Bringing The CARE Course to your rural community

An interprofessional team of community doctors, nurses and EMTs work together during a simulation to treat a critically ill patient.

The CARE Course is a two-day accredited rural ER skills training course and interprofessional rural team building experience that is taught in your local community healthcare facilities, using your equipment. It has been successfully delivered in 20 BC rural communities, including Port McNeill, Fraser Lake and Hope.

To bring The CARE Course to your community, send an email to Drs. Jel Coward and Rebecca Lindley – creators of course – at They will work with you to set a date for training. Details regarding workshop costs, logistics, and organization of the course can be found online at The course can be held on any two days of the week and can accommodate approximately 24-30 participants – preferably equal numbers of doctors, nurses and paramedics. We bring approximately six to ten faculty and administrative staff to support this workshop. Due to high demand, booking of The CARE Course can take approximately two months from initial request to delivery.

RSA communities with reverted rural continuing medical education (RCME) funds should be able to use their monies to fund a CARE Course. Consult with your local medical advisory committee (LMAC) for permission to host the course, and to secure access to any available reverted community RCME funds to pay for this training.

The CARE Course is accredited for up to 17 MainPro-C credits with the College of Family Physicians of Canada, and is approved for 14 educational credits for paramedics by the Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Board in BC.

In April 2013, the SRPC Rural and Remote Medicine Course in Victoria, BC will host the inaugural The CARE-RR Course – specifically designed for rural residents.

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