Funding for four additional medical seats in Moncton13 October 2022
FREDERICTON (GNB) – Four new medical seats for the province will be added to the Centre de formation médicale du Nouveau-Brunswick (CFMNB) at l’Université de Moncton starting in 2023.
“The recruitment and retention of health-care workers is a top priority, and we are proud to partner with CFMNB to increase the number of medical seats we provide,” said Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Trevor Holder. “This investment will allow even more New Brunswickers to study medicine in the province, which increases our chances of retaining them after graduation.”
The number of medical seats the province funds at CFMNB will increase from 24 to 28, and from 70 to 74 overall. Starting next year, there will be 40 medical seats at Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick, and three each at Université Laval and Université de Montréal.
“Physicians are key to delivering timely and effective health-care services, and we are fortunate to have CFMNB’s world-class institution here in New Brunswick,” said Health Minister Bruce Fitch. “We thank them for working with us to address our human resources challenges and we look forward to a continued partnership.”
The provincial government will invest $172,000 annually for the four seats. It will be added to the $4.8 million already committed to CFMNB for the medical doctorate program.
“We are very pleased to have the opportunity to add students to our cohort for next year and for years to come,” said CFMNB director Dr. Michel H. Landry. “Each seat is invaluable and will have an impact on the delivery of French language health-care services in our communities.”
The government is also working with le Centre de formation médicale du Nouveau-Brunswick at the Université de Moncton and Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick to identify opportunities to add additional seats.
“The Université de Sherbrooke is very proud to continue to partner with CFMNB to expand the number of seats offered through its satellite medical school,” said university president Pierre Cossette. “This program is part of the deep-rooted, 30-year relationship between the university and the Province of New Brunswick and reflects our commitment to supporting expanded access to French language medical services and education across the Maritimes.”
“This announcement is an important step forward for the recruitment and retention of new physicians in Acadia,” said Denis Prud'homme, Université de Moncton president and vice-chancellor. “We are optimistic that this is just the beginning and we thank our valued partners who allow us to provide medical training here at home, in French.”
This investment supports the new provincial health plan, Stabilizing Health Care: An Urgent Call to Action which has five action areas: access to primary health care, access to surgery, create a connected system, access to addiction and mental health services and support seniors to age in place. In addition, it will contribute to the government’s commitment to healthcare for New Brunswickers.