P.E.I. health officials won't be making recruitment trips to Dalhousie and Memorial universities this year.

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There are other opportunities for keeping in touch with medical students, says Health Minister Doug Currie. (CBC)

For the past few years, the visits have consisted of a slideshow presentation and question period with Island medical students at those schools. The visits cost about $3,000 for travel and accommodation.

Health Minister Doug Currie told CBC News the department is being more focused and strategic in its recruitment efforts. Officials will stay in contact with medical students through bi-monthly newsletters and one-on-one conversations instead.

"We just held a Christmas reception with the medical society with all Island med students that were home. That was a reception that was well attended by all Island med students," said Currie.

"We're just saying, 'Is there any need to be back over two weeks later?' We do have to be very conscientious of cost."

Other opportunities for keeping in touch include clinical placement programs and students coming home for the summer.

The Health Department says the recruitment visits to the medical students will happen again next year.