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The University of Manitoba announced its new residency program for ophthalmologists at the Misericordia Health Centre Friday morning, allowing ophthalmology residents to train in Manitoba for the first time in 30 years.
As the number of senior citizens increases, the need for eye doctors capable of performing surgery will also increase, said Dr. Lorne Bellan, head of the university’s ophthalmology department.
And residents are more likely to stay in the province if they train here, said Dr. Brian Postl, the university’s dean of medicine.
The residency program, which takes five years to complete, already has its first resident.
Dr. Andre Jastrzebski, who was born in Winnipeg and graduated from the University of Manitoba’s medical program, began his residency in July 2011. The university will admit one first-year resident to the program each year until it hits its five-student capacity.