In the Medical Affairs Office we are busy with recruitment at all times. We work very closely with the Orillia Area Recruitment and Retention Committee. The Committee is a dedicated group of community volunteers and municipal council delegates, who make their time available to advise and support potential new members of the medical community to explore and settle in our area.
With the support of one staff member, our recruiter Pat Thor, they provide:
Access to information about neighborhoods
Spousal employment opportunities,
Faith based organizations
Amenities for families.
They connect interested physicians with established professionals who can share their experience building a practice here and raising their families. The landscape surrounding family medicine recruitment is challenging and ever-changing. One very important thing Pat does is to introduce new physicians to those who have expressed a desire to wind down their practice or retire. In many cases this creates a smooth transition for patients who would otherwise be wondering who their doctor will be.
In the hospital we currently require several Emergency physicians, Hospitalists and specialists in the fields of Anaesthesia General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, Ophthalmology, Paediatrics and Respirology. Family physicians are in great demand across the province. The Orillia area could easily fill the practices of three to six new family physicians. The practice size of a family physician varies depending on their other interests such as Emergency Medicine and hospital inpatient care.
Our best recruitment opportunity has proven to be the learners who come to us from medical schools all over the province and sometimes internationally. With so many communities in great need of medical professionals it is imperative that we remain current with trends and always provide a warm welcome and an excellent experience to our medical learners. The best ones come back!
Members of the Orillia Area Recruitment and Retention Committee:
Dr. Matt Miller Community Representative, Chair
Marci Csumrik Community Representative, Past Chair
Wendy Timpano Community Representative
Gini Stringer Community Representative
Marino Fernandopulle Community Representative
Dr. Ryan Mitchell Family Physician
Dr. Carol Strickland Family Physician (retired)
John Betsworth Severn Council
Randy Greenlaw Oro-Medonte Council
Pat Hehn City of Orillia Council
Dr. Nancy Merrow OSMH Chief of Staff/VP Medical Affairs
Jackie Shaughnessy OSMH Medical Affairs Coordinator
Lisa Stanley OSMH Foundation Director of Finance
Pat Thor Community Physician Recruitment Liaison
Ad Hoc Advisory Committee
Author: Dr. Nancy Merrow, OSMH Chief of Staff and Vice President, Medical Affairs