BC Rural Update https://enews.rccbc.ca Thu, 25 Jun 2020 19:36:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 2020 BC Rural Health Awards recognize three Lifetime Achievement recipients https://enews.rccbc.ca/2020/06/25/2020-bc-rural-health-awards-recognize-three-lifetime-achievement-recipients/ Thu, 25 Jun 2020 19:14:48 +0000 https://enews.rccbc.ca/?p=2711 Continue reading ]]> RCCbc is proud to announce the three recipients of its Award of Excellence in Rural Medicine: Lifetime Achievement. This year, the three rural physicians we are honouring are:  

Dr. Mike Kenyon

Dr. Mike Kenyon is an internal medicine specialist with a strong grounding in emergency medicine who is celebrating his 40th year practicing clinical medicine. He received his medical training at the University of Witwatersrand and began serving as a specialist early in his career in Soweto, Johannesburg. He joined the South African Army Medical Corps and continued providing military medical services when he immigrated to Canada, serving in mobile medical units as well as at the main intensive care unit at Kandahar, Afghanistan. Dr. Kenyon is the current head of ICU at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital and also serves two weeks a month at Mills Memorial Hospital in Terrace.  He is an accomplished preceptor who dedicates time to training UBC Fellows for rural and community care, as well as general internal medicine. Dr. Kenyon is a member of “Waap Lagaax Gisbutwada” (part of the Tsimshian First Nation) and carries the name, “Halaaytm Lax G’eelm.” He is an avid-fly fisher.  

Dr. Tracy Morton with sons Lief and Sol

Dr. Tracy Morton grew up in small town Alberta, and was surprised to find himself in an even smaller town in rural BC, Queen Charlotte City. Working on Haida Gwaii since 2000, he has found great community and fantastically stimulating remote medicine, working with a great group of committed colleagues and team. He believes that health care in a rural environment can be as good as anywhere in Canada. He models healthy work-home life balance through biking, meditation and yoga, travel, and cultivating healthy relationships. He is married to Kiki and has two boys, Lief and Sol, who teach him humility and wonder every day. He lives on a small island and mostly appreciates the canoe commute to work. 

Dr Bruce Nicolson

Dr. Bruce Nicolson is a UBC graduate who traveled to New Zealand and Australia to train and learn additional surgical and anesthetic enhanced skills before returning to locum for six months in 100 Mile House BC in 1978. Since then, he has practiced continually in the community (with sabbaticals in 1984 and 1993 to engage in more enhanced skills training), providing both office-based services as well as emergency department coverage including emergent care, surgery, anesthesia, and obstetrics. Dr. Nicolson has had occasion to deliver two generations of some families in 100 Mile House! 

Throughout his 41 year medical career Dr. Nicolson has taken a keen interest in improving outcomes for patients and providers alike. He travels regularly to White Feather clinic at the Canim Lake reserve to provide closer-to-home healthcare for this remote population, and advocates aggressively for improved working conditions for rural physicians. Dr. Nicolson was one of the first providers to successfully negotiate a contract for a nurse practitioner within a physician-run, fee-for-service medical clinic. Additionally, he has participated on several local hospital committees, and served multiple terms as Chief of Staff. He is one of the founding members of the Central Interior Rural Division of Family Practice, and helped lead the local deployment of “A GP for Me,” an initiative to attach patients without a family physician to a local primary care provider. 

Team-based Rural Maternity Care themed award 

The Terrace Women’s Wellness Group is the recipient of the BC Rural Health Award recognizing Team-based Rural Maternity Care. Click here to read about this amazing team. {LINK TO: Terrace Women’s Wellness Group article] 

The award ceremony for the 2020 BC Rural Health Awards will take place at the 2021 BC Rural Health Conference currently scheduled for May 2021 in Penticton. RCCbc looks forward to honouring these recipients in front of a gathering of their peers and colleagues. 

