Local Physician Leaves on Sabbatical to Study Overseas

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) Deerfield Valley Campus physician Dr. Peter C. Park is leaving on sabbatical from the medical group to travel overseas and study first hand the innovations in medical care in New Zealand. Park’s leave will begin in January 2011 and he will return in January 2012.

“I have dreamed of this opportunity since I was in residency,” stated Park. “I even inquired at my interview in 1997 about a sabbatical or leave of absence of policy, but I needed to wait for the right time until I felt my family and practice could handle me leaving.”

Park and his family will reside in Opunake, a small town of less than 1,500 people. Opunake is located on the southwest coast of New Zealand's North Island. While overseas, Park will work in a small rural family medicine office.

“Working overseas will be a great experience. I hope to gain more awareness and knowledge of medicine as well as learn how the medical system works there,” commented Park. “I am looking forward to getting to know intimately another culture and observe how doctors on the other side of the world practice medicine.”

Park’s partners at SVMC Deerfield Valley Campus, Dr. Kim Kurak, Dr. Barbara Masley, and Dr. Robert Tarnas will take over care of his patients while he is on leave. Upon Park’s return in January 2012, Park will renew the care of his patients.

SVMC is a part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC). SVHC is a community-based, not-for-profit health system that exists solely for the benefit of its community. To find out more, visit www.svhealthcare.org.