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Medical students accept wilderness challenge (news release #16-24)


Nov. 19, 2016 – for immediate release

Meadow Lake, Sask. – Medical students from the University of Saskatchewan will expand their skills when they head to Meadow Lake Provincial Park this weekend to learn wilderness medicine techniques.

The day trip is the next stop of the Saskatchewan Medical Association’s Roadmap Program for Students and Residents.

“We are excited and grateful for the opportunity to showcase what medical practice looks like in Meadow Lake,” says Dr. Stephen Loden, who has worked as a family physician in the community for five years.

“It’s important for medical students to be exposed to the breadth of practice opportunities in medicine including family medicine and rural family medicine. We think it’s best to give them that exposure early on in their training.”

The SMA organizes four one-day tours each year for medical students and family medicine residents. They tour the community, take in a local event, and spend some time with local physicians learning about their medical practices. The goal is to increase the number of University of Saskatchewan graduates practising medicine in the province.

On Sat., Nov. 19, about 50 medical students will travel to Meadow Lake where they will tour the hospital and community before heading out to Meadow Lake Provincial Park. They will spend the afternoon learning about search and rescue, and practising medical skills outdoors. The students will have an opportunity to talk to local physicians and family medicine residents about what it’s like to work in Meadow Lake. Local paramedics and volunteer firefighters will also be working with the students.

“We want to provide a unique experience that highlights the local area and its outdoor recreation, with a clinical spin,” says Dr. Loden.

Schedule for the day:

10 a.m.

Brunch at Meadow Lake Primary Health Centre, tour of Meadow Lake Hospital and the Town of Meadow Lake


Leave for Meadow Lake Provincial Park

Q&A with Meadow Lake physicians and family medicine residents while traveling on bus

Hike in the park, stopping at stations to practise medical skills

5:30 p.m.   

Supper at Dorintosh

7 p.m.

Leave to return to Saskatoon


The Saskatchewan Medical Association ( is a voluntary, member-based, professional association for physicians, medical students and residents in the province and it is the provincial chapter of the Canadian Medical Association. As the trusted voice of Saskatchewan’s 2,300 practicing physicians, the SMA negotiates for and on behalf of our doctors; supports the educational, professional, economic and personal well-being of physicians; and advocates for a high-quality and patient-centred health care system.

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Medical students on the Roadmap trip to Meadow Lake and Dr. Loden are available for interviews. Please call Lana to make arrangements.

Lana Haight, communications advisor
306-229-1837 or 306-657-4596


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