Share your stories and help improve the Rural Retention Program (RRP)

Trainee doing a hand repair on a northern remote patient. Photo: John Pawlovich

Dr. Ed Marquis and Doug Blackie, co-leads for the Rural Retention Program (RRP) review, are inviting BC’s rural physicians to provide input to help improve the RRP by participating in an online survey.

The Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues (JSC) has requested the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc) evaluate the RRP including the criteria used to designate rural communities and determine physician eligibility for rural benefits.

Your voice and perspective as a BC rural physician are critical to improving the RRP. The survey lets us learn a little about you and your practice plus seeks your input on key issues with the RRP. The survey is completely confidential and takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete. A link to the survey has been sent to you in an email from the Doctors of BC – if you cannot find the message, please contact  Anne Lesack, Research Program Assistant, RCCbc at 1-877-908-8222 or via email:

If you have any questions or concerns about the survey, or would prefer to provide feedback in a different format, speak with Anne about the options open to you. RCCbc is planning to host more interactive webinars in January and February – details for these sessions will be sent out via email after the holiday break.

Thank you for help!