Last fall, when pediatric endocrinologist Dr. Mark Inman began planning for his future, he heard Saskatchewan had just started building a new children's and maternal hospital, and that had him interested to find out more.
Dr. Mark Inman, Dr. Laurentiu Givelichian and Dr. Munier Nour|
"Building a new hospital means building pediatric programs and the opportunity to be part of that is almost unheard of," says Dr. Inman who proactively reached out to the head of pediatrics for Saskatoon Health Region and the College of Medicine. "As I learned more, and visited here in December, I became more excited about the chance to build on the good work done so far and help further develop a network of strong healthcare teams, which includes nurses, dieticians and social workers, who are equipped to care for children and teenagers suffering from diabetes and other endocrine disorders, no matter where those families live in Saskatchewan."
Primarily growing up in Ontario and outside of Chicago, Dr. Inman began his medical training in Toronto, completed his pediatric residency in Halifax, and is finishing his fellowship in endocrinology at SickKids in Toronto. Dr. Inman, who will officially start in mid-August, will be Saskatchewan's second pediatric endocrinologist, joining Dr. Munier Nour.
"Dr. Inman's arrival will allow us to better serve children and teenagers provincially," says Dr. Laurentiu Givelichian, head of pediatrics for Saskatoon Health Region and the University of Saskatchewan's College of Medicine. "In addition to seeing patients, he will be helping to support our provincial home insulin therapy program, providing valuable teaching support, conducting research, and he will assist in expanding our reach and education of healthcare teams across the province on how to care for children and teenagers with diabetes and other disorders. This will help us improve the health of our children provincially, improve their health outcomes, decrease hospitalization due to complications and enhance care at home."
Dr. Inman's hire is the first under Saskatchewan's new academic clinical funding plan (ACFP), a partnership between the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Advanced Education, College of Medicine, Saskatchewan Medical Association, and local Regional Health Authorities. The ACFP supports physician recruitment and retention and provides clinicians with protected time for teaching and research. Establishing a robust ACFP is a milestone in building the College of Medicine's faculty complement.
The overall number of licensed specialists in the province increased by 33.5 per cent (262 specialists) from 2007 to 2015, while the number of pediatricians increased by 50 per cent over this same time period (from 62 to 93).
"I'm very pleased Dr. Inman is joining our team of health professionals, and we welcome him and his family to our growing province," says Health Minister Dustin Duncan. "Children across Saskatchewan with conditions such as diabetes will benefit from better access to specialized physician care."
Dr. Inman says what he and his wife, who is an occupational therapist, and two year-old daughter have experienced of Saskatoon and Saskatchewan so far has been very positive.
"We knew we wanted a smaller community, but one that offered world-class medical, educational, and cultural opportunities," he says. "Your growing province offers the career opportunities we are looking for and the environment we want to raise our family in. Already, it feels like we are being welcomed into a wonderful community."
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video of the news conference Dr. Inman and Dr. Nour, along with department head Dr. Givelichian.