New University of Manitoba medical students officially received their white coats today at the university's Bannatyne Avenue campus.
The diverse group of 110 is made up of nearly as many women as men, many with rural roots, said Health Minister Theresa Oswald.
"Since we expanded the opportunities and the supports for medical students in Manitoba, we have seen that investment pay off," said Oswald in a release. "We have a record number of doctors practising in Manitoba and we hope this diverse group of students will make the most of the excellent training they receive and enjoy long and happy careers in Manitoba."
The Manitoba Government has created more opportunities and incentives since 1999 to recruit more rural physicians hoping they will practise in rural areas. These include tax rebates, expanding the medical school from 70 spaces to 110, and introducing resettlement and specialist funds.
"There’s a lot of hard work and study ahead," said Oswald. "But we congratulate these dedicated students on their commitment to excellence. We will continue to invest in our health facilities and modern technology to make our province an attractive place for physicians to live and work, and we look forward to having them join the growing complement of Manitoba physicians when they graduate."