The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador sent out a news release on September 27th, 2023, stating that they’ve awarded a contract for the review of increasing Memorial University’s Doctor of Medicine undergraduate program from 80 to 90 students to allow an additional ten medical students from Newfoundland and Labrador.
The contract is valued at $120,000 and has been awarded to Spindle Strategy Corp, a privately owned consulting firm focusing on health sciences. The review will include requirements like infrastructure, building expansion, staffing, resources, and equipment.
They state, “The expansion will help support more medical learners to receive the high quality of medical education at Memorial University and gain valuable clinical experience to attract them to practice in the province upon completion of their training.”
The report is expected to be completed by next summer.
The Dean of Medicine, Dr. Dolores McKeen, stated that the “expansion of the undergraduate medical doctor program class size, support of generalist training and increased rural opportunities offered by our medical education programming, all can support physician recruitment and retention in Newfoundland and Labrador. We look forward to working with Spindle on this very important project.”