REAP updates: New Rural Physician CME Program, Rural Leadership Development Program

Rural Leadership Development Program receives ongoing funding

After a three-year pilot project, the Rural Education Action Plan (REAP) is pleased to announce the JSC is providing ongoing funding through REAP to support the Rural Leadership Development Program. 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. 

REAP is currently accepting applications from rural physicians who are pursuing formalized leadership training. In addition to funding up to $15,000 to cover expenses, participants are offered a mentoring opportunity with a rural leader through UBC CPD’s Coaching and Mentoring Program (CAMP). Physicians may apply if they have been practicing in an RSA Community for at least nine months of the past year and if they have letters of support from their health authority and community. Applications are accepted twice/year – the next deadline is October 31, 2020Read more about this program online.

REAP launches New Rural Physician CME Program 

The Rural Education Action Plan (REAP) is pleased to launch the New Rural Physician CME Program. This new program makes funding available to new rural physicians to participate in rurally-relevant courses and events such as HOUSE, The CARE Course, and CASTED. A full list of courses and events is available online.    

The physician must be in their first two years of rural practice in BC and have a formal commitment to practice in an RSA Community. The program makes the following benefits available to eligible physicians: 

  • Reimbursement of the ACLS Recertification course fee to a maximum of $350. 
  • Reimbursement of the course fee for one additional course to a maximum of $1000. 
  • Reimbursement of travel costs to a maximum of $1000. 
  • Reimbursement of accommodation costs up to $200/night for up to three nights. 

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Funds may be accessed prior to commencing work in an RSA Community and on a yearly basis for the first two years of rural practice. Learn more about the New Rural Physician CME Program online where you can download an application form or email Hillary Kovach, REAP Senior Program Assistant, at