UBC Rural Continuing Professional Development Adapts & Expands Course Offerings during COVID-19

Submitted by the UBC Rural CPD team 

2020 has changed many aspects of our lives. At UBC Rural Continuing Professional Development, this is especially true for how we deliver education. We have adapted all in-person offerings to virtual, and have integrated new topics into our offerings that meet the evolving needs of health care providers. In this way, we have had many new opportunities to enhance collaborations across our team and with other organizations to collectively support rural healthcare providers.  

One example of how we’ve adapted our programs was running a pilot virtual Hands-On Ultrasound (HOUSE) course in Fort Nelson. This course used technology to bring ultrasound instructors across the province to the Fort Nelson General Hospital using Zoom. One participant described the experience: “I’m so impressed that we could do this! Also that we could do it together and no travel. So good.”  

Some other highlights: 

  • Developed resources to support the Indigenous PatientLed project on brokered dialogue and Cultural Safety during a pandemic  
  • Streamlined the Coaching and Mentoring Program onboarding process to rapidly meet the need of rural health care providers  
  • Partnered with the Real-Time Virtual Support Pathways to build accredited education into virtual point-of-care interactions and began developing a virtual simulation program 
  • Delivered eight COVID-19-related Rural Rounds sessions  

Thank you for all of your support, engagement and patience this year. We are looking forward to 2021 with cautious optimism! Because we continually improve how we deliver our education, we know that next year will be full of many cutting-edge virtual learning opportunities. As we set plans for in-person education over the next 12 months, we are actively monitoring COVID-19 cases, reviewing guidance from public health, and developing contingency plans. If you would like to learn more, visit our website or send us an email at cpd.rural@ubc.ca.