Med schools consider shorter programs, rural accessibility

January 29, 2008

Canada is short as many as 5,000 family doctors.  In response, medical school classes have been expanded -- almost 2,500 Canadians enrolled in first-year medical studies this year.  Shorter, 3-year medical programs have been successful in Calgary and at McMaster University, according to uCalgary's Dean of Medicine.  Special efforts are being made to train doctors in non-urban locations.