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Province adding 15 new residencies for doctors

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Manitoba will add 15 new medical residency positions and expand doctor recruitment at a cost of $4.5 million this year.

Premier Greg Selinger and Health Minister Theresa Oswald made the announcement this afternoon at the University of Manitoba’s downtown campus on McDermott Avenue.

The new medical residencies will include seven in family medicine in rural Manitoba and eight specialist residencies in Winnipeg in emergency medicine, adolescent psychiatry, vascular surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology.

The government will spend more money to help foreign-trained doctors obtain licences to practice in Manitoba. And it will offer more grants to cover the full cost of medical training for up to 23 more students who agree to practice in under-serviced communities after they graduate.

The government said the announcement will help it reach its goal of ensuring that all Manitobans can access a family doctor by 2015.

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