Strategic partnerships, primary care reform needed to attract more medical school graduates: Opinion

News Opinion

Medical schools are working to address the shortage of family physicians in Alberta, but their efforts must be accompanied by wider primary care reform, write Brenda Hemmelgarn (University of Alberta) and Todd Anderson (University of Calgary). In an op-ed for the Calgary Herald, the authors explain that Alberta’s universities have taken several steps to increase the number of medical student positions and encourage applicants from Indigenous and rural communities. However, “simply training more doctors will not resolve” the ongoing issues within the primary care system, they write. Strategic partnerships and primary care reform must accompany higher education’s efforts to make the province’s healthcare system truly sustainable.

Calgary Herald