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News in brief: January 2013

  • Published: 17 December 2012
  • DOI: 10.1136/sbmj.e8448
  • Cite this as: Student BMJ 2012;20:e8448

The Canadian province Prince Edward Island is hoping to attract medical students and young doctors to work as general practitioners by providing financial incentives in the form of signing bonuses, stipends, and educational grants.

Senior medical students and junior residents who have decided on a career in general practice can apply to be part of the scheme. The application process is still being formulated.

To attract doctors to the province—which has a population of about 140 000 people, but no medical school—a signing bonus of $C10 000 (£6900; €8600; $11 000), a stipend of $C80 000 dollars over two years, and an additional $C20 000 over two years is being offered. In return, the students have to commit to practising in Prince Edward Island for at least five years, with placement dependent on the province’s needs and vacancies at that time.

The initiative is expected to recruit 15 new doctors in the province by 2021,

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