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Research on the Health Workforce




Tracking Study of Participants of a Postgraduate Specialty Program in Northern Ontario
R.W. Pong, H. Leung, M. Topps, J.C. Hogenbirk, N.A. Cloutier*, S.M. MacPherson*, D. Heng*, O. Mian, and H.E. Yungblut*

Very few specialist physicians work in rural areas. Policy initiatives have been introduced with a view to increase the supply of rural specialist physicians, including training specialists in rural settings for various lengths of time with the goal of fostering a greater understanding of rural health issues and increasing the skills needed for rural practice.

The Northeastern Ontario Postgraduate Specialty (NOPS) Program is one such rural medical education opportunity available to Canadian residents. This study tracked the participants of the NOPS Program. It examined whether specialty residency training in northeastern Ontario has any effect on the practice location of specialists after completion of residency training.

(funded by the Northeastern Ontario Medical Education Corporation)



(Names in bold denote CRaNHR investigators and research staff. Names with an * denote former CRaNHR investigators and research staff.)