Family medicine residency spaces expand, more than half at new Truro-based site

A new Truro-based training site will be home to six new family medicine residency spaces.

The provincial government says two more spaces will be added to an existing site in Cape Breton, and one will be added to the site in South West Nova.

A tenth position will be used for family medicine residents to gain additional clinical experience in areas such as mental health and addictions or oncology.

The new spaces will be part of Dalhousie University's Family Medicine Residency Training Program and are expected to open in July 2019, with government investing $3.3 million annually.

Dr. Deanna Field, director of the new North Nova Family Medicine Teaching site, is a family medicine and emergency room doctor based at the Colchester-East Hants Health Centre.

Government says the family medicine residency program is successful in keeping doctors here in Nova Scotia, pointing out that 21 of the 24 residents who completed their training at the Annapolis Valley site since 2012 have chosen to stay and practise in the same or similar communities, while four of the five residents who completed their training in South West Nova this year will stay in that region.