Medical Students Visit Northern Bruce Peninsula During Rural Ontario Medicine Program Week

L-R: Pam Loughlean PFHT Executive Director, Dr. Jonathan Thomas, Dr. Ali Appelton, Dr. George Harpur, Brian Earl ROMP Student, Lauren Mokry ROMP Student, Dr. Dave Thomson, and Dr. Erica Seccareccia Medical Resident.
Submitted by Pamela Loughlean, PFHT Executive Director

The Peninsula Family Health Team (PFHT) recently welcomed two medical students from the University of Toronto as part of the Rural Ontario Medicine program (ROMP).
ROMP Week is a one-week elective experience that provides an opportunity for medical students to get a snapshot early in their training of what it is like to live and practice medicine in a community outside of a large urban centre.
Now in our 12th consecutive year of participation, the Peninsula FHT is a strong advocate for the Rural Ontario Medicine Program.
This year, Lauren Mokry of Niagara Falls and Brian Earl of Toronto spent their week job shadowing at the PFHT clinics in Lion’s Head and Tobermory, the Tobermory Hyperbaric Facility, and the Emergency department at the GBHS-Lion’s Head hospital.
Lauren and Brian were able to observe the interaction between patient, nursing staff, IHPs and physicians and gained a greater appreciation of the scope of family medicine in a rural setting.
In their free time throughout the week, they had a chance to explore the Bruce Peninsula through activities which included hiking on the Bruce Trail, exploring the Grotto, gazing at the night sky at the observatory and enjoying a glass bottom boat cruise around Flowerpot Island.
The Peninsula FHT extends special thanks to Mayor McIver and the MNBP Physician Recruitment & Retention Committee, Lionheart Bed & Breakfast, Doug & Paula Cunningham, Parks Canada, the Owen Sound Transportation Company, the Princess Hotel, Bruce Anchor Cruises, Marydale’s Restaurant, Tacomory, Rachel’s Restaurant, Ancient Cedars and Bear Tracks Restaurant for supporting the activities of ROMP week.