Spring call for RCCbc research grants, REAP leadership bursary applications

Support now available for rural physicians interested in rural research

The Rural Physician Research Support Project is a new initiative which aims to empower rural physician researchers – or new aspiring researchers – to pursue innovative rural research and knowledge translation projects contributing to advancing rural health in BC. Through this project, rural physician researchers will be able to apply for research grants of up to $10,000 per year to support research activities. To be eligible, applicants must be a physician with experience practicing rural medicine and demonstrable extensive connections to rural communities. The research must be pertaining to health in rural BC. To apply for this opportunity, please download the application forms from the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc) website and submit it to apeltonen@rccbc.ca. The deadline for the next round of submissions is May 31, 2018.

The Rural Physician Research Support Project is run by RCCbc and supported by the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues (JSC). For more information about this opportunity contact Adrienne Peltonen at apeltonen@rccbc.ca. Visit www.rccbc.ca for more information about RCCbc.

Rural physicians leaders eligible for new REAP bursary

The purpose of the Rural Leadership Development Project is to increase opportunities for rural physicians to pursue leadership training and develop the skills and abilities to help bring system improvements that will benefit British Columbia’s rural populations. In addition to access to a formalized leadership program, participants will be offered a mentoring opportunity with a rural leader through UBC CPD’S Rural Physician Mentoring Program. As well, during the course of the training participants will be encouraged to participate as a guest (when invited) in two meetings of groups providing leadership in rural BC (e.g. Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues, Rural Coordination Centre of BC Core, Rural Issues Committee etc.). Such shadowing opportunities have been seen as important in grounding leadership training in real-life contexts.

The Rural Leadership Development Project allows rural physicians to access bursaries of up to $15,000 per year to support their participation in leadership training. To be eligible, applicants must have been working in an RSA Community for at least nine months of the past year and have health authority and community support for the training. The next application deadline is May 31, 2018.

For more information about this bursary program, please visit the RCCbc website or contact Lisa Hetu at the Rural Education Action Plan (REAP) at 604-827-4188 or reap@familymed.ubc.ca.