The BC Rural Health Awards recognizes healthcare providers, interprofessional teams, and rural communities who actively strive to provide excellent healthcare services to their rural BC community. There are three categories of recognition: the Rural BC Community Award, which recognizes healthcare collaborators and providers working together to provide excellent care; a unique themed award – in 2020, this theme is Team-based Rural Maternity Care; and, the Award of Excellence in Rural Medicine: Lifetime Achievement, which recognizes rural physicians who has dedicated his/her/their career to serving one or more rural communities and has significantly impacted and/or influenced rural health provincially, nationally and/or internationally. 

RCCbc thanks everyone who put forth a nomination for the 2020 BC Rural Health Awards. We encourage you to think about who you would like to nominate for recognition in 2021 – new criteria will be posted and Award nomination forms will be available in Fall/Winter 2020. 

Terrace Women’s Wellness Group recognized with 2020 BC Rural Health Award https://enews.rccbc.ca/2020/06/25/terrace-womens-wellness-group-recognized-with-2020-bc-rural-health-award/ Thu, 25 Jun 2020 19:12:04 +0000 https://enews.rccbc.ca/?p=2709 Continue reading ]]> RCCbc is pleased to announce that the Terrace Women’s Wellness Group – which provides support for women’s reproductive health in BC’s Pacific Northwest – is the recipient of the 2020 Award of Excellence for Team-based Rural Maternity Care. This interprofessional team consists of Ob/Gyns, Drs. Dawid Janse van Rensburg and Kirsti Ziola, family physicians Drs. Carla Gemeinhardt, Amy Passmore, and Jacobus Strydom, and registered midwife Bethany Nash.   

The Terrace Women’s Wellness Group members, clockwise from top left: Dr. Carla Gemeinhardt, Registered Midwife Bethany Nash, Dr. Amy Passmore, MOA Terri Soucie, and Dr. Jaco Strydom. Missing: Dr. Dawid Janse van Rensberg and Dr. Kirsti Ziola

The Terrace Women’s Wellness Group was formed five years ago by local obstetrical service providers to address a gap observed in the longitudinal care of women experiencing high risk pregnancies. These providers noticed that when an expectant mother and her healthcare provider worked together to actively manage the conditions contributing to increased risk in the pregnancy, her actual labour tended to be lower risk. However, due to the on-call nature of obstetrics, a patient isn’t guaranteed to have her usual provider during her delivery. “It’s frustrating for healthcare providers to see a high risk patient for the first time during labour,” says Dr. Strydom, pointing that such a situation would likely be frustrating for the patient as well, “In response, this group of local obstetrical providers scheduled a fixed team planning meeting for Monday mornings [for the community’s maternity providers.]” This weekly check-in allows the group to review what happened in the delivery room on the weekend, and to be aware of which patients may need care over the next two week period. The meeting also provides an opportunity for group learning with the team frequently reviewing new protocols in labour, addressing changes in processes, and receiving updates on available supplies for vaginal and surgical births. 

The Terrace Women’s Wellness Group may have initially started to address the community’s complex maternity cases, but the scope of the group has since evolved to address broader range of primary care concerns, such as follow up investigation of abnormal pap smears, and facilitating a wide range of first trimester healthcare procedures, including termination services. Registered Midwife Bethany Nash joined the call group 18 months ago and plays an important role, providing primary care deliveries as well as six weeks of post-partum care for selected patients, including unattached patients. The team has become a referral centre for women from the smaller communities surrounding Terrace – Kitimat, Kitwanga, and Hazelton, with occasional cases traveling in from the Nass Valley and Smithers as well. The group is truly an inspirational model for team-based provision of rural maternity care in British Columbia. 

The award ceremony to recognize the Terrace Women’s Wellness group – along with other BC Rural Health Award recipients – will take place at the 2021 BC Rural Health Conference currently scheduled for May 2021 in Penticton. RCCbc looks forward to honouring this team in front of a gathering of their peers and colleagues. 

