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BC Rural Health Conference Just Around the Corner 

Register now for the Rural Coordination Centre of BC’s (RCCbcBC Rural Health Conference (RHC) on May 29 and 30. The online format for this year’s event will allow you to participate from wherever you are in the province and enjoy the virtual dress-code of comfy clothes!  As always, RHC will offer a dynamic, unique, and diverse program with an array of engaging presenters to interest  rural physicians, nurse practitioners, allied health professionals, residents, and medical students, alike. With tons of networking and social opportunities (including an rMEET coffee break, virtual cocktail hour/mixology class, and a family-friendly magic show), you’ll have lots of chances to connect with rurally-based colleagues. Read the article to learn more about this exciting rural medicine event! Read the article to learn more about this exciting rural medicine event!

“It’s Fun to Be Nerdy”: The Rural Doc Helping to Bring Rural Health Research to the Fore 

Dr. Ilona Hale’s passion for rural life, rural medicine, and rural health research is infectious. Having grown up in Lively, Ontario, she always assumed that she would end up working and living in a small town. Now, in addition to being a rural physician in Kimberley, British Columbia, Dr. Hale is the Director of the UBC/RCCbc Rural Scholars Program, which gets rural clinicians started in the field of rural research. “Getting into research can be daunting for a rural clinician,” says Dr. Hale. “But it’s critically important for rural research to be conducted by rural researchers, rather than by people sitting in Vancouver, who might not understand rural communities, or might not ask the right questions.” Read on to learn more about Dr. Hale and the Rural Scholars Program! 

Dr. Ray Markham Named UBC Special Advisor on Health Systems

Congratulations to the Rural Coordination Centre of BC’s (RCCbc) Executive Director, Dr. Ray Markham, who has been named Special Advisor on Health Systems to the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Vice-President, Health. Ray’s new role will complement his continuing work at RCCbc and as a rural physician in Valemount, British Columbia. He will provide vision and leadership to advance UBC Health’s strategic focus on innovation in the provincial health system. “With his experience and expertise in health systems planning, community contexts, and underserved populations, Ray will play a pivotal role in enabling effective advocacy for continuous quality improvement and knowledge translation in the health ecosystem,” said Dr. Dermot Kelleher, UBC’s Vice-President, Health. “Ray will inspire UBC Health to contribute to health systems innovations that meet the needs of people in BC through all our strategic activities.” Read the full UBC announcement here.

Get Training on Real-Time Virtual Supports & Zoom 

Real-Time Virtual Supports (RTVS) are just a click or call away for family physicians and nurse practitioners in rural, remote and First Nations communities in British ColumbiaIf you’d like to learn about the friendly clinical supports offered through RTVS and how to get set up on Zoom, join the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbcfor an online training session on Friday, March 5, at 10am PSTThis 90minute session, hosted by Tom Skinner, RTVS Project Coordinator, includes a 60minute walkthrough of Zoom’s user tools, an introduction to the RTVS pathwaysand a 30minute Q and A session. There’s no need to register—just hop on the line with Tom using this link. To learn more about RTVS and how you can easily get started with it, visit our website.

Get to Know RCCbc-ers! Introducing Our Team Spotlight Series

The Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc) is filled to the brim with talented, dedicated and diverse people who are passionate about improving the health of rural people and communities—you really have to meet them! This month in our newsletter (and on our social media channels), we’re pleased to launch a new series, Team Spotlight, to introduce our intrepid teammates. In their own words, they explain what they do at RCCbc, why they do it, and what hobbies and interests float their boat and make them truly unique. This month, meet Jason Curran, Regional Practice Lead, Research and Knowledge, and Kassia Skolski, Project Coordinator. Find out what Jason moonlights as in his spare time, and what’s next on Kassia’s bucket list. 

Run & Ride for Rural Medicine in Support of Hope Air

Join the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Medicine students this March for the annual Run and Ride for Rural Medicine! Your participation will help raise money for Hope AirCanada’s only national charity to provide travel and accommodation for Canadians in financial need who must access medical care far from home.

Throughout the month of March, you can run or ride and fundraise from anywhere in British Columbia! Weekly and monthly event challenges will be monitored for participants who complete them, and winners will receive gift cards and prizes from sponsors. Click here to join the Run and Ride for Rural Medicine Strava group and to get more information on the event, registration, and how to donate 


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