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Monday, March 12, 2007
Docs, Ontario wants you back
A Canadian province is putting out the welcome mat to Ontario-trained doctors living in the United States to encourage them to return home to practice there. Ontario Health Minister George Smitherman plans to launch a recruitment drive this spring by traveling to Boston and New York, where there are clusters of Canadian doctors.
Ontario is struggling with a chronic shortage of doctors, made worse because the province loses about 30 percent of its new medical graduates to other jurisdictions within two years of completing their training, according to the Ontario Medical Association in a Globe and Mail story today.
This will be the first time the government has ever attempted to lure doctors back to Ontario, said Dr. Joshua Tepper, assistant deputy minister and an obstetrician.
"Nobody has ever reached out and said, 'Why did you leave? Would you like to come back?' "