Aspiring physicians enjoying time in Estevan

The two new aspiring physicians who are working at St. Joseph’s Hospital are enjoying their time in the community.

Paige Baldwin and Brianna Hutchinson are third-year students at the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Medicine who are spending the year at St. Joseph’s Hospital through the longitudinal internship clerkship (LIC) program. They have been spending time working with physicians in the community, and experiencing as many different facets of medicine as possible.

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“I really enjoyed it here,” said Baldwin. “The hospital is beautiful. The people are really great to work with and I’ve learned a lot so far.”

This is the second straight year that Estevan has had at least one aspiring physician through the LIC. Lindsay Richels had a 12-month stint at the hospital that ended in July.

Hutchinson said they have been doing a little bit of everything from family medicine to the emergency room, and obstetrics to specialists.

“We’ve had an orthopaedic surgeon, a nephrologist come, psychiatry, so we’ve been with them whenever they’ve been here. So it’s been a real variety so far,” said Hutchinson.

That variety is one of the perks of the program, because they get to do everything throughout the year, and think outside of the box. It’s a contrast to programs in the bigger cities, where they alternate through different programs every six weeks.

They’re looking forward to continuing their time in Estevan, and furthering their skills.

This week’s edition of Southeast Lifestyles will have more on this story.

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