Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Hosts Medical Students for Discovery Week 2019

Chatham-Kent: May 27, 2019 -- Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) will be host to 20 first-year medical students from Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry for Discovery Week 2019.  Taking place May 27 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 a great opportunity to provide medical students positive exposure to rural hospitals like CKHA,” said Lori Marshall, President and CEO, CKHA. “This unique learning opportunity has brought back many Discovery Week participants to Chatham-Kent to complete electives during their third and fourth year of medical school.”
First-year medical students from Schulich School of Medicine, Western University for Discovery Week 2019 at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance. From May 27 to May 31, 2019 students will have the opportunity to shadow family physicians, specialists, nurse practitioners and allied health care professionals.
Organized by the Distributed Education Network, students from Schulich School of Medicine (London and Windsor Campus) partner with CKHA 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 health care professionals in many areas of Chatham-Kent to find out what a typical workday entails. More than forty local physicians/allied health staff have signed up to be a preceptor/teacher to the students during this week-long learning experience.  
“At CKHA we look forward to Discovery Week every year and once again we are thrilled to participate. It’s always gratifying for all of us involved to watch these students come full circle, as they graduate from medical school, enter residency and practice medicine,”  said Kim Sutton, Interdisciplinary Education Coordinator, CKHA. “Our medical education continues to grow along with our partnership with Schulich School of Medicine. We can’t thank our preceptors enough for taking time to give these students their first experience in a health care setting.”
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, 33 communities extending from Chatham-Kent to Owen Sound will be participating.  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 1312 compassionate staff, 183 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. 
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:
Emily Field, Communications Specialist
Chatham-Kent Health Alliance
519.352.6401 x 5326
efield [at] ckha [dot] on [dot] ca  

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