The BC Rural Health Awards recognizes healthcare providers, interprofessional teams, and rural communities who actively strive to provide excellent healthcare services to their rural BC community. There are three categories of recognition: the Rural BC Community Award, which recognizes healthcare collaborators and providers working together to provide excellent care; a unique themed award – in 2020, this theme is Team-based Rural Maternity Care; and, the Award of Excellence in Rural Medicine: Lifetime Achievement, which recognizes rural physicians who has dedicated his/her/their career to serving one or more rural communities and has significantly impacted and/or influenced rural health provincially, nationally and/or internationally.  

RCCbc thanks everyone who put forth a nomination for the 2020 BC Rural Health Awards. We encourage you to think about who you would like to nominate for recognition in 2021 – new criteria will be posted and Award nomination forms will be available in Fall/Winter 2020. 

Student-led RISE program helps reduce patient isolation, loneliness https://enews.rccbc.ca/2020/06/25/student-led-rise-program-helps-reduce-patient-isolation-loneliness/ Thu, 25 Jun 2020 19:05:32 +0000 https://enews.rccbc.ca/?p=2707 Continue reading ]]>

When the COVID-19 arrived in Canada, undergraduate learners whose classes were disrupted mobilized quickly to help healthcare providers and public health offices with childcare, contact tracing, and other important supports. Jasmine Waslowski and Mary Freymond, co-chairs of the Student Committee of the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada (SRPC) at the time, asked rural physician members of the SRPC how medical students could provide support to rural Canada during the pandemic. The answer? Reach out to rural patients and alleviate their social isolation during the pandemic by offering emotional support and companionship through weekly phone calls.  

This idea quickly blossomed into the Rural and Isolated Support Endeavour (RISE). The service allows rural healthcare providers (physicians, nurse practitioners, etc.) to refer their patients to RISE via email (rise.srpc@gmail.com) or referral form. Once submitted, the Volunteer Communication and Matching Lead will connect a medical student volunteer with the patient.  

RCCbc spoke with medical student volunteers leading the RISE project to learn more about the service. The following interview was edited for brevity and clarity. 

RCCbc:  Medical students across the country mobilized quickly to help out. [The SRPC Student Committee chose to provide mental health supports for rural patients] – why is this area of focus important?  

RISE Volunteers: Rural community members face unique challenges because of their living arrangements, geographical location, and lack of access to services. These challenges are amplified by COVID-19. Forinstance, many rural residents are visited by family and friends from out of town and rely on neighbours for socialization – physical distancing and bans on non-essential travel makes this very difficult. Elderly rural residents, who are at greater risk of contracting COVID-19, have a high risk for becoming isolated.  

In rural communities, mental health support services, medical care, and other social programming is far less accessible than in urban areas. During the pandemic, accessing services can be much harder, resulting in unmet needs. For example, people dealing with domestic violence may be unable to access social support while at home with their abuser, increasing the chance of violence. Lower income residents may be unable to afford high speed internet or may not even have internet at all, which prevents them from videoconferencing with healthcare providers, friends and families, further adding to feelings of loneliness and isolation. Wildfire season is also upon us, so rural communities will be dealing with the compounding worries of wildfire destruction and the pandemic.   

Indigenous peoples across Canada face these issues along with other specific challenges amplified by this pandemic. Many reserves are over-crowded, with insufficient housing, poor access to clean drinking water, higher rates of chronic disease, and underfunded healthcare services. COVID-19’s presence on reserves impacts residents differently.  

How many of your members are involved in this initiative? Will each student support providers in their province only or will they be available for cross country support as needed?  

When the SRPC reached out to gauge volunteer interest for RISE, over 100 medical students signed up within a week! Most of the volunteers provide weekly phone calls to clients, while a group of six (6) volunteers are promoting RISE across the country. This program is led by three medical students, one of whom is now a medical resident: Ella Chochla (NOSM), Anchaleena Mandal (Queen’s University) and Deanna Funk (University of Alberta).  

When a patient is referred, we try to match them to a volunteer in the same province, and preferably the same region. If that is not available, medical students can provide cross country support.  

How will you be delivering these support services, and what kind of reporting back will you provide for rural providers using your service?  

We deliver our support services by phone or videoconferencing – whatever the client prefers.  

