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New doctors coming to northern BC

Northern BC will soon have a half-dozen new internationally trained doctors.

The family physicians are part of the province’s $7.6 million Practice Ready Assessment (PRA) program.

As part of the PRA program, doctors get spend three months with a BC physician who evaluates their skills as they care for patients.

Physicians who complete the program then commit for at least three years in a designated rural community in need.

Two doctors will start taking patients in Quesnel while Chetwynd, Houston, Fort Nelson, and Prince Rupert will get one doctor each.

Another 15 international medical graduates will be assessed in the spring and fall of 2016.

The province says funding for the PRA program has been extended to March, 2018.

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