Practicing Medicine in Wellington North

A typical day in the life of a Mount Forest family physician starts in Louise Marshall Hospital. Early in the morning, physicians typically conduct inpatient rounds, perhaps assist with surgery or conduct minor procedures. By 9-10:30 am physicians are in their offices seeing patients. Medical offices are ideally located in the new Medical Clinic, directly across the street from the hospital.

Louise Marshall Hospital (LMH) runs an Emergency Department providing 24/7 coverage and is staffed by the local group of Family Physicians under the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) Alternate Funding Program. LMH Family Physicians work on average 4-6 Emergency shifts, 24 hours in length, per month, with a mandatory day-off after each shift. Approximately 12,000 patients are seen in the LMH Emergency Department on an annual basis.

LMH has an active staff of six Family Practitioners as well as consulting staff in General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Radiology, Anesthesiology, Pathology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Urology, ENT and Pediatrics. Additional services within the Hospital include palliative and supportive care, a diabetes education centre and rehabilitation services, which include physiotherapy.

Mount Forest is designated as an underserviced area by the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care. Physicians locating to Mount Forest have access to the benefits of the Ministry of Health’s Underserviced Area Program such as a $15,000 incentive grant, site visit reimbursement and $40,000 tuition reimbursement grant with a 4-year return of service agreement. The financial incentives coupled with the low-cost of living make Wellington North the ideal career start for any new medical graduate.

The Mount Forest Community is a medical education training site for students and residents coming from:
  • Rural Ontario Medical Program (ROMP)
  • McMaster University’s Michael G DeGroote School of Medicine
  • South Western Ontario Medical Education Network (SWOMEN)