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

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RCCbc representatives with 2017 BC Rural Health Award recipients, left to right: Dr. Stuart Johnston (RCCbc); Rural BC Community Award recipients Dr. Danette Dawkins, Mary Severson-Augustine, and Dr. Martin Nobar; Dr. Dave Snadden (Rural Doctors’ UBC Founding Chair in Rural Health); Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Dr. Nicole Ebert; Dr. Kirstie Overhill (RCCbc); Dr. Granger Avery (CMA, RCCbc); Dr. Alan Ruddiman (Doctors of BC, RCCbc). Not shown: Rural Innovation Award recipient Dr. Leta Burechailo.

BC Rural Health Awards recognize physician innovation, collaboration to save Fort St. John healthcare

The Rural Coordination Centre of BC recognized and feted two British Columbia rural physicians and three organizations in the community of Fort St. John for their accomplishments and contributions to rural medical practice on May 13 at the BC Rural Health Conference held in Prince George, BC. Read about this year’s BC Rural Health Award winners

RHC: Thank you Prince George, hello Vancouver Island?

Thank you to everyone who helped make the 2017 BC Rural Health Conference (RHC) a great success. We’d like to thank our sponsors and the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues for their strong support of this event. See the full thank you article

REAP: Rural Locum CME Program expands benefits, replaces Rural GP Locum CME Program

On April 1, 2017, the Rural Education Action Plan (REAP) replaced its Rural GP Locum CME program with the Rural Locum CME Program. This expanded program will make funding available to family physicians, family practice anesthetists (FPAs) and specialist locum physicians to take rurally-relevant courses that will prepare practitioners for rural health care service delivery. Learn about the benefits now being offered with the Rural Locum CME Program

Film documents rural maternity challenges in locales without obstetrical services

The Centre for Rural Health Research (CRHR) has produced a documentary short about the challenges of birthing in rural BC communities without local maternity care. Where was I born, Mama? is a 24 minute film directed by Tamara Wojciechowska that follows several women facing challenges in accessing prenatal care, and the uncertainties and expenses involved in birthing far away from their communities. See a trailer for this documentary short

#WalkOnTheRuralSide – Dr. Fishy Band


Dr. Greg Linton, Site Director at UBC Family Medicine’s Terrace Residency Site, along with James Powell, are the co-founders of the Dr. Fishy Band. Read the whole story here

 
Web site background image: Cranberry Marsh in Valemount, BC. Photo: Province of BC