this opportunity to learn
more about the competitive field of physician recruitment thus making me more of
an asset to the Pembroke and Area Physician Recruitment Committee”

Conference organizers were strategic in selecting the material and speakers for
the conference. Some the main topics presented included presentations on
subjects like; Medical Workforce “Policy Making in Canada”, Change in
International Medical Graduates (IMG) perspective, Cultural Diversity and
Successful Recruitment, and Successful Recruitment & Rural Physician
Recruitment – Engaging your community.

“We felt it important to present speakers and topics that would provide relevant,
hands-on information that could be applied to a physician recruiter’s daily
challenges,” said Joan Hatcher, CASPR Chair and Specialist Physician Recruiter
for the Niagara Region. “The challenges recruiters face tend to be universal
regardless of province, region or catchment area.”

For example, keynote speaker Dr. Dale Dauphinee, Executive Director, Medical
Council of Canada, shared his thoughts on the evolution of Medical Workforce
Policy Making in Canada over recent years, while others spoke about cultural
diversity, media training, and how to engage your community in physician
Dr. Tim Zmijowskyj, Head of the Division of Clinical Sciences, was also on hand to
introduce the new Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), Canada’s first
new medical school in 30 years. NOSM, with shared campuses in Sudbury and
Thunder Bay, Ontario, launched its inaugural call of medical students in
September 2005 and is expected to redefine recruitment and retention of
physicians in the northern Ontario region.

PRH President and CEO Lloyd Koch said, “I am pleased that Mike was able to
attend the conference and access the latest information on recruitment strategies.
Pembroke Regional Hospital is in a unique position in that it borders Quebec and
has a active francophone community here as well as a great community lifestyle.”

Mr. Lavoie along with local physician-in-training, Dr. Jonathan Keuhl also hosted a
booth at the fair on behalf of the Pembroke Regional Hospital and Pembroke and
Area Physician Recruitment Committee with the intent of meeting residents or
practicing physicians and informing them of the practice opportunities in
communities of the Upper Ottawa Valley.

This was the third year representatives of the Pembroke and Area Physician
Recruitment Committee have attended the Quebec Residents’ Association
Recruitment Fair for communities outside Quebec.

One week later, Mr. Lavoie and Dr. Keuhl joined by Dr. Kathryn Reducka traveled
to Ottawa, to attend the University of Ottawa’s Department of Family Medicine
Research, Inquiry and Opinion (RIO) Day.

This event provides family physicians with very current up-to-date research
information relating to their family practice. It is also a day of presentations by
the residents of the Family Medicine Residency Program. Attended by more than
100 family physicians, residents and allied health professionals, communities and
healthcare organizations are invited to set up displays outlining their needs and
promoting the qualities of their community.

“This was another chance for us to showcase what we have to offer in the Upper
Ottawa Valley in terms of educational and practice opportunities,” said Dr. Keuhl.

Noting that the Pembroke Regional Hospital already has a good reputation
through word-of-mouth, Dr. Keuhl said of those visiting their booth, many were
already familiar with the area and looking to do some electives at the Hospital, and
some international medical grads showed interest in our area to fulfill their
commitment of working in an underserviced area for which we have the

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