We have all the referring health care practitioners’ contact information should any medical concern arise that the volunteers are unable to deal with. So far, we have had great feedback from the referring providers. 

When classes resume, how will the group manage the continuation of this service?    

RISE will be recruiting additional executive members to assist with some of the daily tasks. With so many volunteers, we don’t foresee this being an issue! 

If you would like to refer your patient to RISE, email the group or fill out a referral form and submit it to the volunteers. There are additional resources available for you to distribute to your patients below: 

RISE resource links: 

Peer support in uncertain times https://enews.rccbc.ca/2020/06/25/peer-support-in-uncertain-times/ Thu, 25 Jun 2020 18:58:38 +0000 https://enews.rccbc.ca/?p=2704 Continue reading ]]> Submitted by UBC Rural Continuing Professional Development

“Anyone can benefit from peer support,” says Dr. Bruce Hobson, experienced peer mentor, retired family physician and UBC RCPD’s Coaching and Mentoring Program (CAMP)’s new Senior Medical Lead.  

In the past two months under Dr. Hobson’s leadership, CAMP has made improvements to ensure the program is easily accessible to rural physicians who need peer support now more than ever. Increased optional skill development opportunities for mentor/coaches are available, and the onboarding process has been streamlined to facilitate strong matches just in time. 

UBC Rural CPD asked Dr. Hobson to tell us more about his own extensive background with peer support and how CAMP can support rural physicians during these uncertain and unprecedented times: 

What is your history with CAMP and peer support in general? 

BH: I’ve been interested in peer support since my early days in practice, when I was interested in sports medicine and also acting as a preceptor for medical students then Family Practice residents. I really got into supporting my peers with the Practice Support Program (PSP) modules from 2009 and then Doctors of BC’s Physician Information Technology Office (PITO) with the EMR from 2010. I continue supporting peers through PSP and the Doctors Technology Office.  

I was matched with a mentee in the very first cohort of the Rural Physician Mentoring Program and have had three people that I’ve mentored in that program. 

As an experienced peer mentor, have you noticed any common themes in the kinds of supports people need right now? 

BH: Right now, people are worried…about the pandemic and how it is affecting their practices, employees, patients, income, families and their own personal wellness. They are trying to figure out how they can best care for their patients, while they deal with new technology, practice workflows, patient anxiety and their changing workload. 

In one or two sentences, how would you explain what “peer support” means to you? 

BH: Peer support is about being available to support fellow physicians from where they’re at and helping them get to where they want to be, whether that is coaching, mentoring, instructing or teaching. 

Who should consider signing up to receive peer support? How could it help them thrive in practice? 

BH: Anyone can benefit from peer support. We all are aware of areas we want to improve, areas we are interested in and know that there are things we don’t even know. Having a safe place and a trusted person to talk about these things opens up opportunities to make ourselves better physicians and people. 

How can mentors and coaches expect to benefit from the program? 

BH: Working with your peers will give you a sense of satisfaction and purpose to your practice and personal life. It is an opportunity to meet passionate and dedicated professionals all around the province. It’s an opportunity to learn from others as much as they learn from you. It’s an opportunity to make a difference. 

CAMP supports physicians in rural BC to build meaningful collegial relationships for mutual learning and knowledge exchange. Mentee/ coachees can access up to 35 hours of accredited personalized peer support in areas such as virtual care, addictions medicine, emergency medicine, mental health, personal wellness, clinical areas pertinent to COVID-19, and more. Mentor/coaches are offered hourly payments, CME credits and optional professional development sessions to enhance key skills they can use to help support their colleague(s). More information can be found on the CAMP website, or through contacting Program Coordinator Jenna Lightbody at camp.rcpd@ubc.ca  

Click here to sign up today: https://bit.ly/CAMP-CPD  

Call for rural communities to contribute to tech usage survey https://enews.rccbc.ca/2020/06/25/call-for-rural-communities-to-contribute-to-tech-usage-survey/ Thu, 25 Jun 2020 18:55:44 +0000 https://enews.rccbc.ca/?p=2701 Continue reading ]]> Submitted by Rural Health Equity through Social Enterprise and Technology Synergies (RHE-SETS)  

Calling rural BC residents to participate in a 20-25 minute online survey for a chance to win one of three $100 or a $400 pre-paid Visa card! 

