08/23/2013 11:57 EDT | Updated 10/23/2013 05:12 EDT

New Brunswick gives $500,000 to medical education trust aimed at keeping doctors

SAINT JOHN, N.B. - A fundraising campaign to provide bursaries to undergraduate medical students who intend to work as doctors in New Brunswick is getting a $500,000 boost from the provincial government.

Health Minister Hugh Flemming says the initiative to increase the number of doctors in the province aligns with the government's goal.

The New Brunswick Medical Education Trust is aimed at attracting medical students to the province and retaining them once they start work as physicians.

It is also trying to encourage New Brunswick residents who studied medicine outside the province to return.