Doctors in the house

Port McNeill has three new doctors who have completed a UBC program

For the first time in years, Port McNeill has a full complement of doctors.

At the Regional District of Mount Waddington meeting June 16, Port McNeill Mayor Shirley Ackland shared that two of the three new doctors just arrived in her community.

An interesting fact about the doctors is that they have youngsters, Ackland said.

Dr. Mehrtash Amini, Dr. Nazanin Baradaran and Dr. Joy C. Mijares will practice medicine at the Port McNeill Collaborative Clinic.

The three physicians relocating to Port McNeill have completed their two-year UBC Family Practice Residency Program in Victoria. All designated International Medical Graduate (IMG) residency positions have a Return of Service commitment attached that requires graduates to practise in under-served areas of B.C. for two years to help support rural and remote health care.

The doctors were able to come to Port McNeill after they completing the residency program and obtained their licence from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia.

“We are very excited to have the physicians join our team,” said Dr. Prean Armogam, Mount Waddington chief of staff who co-owns the Port McNeill Collaborative Clinic with Dr. David Whittaker.

“They will offer excellent primary health care services to our clients, provide physician coverage in the Port McNeill Hospital emergency department and share in holiday coverage,” Whittaker said.