New REAP Coordinator hired

Dr. John Pawlovich (center) instructing health professionals during The CARE Course

The Rural Education Action Plan (REAP) is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. John Pawlovich as the incoming REAP Coordinator, effective April 1, 2013.

Dr. Pawlovich has worked in many rural and remote sites across Canada, including 12 years in Fraser Lake, BC. He has an interest in teaching and served as a preceptor for both UBC and UNBC. He currently holds the rank of Clinical Associate Professor with the UBC Department of Family Practice.

Dr. Pawlovich completed his medical degree at UBC and completed his family practice residency in Chilliwack, BC. His interests include general practice, rural emergency medicine, cardiology and aboriginal health. In recent years, Dr. Pawlovich’s interest in aboriginal health has focused on finding new ways to bring much needed and deserved primary care onto reserves. Currently based in Abbotsford, BC, Dr. Pawlovich uses telehealth technologies to provide daily primary care to multiple remote aboriginal communities. He continues to make monthly visits to northern aboriginal communities to ensure the closeness of his relationships remain strong.

In 2009, the College of Family Physicians of Canada honoured Dr. Pawlovich with the Reg L. Perkins Award, naming him British Columbia’s Family Physician of the Year.

REAP and the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc) look forward to working closely with Dr. Pawlovich in his new role.

Dr. Pawlovich will be attending the SRPC’s Remote and Rural Medicine Course in Victoria from April 4-6, 2013 in his new role as REAP Coordinator.

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