This study – Rural and Remote Communities’ Technological Usage during Covid-19 Pandemic – is being done by UBC researchers through the Institute for Health Living and Chronic Disease Prevention. Your participation will help determine the impact of COVID-19 on rural communities. Because this survey is related to the COVID-19 pandemic, if you are not comfortable with this topic, you need not participate: we understand. 

The survey is collecting responses until June 30. ALL rural BC community members 19+ years can participate. 

Complete the survey now

It is voluntary to complete this survey. No personal information about you will be shared. For more information you can contact the Research Coordinator, Cherisse Seaton at Cherisse.Seaton@ubc.ca 

Training and technical support available for Zoom healthcare license holders https://enews.rccbc.ca/2020/05/29/training-and-technical-support-available-for-zoom-healthcare-license-holders/ Fri, 29 May 2020 01:24:46 +0000 https://enews.rccbc.ca/?p=2676 Continue reading ]]>

If you’re a family physician or nurse practitioner looking for advice or ideas about best practices for integrating virtual patient visits into your regular in-person clinic schedule, join us for an online Zoom Basics training session on June 2 at 11:00 am. This 90 minute session includes a 60 minute live walkthrough of Zoom’s user tools, followed by a 30 minute Q+A session. Sign in using this link: https://zoom.us/my/virtualdave 

Dave Harris, Technical Lead for the Northern Interior Rural Division of Family Practice, is co-leading this session with RCCbc Project Coordinator, Tom Skinner. The online training covers the basics of your Zoom healthcare account, including how to find and add contacts, admitting patients into and removing people from your online virtual waiting room, and tips for working with your office staff to schedule virtual appointments in with your in-person patient visits. Additionally, Dave and Tom review the Real Time Virtual Support Pathways and demonstrate how providers can access services like RUDi and ROSe for a peer-to-peer consult with rural-friendly generalists and specialists who understand the context of your community practice. 

“This training session familiarizes participants with in-meeting Zoom controls, customizing your Zoom environment to preserve your privacy so patients don’t see your private email address, as well as some best practices approaches that you and your office staff should consider when booking virtual patients into your clinic’s workflow,” says Harris.  

Have a Zoom question? 

If you are not able to attend the June 2 training session and have questions about using your Zoom account, or connecting with one of the Real Time Virtual Support pathways, send an email to virtual@rccbc.ca and an RCCbc staff member will connect with you to help you with your Zoom questions.  

Please note that this service is not able to provide technical support if Zoom is not working. To access technical support, visit the official Zoom support web site or call 1.888.799.9666 ext 2.  

What are RUDi and ROSe? 

RUDi (Rural Urgent Doctors In-need) and ROSe (Rural Outreach Support) are two Real-Time Virtual Support services available to BC rural healthcare providers. If you are a rural and remote nurse, a rural family physician, rural family practice resident, or a nurse practitioner looking for advice or a consult from an experienced rural generalist or emergency medicine specialist, you can access RUDi through Zoom. Someone is available to answer your call 24/7, and they are on call just for you – the RUDi doc will not be seeing their own patients during their shift so you can have their undivided attention. 

If you have a case that would benefit from a consult or conversation with a specialist, ROSe is available 24/7 by Zoom and by phone at 1-888-918-0626. The intensivists (critical care specialists) are friendly, understand your rural context, and are there to help you explore how to best support you and your patient, whether the case is urgent or non-urgent, acute or chronic.  

If you have a Zoom account from RCCbc, RUDi and ROSe are automatically included in your contact list. To access RUDi and ROSe through a Zoom account provided by your Health Authority, visit the RCCbc Real Time Virtual Support web page, scroll down to find the contact email addresses for these and other virtual care pathways, and add these addresses to the contact list for your individual Zoom account 

More Real Time Virtual Support pathways are coming! Keep an eye out in RCCbc’s eNewsletter, BC Rural Update or check the RTVS web page for announcements.   

