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Retired doctor pitches new strategy to recruit more doctors

New Brunswick has 84 positions open for physicians in the province

A retired doctor is arguing that he has the best way to recruit doctors to the province as thousands of New Brunswickers continue to wait for a physician.

The province has 84 positions open for doctors and that number will continue to grow as more physician retire.

The New Brunswick government unfurled its latest doctor recruitment strategy in September, but Dr. Donald Craig says he has a better solution.

Craig, who began practising medicine in 1968, is now pouring his energy into a scholarship-based medical education fund.

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He said this strategy will prove more effective in keeping young physicians in the province.

The New Brunswick Medical Education Foundation began offering scholarships in 2010 to students in the province's new medical school in Saint John.

Unlike most government programs that target the graduate, this program was aimed at the students for a very specific reason.

"When they're in school, they need the money. They really need the money. And we can latch on to our best students," Craig said.

"We're looking for our best students. And we're trying to get them early because by the time they get to the graduating phase, ready to come out and go to work, everyone's chasing them."