RECC conference to be renamed BC Rural Health Conference

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Dr. Abu Hamour led a session on skin and tissue infections at the 2016 conference in Prince George.

The Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc) is changing the name of its Rural Emergency Continuum of Care (RECC) conference to the BC Rural Health Conference to reflect the broader range of rural health content offered at this popular CME/CPD event.

The RECC conference, first offered in 2010 in Kelowna, addressed the need to provide a provincial continuing medical education event that allowed rural practitioners to refresh their rural emergency medicine skills. It also provided a venue for rural practitioners to meet face-to-face, share case studies, and provide and receive support.

In 2012 and 2013, the RECC conference was combined with the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada’s national Rural and Remote Medical Course and offered a broad range of sessions covering case studies and pearls on topics ranging from opthamology to oncology to orthopaedics. The impact of these two events left its mark on BC’s rural conference, bringing a growing audience of rural practitioners – physicians, allied health professionals, and administrators – to Penticton in 2014 and 2015, and north to Prince George in 2016.

“RCCbc currently offers a wider range of topics at its conference because rural practitioners from across the province requested specific CME/CPD sessions,” says Dr. Brenda Huff, RCCbc’s new Rural Conference Lead. “We’ve been able to meet this need because of the hard work of our planning committee, who are diligent about engaging enthusiastic local speakers to help deliver this education to their peers.”

The audience for the BC Rural Health Conference has also broadened over the past three years, bringing locums, regional GPs, and specialists together to meet with their rural and remote peers. Dr. Mary Johnston, former Rural Conference Lead and current Senior Advisor to the BC Rural Health Conference, notes that bringing together rural and regional practitioners face-to-face strengthens relationships and allows individuals to forge new connections. “The increased communication and personal meeting of regional referral specialists and rural doctors  improves the referral ease and process for rural patients.”

The next BC Rural Health Conference will take place in Prince George in May 2017 and is accredited for both Mainpro+ and MOC Section 1 credits. If you would like to suggest a topic for the conference or present a session in Prince George in 2017, please contact Elisa Chow at conference@rccbc.ca.

To learn more about past conferences, visit www.rccbc.ca/conferences.