RECC – your guide to the 2015 conference (updated)


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This year’s Rural Emergency Continuum of Care (RECC) conference will feature “something for everyone” that provides rural healthcare services in British Columbia.

Download the 2015 RECC schedule now

Before the conference – Wednesday, May 20 and Thursday, May 21

Several accredited pre-courses will be available to physicians, residents, and allied healthcare professionals wishing to upgrade their skills and knowledge. Participants may sign up for The SHOCK course, The OB Ultrasound course, and Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) in the two days leading up to 2015 RECC. Seating for these courses is limited – register early to avoid disappointment. (UPDATE: The OB Ultrasound course is now fully subscribed. The Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) course has been cancelled. The SHOCK Course is nearly full – register now to guarantee your seat.)

Preceptors interested in faculty development to improve their teaching skills are encouraged to consider registering for Okanagan Orchards. This afternoon event will focus on the theme of “The Learner in Difficulty” and will be facilitated by Dr. Brenda Hardy and Mr. Bill Upward. For more information about Okanagan Orchards, contact Larissa Punnett at 250.862.4300 ext 5292 or via email at

All RECC conference delegates are invited to join the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc) at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre for a Meet ‘n’ Greet Reception on Thursday, May 21 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Complete your conference check ahead of the crowd, grab a glass of wine or beer, and network with other rural health providers and learners from across the province.

During the conference – Friday, May 22 and Saturday, May 23

There will be a diverse and amazing range of topics discussed at this year’s RECC conference. There will be a solid two days of Emergency Medicine topics covered over the course of Friday and Saturday, with talks covering endocrinology, opthamology, non-surgical management of appendicitis, and much, much more.

This year, RCCbc is featuring several gynecology and obstetrics sessions for rural GPs including a skills development workshop – Gynecological Procedures in the Office. Participants may also learn about the ways GPs can care for rural mothers during and after pregnancy.

The Mentorship and More stream returns this year on Friday, May 22, with updates on UBC RCPD’s New to Rural Practice Mentoring Program, a session on Clinical Coaching, an in-depth look at issues of multi-source feedback and quality improvement in medical practice, and an interactive luncheon for the Choices in Practice and Parenting Initiative.

A full day Rural Nursing stream will be presented on Friday, May 22 for the first time at RECC. For details about this day of education for nurses, and nurse practitioners, download the RECC brochure now.

Saturday, May 23 will feature a full day Wilderness Medicine Stream – a series of sessions which will supplement the Wilderness Medicine Course offered on Sunday, May 24. Treatments of bites and stings, soft tissue injuries, hypothermia, and high altitude issues will be discussed, ending with a plenary about the practice of Wilderness Medicine throughout the world by Dr. Matt Laddbrook.

Following the success of last year’s First Nations plenary, RCCbc will be featuring several sessions addressing issues critical to First Nations healthcare. The Saturday morning plenary session will feature Dr. Evan Adams, the new Chief Medical Officer for the First Nations Health Authority. Other teaching sessions address the topics of cultural competency, and teledermatology in remote communities. At 12:00 noon, there will be a tour of the Penticton Indian Band’s Health Centre – interested participants must pre-register as seating is limited. Click here for more details.

Throughout both days of the conference, there will be hands-on airway workshops and ultrasound workshops. Seating for these sessions is limited – register early to avoid disappointment.

Three panel discussions will be held during 2015 RECC: Competency, Confidence, and Credentialing will be discussed on Friday morning and will likely be both interesting and timely as the Provincial Privileging Project will be winding down the last of its consultations in May. Narcotics, Alcohol, and Addictions in rural contexts will be the topic of discussion on Friday afternoon.

Saturday’s mid-day plenary will feature a discussion of “Patient Transport in Rural BC: Roadblocks and Potential Solutions” and will focus on identifying barriers to effective transport and how these obstacles might be overcome and/or circumvented.

After the conference – Sunday, May 24

RCCbc will once again be offering its full day Wilderness Medicine course. The morning will be dedicated to brief lectures and hands-on skills development at skill stations. The afternoon will encourage participants to integrate and apply their skills through simulated in-situ wilderness scenarios. Seating for this course is limited so register early to avoid disappointment.

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