Monday, March 28, 2011

Dr. Ross McLean - CMA award

Local doctor honouredBest practices - sometimes rural is better

Dr. Ross McLean was presented with the Glenn Sawyer Award on March 17, honouring a distinguished career of service, including 40 years practicing in Perth.

Four decades later, McLean has built up an impressive résumé. He was chief of staff of the Great War Memorial Hospital for six years, overseeing the merger of the Perth and Smiths Falls hospitals. He remains medical director of the Lanark Lodge seniors’ home, and has been for 15 years. He’s held various positions with the Ontario Medical Association, and also organizes a program that places medical students in rural communities throughout eastern Ontario.
More than a job

Being a physician is a profession, not a job, he said. Especially in a rural community, it comes with its own responsibilities and sacrifices, but the rewards come along just as often.
“A physician who comes to rural community is a full-service physician, they’re not going to be able to practice designer medicine,” said Drummond.
“You’re going to have to be involved with house-calls, with hospital-based work, with assisting in the operating room or delivering babies or working in the emergency department.”

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