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Last Chance to Register for the Rural Health Conference! 

Do you hear that? It’s the sound of the clock ticking down to RCCbc’s virtual BC Rural Health Conference this weekend, on May 29 and 30. If you haven’t gotten ’round to signing up yet, tick-tock, now’s the time to register—only a few short days are left to secure your spot! This dynamic and unique rural medicine conference provides the opportunity for new and experienced rural practitioners to connect from across (and beyond) British Columbia. This dynamic and unique rural medicine conference, with +25 clinical and practice-oriented topics, and tons of networking, wellness, and social activities, provides the opportunity for new and experienced rural practitioners to connect from across (and beyond) British Columbia.

If you’ve already registered and are raring to get started, watch your emails for a message from us, which explains Pheedloop, the virtual conference platform. Log in right away to look around and create your profile by uploading your photo and bio. And join the social media conversation using #RHC2021.

Thank you to Dr. Caroline Schooner for creating the special comic strip, above, for #RHC2021. Caroline is a family physician on Haida Gwaii and the creative mastermind of The Boon Docs, a comic about practicing medicine in a small town.

Dr. Joshua Greggain is BC Family Physician of the Year

Dr. Joshua Greggain awarded the BC Family Physician of the Year

Congratulations to Dr. Josh Greggain, who received the BC Family Physician of the Year Award from the BC College of Family Physicians. The prestigious award is presented to a family doctor who provides exemplary care to patients and takes part in activities that contribute to excellence in family medicine.

It is humbling to accept any individual accolades among so many superhero family medicine specialists doing amazing work in the midst of a pandemic,” says Dr. Greggain. “I’m honoured to be able to work in Indigenous communities, with my colleagues in Hope, and alongside an amazing team. None of us stand alone.

Dr. Terri Aldred Receives Resident Doctors of Canada Award for Outstanding Contributions to Medical Education

Congratulations to Dr. Terri Aldred, who was awarded the Mikhael Award for Medical Education in the staff category by the Resident Doctors of Canada. This esteemed award honours individuals who have contributed to improving undergraduate and postgraduate medical education in Canada. Dr. Aldred is well-respected for mentoring residents with interest in Indigenous health, and helping them learn how to provide culturally safe care to Indigenous people, families, and communities.

I am deeply honoured and humbled to receive this award, in part, because I am so passionate about this work,” says Dr. Aldred.


Who Do You Love? Canadian Physicians Virtual Choir Drops New Video in Support of Lewy Body Dementia Programs

For many physicians, singing is a place to de-stress from the worries of the day. Now, dulcet-sounding docs from across Canada are blending their voices in perfect harmony under the flag of the Canadian Physicians Virtual Choir. Earlier this month, the Choir dropped a new video, covering “Who Do You Love” by Marianas Trench. More than 200 physicians from across Canada—including several rural doctors from right here in BC—sang and recorded this music in isolation between February and March. The project commemorates National Physicians Day on May 1, and is raising money for Lewy Body Dementia research and support programs through the Lewy Body Dementia Association and Alzheimer Society of Canada. To participate in the next Choir project, email Productions@PhoenixChoir.com.

Meet the RCCbc Team in Our Spotlight Series

Here at the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc), we’re lucky to work with scads of talented, dedicated and diverse people who are passionate about improving the health of rural people and communities. To introduce our intrepid teammates, we recently launched a new series, “Team Spotlight”, where they explain what they do at RCCbc, why they do it, and what hobbies and interests inspire and energize them.

This month, meet world traveler, Eva Jackson, who tells us which part of India she wishes to visit next, and eagle-eyed Paul Kendal, who dishes on his favourite protected area in British Columbia to gawk at beautiful birds.

Rural Point-of-Care Ultrasound Rounds: Summer Series

Rurally-based clinicians, register for the Rural Point-of-Care Ultrasound Rounds! This summer series will aim to support the use, experience, and community for rural physicians. The second session on June 25 will feature Dr. Kevin Fairbairn, who will discuss COVID-19 for the Remote/Rural User. Click here for more information and to register. The event is eligible for up to 4.0 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits.

Annual Nurse Practitioner Conference Coming Up

The 15th Annual Nurse Practitioner Conference will be held virtually on June 11 and 12, 2021. The two-day conference will feature a number of evidence-based educational sessions and clinical practice updates, including a keynote address, 20 concurrent sessions, four plenary and panel sessions, a virtual exhibit hall, and poster presentations. Dr. Patricia Daly, Chief Medical Officer for Vancouver Coastal Health, will provide closing remarks. Registrants will receive full access to session recordings for all presentations for three weeks after the event. Explore the program and register now at NP Conference Program and Registration.

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