Res­i­dent work­shop

Fu­ture grad­u­ates of MUN’s med­i­cal school of Fam­ily Medicine Eastern Stream were in Burin for an aca­demic work­shop re­cently.

The Southern Gazette - - Front Page - BY COLIN FAR­RELL BURIN, N.L Colin.far­rell@south­

First and se­cond year res­i­dents within the dis­ci­pline of Fam­ily Medicine with Memo­rial Univer­sity’s Fac­ulty of Medicine called Burin home as they took part in the EastFam Aca­demic and Well­ness Res­i­dent Work­shop held May 11-13.

Memo­rial’s Fac­ulty of Fam­ily Medicine is divided into streams based on re­gional health au­thor­i­ties in the prov­ince – eastern, cen­tral, west­ern and north­ern — the Burin Penin­sula falls into the eastern stream.

Jackie Fewer, aca­demic pro­gram ad­min­is­tra­tor/co­or­di­na­tor-eastern stream, Dis­ci­pline of Fam­ily Medicine, Fac­ulty of Medicine with Memo­rial Univer­sity, called the week­end a great suc­cess.

The event was bro­ken up into a num­ber of ses­sions both aca­demic and prac­ti­cal, fea­tur­ing a meet and greet event on Fri­day, May 11. The event was at­tend by coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tives from com­mu­ni­ties on the penin­sula, as well as many com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions.

“We thought it would be nice for (peo­ple) to come out to the meet and greet from all the com­mu­ni­ties that are in­volved to meet with Dr. Katherine Stringer, Dr. Sonny Col­lis and all the res­i­dents that were in­volved,” Fewer said.

She noted the event gave the res­i­dents an op­por­tu­nity to see what com­mu­ni­ties in the area have to of­fer, as they are de­cid­ing where they would like to prac­tice.

“So, it’s part of re­cruit­ment as well,” she ex­plained.

Fewer said the res­i­dents who took part in the work­shop were im­pressed by what they saw on the Burin Penin­sula, not­ing that she re­ceived an e-mail from a par­tic­i­pant talk­ing about how en­joy­able the week­end was.

“Hav­ing all those res­i­dents here, it was fan­tas­tic,” said Fewer.

Res­i­dents were able to take part in a va­ri­ety of work­shops over the week­end rang­ing from ad­vice on fi­nan­cial plan­ning of­fered by Jamie Gear of Com­mon Cents to topics re­lated closely to their field.

“We had Dr. (Ar­jun) Raya­pudi help out with (a work­shop) on su­tur­ing,” she ex­plained.

They also had the op­por­tu­nity to take part in a ses­sion on spe­cial pro­ce­dures of­fered by Dr. A. Shah. Res­i­dents also had the op­por­tu­nity to un­wind dur­ing a yoga ses­sion of­fered by Me­lanie Perry, as well as tak­ing a hike to Cook’s Look­out. The Town of Burin spon­sored a bar­be­cue for the par­tic­i­pants.

Dr. Katherine Stringer, chair of the Dis­ci­pline of Fam­ily Medicine at Memo­rial Univer­sity, felt it was a suc­cess­ful event.

“A cou­ple of points that I think were par­tic­u­larly suc­cess­ful, one, it was won­der­ful to see such com­mu­nity en­gage­ment,” she said. “It’s re­ally pos­i­tive when I see a con­nec­tion of the med­i­cal school, the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and the lo­cal RHA’s, and we had rep­re­sen­ta­tives from all of those at the re­treat.”

Stringer added that go­ing for­ward, it is a strong re­la­tion­ship be­tween these par­ties that is the an­swer to strong health care ser­vices within the com­mu­nity.

She said the re­treat was a very pos­i­tive event that was en­joyed by the res­i­dents who at­tended.

“They re­ally en­joyed (the) hos­pi­tal­ity,” Stringer said. “They got to see the com­mu­nity, got to ex­pe­ri­ence various venues — like for ex­am­ple where we had the re­treat down at the Old­est Colony Trust build­ing and they got to go on a hike, which was won­der­ful.”

She noted that the fu­ture health care providers also en­joyed hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to so­cial­ize with one an­other and lo­cals.

Last­ing im­pres­sion

Paula Slaney, a se­cond-year res­i­dent who also hails from the Burin Penin­sula, felt that the res­i­dent work­shop was very well re­ceived by those in at­ten­dance.

“The res­i­dents as well as vis­it­ing fac­ulty very much en­joyed their time in Burin,” she stated in an e-mail to The South­ern Gazette. “The Fri­day even­ing meet and greet was won­der­ful as it gave the res­i­dents an op­por­tu­nity to meet mem­bers of town coun­cils as well as other mem­bers of the com­mu­nity who made this week­end pos­si­ble.”

She added that mul­ti­ple times through­out the event it was said that there was a warm and sup­port­ive group of peo­ple on the Burin Penin­sula that are very pas­sion­ate about the area.

“I think our area left a good last­ing im­pres­sion on all those who at­tended the Aca­demic and Well­ness work­shop,” she said.


First and se­cond year res­i­dents with the dis­ci­pline of Fam­ily Medicine at Memo­rial Univer­sity took part in the EastFam Aca­demic and Well­ness Res­i­dent Work­shop held the se­cond week­end in May.


Med­i­cal res­i­dents were able to take part in a va­ri­ety of ses­sions of­fered dur­ing the week­end event.


Med­i­cal res­i­dents used raw chicken to prac­tice as Dr. Ar­jun Raya­pudi of­fered a work­shop on su­tur­ing.

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