New physician signs on to practice in Belleville through recruitment program

Mike (Youshan) Ding will practice family medicine in Belleville following completion of medical school in 2028. – Submitted photo

The City of Belleville has announced the signing of Mike (Youshan) Ding, a medical student from Western University, into their Doctor Recruitment Program.

Ding will become the 44th physician recruited through the program, and will receive financial support as he completes medical school and starts his residency.

Mayor Neil Ellis called Ding “a perfect candidate for our program.”

In a media release, Ellis described him as “an accomplished student with a strong desire to help people improve and treat their health conditions and the City of Belleville is the perfect place for him to launch and grow his career after many years in medical school. 

Ding will begin to work in Belleville once he is fully certified in 2028. He said he is filled with anticipation for the opportunity to practice family medicine here.

“The charm and sense of community that Belleville embodies really resonated with my goal of providing comprehensive primary care to patients in a supportive environment,” Ding stated. B”elleville’s recruitment program also showed me firsthand the City’s commitment to supporting family physicians and prioritizing community health. I’m looking forward to building my medical career and playing my part in improving the health and well-being of Belleville’s residents.”

Despite healthcare and physician recruitment falling outside municipal jurisdiction, Belleville has recognized the challenges within the provincial health care system. Through initiatives such as this one, the city has successfully attracted 44 physicians and 5 nurse practitioners. The program is funded by the dividends the City receives as a shareholder of Elexicon Energy and to date, over $6 million has been committed to attracting primary healthcare providers.

Residents in need of a family physician or a nurse practitioner are urged to register with Health Care Connect (HCC).  HCC is a resource used by physicians and government agencies to place patients with physicians and can be relied upon by doctors and nurse practitioners when developing or expanding their roster of patients. Registering with HCC is the key to finding primary health care in Ontario. You can register with HCC by calling 1-800-445-1822 (TTY 1-800-387-5559) or by visiting the HCC website.

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