During 2020, despite the restrictions of the COVID pandemic, Kawartha Lakes Health Care Initiative (KLHCI) continued to recruit in different ways, according to a media release.
Recruitment efforts included attending virtual family medicine resident job fairs at various medical universities, advertising on job boards, and following up with those family medicine residents who are part of KLHCI’s database. A few visits to the community were also coordinated taking into consideration all COVID-required protocols.
In late 2020, plans also began for the production of a virtual community tour video for potential recruits – both family medicine residents and medical students. This video will be shared widely when complete.
KLHCI was pleased that Dr. Allison MacKay was successfully recruited to the Kawartha Lakes Community Health Centre in the spring of 2020. There is still a great need for additional family doctors to either start new practices or to accept practices from those family doctors transitioning to well-deserved retirements, the organization says.
The KLHCI board of directors has representation from throughout Kawartha Lakes. The board is interested in adding new members. Being a member of KLHCI’s board is an excellent opportunity to volunteer and be part of this vital component of our community health care, the recruitment and retention of family doctors.
Anyone wishing to be part of this community effort by either volunteering or donating financially to support the ongoing family doctor recruitment and retention programs should contact Cindy Snider, recruitment & retention coordinator at 705-328-6098 or visit the KLHCI website at www.KawarthaLakesDoctors.org.