May 7, 2013
On this week’s episode, Ilana and Max explored rural medicine in Canada. Rural medical practice is an integral, but often overlooked, component of health systems across the country. Ilana and Max spoke with two rural physicians in order to learn more. Dr. Darlene Kitty is the director of the University of Ottawa’s Aboriginal Medicine Program. She spoke about the need for health professionals to pay close attention to local culture and social issues when practicing medicine in rural areas, particularly when working with Aboriginal communities. Dr. Yogi Sehgal spoke about working as a rural physician in Sioux Lookout, a small town in northwestern Ontario. He highlighted the differences between working as a rural doctor versus an urban doctor. He also spoke about why ‘community’ takes on a particularly meaningful role for health professionals working in rural Canada. To learn more about rural medicine in Canada, please visit the website of the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada at www.srpc.ca.
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