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Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick agreement renewed
On Wednesday, students, faculty and representatives from the three partners involved in Dal’s Medicine program in New Brunswick — Dal, the University of New Brunswick and the provincial government — gathered to celebrate the renewal of their tripartite agreement.
“The renewal of this agreement will allow New Brunswick’s medical students to continue studying and training right here in their own province,” said Donald Arsenault, New Brunswick’s minister for post-secondary education, training and labour.
The five-year renewal of the agreement allows Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick to continue delivering its undergraduate medical program in Saint John — a four year, English-Language, distributed program.
“The signing of the tripartite agreement ensures that Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick continues to train doctors for the future and helps our scientists to continue their contribution to medical research,” said Dr. Jennifer Hall, associate dean, Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick. “Our collaboration with the provincial government and the University of New Brunswick allows our Dalhousie University campus to help meet the health needs of all New Brunswickers.”
As part of the agreement, the provincial government provides operational funding to Dalhousie University to run the program, as well as funds to the University of New Brunswick to lease space at its Saint John campus and provide infrastructure, student support services and library facilities.
“The collaboration between the universities and Horizon Health Network, which provides training facilities and personnel, clearly demonstrates that we can all work together for the betterment of the health of New Brunswickers through the training of new doctors right here in our province,” said Health Minister Victor Boudreau.
The original agreement was signed by all three parties in June 2008. The program’s charter class began their studies in 2010, graduating in 2014. It admits 30 students per year, with those students conducting the majority of their studies in Saint John for the first two years, followed by clerkships around New Brunswick and fourth-year electives that take place in a wide range of locations.
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