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Family medicine residents being courted this weekend

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Officials with the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce, together with local family doctors as well as local business and community leaders, will be ‘pulling out the stops’ this weekend to entice medical residents to set up shop locally once they become practising physicians.

The 17th annual Family Medicine Resident Weekend is designed to promote Kitchener, Waterloo and Woolwich Township – which fall under the Chamber’s jurisdiction – as a great area for family doctors to practise.

Organizer Al Hayes of WalterFedy says 17 family medicine residents will be taken on a tour of local hospitals and some of the local medical clinics. “Just as important, we let some of the spouses and partners see what some of the other employment opportunities are in the community.”

Hayes says the young doctors and their partners will gather at the Waterloo Inn on Friday night before being wined and dined on Saturday and Sunday. “We put them on a bus and we tour them around and many even just want to know what it’s like…where might they live and what are the prices of homes and condos. So we really show them an awful lot of what’s going on here.”

The tour of the area includes a Saturday luncheon at the Communitech Hub and a visit to the St. Jacobs Farmers Market.

Since 1998 the Chamber, working with community partners, has helped recruit over 180 family doctors in Kitchener, Waterloo and Woolwich Township.