Rural locum conference to provide CME/CPD, forum for discussions about healthcare system


The Rural and Remote Divisions of Family Practice will be hosting a groundbreaking gathering for BC’s rural locum physicians on Saturday, February 28, 2015 in Nanaimo, BC.

This educational and networking meeting will bring together rural locums from across the province to build relationships with other locums, members of BC’s rural communities, and rural healthcare stakeholders, including the Rural Coordination Centre of BC, the Rural Education Action Plan, UBC Continuing Professional Development, the Rural GP Locum Program, and HealthMatch BC.

“We hope to host a forum where rural locums and rural community members can share their experiences and challenges with rural healthcare in BC,” says Rural and Remote Divisions Executive Director, Kathy Copeman-Stewart. “What in the current rural healthcare system excites attendees? What frustrates them? We really want to hear from rural locums and rural community members.”

Rural and Remote Divisions Chair, Dr. Rebecca Lindley, elaborates, “Rural locums are critical contributors and supporters of rural healthcare, especially in communities where there might not be a full complement of permanent full-time physicians for an extended period of time. They experience the inner workings of multiple rural communities and clinical systems across all of BC and have a unique perspective on rural health care structure and delivery. Rural locums have the potential to share rich insights and offer innovative change to the system.

Conference to provide locums with CPD, mentorship, and peer support

In addition to providing a forum for discussion about the BC healthcare system, “Rural Care Through the Locum Lens” will also provide participants with the opportunity to engage in hands-on acute care education and skills development. The CARE Course, ACLS, Third Trimester Obstetrical Ultrasound, and Basic Life Support (BLS) will be offered ahead of the conference on Thursday, Feb 26 and Friday, Feb 27. The courses will be open to physicians, nurses, and paramedics – visit the UBC RCPD web site to register now.

On Saturday, Feb 28, the following key speakers will be presenting to conference attendees:
• Dr Hector Baillie, Internist – Heart Failure
• Dr Arun Natarajan, Cardiologist – Nonischemic Cardiac Chest Pain
• Dr Kevin Patterson, Intensivist
• Dr John Ronald, Respirologist
• Dr Cait O’Sullivan, Clinical Pharmacist – Oral Anticoagulants in Atrial Fibrillation

The conference will be accredited for 5.25 Mainpro-M1 / MOC Section 1 credits (separate credits will be issued for pre-courses).

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