The Parry Sound Family Health Team (PSFHT) would like to take this opportunity to remind our community that we are actively involved in teaching medical learners. Throughout the year, we have a number of medical students and family medicine residents working together with our physicians and allied health professionals.

Medical students are in the MD program and are working toward becoming doctors.

Residents are individuals who have graduated from the MD program, and are now doctors. Residency training allows doctors to practice medicine with the supervision of a licensed physician, while focusing on their chosen medical specialty. Here at the PSFHT, the resident doctors you will encounter are training to become Family Physicians.

The majority of physicians at Medical Associates and Rugged Shores Family Health are actively involved in medical teaching. Dr. Mara Hollingsworth, of Medical Associates, is currently the Clinical Lead in Parry Sound for the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM). She oversees the third year medical school clerkship curriculum and family medicine residents completing their rural rotations. Similarly, Dr. Alethea Anderson holds faculty appointments at both NOSM and the University of Toronto and oversees preceptorship of family medicine residents completing both elective rotations and pre-requisite rural medicine placements at Rugged Shores Family Health.

During your virtual appointment or in-person visit, you may speak with or see a medical student or resident. This is important clinical training for our future doctors and we thank you for helping us shape the future of medicine in our community!

If you have any questions about the involvement of medical learners in your care, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We are happy to share our enthusiasm.