Nominations for 2018 BC Rural Health Awards now open!

2016 BC Rural Health Award recipients, along with RCCbc award presenters, Drs. Kirstie Overhill (far left) and Dr. Mary Johnston (far right)

Do you know an exceptional rural physician who should be recognized for his/her good work? Are you living in a rural community whose healthcare team is phenomenal? Recognize them this coming new year with a 2018 BC Rural Health Award!

Each year, at its BC Rural Health Conference, RCCbc recognizes the good work of BC’s rural physicians through the BC Rural Health Awards (formerly the Awards of Excellence in Rural Medicine). There are three categories of awards, with one honoree per category:

Rural BC Community Award

The Rural BC Community Award identifies a community that has developed innovative and collaborative approaches and solutions to local healthcare issues, or supported and enhanced the sustainability of the rural health care services and / or providers within their community.

Communities can nominate themselves or be nominated by a third party.

Award of Excellence in Rural Medicine: Effective and Efficient Healthcare Partnerships in Rural BC

This year’s theme for the Award of Excellence in Rural Medicine in this category is Effective and Efficient Healthcare Partnerships in Rural BC. This will honour strong healthcare partnerships that enable excellent delivery of service while encouraging all members of the partnership to do their highest and best work in service to rural British Columbia.. This may include partnerships between providers, between providers and  administrators, between administrative units, or between multiple groups throughout the province. Active partnerships with communities and patients will be especially valued.

Nominees for this category may only be nominated by a third party.

Award of Excellence in Rural Medicine: Lifetime Achievement

The Lifetime Achievement Award honors a rural physician who has dedicated his/her career to serving one or more rural communities throughout his/her career and is close to or already retired. Physicians must have worked a minimum of 15 years in rural practice to qualify for this recognition.

Candidates for this award must be nominated by a third party.

Download the Nomination Criteria for RCCbc’s 2018 BC Rural Health Awards to learn how you can put forth a name for consideration for an award. Questions about the nomination criteria or eligibility may be forwarded to Sharon Mah at

Download the Nomination Form  for the 2018 BC Rural Health Awards now.

Award honourees will receive a plaque at RCCbc’s annual BC Rural Health Conference being held May 11-13, 2018 in Nanaimo, BC. A cash prize of $2,500 will be provided for each category – these monies may be used to support a celebration in the recipient(s) home community. Funds remaining from the celebration should be used within the recipient’s practice or within the community.*


*Examples of ways to spend remaining funds in community: equipment for the clinic / practice / hospital, subscription to a [medical] journal, donation to the community.