Every year at the Rural Ontario Medical Program (ROMP), we host what is known as “ROMP Week.” This is a one-week experience offered to pre-clerkship medical students during their summer break. The purpose of ROMP Week is to provide medical students with hands-on clinical experiences by exposing them to medical practices outside of the academic centre, in addition to highlighting the unique lifestyle offered by the community in which they are staying through social activities.
This year, we hosted ROMP week in OTT from May 23-26, QUE from May 29 to June 2, TOR from June 5-9, and NOSM from June 26-30. In many cases, ROMP Week is a medical student’s first exposure to rural medicine and can play a role as to whether or not they decide to pursue a career in rural medicine or come back after graduation to practice in the community.
This week, 22 communities welcome and hosted students for ROMP Week:
- Mount Forest
- Norfolk County
- Port Perry
- Lion’s Head
- Owen Sound
- Wellesley (Kitchener-Waterloo)
- Georgetown (Halton Hills)
- Trent Hills (Campbellford)
We are always excited when the local press covers some of the events that happen during ROMP Week. Check out these articles from the muskokaregion.com and Trent Hills Now. For more information about the Rural Ontario Medical Program, please visit our website.