Nominations for 2016 Awards of Excellence in Rural Medicine now open

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The winners of the 2015 Awards of Excellence in Rural Medicine, from left to right: Dr. Nancy Anderson, Dr. Michal Smialowski, Dr. Eric Paetkau, Dr. Marlowe Haskins, Dr. Phillip Malpass, and Dr. Paul Stent.

This year, the “theme” of the Awards of Excellence in Rural Medicine will focus on community excellence. The Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc) wishes to honor those individuals and rural teams whose service and advocacy have raised and/or sustained the level of health care services within their BC rural community.

Nominations in the following three categories will be accepted until May 10, 2016:

  • Individual Physicians – a doctor whose contributions greatly elevate the health and well-being of his/her community both individually and as a whole
  • Sustained Community – a rural team (can be interprofessional) whose excellent work has sustained the health and well-being of the community over many years
  • Resilient Community – a rural team (can be interprofessional) whose excellent work has substantively stabilized or improved the health and well-being of the community in the face of challenging situations

We will also be accepting nominations for Lifetime Achievement Awards.

The nominations committee will look at several factors when selecting award winners, including: length of practice in the rural community, broad scope of practice (generalism), sustainable practices, resilience, multidisciplinary team-based care.  Please consider these when submitting your nomination to RCCbc.

Download the nomination criteria now

For more information or to submit your nomination, please contact Sharon Mah at smah@rccbc.ca.

History

Each year, at the Rural Emergency Continuum of Care (RECC) conference, the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc) and its partners recognize the good work of BC’s rural physicians through the Awards of Excellence in Rural Medicine.

The criterion for the award changes each year. In 2014, RCCbc and Northern Health recognized seven (7) physicians who are strong mentors, and three (3) doctors for a lifetime of achievement and service. In 2015, RCCbc and Northern Health recognized seven (7) physicians who are inspirational leaders to their colleagues and communities.

Awards photo galleries

2014 Award recipients | 2015 Award recipients