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Medical students walk the beat with TBPS

Incident Date: 
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 13:45
Location: 
Thunder Bay
Date Published: 2017-10-17

THUNDER BAY, Ont. – Medical students and city police officers joined forces Tuesday morning as part of an initiative that gives future doctors broader community perspective.

“We need to experience the community to be able to work in it and better serve the people,” said Madelin Angus, a first-year Northern Ontario School of Medicine student, who walked the beat on the city’s north side with Roxanne Legarde.

“I’m getting some perspective from the (Thunder Bay) Police Service, which is completely different from anything I’ve ever experienced before.”

Angus’s Tuesday walk-along with the service’s beat patrol was part one of a two-part community-led placement program.

The initiative has been part of NOSM’s curriculum for years and is part of the school’s social accountability mandate.

Angus called the police perspective valuable and important to her medical education, adding that police are on the frontlines and come face-to-face with addiction and mental health issues among other medical situations.

In a few weeks Angus will participate in an evening shift with officers from the service’s community response team, which will be the final part of her community-led placement with the Thunder Bay Police Service.

On the city’s south side, first-year NOSM student Jon Neilipovitz walked with the beat with Cst. Jason Kuoppa-Aho and Cst. Jason Taylor.

“So far, it’s been really eye opening and they’ve shared a lot of knowledge with me,” he said as he walked along Victoria Avenue with the two officers.

“I’ll be taking what I’ve learned here today and trying to apply that to my future practice.

“I can only see the city through my own eyes … being with the police and learning what they’ve gone through and what they deal with shows me everything in a new light and helps me understand more of the issues prevalent in this community.” 

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