It's not a full-scale residency program just yet, but a physician is currently in Estevan through a two-month component of a residency program.
St. Joseph's Hospital executive director Greg Hoffort said Dr. Taffeta Fitterer has been in Estevan for a few weeks. She has been taking her two-year residency program in another community, and is in Estevan to satisfy the rural component of their residency.
Fitterer has been studying at the University of Saskatchewan's Department of Family Medicine, Regina Division.
She won't be the only physician coming to Estevan this year as part of the rural component of her studies.
“Over the next six months, we'll have three of them each doing two months,” Hoffort told Lifestyles. “This is a little taste of where we're hoping to go.”
The goal remains to bring a full-fledged, two-year medical residency program to Estevan, Hoffort said. Such programs are currently offered in Regina, Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Swift Current and La Ronge. It's believed that a residency program would assist with physician recruitment and retention efforts, while offering a showcase of the community and the hospital.
Hoffort said Estevan's residency program is still being considered by the College of Medicine.
“It would be premature to say how close we are getting, but it's certainly something we're working towards,” said Hoffort.