Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Hosts Medical Students for Discovery Week 2018

Chatham-Kent: May 28, 2018 - Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) will be host to 19 first-year medical students from Western University's Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry for Discovery Week 2018. Taking place May 28, to May 31, Discovery Week places first year medical students in rural and regional health care settings providing a unique learning opportunity and an intimate understanding of the diverse experiences that impact health and wellness. CKHA has participated in Discovery Week for more than 10 years. 

"Discovery Week is an excellent opportunity to attract doctors to rural hospitals like Chatham-Kent Health Alliance," says Lori Marshall, President and CEO, CKHA. "We've had many students who participate in Discovery Week come back to Chatham-Kent to complete electives during their third and fourth year of medical school because of their experience with us during Discovery Week."

Organized by the Distributed Education Network, students from Schulich School of Medicine (London and Windsor Campus) partner with Chatham-Kent Health Alliance for a unique learning experience that offers exposure to community medicine for medical students. Students will have the opportunity to shadow family physicians, specialists, nurse practitioners and allied healthcare professionals in many areas of Chatham-Kent to find out what a typical workday entails. More than forty local physicians have signed up to be a preceptor/teacher to the students during this week-long learning experience. 

"CKHA is thrilled to be part of Discovery Week! We look forward to this week every year and our medical education continues to grow along with our partnership with Schulich School of Medicine," said Kim Sutton, Interdisciplinary Education Coordinator, CKHA. "It is so gratifying for all of us involved to watch these students come full circle, as they graduate from medical school, enter residency and practice medicine." 

Discovery Week has been creating opportunities for medical students to experience rural and regional health care across Southwestern Ontario for the past two decades. This year, 170 candidates will be in close to 30 participating communities extending from Chatham-Kent to Owen Sound. Discovery Week originally started as part of a strategy to attract doctors to set up practice in rural and regional locations. Research shows that students begin making career decisions early in their medical school careers. Discovery Week is designed to expose students to medicine as it is practiced outside of large urban areas before they make firm plans for their careers.

In addition to the in-hospital education component of the week, students will have the opportunity to meet the physicians in a casual atmosphere and experience firsthand some of the many amenities offered in Chatham-Kent. 



Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) is a 200+ bed community hospital, equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and technologies.  Formed in 1998, CKHA is committed to core service excellence, top-flight operational performance and to becoming a facility of choice in Southwestern Ontario.  With sites in Chatham and Wallaceburg, CKHA is comprised of approximately 1360 compassionate staff, 178 physicians and 300 volunteers who serve the medical needs of 102,000 residents in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent.  CKHA is designated a schedule one facility under the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and cares for tens of thousands of inpatients, outpatients and emergency patients annually. For more information, click hereto read CKHA's Fast Facts.


Western University delivers an academic experience second to none. Since 1878, The Western Experience has combined academic excellence with life-long opportunities for intellectual, social and cultural growth in order to better serve our communities. Our research excellence expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world application. Western attracts individuals with a broad worldview, seeking to study, influence and lead in the international community.


The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University is one of Canada's preeminent medical and dental schools. Established in 1881, it was one of the founding schools of Western University and is known for being the birthplace of family medicine in Canada. For more than 130 years, the School has demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence and a passion for scientific discovery.

To arrange an interview, please contact:

Katherine Stinson, Communications Specialist

Chatham-Kent Health Alliance

519.352.6401 x 5326

kstinson [at] ckha [dot] on [dot] ca 


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