Launching a medical practice can be challenging, but Dr. Mitch Stewart says he found plenty of support from the local medical community and from Health P.E.I. when he started practising as a general practitioner in Charlottetown.
Stewart went into family practice in 2018, taking over the practice and patients of Dr. Alf Morais.
Stewart attended Dalhousie Medical School and carried out his medical residency in Moncton. He was drawn to the Island for family reasons.
“My wife is from Prince Edward Island and we liked the idea of settling down and building careers near family,” he said. “I spent some of my internship with Dr. George Carruthers and Dr. Scott Campbell, so I had experience in the province. It made it easier to think about setting up my career here.”
Stewart said he found that there was a good support network in the profession and in the community.
“Dr. Morais and I spent a number of weeks working together so I had a chance to meet some patients and observe the flow of the office. Working so closely with him put me in a better position to take over a large practice and hit the ground running. This overlap was supported by Health P.E.I.’s practice transition program and I highly recommend incoming physicians take advantage of it.”
On the Island, Stewart said he found that other doctors were ready to help him settle in and learn the local health-care system.
“Working with new specialists for the first time is something that can make a young family physician nervous, but I found my colleagues here on the Island were very accommodating and ready to work with me to provide good quality healthcare to my patients. I feel very supported and have nothing but good things to say about the people I’ve met so far working in the P.E.I. healthcare system.
Stewart said he found moving to the Island and setting up his practice was a surprisingly smooth process.
“I found that Health P.E.I. was ready to work with me and provide me with the support I needed to get things set up and running smoothly.” he said. “There is a lot of need for good primary care and lots of opportunity to practice family medicine the way I want to.”
“I’d highly recommend to any of my former classmates that they look into opportunities to practice on Prince Edward Island.
The quality of life, the collegiate work environment, and the competitive compensation makes it a very attractive place to practise.”