P.E.I. health-care system may not be able to support medical school, say doctors – CBC

Need to know both patients and medical school can be supported, says society

Feb 13, 2023

The Medical Society of P.E.I. is expressing concern about the health-care system’s ability to support a medical school, and welcoming a study into what those needs will be.

Plans for the medical school at UPEI were announced in 2021, with the first group of students scheduled to start classes in the fall of 2024.

Dr. Krista Cassell, president of the Medical Society of P.E.I., said plans need to be made before then for how to integrate those students into the local health-care system for their training.

“We need docs to teach, we need space for students to learn, we need staff to support them,” said Cassell.

“We need to know can we support both, our patients, their needs, plus our teaching responsibilities in this new medical school, and deliver on both with high quality. We fear that we may not be able to in our current situation.”

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-medical-school-doctor-support-1.6746213

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