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Left to right: Dr. Dermot Kelleher, Dean, UBC Faculty of Medicine; Dr. Granger Avery, President, Canadian Medical Association and Chair, Rural Issues Committee, Doctors of BC; Hon. Minister Dr. Terry Lake, BC Government; Dr. David Snadden, Rural Doctors Founding UBC Chair in Rural Health; Dr. Alan Ruddiman, President, Doctors of BC and Co-Chair, Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues; Hon. Minister Mike Morris, BC Government.


Dr. David Snadden named Rural Doctors Founding UBC Chair in Rural Health

On November 15, 2016, the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues (JSC), along with its partners, UBC and the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc), announced a $5M endowment for the Rural Doctors’ UBC Chair for Rural Health. Learn more about the UBC Chair in Rural Health.

Registration for 2017 Rural Locum Forum opens this week!

Brochures and registration packages for the 2017 Rural Locum Forum will be available this week. Keep an eye out for the registration package.

Annual Endoscopy Skills Day: Jan 20-22, 2017 – Banff, AB

Practicing endoscopists and their teams are invited to participate in the 7th Annual Endoscopy Skills Day in Banff, AB. This course aims to advance the cognitive and technical skills of physicians and nurses who routinely participate in endoscopy procedures. Find out how you and your team can benefit from this course.

Senior-friendly Emergency Department Course

Submitted by UBC Continuing Professional Development

Despite the fact that the geriatric patient population accounts a large and ever increasing proportion of Emergency Department (ED) visits the current ED model may not be adequate for geriatric adults. This highly interactive day-long course will be practical and specific to your needs. Improve your skills in treating older adults in your ED

#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