Weeneebayko Area Health Authority provides health services to over 10,000 Cree peoples in five First Nations communities and one mixed-ethnicity municipality (Mooseonee) in the Mushkegowuk Territories of Western James Bay. The base hospital, Weeneebayko General Hospital, is located in Moose Factory island at the mouth of the Moose River. The community is the oldest English-speaking settlement in Ontario and the second of the Hudson Bay Company in Canada dating back to 1670.
Comprehensive primary care is provided including emergency medicine, obstetrics, hospitalist, surgical assist, outpost coastal community primary care and office clinic. Residents will be exposed to numerous technical and advanced procedures and practise in a logistically and medically complicated learning environment under the close supervision of an experienced supervisor.
The rotation philosophy is designed to be first and foremost an educational experience, and not at all a 'service' rotation. As part of their training, residents will participate in a weekly seminar course that addresses the non-clinical aspects of Indigenous peoples' health including history, politics, law, anthropology, epidemiology and community development. Residents will find the rotation highly demanding and equallyrewarding.
All residents applying to this rotation must already have completed their core rotations in Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Orthopedics, Obstetrics and Pediatrics, as general abilities in these areas will be assumed and are necessary for adequate performance in this rotation. Residents are also expected to have completed their core Aboriginal health curriculum, and as of January 2016 will be expected to have completed pre-departure preparation prior to their Moose Factory rotation.
Moose Factory is a core family medicine site for PGY2.