BC Rural Update is an e-newsletter of the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc).

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Holiday wishes and seasonal office closure

The staff and consultants of the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc) wish you and yours a very happy holiday. May you enjoy a happy and prosperous 2017!   Please note that the RCCbc office will be closed from Friday, Dec 23 at 12:00 noon to Monday, Jan 2. Read the full announcement 

Registration for 2017 Rural Locum Forum now open

Want to learn more about locuming in rural BC? Download the conference brochure and registration package here. Learn more about the Rural Locum Forum

Welcome to Monika Viktorin, RCCbc Project Coordinator

Monika is supporting The CARE Course and additional RCCbc initiatives. Get to know our newest staff member

‘Realist review’ on rural patient transport and transfer now available

The Applied Policy Research Unit (APRU) of the Centre for Rural Health Research recently released “Rural Patient Transport and Transfer: Findings From a Realist Review.” This report was commissioned by the Rural and Remote Division of Family Practice to answer the question, “what are the best practice models for transferring medically complex rural patients to secondary/tertiary care?” Find out about the scope of this report

Rural Physician Mentoring Program seeking mentors, mentees for spring 2017

Submitted by UBC Rural Continuing Professional Development. Physicians beginning their careers in rural BC face distinctive challenges, both in terms of navigating the professional environment and in acclimating to a new way of life in a rural community. Discover how rural physician are helping their future colleagues adapt to rural practice

#WalkOnTheRuralSide – Dr. Sarah Newbery

Reprinted with permission from HealthyDebates.ca


The daughter of a rural physician, Dr. Sarah Newbery always wanted to practise medicine in a small community. She talks about the joys and challenges she has experienced during her 20 years in rural medicine.

“I grew up in Hazelton, British Columbia, which is the northern-most point on what we now call the Highway of Tears. My father was a family physician there.  Almost all of the physicians and dentists and many of the nurses lived on the hospital grounds. We spent a lot of time as we were growing up, in the hospital for volunteer work, and for social things too. There was an old pump organ at the nursing station, which is where we would spend Christmas morning singing and visiting with patients and each other.”

Read the full interview with Dr. Newbery