New Emergency Medicine Education pilot seeks rural GPs

An innovative emergency medicine education program is being piloted in Nanaimo, BC for family physicians that are currently practicing or intending to practice in smaller and rural communities.

Piper’s Lagoon, Nanaimo. Photo: Kyla Duhamel

The Nanaimo Emergency Education Program (NEEP) is an innovative program funded by the Rural Coordination Center for BC (RCCbc) and the Rural Education Action Plan (REAP) through the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues (JSC).  It will provide three rural family doctors with three months of full time, remunerated training in Emergency Medicine based out of the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH) Emergency department on Vancouver Island. Training will be offered in flexible modules, allowing physicians to participate in the NEEP program without leaving their small community or rural practice for prolonged periods of time.

NEEP consists of a minimum of eight (8) weeks of clinical experience in emergency medicine and procedures with the opportunity to complete up to four (4) weeks of learner directed electives in anesthesia, ICU, or rural emergency. Clinical learning will be supplemented with didactic sessions by attending NRGH staff, high fidelity simulation lab sessions, and hands-on point of care ultrasound (POCUS) education with experienced British Columbian instructors. It is intended that participants will be able to achieve Independent Practitioner status at an advanced level in POCUS, and have some ultrasound teaching experience which will allow them to disseminate select imaging skills to teams in their home community. The program will also provide opportunities to update ACLS, ATLS, and PALS skills.

The first cohort of the pilot program will run from April 3 – June 23, with a second cohort planned for September 18 – December 8.

Who is eligible for NEEP?

CCFP and CCFP-eligible practicing physicians from small and rural communities may apply for a fellowship. Newly qualified CCFP practitioners and/or International Medical Graduates (IMGs) would benefit greatly from this opportunity to enhance emergency skill sets prior to commencing locums or establishing rural practices. Rural generalists who have been in practice for years may also wish to use the NEEP program to refresh their emergency medicine skills and knowledge.

Interested in applying for a NEEP position?

Send an email to NEEPDocs@gmail.com indicating your interest in this program. Please specify which cohort you would like to apply for.