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“Bring an Open Heart”: Cultural Safety Training Inspires Physician’s Journey of Self-Discovery  

Cultural safety is paramount to the work of the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc). Recently, our Rural Site Visits project team, which is visiting all 201 RSA communities across British Columbia to develop a deeper understanding of citizens’ experiences with the healthcare system, hosted a four-part Cultural Safety Workshop with Cultural Safety Facilitator, Harley Eagle.  

Harley has a profound ability to draw out participants’ collective experiences with racism, and enlightens participants with his stories and gentle approach. He is Dakota and Ojibway, and a member of Whitecap Dakota First Nations, and looks to Indigenous life ways to guide his Cultural Safety teaching.  

During the Workshop, participants explored systemic and internalized racism and power dynamics. They also learned how to set a good tone for meetings and skills to address situations of racism.  

We sat down with one of the Workshop participants, Dr. Blair Stanley, to find out how this training impacted his perspective on racism and his practice, as a physician. His insights may inspire you to start or continue your anti-racism and cultural safety journey. Read on to learn about Dr. Stanley’s journey!

Deadlines Fast Approaching for RCCbc and REAP Grants and Bursaries

Several funding opportunities are available from the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc) and the Rural Education Action Plan (REAP) for rural physicians interested in developing global partnerships, or embarking on rural research, specialty training, and leadership development. But be sure to act quickly! Application deadlines for most grants and bursaries are fast approaching at the end of April.

Click here to learn more about RCCbc’s Rural Global Health Partnership Initiative and Rural Physician Research Support Program, along with REAP’s Specialty Training Bursary and Rural Leadership Development Program. 

Don’t Miss the BC Rural Health Conference

The Rural Coordination Centre of BC invites you and your colleagues to the virtualBC Rural Health Conference (RHC)on May 29–30, 2021. This dynamic and unique Rural Medicine conference is designed for rural physicians, nurse practitioners, allied health professionals, residents, and medical students. The program features rurally-relevant plenaries and breakout sessions, plus options for small-group workshops (PICC Like a Pro; Rural Airway Management in the Time of COVID-19; Basic Suturing Techniques; and Racism’s Impact on Healthcare). More than 25 clinical and practice-oriented topics will be available, along with wellness breaks and opportunities to virtually connect with colleagues. Saturday night social events include a “Virtual Cocktail Hour and Mixology Class”, followed by a family-friendly “Magic Extravaganza Show”. Check out the program and register on the RHC webpage.

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! 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 week, say hello to Nicole Hochleitner-Wain, who describes one of her proudest moments while working at RCCbc, and Tracey Deleeuw, who tells us what helps her stay grounded.

Obstetrical Surgical Skills Virtual Rounds 

Would you like to improve your obstetrical surgical skills (OSS) and get to know others in the field? Take part in the OSS Virtual Rounds! These Rounds, held monthly, focus on specific OSS skills and best practices, and provide supplemental learning and networking opportunities for rural physicians across Canada.

The next Round, which will focus on evidence-based External Cephalic Versions, is coming up on April 13, 2021, at 1700 PDT. Visit the OSS Virtual Rounds website for more information, to sign up for the OSS Virtual Rounds email list, and to access past recordings and shared resources. 

BC Virtual Health Grand Rounds: Virtual Cultural Competency Training, Pediatric Support, and COVID-19 Immunization Findings   

Healthcare professionals in British Columbia are invited to join UBC CPD on Friday, April 23, 2021, from 0800–0900 PDT, to learn how Child Health Advice in Real Time Electronically (CHARLiE) is supporting rural pediatricians, how Nowh Guna’ Tseh Cultural Competency Training transitioned to virtual delivery, and review HealthLink BC Emergency iDoctor in-assistance (HEiDi)’s findings from COVID-19 immunization 8-1-1 calls. This event is eligible for up to 1.0 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits. For more information and registration, visit UBC CPD’s website. 

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