‘Good docs’ staying in Windsor after training here

Monday, October 6, 2014

The Windsor Star/Brian Cross

Having discovered “Windsor is a rare gem,” Toronto-area native Dr. Joanna Starczewski says she is definitely setting up shop here, once she finishes her two-year residency in family medicine next year and becomes a licensed doctor.

She’ll probably end up working with her sister Dr. Katherine Dobosz, who recently finished her residency in Windsor at the Schulich School of Medicine and began practising in LaSalle. Dobosz is one of 33 graduates of the Windsor residency program who have chosen to stay here, out of a total of 43 graduating residents, in the last four years.

“Most of them want to stay,” Starczewski said of the residents currently training here, citing the collegial atmosphere and the one-on-one training that convinces them Windsor is a good place to be a family doctor. “It does have a small community feel, compared to London and compared to Toronto, and in our program we’re not saturated with learners,” she said, referring to the situation in larger centres where residents from various specialties compete for time with the teaching doctors. In Windsor, there’s only one full-time residency program — family medicine, which accepts about 10 doctors a year for a residency that usually lasts two years.

“The family medicine residents are kind of the kingpins in this city,” said Dr. Dale Ziter, the academic director of Schulich’s family medicine post-graduate program. “There’s not a lot of residents in other disciplines (though they come in for one-month rotations), so it makes for a very, very strong learning experience.”

Ziter said having 77 per cent of family residents stay here after graduating is a testament to the quality of both the program and the city. “People come here and they see what Windsor is really like,” he said, adding that, on average in Canada, about half the residents stay in the city where they train.

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