Newfoundland and Labrador Representative
ANDREW HUNT, MD, CCFP, FCFP, BSC(HONS) - Email
Twillingate, Newfoundland and LabradorAs a born and bred rural Newfoundland and Labradorian, Dr. Andrew Hunt is proud of his roots. Having returned to his hometown to practice rural family and emergency medicine for more than eleven years, Dr. Hunt brings a strong, rural voice to patient advocacy, physician quality improvement, and social accountability through his leadership roles within his Regional Health Authority. Through research, scholarship, and innovation, Dr. Hunt strives to optimize medical education in the province and beyond with collaborative efforts from Memorial University and its partners as the Faculty of Medicine’s Assistant Dean of Distributed Medical Education.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Educational initiatives include the MedQuest program that exposes high school students to the medical school and Lab Quest to Labrador students to health care careers. Memorial University provides preferential scoring for students who did schooling in rural communities.
The Medical Resident Bursary Program provides bursaries to medical residents who agree to provide service in a specific community in Newfoundland and Labrador upon obtaining full-licensure. The medical resident bursary is thirty-six (36) months. The following table shows the medical resident bursary amounts by community level. Community levels increase from Level 0 (Labrador) to Level 3 (major towns and cities) based on level of rural location and remoteness.
There is a 20% bonus on fee for service work in rural hospitals. Salaried physicians have a retention bonus since 2000 with varying amounts depending on GP or other specialties, duration of service and rurality. For GP's in 2006 it ranges from $2,500 for Category 3 rural after a year to $30,000 for Category 1 Rural after 3 years of service. Specialists in the same communities would get $4,000 to $36,000 respectively.
Provincial and Territorial Representatives are volunteers elected by members as per the by-laws at the annual meeting. Representatives from across the country help to make the work of the Society of Rural Physicians happen. They are your contacts. Please feel free to share information, questions and concerns with them for discussion at quarterly meetings. The outcome will come back to you via the SRPC Newsletter, emails, the RuralMed mailing list, or directly via your representative. We can always use more human resources and ideas. If you have something to contribute, let us know!