Plenaries, activities at RECC, May 30-31, 2014


The Rural Emergency Continuum of Care (RECC) conference – which takes place in less than two weeks in Penticton, BC – will feature several plenary speakers addressing several of the professional and personal challenges facing BC’s rural physicians.

Friday, May 30
Dr. Stuart Swadron will be speaking at 1:00 pm Friday afternoon about his reflections and lessons in emergency medicine practice. A Canadian-trained MD, Dr. Swadron currently practices emergency medicine in Los Angeles County and is the Associate Dean of Pre-Health Undergraduate Studies at University of Southern California (USC).

Physician stress and coping will the topic of Dr. Andrew Clarke’s plenary at 4:20 pm. Clarke is the Executive Director of the Physician Health Program BC, an organization that supports and advocates for BC physicians, residents, medical students and their immediate families dealing with personal and/or professional problems.

Following the last plenary of the day, there will be a dinner and dance at 7:00 pm. RCCbc will host a brief awards ceremony during the dinner to honour several rural BC physicians who have contributed significantly to mentorship activities in rural medicine. Tickets for the dinner and dance are $75 per person and are available online for purchase until Wednesday, May 21.

Saturday, May 31
At 8:30 am on Saturday morning, Drs. Shannon Waters and John Pawlovich will be discussing determinants of health for BC’s indigenous populations and will also be updating delegates about the activities of the newly invested First Nations Health Authority (FNHA). Dr. Waters is the Director of Health Surveillance, Health Services at FNHA and brings a clinical perspective into the health authority’s work. Dr. Pawlovich is the Director of the Rural Education Action Plan (REAP), which funds training opportunities for rural physicians to improve recruitment and retention to BC’s RSA communities.

Dr. Kathryn Reducka will be speaking about patient hand-overs and transfers at the 1:00 pm afternoon plenary. Dr. Reducka is a Physician Risk Manager with the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA). The CMPA is a national not-for-profit that provides advice and assistance when medico-legal difficulties arise, and resources to help manage risk and contribute to safer medical care.

The last plenary of the conference will be delivered by Mr. Jim Ongena at 4:20 pm. He will be speaking about fear – why it matters and what to do about it. Mr. Ongena is a professional rock climber and rock guide, life coach, motivational speaker, and corporate trainer with the ability to develop high performing teams.

How to register for RECC
Online registration for RECC will close Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Register for RECC online now and save $10 off your total conference fees.

There will be on-site registration available at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre (PTCC), beginning Thursday, May 29 at 6:00 pm. RCCbc will be hosting a “Meet and Greet” reception for delegates at 6:00 pm – join us for a drink and a chat after you’ve checked in and received your RECC conference package.

See you in Penticton at the end of May!

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