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Dig In to RCCbc’s 2021-22 Year-end Report

The Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc) is delighted to announce the publication of its 2021-22 Year-end Report. In their annual message, RCCbc’s executive directors, Dr. Ray Markham and Leslie Carty, write: “We continue to live in interesting times and…it has been a blessing for us to see our team and partners be able to respond, as opposed to react. At RCCbc, we continue to build our relationships to improve the health of rural people and communities…Innovation and nimbleness within the system has been a creative unintended consequence of this time.”

Other key highlights from the Year-end Report include a message from the Rural Doctors; UBC Chair in Rural Health, Dr. John Pawlovich, and highlights from RCCbc’s and its partners’ programs and initiatives.

Read the RCCbc Annual Report. 

Rural Critical Care Pathway Lead Joins RTVS family

Real-Time Virtual Support is extending a warm welcome to Dr. Scot Mountain, who is joining the team as a new pathway lead. The physician has Family Medicine, Internist and Intensivist experience in a rural setting, making him an ideal lead for this pathway.

The pathway has been named Rural Outreach in Critical Care and Internal Medicine (ROCCi, pronounced Rocky). The hope is that the pathway will recruit both Intensivists and Internists so that providers in rural areas can draw from a broader set of skills.

Learn more about Dr. Scot Mountain and Rural Outreach in Critical Care and Internal Medicine (ROCCi) Pathway.

Whistler to Host RCCbc’s 2023 BC Rural Health Conference

Mark your calendar and set your compass towards Whistler for RCCbc’s 2023 BC Rural Health Conference on June 2-4. “The rural community of Whistler will provide a spectacular backdrop for rural and remote doctors to reconnect, learn, and socialize,” says RCCbc’s Elisa Chow. “Stay tuned for more details about the conference in the coming months.”

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RTVS MaBAL and PoCUS Education Paused for Summer 

Weekly sessions designed to facilitate remote learning and communities of practice using Real-Time Virtual Support (RTVS) have been paused for the summer. Midwives on the Maternity and Babies Advice Line (MaBAL) RTVS team have been providing coaching sessions for nurses. The coaching sessions, which took place on Thursdays at noon were geared towards nurses supporting maternity care in rural sites, wrapped up in June and will be relaunched in September. Learn more about the outcomes of the sessions and when the PoCUS Practice will resume.  

Meet Dr. Jeff Beselt in Our ‘Team Spotlight’ Series

In this month’s ‘Team Spotlight’ series, we introduce you to Dr. Jeff Beselt, who shares his favourite places to go in British Columbia.




Celebrating National Indigenous History Month

June is National Indigenous Peoples’ Month, a time to recognize the history, heritage, resilience, and diversity of Indigenous Peoples across British Columbia and the rest of Canada. RCCbc is committed to working with Indigenous and non-Indigenous doctors, partners, and communities across our province to build a culturally safe health care system. Here are some resources on how to celebrate, engage, participate in your own learning journey of Indigenous Peoples:

Research & Practice

Seeking Rural General Practitioners for PoCUS Study 

The Intelligent Network for Point-of-Care Ultrasound (PoCUS) project is conducting a study to examine the quality and effects of PoCUS in rural communities. The researchers, Dr. Jude Kornelsen, Anshu Parajulee, and Dr. Virginia Robinson, are seeking rural general practitioners who use PoCUS to participate in the study. The study results may strengthen support for rural PoCUS. For more information about study participation, click on the poster, or email Anshu Parajulee at UBC at anshu.parajulee@ubc.ca.

REAP’s San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training Bursary: June 30 Deadline

Since 2013, through REAP’s San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training Bursary, the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues has provided funding to eligible UBC medical students and residents, as well as BC physicians, who complete the San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training program offered through the Provincial Health Services Authority. The $500 bursary that supports eligible participants who work or train in Rural Subsidiary Agreement Communities will no longer be available after June 30, 2022.  If you are interested in applying for the bursary, please review the eligibility requirements here and submit an application before June 30, 2022.

BC Rural Interest Award Deadline: June 30, 2022

The REAP BC Rural Interest Award aims to support rural students in UBC Medical School by providing additional financial support during the years of training. Students of rural origin or with strong rural connections and students who have repeated rural exposures during their training are more likely to consider rural locations for their medical practice. REAP hopes that the Rural Interest Award will encourage these students to consider rural placements and allow ongoing contact with them as they progress through their training, which will also enhance eventual rural recruitment. Click here for information about the Award, including eligibility requirements. Applications will be accepted until June 30, 2022.

Rural Locum and New Rural Physician CME Programs

REAP’s Rural Locum and New Rural Physician CME Programs make funding available to GP, GPA, and Specialist locum physicians and physicians in their first two years of rural practice to take rurally-relevant courses. Funding for ACLS recertification, plus an additional course, as well as travel and accommodation reimbursement, is available. REAP has recently changed the application process, so if you are interested in applying, please visit the REAP website for the latest instructions.

Upcoming Events

Registration Deadline for TUFH 2022 Conference Fast Approaching

If you haven’t yet registered for the 39th global Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) 2022 conference in Vancouver from August 16–19, 2022, act quickly! Registration will close on July 17.

This international and intersectoral conferece, co-hosted by The Network: TUFH, RCCbc, and the BC Patient Safety and Quality Council, will explore the theme, Moving Forward Together: Unity for Health for All. Discussions will centre around key sub-themes that are relevant to rural practice in British Columbia:

  • Building Better Together
  • Harmony for a Healthy World
  • Social Responsibility: Healthcare Conducted Where People and Place Matter
  • Learning with Indigenous People Towards Advancing Equity & Wellbeing

The four-day conference will offer engaging keynote sessions, TUFH documentaries and talks, workshops, and oral abstract presentations. You can also participate in networking sessions on specific topics with collagues, partners, and students from around the world.

View the program agenda and register for TUFH 2022! Registration closes July 17, 2022.

Rural POCUS Rounds: Heart & Lung Ultrasound
Rural POCUS Rounds series aims to increase the use of, experience with, and community surrounding point-of-care ultrasound for rural based healthcare providers. Our next session is on Friday, June 24, 2022, from 12-1 pm PDT, with Dr. Virginia Robinson, who will talk on Ultrasound for Heart and Lung. Click here to register.


Rural Healthcare Opportunities at RCCbc

Do you have a passion for improving the health of rural people and communities? Explore these  job opportunities with RCCbc and join our team!

  • Project Coordinator
  • Virtual Care and Systems Super User
  • People and Culture Assistant



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