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Rural Site Visits Team Eager to Get On the Road Again

With 107 visits to rural, remote, and First Nations communities in British Columbia (BC) under their belts, team members with the Rural Site Visits project at the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc) are eager to get back on the road and into communities when it’s safe to do so, following a long hiatus caused by COVID-19.

The Rural Site Visits team is visiting all 202 rural, remote, and First Nations communities in BC that are covered by the Rural Practice Subsidiary Agreement (RSA) to learn their perspectives on healthcare delivery. Read more on how the Site Visits team has navigated through the pandemic. Plus, we bid farewell to Dr. Stu Johnston, who led the project as RCCbc’s physician lead, and welcome Dr. Danette Dawkin to the team.

“They represent love and care and healing”: Artist, Bear Horne, Creates New RTVS Logo

A new logo has been produced for Real-Time Virtual Support (RTVS) to help ensure more people are aware of the pathways so more people can benefit from the service.

The logo was designed by Coast Salish artist, Douglas (Bear) Horne, son of master carver, Doug Lafortune, from Tsawout First Nation, and Kathleen Horne, from Pacheedaht First Nation. Read more about the meaning behind the RTVS logo from artist Bear Horne, and RTVS’s progression from a small project to a major, multi-partner initiative with its own branding.

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. Kirsten Miller, who shares her favourite place in British Columbia, and Arianna Hogan, who dishes on her proudest RCCbc moment (so far).

 

Apply for Your Spot in the Nanaimo and Northern Emergency Education Programs

The Nanaimo and Northern Emergency Education (NEEP/NoEEP) Programs are now accepting applications for the Spring 2022 Cohort. The programs offer participants a three-month clinical and academic fellowship in emergency medicine, focusing on point-of-care ultrasound, high-fidelity medical simulation (SIM) lab, and refreshers in ACLS, ATLS, PALS, and NRP. The Spring 2022 application deadline is October 15, 2021. If you have questions regarding the application package, email neepdocs@gmail.com. For more information, or to apply directly on the new website, click here.

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Are You a BC Resident? There’s an RTVS Round for That

Resident RTVS Rounds is an educational series offered by the Real-Time Virtual Support (RTVS) program to increase physician residents’ exposure to medical practice in rural British Columbia. The next session on September 3, 2021, from 1-2pm, will feature Dr. Brydon Blacklaws, who’ll discuss Primary Survey in Trauma. This event is open to all residents and healthcare practitioners across the province. Click on the Zoom link to automatically connect to the Round. No registration is required.

Back by Popular Demand: UBC CPD Rural Rounds

Good news! Rural Rounds is back again for 2021-2022. These upcoming sessions, happening once a month from September to June, will provide rural healthcare providers in British Columbia with up-to-date and relevant medical education through interactive Zoom presentations. The first session on September 30, 2021, from 8-9am, will feature Drs. Caroline Shooner and Mary Koziol, who’ll discuss ER Case Review in the Virtual Resus Room. Rural Rounds are free to attend, thanks to funding from the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues, and you can earn 1 Mainpro+ credit per session. For information and registration, visit the website.

Apply for Your Spot in the Nanaimo and Northern Emergency Education Programs

The Nanaimo and Northern Emergency Education (NEEP/NoEEP) Programs are now accepting applications for the Spring 2022 Cohort. The programs offer participants a three-month clinical and academic fellowship in emergency medicine, focusing on point-of-care ultrasound, high-fidelity medical simulation (SIM) lab, and refreshers in ACLS, ATLS, PALS, and NRP. The Spring 2022 application deadline is October 15, 2021. If you have questions regarding the application package, email neepdocs@gmail.com. For more information, or to apply directly on the new website, click here.

Coming Up: St. Paul’s Emergency Medicine Update Virtual Conference

Need to update your knowledge in Emergency Medicine? The Emergency Department at St. Paul’s Hospital and UBC CPD are offering this popular virtual conference again on September 27, 2021. The packed agenda features topics and speakers from the the field, updates, and lots of take-home pearls for your practice, including: The best emergency medical literature of 2021, initial management of a sick septic patient, soft tissue shoulder injuries, search and rescue stories, and much more. This conference is especially suited to rural physicians, nurse practitioners, allied health professionals, residents, and medical students, and is eligible for 6.25 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits. For information and registration, visit the website.

27th Obstetrics Update for Family Physicians

Due to the cancellation of the 2020 event, the 27th Obstetrics Update for Family Physicians will be held virtually on October 29, 2021. The agenda features topics on Indigenous maternity care, office management of first trimester bleeding, low-dose ASA in pregnancy, challenges with virtual maternity care, and more. This conference is particularly beneficial for rural family physicians, nurse practitioners, midwives, and residents, and is eligible for 5.75 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits. Register on UBC CPD’s website.

Rural Research Roundup

Circle Late November for RCCbc’s BC Rural Health Research Exchanges

Back by popular demand, RCCbc is thrilled to announce that its BC Rural Health Research Exchange (BCRHRx) will return for a second year in the latter half of November. Details for the event, including the actual date, are still being worked out, but one thing is certain: The BCRHRx, filled with brief, rapid-style research presentations and open discussions, will help rural health researchers connect and share the latest rural health research occurring in British Columbia. If you’d like to present your recent rural health research, contact BCRHRx’s organizer, Jason Curran. Watch this space for more information and have a look at the incredible presentations delivered at last year’s event.

Newly Published Research & Calls for Study Participants


Read this month’s summary of newly published rural health research and resources, and find out how you can submit an abstract for Rural and Remote 2022 (the annual conference of the Society for Rural Physicians of Canada). And if you need a reminder to take part in a study that’s examining the mental health impacts of climate change events and COVID-19 on rural British Columbians, read on!

 

Rural Healthcare Job Opportunities

If you have a passion for improving rural health in British Columbia, there are number of job opportunities available with RCCbc and our highly-valued partners. Visit our careers page to see postings for the following (and many other) rewarding positions:

  • Research Associate
  • Systems IT Coordinator
  • Virtual Care Coordinator
  • Clinical Resources Co-lead

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