NEEP now accepting applications for 2020 cohorts

Submitted by Dr. Kevin McMeel

The Nanaimo Emergency Education Program (NEEP) is an innovative program that provides family physicians practicing in smaller and rural communities with a three-month, full time, remunerated fellowship that offers skills enhancement in Emergency Medicine. NEEP is currently accepting applications for the Spring 2020 (April 6 – June 6) and Fall 2020 (Sept 7 – Nov 27) cohorts – to apply for these fellowships, complete the following application form and submit it by the noted deadline.

The program includes rotations in emergency and procedural services, as well as elective opportunities with Anesthesia, or Rural Emergency. The core clinical placements occur at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital Emergency Department, providing learners with practical, real-world experiences in order to build advanced management and procedural skills.  

Weekly academic sessions are an integral part of the core program. These educational sessions include a variety of emergency medicine topics, workshops for procedural skills, hands on training in the high fidelity medical simulation (SIM) lab and opportunities to sign up for refreshers in ACLS, ATLS, and PALS, and NRP. The NEEP program also offers a variety of opportunities in becoming proficient in bedside ultrasound (PoCUS) techniques.  

CCFP and CCFP-eligible practicing physicians from small and rural communities are invited to apply for a NEEP fellowship. Newly qualified CCFP practitioners and/or International Medical Graduates (IMGs) would benefit greatly from this opportunity to enhance emergency skill sets prior to commencing locums or establishing rural practices. Rural generalists who have been in practice for years may also wish to use the NEEP program to refresh their emergency medicine skills and knowledge.

If you are interested in applying for this program or would like more information about the curriculum and/or funding, please email

NEEP is funded by the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues (JSC) and is supported administratively by the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc) and the Rural Education Action Plan (REAP).