PEI launches Family Medicine Sponsorship Program

December 3, 2012

The PEI government released Friday details of its new Family Medicine Sponsorship Program, which requires medical students to commit to practice in the province for 5 years after they graduate in return for financial aid. The pilot project will provide support for medical education expenses to 3 students annually. In return, the students commit to the 5-year time frame. The students can apply to the program at the end of their second year of medical school. The current program aimed at bringing young doctors to PEI is not working. The province has no medical school of its own, and for the past 12 years it has spent $800,000 annually to guarantee 4 spots for PSE students at Memorial University. The idea was that these students might return as doctors to PEI, but only one has, the province's health minister says. The MUN program is now under review. PEI News Release | Globe and Mail | Charlottetown Guardian