Providence Care partnership helps doctors, patients
Newly graduated doctors from Queen’s University’s School of Medicine now have a unique opportunity to experience working with high-need patients in long-term care facilities, thanks to a new partnership initiative with Providence Care.
Launched in the summer of 2008, the program allows doctors studying to become family physicians to do a four-month rotation of their required two-year residency at Providence Manor, a 243-bed long-term care home in downtown Kingston. While at Providence Manor, they assume the medical care of an assigned group of the Home’s residents in cooperation with the residents’ attending physicians, who continue to oversee all medical care provided.
“This is a great opportunity to introduce new family doctors to a long-term care environment,” says Professor of Family Medicine David Barber, who is physician lead of Queen's Family Medicine Department Care of the Elderly program. “By working at Providence Manor they are experiencing geriatric medicine, family practice and a wide range of acute and non-acute care.”
According to Providence Manor medical director Ivan Stewart: “Bringing new doctors into the long-term care setting is a way planning for the future. These young physicians are gaining experience that will be more valuable as our population ages, and as more older people require care.”
For the Manor’s residents, it means added time spent with the new doctors, while nurses in the Home benefit from increased access to the physicians as well, adds Providence Manor site administrator Shelagh Nowlan.
The first group of 14 medical school graduates began their residency rotation at Providence Manor in July, and 14 new graduates will start their rotations at the end of October.
Providence Care is the leading provider in southeastern Ontario of specialized care for the frail elderly, people coping with chronic illness, stroke survivors, and those living with serious mental illness. Affiliated with Queen’s, it is one of Kingston’s university hospitals and is a major centre for teaching and research.