SUDBURY – For a new doctor, joining an established practice is generally easier than setting up their own.
Doctors Morgan Carrier, Natasha St. Onge and Sean Sullivan bucked the trend when they set up their own practice inside the Cambrian College Medical Clinic.
“We decided to set up our own practice, because we wanted the opportunity and ability to make the practice our own, starting from the beginning and going forward,” says St. Onge. “We also wanted the ability to have our patient population grow with us as new family doctors through to established, seasoned family physicians.
“Cambrian College has been supportive of our needs every step of the way,” St. Onge continues. “There have been growing pains, but that comes with every new practice. As a team, the doctors, nurses and students have been able to overcome and persevere through the various challenges of starting a new practice.”
The three doctors are all locals and studied at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. They are accepting patients who have signed up through Health Care Connect, the government program that helps Ontarians who do not have a health care provider.
Dan Draper, dean of the Schools of Health Sciences and Emergency Services, says it is fantastic that the three doctors have established their practice at the College.
“Not only do they provide excellent medical services to our students and staff, they represent a much needed resource to the Greater Sudbury community,” he says. “Our clinic model empowers them to focus on providing medical services within a supportive infrastructure, while helping us thread Cambrian into the fabric of the community we serve.”
To register with Health Care Connect, Sudburians without a family doctor or nurse practitioner can phone 1-800-445-1822 or visit www.health.gov.on.ca and search ‘Health Care Connect.’
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