Physician sues Canadian medical school for allegedly providing 'substandard' residency program

A London, Ontario-based Western University Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry graduate filed an $11 million lawsuit against the university, alleging its residency program provided "substandard education," according to Metro News.

Here are six things to know about lawsuit.

1. James Stuart, MD, said the university's poor residency program provided "substandard education," which caused him to fail the medical microbiologist qualifying exam three times, according to the lawsuit.

2. Dr. Stuart claimed as a student in the program he was insufficiently supervised and infrequently tested, the lawsuit states. He also noted several key faculty members quit during his five years in the program. By the end of this third year in residency, Dr. Stuart said he was the only individual in the medical microbiology specialist program.

3. The program is currently inactive and has not accepted students since Dr. Stuart completed the residency program, the report states.

4. Dr. Stuart said the legal battle has cost him his marriage and has brought additional financial strain upon him and his family.

5. A lawyer on behalf of the university said Western University told Metro News the university has not filed a statement of defense and does not comment on ongoing litigation.

6. However, the university is reportedly seeking permission to appeal a previous ruling allowing Dr. Stuart to proceed with the lawsuit, stating the decision is "inconsistent with the manner in which the law has developed in this area," the report states.

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