On March 7, 2023, Premier Tim Houston introduced a $58.9 million funding to develop a brand new medical sciences constructing at Cape Breton College, which is able to home the medical college campus slated to open in 2025 in collaboration with Dalhousie College.
The campus, the province’s second and the third campus for Dalhousie Medical Faculty, will prepare 30 new medical doctors yearly. It can embody a brand new collaborative care clinic on the Nova Scotia Group School (NSCC) Marconi campus, and an enlargement of Cape Breton College’s well being and counselling centre.
“Households throughout Cape Breton and our rural communities want extra household medical doctors, and we all know one of the best ways to fulfill that want is to coach extra of them right here and do extra to make sure that those who graduate right here, practise right here,” mentioned Premier Houston. “Nova Scotians need to have extra healthcare employees practising of their communities, and with a robust deal with rural care coaching, we anticipate higher affected person care taking place throughout the province.”
A confirmed observe report
Dalhousie Medical Faculty has a longstanding historical past of offering medical training in Cape Breton, most prominently in Household Medication residencies and Longitudinal Built-in Clerkships in North Sydney and New Waterford. The launch of the Cape Breton medical campus, and partnership with Cape Breton College, is the pure development and essential subsequent step in fulfilling the College of Medication’s mission of more healthy communities.
“Dalhousie Medical Faculty has a confirmed observe report of offering wonderful medical training alternatives all through the Maritimes,” says Dr. David Anderson, dean of the College of Medication at Dalhousie. “We sit up for partnering with Cape Breton College to coach the following technology of physicians to additional tackle the healthcare wants of the Cape Breton group.”
A rendering of the medical sciences constructing
The brand new medical sciences constructing would be the cornerstone of the Cape Breton medical campus, housing academic and analysis area to coach the following technology of household medical doctors. Their training will embody particular coaching in rural well being wants resembling growing older, frailty and illness prevention, in addition to Indigenous well being and African Nova Scotian well being.
“We all know that wholesome communities are thriving communities and at the moment, with this funding, we take a significant step ahead in bettering the collective well being of our residents,” mentioned David Dingwall, president and vice-chancellor of Cape Breton College. “We’re deeply grateful to the Province of Nova Scotia for his or her religion in us, and for investing in a more healthy future for our group. Merely put, this funding will change the face of healthcare in Cape Breton, in rural Nova Scotia, and the complete province.”
Information has proven that physicians usually tend to work in communities the place they’ve had an academic expertise. It’s why Dalhousie Medical Faculty residency packages exterior Halifax have been so profitable for recruitment of physicians to work in Nova Scotia.
This campus will supply college students the prospect to finish their medical research of their residence area of Cape Breton/rural Nova Scotia, and it’ll encourage them to remain and apply within the communities that formed them.
“The funding and development of a state-of-the-art medical sciences constructing is a transformative choice that may have long-lasting impacts on the healthcare of the area,” mentioned Dr. Jennifer Corridor, affiliate dean of Dalhousie Medication New Brunswick, who represented Dalhousie on the announcement. “Future college students might be assured that they are going to be receiving a world-class medical training in a facility that displays their ambition and skills.”