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Cape Breton medical campus gets more funding

Cape Breton medical campus gets more funding

CAPE BRETON, N.S. — Nova Scotia’s second medical school campus at Cape Breton University (CBU) will provide 30 seats for first-year medical students, with a focus on practising in rural Nova Scotian communities. It is anticipated to open in the fall of 2025.

The province will fund operations at the CBU site, a partnership with Dalhousie University’s faculty of medicine, for two years. It’s investing $11.6 million for operational costs for the next two years, as well as $1.5 million to support the five additional seats at Dalhousie University.

The province announced the new state-of-the-art campus for CBU in March 2023. A new medical sciences building will be the cornerstone of the campus, which will train family doctors with a special focus on rural health issues including aging, frailty and disease prevention, as well as Indigenous health and African Nova Scotian health, indicates a release. CBU’s health and counselling centre will become a key clinical training facility and address the increased demand for health care among students.

 “A second medical school campus will make a big difference in improving access to care with more doctors for all Nova Scotians, and especially for those in rural parts of the province,” said Premier Tim Houston in a statement.

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