Add-on courses and open meetings at the 2019 BC Rural Health Conference

There are several courses that will be offered in the days leading up to the BC Rural Health Conference being held in Nanaimo, BC on May 24-26. Offerings this year will include:

  • The CARE Course – Wednesday and Thursday, May 22 + 23   |   8:00 am – 6:00 pm
    This two day rural program for physicians, nurses, and pre-hospital providers provides interactive hands-on learning in a fun, warm, and supportive interprofessional environment. Medical, trauma, obstetric, and paediatric emergency management are featured. For more information, visit or email
    <Max. 30 participants   |   Accredited for up to 51.0 Mainpro+ / 17 hours for RNs and NPs / 14 Education Credits for Paramedics
    Physician: $1550   |   Nurse: $200   |   Paramedic: $100

  • CASTED: Emergency – Wednesday and Thursday, May 22 + 23   |   8:00 am – 5:00 pm
    This course is a ruthlessly clinical, practical, high-yield, practice changing orthopedics course that will improve your ability to diagnose subtle but serious ED ortho injuries. This course will be valuable to anyone who manages ED patients with acute injuries. Visit the CASTED site for more information and to REGISTER:
    Max. 24 participants   |   Accredited for up to 48.0 Mainpro+ / 16.0 MOC Section 1
    Physician: $1925   |   Resident: $1275   |   Allied Health: $1625


  • HOUSE-OB – Thursday, May 23   |   8:30 am – 4:00 pm
    The Hands On Ultrasound Education Program (HOUSE) OB course is designed to meet the needs of rural physicians and midwives providing maternity care. The course agenda includes: fetal presentation; fetal cardiac activity; amniotic fluid index; and, newly added content on first trimester pregnancy, including gestational dating!
    Max. 12 participants   |   Accredited for up to 27.0 Mainpro+ / 9.0 MOC Section 3
    Physician: $1500   |   Resident: $900   |   Midwife: $900

  • HOUSE-EM – Friday, May 24   |   7:30 am – 3:00 pm
    The Hands On Ultrasound Education Program (HOUSE) EM coursefeatures the Ultrasound for CORE IP module, including eFAST, cardiac-subxyphoid, AAA, pneumothorax, and first trimester pregnancy. There is a high instructor to student ratio in this course to maximize hands-on practice time, with scanning on live models. If you are interested in pursing your CORE Independent Practitioner (IP) status, this course qualifies as a pre-requisite course in the certification process.
    Max. 12 participants   |   Accredited for up to 31.5 Mainpro+ / 10.5 MOC Section 3
    Physician: $1600   |   Resident: $1600

  • Rural Locum Forum – Friday, May 24   |   8:00 am – 1:30 pm
    The 5th annual Rural Locum Forum will bring together rural BC locums, recent medical graduates, experienced physicians, and rural leaders to share experiences and ideas for innovation. During this half-day program, discover the advantages of rural locuming, and be a part of a unique group of rural health professionals! This event includes a networking lunch with your colleagues and rural communities.
    Accredited for 4.0 Mainpro+
    Physicians: $75   |   Residents: $25

  • Rural Patient Transport: The Road Ahead – Friday, May 24   |   10:00 am – 2:00 pm   |   facilitated by Dr. Trina Larsen Soles
    This half-day workshop reviews current initiatives in transport in rural BC. There will be a panel discussion with representatives from RCCbc, BCEHS, EPOS, and PTN, followed by participant table work. Help identify key issues and provide feedback on a variety of proposed improvements for the BC patient transport system. The goal is to have practical input from practicing rural physicians around which initiatives will make your practice better and support your rural communities and rural patients.
    Limited seating, includes a light lunch   |   Accredited for 3.0 Mainpro+
    Fee: $25

  • The Power of Rural Research – Friday, May 24   |   7:00 pm – 8:30 pm   |   facilitated by Drs. Tandi Wilkinson and Dietrich Furstenburg
    Come and meet the Rural Scholars and discover how powerful rural research can be in contributing to change. Find out how you could do this too!
    Limited seating, includes dinner 
    Fee: Free

  • Not Just a Prescription Pad: A Multimodal Approach to Chronic Pain Management – Friday, May 25   |   12:00 pm – 2:00 pm   |   facilitated by Drs. Peter Rothfels and Launette Reib
    This workshop – hosted by WorkSafeBC – covers the safe prescribing of opioids; tapering, substitution, and exit strategies; and pharmacological and non-pharmacological strategies for the treatment of chronic non-cancer pain. REGISTER
    Limited seating, includes lunch 
    Fee: Free

  • rMEET – rural Mingle, Eat, Engage Together – Saturday, May 25   |   7:00 am – 7:45 am
    This event will connect residents or physicians in their first five (5) years of rural practice with more experienced rural physicians during an informal breakfast meet up. This networking opportunity will allow for friendly dialogue and mentorship!
    Indicate your interesting when registering for the BC Rural Health Conference
    Fee: Free

There will also be three open meetings taking place during breakfast and lunch breaks at the BC Rural Health Conference. Registrants may attend these meetings free of charge:

  • Supporting Just In-Time Care in BC: emergency Virtual in-time Support for Technology-enabled Assistance (VISTA) – Saturday, May 25   |   7:00 am – 7:45 am
    Hosted by the BC Emergency Medicine Network
    Fee: Included with RHC
  • Rural Retention Program Review: Have Your Say – Saturday, May 25   |   12:00 pm – 13:00 pm
    Hosted by RCCbc
    Fee: Included with RHC
  • Appointment to Practice and Locum in Rural BC – Saturday, May 25   |   12:00 pm – 13:00 pm
    Hosted by Locums for Rural BC, Northern Health, Island Health
    Fee: Included with RHC

Email for more information about the add-on courses and/or the open meetings taking place in Nanaimo in May.