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Best wishes for a happy holiday season and joyous New Year from the Rural Coordination Centre of BC

As 2021 draws to a close, RCCbc would like to express our gratitude for the opportunity to work alongside you in improving the health of rural people and communities across British Columbia. We know that many of you will be working over the holidays, but hope you’ll have time to connect with your loved ones, share laughter, and create wonderful memories.  Our warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and New Year are with you and yours. We look forward to connecting again in 2022! Please note: RCCbc’s office will be closed from noon on December 24, 2021, until January 4, 2022.

Nominations Open for BC Rural Health Awards

RCCbc is pleased to present the 2022 BC Rural Health Awards! Nominations are now being accepted until January 31, 2022, for awards in two categories

  • The Rural BC Community Award recognizes one BC RSA community for their contributions to supporting local rural healthcare service delivery.
  • The Award of Excellence in Rural Medicine: Lifetime Achievement Award honours one BC rural physician for their extraordinary body of work and service. Nominees must have practiced in rural BC for at least 15 years.

Learn more about, and submit your nominations for, the BC Rural Health Awards today!

BC Rural Health Research Exchange (BCRHRx) videos now available from Nov. 23 event

What kind of rural health research is happening in BC? We answered that question with a total of 30 presentations designed to inform and engage a rural audience.  Read on to find out what happened and to see videos from the BCRHRx!

Meet the RCCbc Team in Our Spotlight Series

In RCCbc’s ‘Team Spotlight’ series, our team members tell us what they do, why they do it, and how they help improve the health of rural people and communities in British Columbia.

This month, we introduce you to Dr. Kirk McCarroll, who tells us how he got involved with RCCbc, and to Robyn Ellsworth, who shares her favourite place in British Columbia.




Become a Rural Scholar in 2022
It’s crucial for rural research to be conducted by those who understand the rural context, but getting into research can be daunting for rural clinicians. The Rural Scholars Program, funded by the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues and implemented by UBC’s Department of Family Practice and RCCbc, enables rural BC clinicians to develop scholarship and leadership skills—and, ultimately, get you started in the field of rural research. The Rural Scholars Program is accepting applications from rural BC clinicians until the end of December. Learn more about the positions—and how to apply—here.

BCMJ Article Highlights JCC Initiatives to Improve Physician Wellness
A new BC Medical Journal article co-published by Drs. Ahmer Karimuddin and Alan Ruddiman explains how BC’s Joint Collaborative Committees (JCCs) work with health authorities and physicians to implement physician burnout research and wellness initiatives. “Physician health and wellness is paramount, and every day the JCCs work toward reducing the burdens that contribute to physician burnout and stress, but there is much more work to do,” say the authors. They also encourage physicians “to connect with their division, MSA, or RCCbc to learn more about supports for physician wellness in their area” and to visit www.collaborateonhealthbc.ca for JCC resources.

RHSRNbc Chapter Series Examines Behavioural Determinants of Climate Action and Commitment to Collective Change: Chapter 5
The Rural Health Services Research Network of BC, led by Dr. Stefan Grzbowski, has published the fifth chapter of its series, Planning Resilient Communities and Adapting Rural Health Services in BC. In this chapter, “A response to climate change and ecosystem disruption”, the authors discuss behavioural determinants of climate action. Access Chapter 5 (and the rest of the series) here.  

Upcoming Events

Resident RTVS Round & BCPSQC’s Team Up! Team-Based Primary & Community Care in Action Webinar Recording  

Resident doctors interested in rural medicine are invited to the next Resident RTVS Round on January 7 from 1–2 p.m. Dr. Zeke Steve will present on decision making in the ER. No registration is required. The link to the session is available here.

Thank you for those who attended the Team Up! Team-Based Primary & Community Care in Action on Real-Time Virtual Support (RTVS) on December 16, 2022. This webinar and podcast series hosted by BCPSQC, aims to connect individuals and teams, identify tools to apply to current work underway, and share experiences in team-based care across the province. The latest webinar covered on the expansion of supports that RTVS provides and the service for rural, remote and First Nations communities in BC. Watch now and learn how this could be a tool for your team! The webinar recording is available here: https://bcpsqc.ca/resource/tools-for-teams-real-time-virtual-supports-for-bc/.

Weekly PoCUS Practice Support Session

Need tips in PoCUS Practice Support? Dr. Virginia Robinson, RCCbc’s PoCUS physician lead, offers a free PoCUS Practice Support Hour every Tuesday from noon to 1pm Pacific. for rural physicians, midwives, and other healthcare providers with access to a ultrasound probe. Drop in to speak with Dr. Robinson and learn tips to improve your ultrasound skills. Click here to join the ongoing Tuesday sessions.

Continuing Education for Rural BC Healthcare Providers

UBC’s Rural CPD is gearing up for more educational opportunities for rural healthcare providers in January and February. Learn more about these exciting opportunities here:

Jan 6 | Rural Rounds: Managing Agitation in the ER
Jan 11 | COVID-19 Pandemic: Preventing and Managing the Health Impacts on Kids
Jan 25 | COVID-19 Update: Expert Q&A with Public Health, Primary Care, Vaccine, Epidemiology, and Lab Specialists
Feb 3 | Diagnostic Investigations for Midwives: Thyroid, Hypertension, and Cholestasis
Feb 10 | COVID-19 Impacts: Running Your Community Office Safely – Incorporating Virtual Musculoskeletal Examinations During a Pandemic


Job Opportunities to Improve Rural Health

Would you like to pursue a new job that improves the health of rural people in BC? Visit our careers page for current job opportunities with RCCbc and our partners.

  • Research Associate (UNBC Health Research Institute/RCCbc)
  • Virtual Care Coordinator (Northern Interior Rural Division of Family Practice)
  • And more!



Web site background image: Cowichan Bay, BC. Photo: Gary Oaksun