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“Inspiration to generations of physicians in BC” Appointed to Order of Canada

Dr. Granger Avery, co-founder and former executive director of RCCbc, was recently appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada—one of the country’s highest civilian honours—for his incisive leadership in the practice of rural medicine and tireless commitment to improving Canada’s health care system. In the video above and feature article below, we honour Dr. Avery, who tells us how it feels to be inducted. We also speak with some of his rural physician colleagues, who explain how he has inspired them and improved the health of rural people and communities.  Read the article to learn how Dr.Granger Avery has inspired colleagues & improved rural health 

That’s a Wrap! TUFH 2022 Conference a Success

Thanks to everyone who joined RCCbc, the BC Patient Safety and Quality Council, and TUFH: The Network for the TUFH 2022 conference in Vancouver on August 16 to 19! The event, which attracted almost 300 presenters, along with in-person and virtual delegates from over 50 countries, focused, in part, on rural and Indigenous health. It was remarkable to have a truly diverse, passionate and dedicated group of people connect and reignite their shared ambition to use the research, learning and collaboration from the conference to create “unity for health for all”. Check out some conference highlights in this video.

RTVS Given Boost to Assist During Busy Times

A surge line for Real-Time Virtual Support (RTVS) is helping healthcare workers in rural and remote communities who seek support during the busiest hours of the day. Read more on how a second RUDi (emergency) physician was approved to support health care workers this summer.

Meet Leslie Carty and Michelle McGoldrick in Our ‘Team Spotlight’ Series

In this month’s ‘RCCbc Team Spotlight’, we introduce you to Leslie Carty, executive director, operations, and Michelle McGoldrick, project coordinator. Find out their proudest moments working with RCCbc—and much more! Get to know Leslie Carty & Michelle McGoldrick!




Research & Practice

Share Your Story about Emergency Medical Transport in BC

A new RCCbc study is seeking health care providers and patients (or family members) from rural, remote and First Nations communities, along with health authority managers, to share their stories about emergency medical transport to larger centres within the last five years. Participants will take part in 30 to 60-minute interview by video conference or telephone. To schedule an interview or request more information, contact Alison James, Research Associate, at ajames@rccbc.ca.

CHARLiE Study Focuses on Pediatric Care in Northwest 

Participants from Northwestern BC are being sought for a new study to evaluate CHARLiE, the Pediatric Real-Time Virtual Support pathway. It is hoped the new study will help improve the access and delivery of pediatric care in northwestern BC. Those leading the study are looking to speak with nurses, nurse practitioners, family physicians, pediatricians, midwives, residents, medical students and other allied health professionals working with the pediatric population of northwestern BC. Participants will be asked to fill out a survey and take part in an optional 60-minute focus group session. If you would like to take part, or to find out more about the study, please contact Salima Somani, Project Coordinator at salima.somani@unbc.ca.

October 31 Deadline for RCCbc Grants 

Rural Physician Research Grant Program 
The Rural Physician Research Grant Program can provide up to $10,000 to empower rural physician researchers, or new aspiring researchers, to pursue innovative rural research projects that contribute to advancing rural health in BC.

Rural Global Health Partnership Initiative  
The Rural Global Health Partnership Initiative offers grants of up to $10,000 to support partnerships between rural BC physicians or medical trainees who are committed to rural service and underserved communities in British Columbia (BC), Canada, and in developing countries.

For more information and application forms, visit the Rural Coordination Centre of BC website, or contact Adrienne Peltonen at apeltonen@rccbc.ca. The deadline for the next round of submissions is October 31, 2022.

Closures in Rural Canada—Your Voice Matters! 

Physicians across Canada are being asked to help the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada (SRPC) complete a survey about emergency and health service closures in their communities. SRPC will use the data to advocate for better rural health medical services. To complete the survey, please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SRPC_HHR

Upcoming Events

Rescheduled Dates for Compassion Cultivation Training Course

Discover how you can strengthen your compassion and begin to thrive again, both personally and professionally, through Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT).

This eight-week course, now scheduled for Wednesday evenings from 7-9 pm PT from October 12 to November 30, includes:

  • Weekly two-hour online class, with short didactic talks and class exercises
  • Access to daily meditation practices that progress weekly
  • Practical daily exercises that become long-term habits
  • Weekly resources on research and practice

The cost for this course is $250 and is being offered for free to students and residents. Register by October 5 by email to the course instructor, Shireen Mansouri, at mansourishireen@gmail.com.

Rural POCUS Rounds for Shock: Fast Pipes (IVC & Aorta)

The Rural POCUS Rounds series aims to increase the use of, experience with, and community surrounding point-of-care ultrasound for rurally based healthcare providers. Join Dr. Kevin Fairbairn who will speak about IVC & Aorta Ultrasound for Shock on Friday, September 23, 2022, from 12–1 pm PDTClick here to register for the upcoming session.

Rural Rounds: MAiD in the Rural Setting
The Rural Rounds series aims to provide up-to-date and relevant medical education for rurally based healthcare providers. On Thursday, September 29, 2022, at 8-900 PDT, join Drs. Jonathan Reggler and Gordon Horner, who will speak about Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) in the rural setting. Click here to register for the next session.


Rural Healthcare Opportunities at RCCbc

Do you want to help shape the future of rural health care with RCCbc team members from across the province? Check out our latest job opportunities!

  • Project Assistant
  • Health Economist



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