Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour / Office of the Premier

Centre de formation médicale celebrates its first graduating class (10/05/08)

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May 8, 2010

MONCTON (CNB) - The Centre de formation médicale du Nouveau-Brunswick (the provincial francophone medical training centre) honoured its first group of graduates today at the Université de Moncton with Premier Shawn Graham and numerous dignitaries in attendance.

The premier said he was delighted to see such a large group of new francophone doctors.

"Being a student in a new program certainly brings with it many challenges, but all of these graduates have shown courage and perseverance," Graham said. "Today they stand before us as future family doctors, medical researchers and specialists. I hope they will do their internships in New Brunswick and practise medicine here."

Twenty-three students - 17 women and six men - graduated during the ceremony.

"We are the pioneers of the Centre de formation médicale du Nouveau-Brunswick," said graduate Chrystelle Thériault. "All the graduates are pleased to have had the opportunity to study here at home. We have had the chance to be exposed to the needs of, and to become more familiar with, the francophone community. My wish is to come back to New Brunswick to practise medicine after I complete my specialization in general surgery."

The Centre de formation médicale du Nouveau-Brunswick was established in 2006 through a partnership between the Government of New Brunswick, the Université de Moncton and the Université de Sherbrooke. Under this initiative, francophone students in New Brunswick may now obtain medical training in the province.

"As a key partner in the Centre de formation médicale du Nouveau-Brunswick, the Université de Moncton is very proud to witness the success of this first group of Acadian doctors trained here at home," said Yvon Fontaine, president, Université de Moncton.

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MEDIA CONTACTS: Thomas Lizotte, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-453-8617; Josée Nadeau, development officer, Centre de formation médicale du Nouveau-Brunswick, 506-863-2222.

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