Submitted by Northern Partners in Care
Northern Partners in Care (NPiC) and the Northern Interior Rural Division of Family Practice (NIRD) jointly hosted a full day learning event, titled “The Pills of Knowledge – Best Evidence for Rural Practice” on May 7, 2016. The event, held in Vanderhoof, BC, was attended by 47 participants, including physicians, specialists, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, health authority partners, NPiC staff, and NIRD staff.
The day introduced some of the collaborative work occurring with between NIRD, NPiC, and partner organizations within the North. The ultimate goal is to foster a culture of dedicated doctors providing exceptional care to patients, contributing to the well-being of their communities, and committing themselves as researchers and educators to future generations of physicians and health care professionals.
The “Enhancing Shared Care & The Role of Technology” session included a panel discussion with participants from Northern Health, UPIC, NPIC, NIRD. It highlighted the current use of videoconferencing for virtual visits throughout the province and the trialing of secure texting applications.
“It’s all about treating the patient in real time, not having to wait for consult. Shared care to me is about care happening in the moment, working together with providers to come up with the management plan.”
This was followed by a presentation given by Northern Health’s Simulation Lab. Northern Health, UNBC, and the Northern Medical Program have collaborated to provided state-of-the-art clinical simulation facilities in Prince George (UHNBC), Terrace (Mills Memorial Hospital), Quesnel (GR Baker Hospital), and Fort St. John (Ft. St. John Hospital). Distributed simulation is also available across all Northern Health regions. The aim is to support the simulation-based training of health professionals and to provide a robust and realistic learning opportunity to better prepare for patient care situations. There is potential to incorporate SIM training in future CME.
“We need to incorporate simulation into our practice on a regular basis, otherwise there’s a decaying of knowledge. It needs to be monthly, or every other month. Otherwise it becomes a tool that is cast aside.”
The afternoon featured a world café session where participants sit at a round table and discuss a given topic with a Specialist for 20 minutes. Specialists rotate through all the tables giving conference participants an opportunity to have an informal, small group, interactive learning session. The world café also provided an opportunity for face-to-face networking with specialists, networking with fellow rural GPs and gaining practical hands-on knowledge regarding specialist care. Specialty areas included: Respirology, Dermatology, Psychiatry, Paediatrics, Cardiology, AMCARE/Health Data Collective.
The conference closed with a participant-led discussion around next steps, future events, and collaborative projects.