Since 2001, a joint effort between Health Sciences North, the City of Greater Sudbury and the Chamber of commerce has brought 189 physicians to Sudbury.
In that same period, the city lost 89 physicians who either retired or relocated to other municipalities.
About one third of new physicians who have established practices in Greater Sudbury since 2001, were trained in Sudbury at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, or completed a residency with the school's predecessor, the Northeastern Ontario Medical Education Corporation (NOMEC).
“This is a tremendous accomplishment for our community and it means more people in Greater Sudbury will have access to family doctors and specialists,” said Dr. Chris Bourdon, Health Science North’s chief of staff and vice-president of medical and academic affairs, regarding the region's net gain of 100 physicians in 13 years.
In addition to the Northern Ontario School of Medicine's contributions to physician training and recruitment in Sudbury, the City of Greater Sudbury and the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce, have partnered with Health Sciences North in a comprehensive physician recruitment campaign.
“The City of Greater Sudbury is committed to working with community partners to promote our city as a leader in health care, research and education with superior quality of life,” said Sudbury Mayor Marianne Matichuk, in a release.
“It is important that our citizens have access to quality health care, and thanks to the dedication of city council, city staff and our partners, the message is getting out that Greater Sudbury is a world-class city in which to live, work and play.”
In 2014, physician recruitment in Greater Sudbury will focus on family medicine, emergency medicine, cardiology, general internal medicine, endocrinology, geriatrics, infectious diseases, neurology, respirology, rheumatology, general surgery, thoracic surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, and obstetrics/gynaecology.