Thanks and happy trails, Carl!

Dr. Carl Whiteside (left) with Drs. Granger Avery (center) and Stuart Johnston (right)

Dr. Carl Whiteside, Coordinator of the Rural Education Action Plan (REAP) and Associate Director of the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc), will be retiring effective March 31, 2013.

Dr. Whiteside has managed the REAP program since its inception in 2000 as part of the Rural Subsidiary Agreement negotiated by the BC Medical Association (BCMA) for BC’s rural physicians. Building upon his long experience at the University of British Columbia (UBC) where he started the first rural residency training program in Canada, he has provided structure, leadership and strategic advice for REAP as its Coordinator. Since its initial negotiation and development, REAP has grown from a small initiative encouraging postgraduate students to undertake elective rural rotations, into a comprehensive program that supports hundreds of medical students, residents, and physicians wishing to enter rural training and practice. Dr. Whiteside’s transparent honesty, fairness and trustworthiness have been instrumental in developing the ongoing support of the Ministry of Health, BCMA and UBC.

In 2005, Dr. Whiteside advocated UBC’s Faculty of Medicine for funding for a rural health coordinating body, and became one of the founders of RCCbc. In recent years, Dr. Whiteside has provided guidance, direction, and innovative ideas as a member of RCCbc’s management team. He has also led and mentored several rural physicians leading RCCbc initiatives as Sector Lead for Education and Training.

Always considerate and thoughtful, but never one to allow his strict principles to be compromised, Dr. Whiteside has been a tremendous resource to REAP and RCCbc, and for BC’s rural physicians.  We would all like to thank Dr. Whiteside for his many years of service, dedication, innovation, and dry humour – and wish all the best for him and his family as he moves on from REAP and RCCbc into retirement.

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