North Nova Family Medicine Teaching Site in Truro officially opens

Colchester East Hants Health Centre in Truro (NSHA photo)

The North Nova Family Medicine Training Site has been officially opened in Truro and training begins this month.

Announced last July as part of Dalhousie University's Family Medicine Residency Training Program, two of the new residents will work in Truro, two in New Glasgow, and two in Amherst.

Residents will spend two years in a family practice where they will follow a group of patients, gaining skills and experience in areas like maternal care, mental health and senior care.

Dr. Jamie Grandy, one of the six incoming residents, says "This type of program will provide an excellent learning experience, and my plan for the future is to be a family physician in the Truro area."

As of June 1st, more than 10,000 people in Colchester, Cumberland and Pictou counties were on the province's wait list for a family doctor.

The province says the existing Cape Breton site will also welcome two additional residents.

Dr. Nicole Boutilier, incoming vice president of medicine at the Nova Scotia Health Authority, says, "Physicians are more likely to practice where they train - that's why expanding these rural programs has been a priority."

The new site and additional spaces brings the total number of Dalhousie Family Medicine teaching sites to five, training about 80 family medicine residents throughout the year.