Bigstone Health Commission and U of A
The Bigstone partnership takes the learning experience to a new level, Konkin noted.
“With this placement, the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry is starting to build relationships with the communities themselves, and we hope to reach similar agreements with other communities. We appreciate that the Bigstone Health Commission was willing to engage with us and build something different.”
The rotation will see Siu, two other third-year students and a medical resident take up respective one- and two-month postings between now and next June, based at the Wabasca/Desmarais Healthcare Centre and a clinic in the hamlet, serving a population of 3,000 to 3,500 Aboriginal people. Siu led off the rotation Oct. 19, but before starting it, he completed an online training module and was asked to develop some of his own learning objectives.
“A key objective of this rotation is to have students get an idea of possibilities about positive reaction for change in the sense of building relationships and working with Aboriginal people,” Konkin said. Betkowski, B. (2015, October 22). Med students gain Aboriginal perspective on health. Retrieved October 22, 2015.