Rural & Regional Health

Pre-Clinical Networked Medical Education Program

The Pre-Clinical Networked Medical Education program (PNME) was implemented in the year 2010-2011.

Under this program, select second-year undergraduate medical students spend four weeks of their GI block (from September to October) in a rural community providing them their first experience of clinical teaching. Currently three communities are engaged in the project are as follows:

  • Grande Prairie
  • Sylvan Lake

The objectives of PNME are as follows:

  • To develop a province-wide vision for Pre-Clinical Networked Medical Education with the capabilities of supporting learners in several networked sites throughout the continuum of their medical education.
  • To immerse learners in generalist medical culture leading to an increase in the numbers of medical school graduates who choose generalist careers.
  • To deliver an educationally sound, networked medical education program supported by appropriate ICT modalities.

PNME just finished its three-year term with the proposal forwarded to include the reproduction block for the next three-year term.