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New graduates of the Dalhousie family medicine residency program at the south west Nova site cutting the cake after a June 29 event in Yarmouth celebrating their accomplishment. From left: doctors Greg Lee, Tyler d’Entremont, Sean Davis, Iris Kim and Gurleen Dhanoa.
New graduates of the Dalhousie family medicine residency program at the south west Nova site cutting the cake after a June 29 event in Yarmouth celebrating their accomplishment. From left: doctors Greg Lee, Tyler d’Entremont, Sean Davis, Iris Kim and Gurleen Dhanoa. - Eric Bourque

The latest graduates of the Dalhousie family medicine residency program at the south west Nova teaching site were honoured during a June 29 ceremony at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital.

The five – doctors Greg Lee, Tyler d’Entremont, Sean Davis, Iris Kim and Gurleen Dhanoa – worked hard to get to this point, said Dr. Abir Hussein, director of the south west Nova site.

“Two years ago, we welcomed our third group of residents,” Dr. Hussein said. “Five enthusiastic, eager-to-learn residents joined us. Their journey has not been easy. There was so much to learn, a tremendous amount of knowledge and skills to gain. They experienced the grief of losing patients and the joy of saving lives ... Today they stand before us: dedicated, committed and competent family physicians.”

Three of the five members of the new graduating class are staying in southwestern Nova Scotia, she said, “an incredible recruitment success.”

Ten of the 15 doctors who have graduated from the program since it began a few years ago have chosen to stay in Nova Scotia and seven of them are and will be practising in the southwestern part of the province, Dr. Hussein said.

Addressing those attending the early-afternoon ceremony in the Yarmouth hospital lobby, Dr. Hussein spoke a bit about the history of the family medicine residency program here, saying the “long process” of establishing the south west Nova teaching site began in 2013.

“Important partnerships were developed and expanded, including Dalhousie University, the Department of Health, the medical staff and the (former) South West Nova District Health Authority,” she said. “Dr. (Shelagh) Leahey worked diligently to recruit teachers, physicians who would train the residents, and as expected, our medical community responded with great passion.”

Speaking to the program’s newest graduates, she said medicine will give them much more than they might have imagined.

“You will build great relationships and meet wonderful people,” she said. “You will be a significant part of patients’ lives and an important member of so many families.”

Despite the knowledge they have and the confidence they will develop, she told the grads to stay humble and to appreciate the opinion and role of every member of their health-care team.

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