The provincial government is providing a $500,000 grant to the New Brunswick Medical Education Trust. This investment is part of the provincial government’s contribution to the trust's fundraising campaign to provide bursaries to undergraduate medical students who intend to practise in New Brunswick.
"I am pleased that the provincial government is able to support medical students from New Brunswick who intend to practise in our province when they are finished their studies," said Health Minister Hugh Flemming. "This initiative will encourage new doctors to practise medicine in New Brunswick, which is important to our government's goal of improving primary health care."
The trust was established by the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation, MindCare New Brunswick, the New Brunswick Heart Centre Foundation and the Extra Mural Program Foundation.
Its purposes are to attract medical students to study in New Brunswick; retain the students as practising physicians in New Brunswick; commit New Brunswick residents studying outside of the province to return to practise medicine in New Brunswick; and to ensure that no qualified student is turned away for lack of funds, by providing a substantial bursary per year, for each of the four years of undergraduate training.
The bursaries are open to New Brunswick residents accepted for studies at an accredited medical school who are committed to establishing their medical practice in the province. Visit www.foundationhealthcarepartnership.ca/nbmedtrust/home for more information.