Tuesday, November 3, 2009  
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Quote of the Week
“If the private meetings between councillors continue, the matter should be referred to the Minister of Municipal Affairs for an inspection/inquiry of council.”
- George B. Cuff  
- regarding the municipal   
review of council   

 

 
Mountainside Medical happily welcomed the newest addition to their team last week, as Dr. Jean du Rand, the first half of a husband and wife doctor duo coming to the Pass, arrived and got down to work.
Dr. du Rand, 38 years old, graduated from the University of Pretoria in South Africa in 2005, as did his wife, 27-year-old Dr. Mia Britz. Dr. du Rand made the move to Canada first, while Dr. Britz remains in South Africa to tie up loose ends and complete their transition.
Dr. du Rand arrived in Canada six weeks ago, and spent some time in Ontario before coming west in early October. As part of his orientation into the Canadian medical clinic, he needed to spend two weeks practicing in a community other than the one he plans to live in, and he worked those two weeks in Pincher Creek.
With his orientation and other paperwork completed, Dr. du Rand was scheduled to officially start work at Mountainside Medical on Monday, November 2. He spent the week prior to that setting up his office and getting ready.
 
While the human body and the facts of disease stay the same from country to country, says Dr. du Rand, the medical system differs.
"The Canadian system is a lot more supportive for both the doctors and the patients," he says. He notes that there are fewer limitations on what a doctor can do when a patient needs certain types of help, and more supportive structures to help a doctor obtain the proper diagnosis.
He says that he has enjoyed working in the area so far, and getting to know others in the medical community both here and in Pincher Creek. It is easy to get used to everything, he says, when everyone is so keen to assist.
"I absolutely love the area," he adds. "The mountains, the prairies. It was 10,000 times better than what I expected."
Dr. du Rand hopes that his wife will arrive in the Pass within the next month or so.
Mountainside Medical is currently located beside Remedies Rx in Coleman, while their main building in Blairmore is being rebuilt bigger and better than it has ever been. Once the reconstruction is finished, the expanded medical staff will make the move back to Blairmore.
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