Friday, June 1, was Riverside Medical's first year anniversary in the valley. With the celebration came some exciting news for future medical students here in the valley.

Dr. Rithesh Ram had some exciting news to share Friday as he announced a bursary for future medical students available to the up and coming scholars in our local schools.

"We're launching today a Riverside Medical Primary Preventative Health Bursary," explained Dr. Ram while he held his new born son. "That's something that's going to be endowed. We're going to be looking for other people, businesses and the town to support, build and grow it."

"It will launch now for 2019 for one student. Starting at $1,000 towards a program that they've already been accepted to. We're excited to do that for everybody."

The bursary, according to Dr. Ram, is set for students who decide they would like to tackle a future career in medicine. He said it's a very broad range when it comes to what types of schooling will be considered for the bursary. Some examples include studying to become a doctor, nurse, paramedic, respiratory therapist or even social worker. These are, says Ram, jobs that rural Alberta needs to keep their health in check.

"In general, you want to keep your patients and community as healthy as possible," said Dr. Ram. "This is our community. We want to make sure that we start here and that we are covered and have the opportunities and services to stay that way."

More information will be coming from Dr. Ram and partners about how students will be able to apply for the bursary.

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