Cape Breton University is actively working to bring a medical school to Cape Breton Island. As part of the University’s strategic healthcare initiative, CBU envisions a medical school that will train much needed physicians for rural practice, as well as establishing a collaborative medical clinic that will serve up to 10,000 patients.
“This initiative will be a game changer for healthcare in this province, specifically for Cape Breton and rural areas of Nova Scotia where physicians are urgently needed,” says David C. Dingwall, President and Vice-Chancellor. “We know many of the critical problems that exist in our healthcare system, now it’s time to focus on the solutions. This initiative does exactly that.”
Over the past year, discussions and consultation have been held with more than 100 local doctors and more than 80 business and community leaders who support this initiative. Several other universities across the country with established medical schools have also been consulted to research best practices and to build a strong case for this critical initiative. Cape Breton University’s strategic plan includes a commitment to champion the Island’s prosperity. Prioritizing initiatives in areas such as health is crucial to that plan.
“The University is laser focused on making this project a reality because we know the impact it will have on improving the health of Cape Bretoners, and in fact all Nova Scotians,” says President Dingwall. “However, we need the support of Nova Scotians to ensure this crucial project becomes a reality.”
“A thriving community is a healthy community,” says Dr. Ron MacCormick, Founding Medical Director, Cape Breton Cancer Centre. “With the support of the community, we will continue to champion this initiative and take concrete action to improve the health of Nova Scotians.”
As part of CBU’s strategic healthcare initiative, the University is currently funding five medical seats at Dalhousie Medical School for students from rural Nova Scotia committed to practicing family medicine in rural areas.
To sign and show your support for this critical initiative visit cbumedcampus.ca