Lakeridge Health and Queen's University Pilot Innovative New Model for Medical Education

Posted on Tuesday February 12, 2019

Program deepens relationships between physicians-in-training and community

Durham Region – Lakeridge Health and Queen’s University are piloting a new way of delivering hands-on medical education in Durham Region, helping to train a new generation of physicians.

The Queen’s Lakeridge Health-Durham Comprehensive Clerkship Program, launched earlier this year, allows third- and fourth-year Queen’s University medical students to work side by side with family physicians in Durham Region at the Family Medicine Practice at Bowmanville Health Centre and with physicians and other health care providers at Lakeridge Health.

These students will follow patients over an extended time, giving these future health care professionals a longer-term view of individual care, which both benefits the person receiving care, and the students’ learning.

“Lakeridge Health is proud to offer these talented young medical professionals a learning experience that is deeper and richer than the typical four- to six-week clerkship rotation,” said Matthew Anderson, President and CEO of Lakeridge Health. “This innovative medical education model will strengthen the health system’s capacity to meet community needs and help to build the future of health care in Durham Region.”

The first four students in the pilot Clerkship Program are Hassan Hazari, Siddharth Mishra, Joseph Yang and Gordon Yao, all undergraduate medical students at Queen’s University.

“Lakeridge Health is pleased to support training the next generation of physicians to meet the future needs of the region’s growing population,” said Dr. George Buldo, Vice President, Medical and Academic Affairs. “This partnership will contribute to a strong health care system for people living and working in Durham Region.”

The program builds on Lakeridge Health’s long-standing academic partnership with Queen’s University and other academic centres. Lakeridge Health has 460 team members who actively supervise approximately 2,000 non-clinical and clinical trainees in disciplines including medicine, nursing and midwifery each year.

About Lakeridge Health

Lakeridge Health is Durham Region’s acute health care provider. With five hospitals, four emergency departments, a residential treatment centre and more than a dozen community health care locations, the new Lakeridge Health is working to provide the best experience for patients and their families. Home to the R.S. McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Centre and Pinewood Centre, Lakeridge Health also provides regional mental health, eye care and nephrology services.

With a committed and dedicated team of more than 5,400 employees, more than 760 physicians and more than 1,600 volunteers, Lakeridge Health provides care to the more than 650,000 people living and working in Durham Region.


For more information, please contact:
Andrea Piunno
Lakeridge Health Strategic Communications
T. 905-242-5091