Rural Medicine Week 2016

Rural Medicine Week 2016

The Midland/Penetanguishene area hosted 8 Queens University Medical Students, 2 Northern Ontario School of Medicine Students, and one University of Ottawa student for a week of living and learning in a rural community from May 29 – June 3. For many of these students, it was their first opportunity to see how rural medicine is practiced. Medical students were billeted in area resident’s home, participated in family medicine clinics, observed at our hospitals, and experienced the Georgian Bay lifestyle by spending time on the water on board Lois Lipton’s 42’ Cruiser and David Gravelle’s 36’ Carver.  Thanks to our host families for opening up their homes and billeting the students. Thank you to our physicians, volunteers and sponsors – such as Ferguson Barristers, Kings Wharf Theatre, Captain Roberts Table, and Foodland-Penetanguishene, amongst many others who contributed to this fantastic week.  Lastly, special thanks to Event Chair Chantelle Shervill for her efforts organizing and staging another stellar week of activities.

New Physicians for Midland

New Physicians For Midland

Please welcome Dr. Colin Cochrane and Dr. Shawna Comstock to the Southern Georgian Bay area. Their first day is Monday, February 2, 2015.

Drs. Cochrane and Comstock, a husband and wife duo, have joined  Drs. Rainer and Barb Loiskandl at the Downtown Medical Centre, on Hugel Avenue in Midland.

New physicians Dr.'s Cochrane and Comstock

Dr. Colin Cochrane is originally from Port Credit, Ontario.

He completed his under-graduate education at Western University in London, Ontario.  He then attended the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia for medical school, where he received a Dean’s commendation for high academic achievement.  He returned to Canada for his Family Medicine Residency through Queen’s University in Kingston, completing his final six months of training in Midland.

Dr. Shawna Comstock is originally from Temagami, Ontario.

She attended Western University, earning an Honours degree in Nursing.  She then attended the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) in Sudbury graduating as part of the Class of 2012.  She also completed Family Medicine Residency through Queen’s University in Kingston.

Colin and Shawna have a two-year old son, named Lucas.  The family enjoys the outdoors, including hiking and camping.  They also enjoy fitness attending cross-fit and yoga.  Colin also enjoys golf.

Their route to Midland/Penetanguishene has been supported by a number of partners. An elective training session in Midland in early 2014, led to a request to have Colin and Shawna transfer the final six months of their residency from Coburg to Midland. Thanks to the efforts of the Rural Ontario Medical Program, Dr. Jeff Golisky, (Chief of Family Medicine at GBGH), the Rotary Club of Midland, and their preceptors Dr. Rainer and Dr. Barb Loiskandl, the couple moved to Midland in July 2014.

We are now pleased to confirm that Colin and Shawna will be accepting new patients via the province’s Health Care Connect program.  Unattached patients are asked to register with Health Care Connect by calling 1-800-445-1822. Patients will need a pen, some paper and OHIP card when speaking with a Health Care Connector.  You can also register for Health Care Connect online at

Initially, the couple will be sharing a practice, as Colin pursues an interest in palliative medicine.


Physician Appreciation Week June 9-13, 2014

Physician Appreciation Week June 9-13, 2014


The Southern Georgian Bay Family Physician Recruitment program, in partnership with Georgian Bay General Hospital and the Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care, will celebrate PHYSICIAN APPRECIATION WEEK June 9-13, 2014.  We have hosted promotional activities and thank you events during this week for the past nine years. Physician Appreciation Week will feature a  newspaper supplement showcasing the work of some of our physicians. It  will be published in the Midland Mirror on Thursday, June 5.  As well, we will host our annual “The DOCK-FM Salutes of Docs” live radio broadcast from the GBGH foyer on Wednesday, June 11 from 5:30am to 9:00am. There will also be signage, banners, and some other forms of appreciation for our medical community.

Work and Play on Georgian Bay Flyers

Rural Medicine Week is June1-6, 2014

Rural Medicine Week June 1-6, 2014

Rural Medicine Week

The Midland/Penetanguishene area will host 10 Queens University Medical Students for a week of living and learning in  a rural community from June 1-6.  For many of these students, this will be their first opportunity to see how rural medicine is practiced.  Medical students are billeted in area resident’s home, participate in family medicine clinics, observe at our hospitals, and experience the Georgian Bay lifestyle by spending time at or on the water with their host families.  Thank you to our physicians and volunteers who contrite to this award winning week.