Rural physician feedback requested for clinical texting and teledermatology study

submitted by Dr. Michael Copley

Rural clinicians are being invited to participate in a collaboration research project between the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine, Rural Education Action Plan (REAP) and Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc). The survey is available at

This study, led by Dr. Neil Kitsona dermatologist currently supporting teledermatology in rural and remote BC First Nations communities seeks to examine how and why rural physicians are communicating with one another and with consultants. The focus is specifically on personal clinical text messaging (including images) and teledermatology.

It is hoped that the results from the survey will support the development of secure and efficient telecommunication tools to ultimately improve care for all British Columbians, particularly those in underserved areas.

The survey is voluntary and is open to all physicians practicing in RSA communities. Survey responses are anonymous and participation implies consent. The full consent document is available here. The survey should take 2-3 minutes to complete. If you want to learn more about the privacy of your information please visit

Please take the survey now:

Thank you very much for your involvement.


Dr. Michael Copley, PGY2 Dermatology (Co-Investigator)
Dr. Danny Guo, PGY3 Dermatology (Co-Investigator)
Dr. Nam Phan, PGY2 Family Medicine (Co-Investigator)
Dr. Kendall Ho, Staff Physician Emergency Medicine (Co-Investigator)
Dr. John Pawlovich, Staff Physician Family Medicine (Co-Investigator)
Dr. Neil Kitson, Staff Physician Dermatology (Principal Investigator)