Université Sainte-Anne: A Springboard to a Medical Career

Church Point (NS), October 5, 2021 – Université Sainte-Anne is pleased to announce that four of its graduates are part of the new cohort of first-year students at Université de Sherbrooke's medical school this fall.

Congratulations to Lauren Dexter of Dartmouth, Chouaib Ezzarourri of Halifax, Trevor Melanson of Clare and Hannah Sibbick of Montague, PEI.

All four graduates have been granted reserved spaces in Université de Sherbrooke's Doctor of Medicine program.

You may be wondering how it is that such spaces are reserved. Thanks to an agreement with the Government of Quebec, francophone students from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island are granted several spaces in various health care programs in certain Quebec universities, subject to meeting enrollment requirements.

More specifically, each year, three medical school spaces (at Université de Sherbrooke) and two spaces in pharmacy school (one at Université de Montréal and one at Université Laval) are reserved for francophone students from Nova Scotia. One medical school space is reserved for a francophone student from Prince Edward Island.

“Université Sainte-Anne and the Consortium national de formation en santé are very proud to work closely with the Government of Nova Scotia in support of this project. In existence since 1999, its goal is to increase the number of bilingual physicians in Nova Scotia's minority language communities,” explains Hughie Batherson, coordinator of the Consortium national de formation en santé at Université Sainte-Anne.

By way of example, most of the physicians practicing in the Clare Health Centre in Meteghan, NS are former students of Université Sainte-Anne and some of them benefited from these reserved spaces, including Dr. Michelle Dow, Dr. Giselle Dugas, Dr. Alain Blinn and Dr. Jean-Luc Dugas.

Other former students who completed this educational pathway are now practicing medicine in Sydney, NS. Dr. Saneea Abboud, originally from Clare, is a palliative care physician at Cape Breton Regional Hospital and Dr. Kathrine Pettipas, originally from Antigonish, is the family medicine Associate Chief Resident in Sydney. They are both able to offer health care services in French to this community.

Université Sainte-Anne is therefore an ideal springboard for those seeking to pursue a career in heath care in French. A variety of preparatory programs are offered, such as the Diploma in Health Sciences, the Bachelor of Science with Major in Biology, and the Bachelor of Science (no major).

About Université Sainte-Anne

Université Sainte-Anne, the only French language post-secondary institution in Nova Scotia, offers university and college-level courses as well as a French immersion program and customized training in French as a second language. Recognized for its excellent programs as well as its unique and exceptional living environment, Sainte-Anne offers experiential learning opportunities that promote student engagement and success, and an atmosphere which encourages a culture of excellence in research and development. Solidly established in its community, Université Sainte-Anne is a partner of choice for all those who wish to strengthen the vitality of the regions surrounding its 5 campuses as well as all of Acadie throughout Nova Scotia.

For more information          

Rachelle LeBlanc, Director of Communications and Marketing
Université Sainte-Anne
Tel.: 902-769-2114 Extension 7222
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