Region to try and recruit more doctors this weekend

It’s an event that has been put on by the Chamber of Commerce for over 20 years

15 family medicine residents and four emergency medicine residents will see what Waterloo Region is all about this weekend.

The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce is hosting the residents for a 21st straight year.

Local family physicians, business and community leaders will also help promote the area during the recruitment initiative.

“The weekend is a wonderful opportunity for these first and second year family medicine residents to get better acquainted with the community and our health care facilities,” Mark Christensen of WalterFedy, Chair of the organizing committee said in a release. “While residents tour medical facilities to meet and speak with local family practitioners, their partners tour the community and have opportunity to explore employment opportunities with local business and community leaders.”

They will also be guests of a special luncheon at Communitech on Saturday. “The family medicine residents and their partners will meet some high profile business and community leaders and learn more about the region’s diversity and its strong innovative and entrepreneurial spirit.” said Chamber President and CEO, Ian McLean.

Since 1998, the chamber says it has helped recruit over 230 family physicians.

At that time, more than 40,000 people didn’t have a family doctor, as of now that number is estimated to be around 20,000.

This article was written by Blair Adams for Kitchener Today, powered by 570 News. Read the original article here.