RCCbc actively contributes to 2013 SPRC conference

RCCbc hosted a reception for BC residents at the 2013 SRPC Rural and Remote Medical Course in Victoria on April 6, 2013.

The Society of Rural Physicians of Canada’s (SRPC) 2013 Rural and Remote Medicine Course was a great opportunity for the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc), the Rural Education Action Plan (REAP), and the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues (JSC) to meet and engage with rural physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners and other allied professionals.

See photos from the SRPC conference

At the April 2013 conference, RCCbc, REAP, and the JSC hosted and contributed to many activities, including:

Sponsorship, organization, and logistics: The JSC and RCCbc were proud to sponsor and support SRPC’s Rural and Remote Medical Course for two years in a row. The SRPC’s amazing conference team – led by Lee Teperman and Jennifer McBane-Barr – was aided and abetted by RCCbc’s conference leads, Dr. Mary Johnston and Laura Soles, along with a group of dedicated volunteers, in the organization and hosting of the event. RCCbc, REAP, and JSC staff provided logistical support to the SRPC team on an as-needed basis on site at the conference.

Medical student and resident participation: REAP provided funding which allowed several medical students with an expressed interest in rural medicine to attend the 2013 SRPC conference. In total, there were:

  • Vancouver Fraser Medical program – 9 students
  • Island Medical Program – 8 students
  • Northern Medical Program – 4 students
  • Southern Medical Program – 4 students

REAP also provided funding for 10 residents to attend the conference.

All 20 of UBC’s rural Year 2 residents were able to attend the 2013 Rural and Remote Medical Course through the generous sponsorship of the JSC. The JSC also provided funding for these residents to participate in CAREbc’s inaugural CARE-RR course.

Courses: Hands-on, skills building workshops were held before, during, and after the SRPC 2013 conference. RCCbc’s CAREbc offered The CARE Course before the start of the conference, and also offered for the very first time, CARE-RR, a version of the CARE Course specifically designed for rural resident learners.

UBC Rural Continuing Professional Development (RCPD), an RCCbc partner, offered the popular Shock Course and hosted its third Obstetrical Ultrasound Course workshop during the conference.

Opening Plenary: An incredible panel discussed what is needed – from governments, health authorities, universities, and professional organizations – to teach medical students, residents and young physicians what they need to know in order to work and live in rural Canada. Led by RCCbc Executive Director Dr. Granger Avery, the plenary challenged and invited SRPC attendees to contribute their views and ideas at a subsequent discussion panel.

Panelists for the plenary and discussion panel included: Drs. Richard Murray, Roger Strasser, and Paul Winwood.

Conference sessions: Several RCCbc leaders and consultants led presentations and hands-on workshops for conference attendees. Drs. Jeanette Boyd, Jel  Coward, Stefan Grzybowski, Stuart Johnston, Trina Larsen-Soles, John Soles, and Tandi Wilkinson contributed their time and expertise to the conference, covering topics ranging from GP obstetrics to ER procedures to rural research.

Many of the sessions were led by rural BC physicians with wisdom and expertise in several areas. Thanks to all who volunteered their time and energy to provide opportunities for learning for their fellow rural doctors!

Mothers in Medicine initiative launch: RCCbc leads, Drs. Mary Johnston and Tracey Parnell, invited several women leaders from Canada’s preeminent medical organizations to contribute their stories, experiences, and support for the Mothers in Medicine initiative. This initiative seeks to educate and support medical professionals, especially young women, wishing to balance a medical career with a family. Mothers in Medicine has the potential to significantly increase rural recruitment and retention, as physicians with children are more apt to select and settle in family-friendly communities.

Listen to CBC Daybreak North’s interview with Dr. Nicole Ebert of Vanderhoof about the Mothers in Medicine initiative.

Student/Resident/Mentor Reception: REAP and the SRPC co-sponsored a reception for medical students, residents, and preceptors during the second day of the conference. This well-attended event allowed participants to network and engage in informal discussion about the rewards and challenges of rural medical practice.

National Working Group on Enhanced Skills Surgery: Dr. Stuart Iglesias and Bob Woollard from RCCbc’s Enhanced Skills Surgery network gathered together stakeholders from across the country to discuss how the group could support rural GP surgeons, health authorities, and universities to work together to address rural surgical services and GP surgeon sustainability in Canada.

A Day for GP Obstetrics: RCCbc’s Rural Obstetrics Network lead, Dr. Jeanette Boyd, helped co-organize this day-long event with the SRPC. GP Obstetrics Day brought together rural physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, and midwives to discuss the latest literature, individual cases, and future steps to help strengthen rural obstetrics care in BC and across Canada.

GP Anaesthesia, GP Surgery, and GP Obstetrics reception: RCCbc sponsored a reception for its GP specialist networks to meet, network, and discuss the next steps each group has planned for the 2013-14 year.

BC Residents Reception: REAP and RCCbc sponsored a reception for BC rural residents at the end of the SRPC conference. At the reception, residents gave small gifts of appreciation to preceptors and UBC postgraduate site directors, and had the opportunity to connect and share information before returning to their distributed training sites.

RCCbc enjoyed having a chance to meet so many of you in person. Hopefully, we answered most of your questions – if you have more questions for us, please email them to info@rccbc.ca.

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