Rural physicians and other health system partners across BC will have an opportunity over the next few months to contribute to the review of the Rural Retention Program (RRP). There are multiple avenues through which you can contribute your experiences, ideas, and comments on the RRP:
- Participation in a webinar-based focus group. Seats for three group sessions – scheduled for November 22, December 4, and January 16 – filled very quickly, so RCCbc will be organizing additional webinars to accommodate demand. We anticipate scheduling these additional webinars for January, and possibly early February. Information about the new webinar feedback sessions will be sent to rural physicians via an email from Doctors of BC – watch your inbox!
- Provide feedback via an online survey. This short 15-20 minute survey was distributed to rural physicians throughout BC via an email from Doctors of BC on Thursday, November 29. It asks a few questions about your rural practice and allows you to provide input and/or suggestions for improving the RRP. If you have not received it, please contact Anne at firstname.lastname@example.org for a link to the survey.
- Provide feedback via email. You are invited to share your thoughts, experiences and ideas for improvement via email. Please send your comments to Anne at email@example.com.
We value your input and your ideas for improvement of the program. If you have time this holiday break to provide feedback, we would greatly appreciate hearing from you.
Background about the RRP Review
The Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc) has been asked by the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues (JSC) to conduct an extensive review of the RRP that examines how effectively the current program structure is meeting both healthcare system requirements as well as physician expectations. Impacts of the RRP on recruitment and retention will also be explored.
Dr. Ed Marquis and Mr. Doug Blackie are co-leading the review through the RCCbc. Working in collaboration with RCCbc staff, Blackie and Marquis are reaching out to rural and regional physicians, rural communities, health authorities, the Ministry of Health, Doctors of BC and others seeking comments and ideas about how the RRP might be improved. In addition to meeting with Marquis and Blackie, rural physicians may also contribute to the RRP review through two additional channels:
Over the next several months, Marquis and Blackie will be making a number of recommendations, identifying resource implications, and suggesting change management strategies to improve the RRP for the benefit of all.
If you would like to connect with Blackie or Marquis to provide feedback on the RRP, please contact Anne Lesack, Research Program Assistant, RCCbc at 1-877-908-8222 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.