Rural Site Visits project updates – May 2020 https://enews.rccbc.ca/2020/05/29/rural-site-visits-project-updates-may-2020/ Fri, 29 May 2020 01:04:56 +0000 https://enews.rccbc.ca/?p=2671 Continue reading ]]>
Rural Site Visitors engaging rural healthcare stakeholders in their communities and their rural contexts

COVID-19 Update 

With the ongoing COVID-19 issues, all Rural Site Visits project trips have been postponed and the Rural Site Visits team are closely monitoring developments. The situation will be reviewed to see if it is reasonable to start planning for August. We would like to ensure all parties are comfortable with our visits before we start reaching out again. 

If you have questions please feel free to contact Krystal Wong at kwong@rccbc.ca or 604-738-8222 or Dr. Stu Johnston at 250-689-0199. 

Program Update 

As the Rural Site Visits team moves into the second half of the project, we’ll be visiting several remote and First Nations communities. We are developing an Indigenous engagement plan to help increase our knowledge and strengthen our relationships for our visits. This will be achieved through additional cultural safety training and resources for the team, sharing information with Indigenous partners (i.e. First Nations Health Authorities) to reduce engagement burnout, revising the meeting guide to support inquiry of Indigenous context of care, allowing more time for meeting with Indigenous communities, and collating resources for Indigenous communities. 

We have completed 106 RSA community visits and held 359 meetings! The updated spreadsheet of completed communities can be found here as well as the community map found here.

Site Visits and Innovations Website 

A new area of focus for the project team is the construction of a Rural Site Visits website which will integrate an online collection of local innovations that were identified through the Rural Site Visits project. This online resource will enable rural communities to directly connect to each other so they can access and benefit from exploring a large pool of existing solutions and ideas that have already been created, discussed, and/or implemented. This resource is anticipated to launch in summer 2020. 


Another positive outcome of the information that we have collected through the Rural Site Visits project is the recent announcement by Premier Horgan regarding the improved transportation for rural areas of BC. The Rural Site Visits project provided useful feedback from front line providers and community members to the JSC and others to support these changes. Thanks to all of you for providing such important perspectives. 


Dr. Dave Snadden, Krystal Wong, Erika Belanger, and Dr. Stu Johnston have started work on the first research paper from the Rural Site Visits project. This will provide an overview of the project, its process and implementation, and some results that are common to all of the rural communities. Subsequent research papers will look more closely at the major themes that have been identified in rural BC. They are also working with Dr. Jude Kornelsen and her research team to create an analysis of access to maternity services for Indigenous members to help inform the RSON program. 

Team Development 

We welcome Bree Loeffler to the Rural Site Visits team. Bree is the Administrative Assistant in RCCbc’s Northern Node in Prince George. Her other work that she supports include the Dean’s Advisory Council and the REAP/RCCbc Evaluation Sub-Committee. She will be supporting the coordination of Rural Site Visit trips and attending them with Rural Site Visitors. If you would like to learn more about the Rural Site Visits project, you may read the Community Feedback Reports sent back to participating communities which highlights top themes of conversations during the site visits, project updates and shared community innovations. Please feel free to contact Krystal Wong at kwong@rccbc.ca or 604-738-8222. 

The Doctor is In: supporting physicians to expand in-person care https://enews.rccbc.ca/2020/05/29/the-doctor-is-in-supporting-physicians-to-expand-in-person-care/ Fri, 29 May 2020 00:57:12 +0000 https://enews.rccbc.ca/?p=2669 Continue reading ]]> Submitted by Doctors of BC 

Doctors of BC has released a document to support Family Physicians and Specialists with community offices to gradually and safely re-open offices.    

“The Doctor is In: Recommendations for expanding in-person care in community-based physician practices” summarizes and compiles all of the official guidelines. Written by physicians for physicians, it also provides advice and templates to support in implementing changes with the lifting of some COVID-19 restrictions.  

The document can be found here. 

Mobile Maternity project call for study participation https://enews.rccbc.ca/2020/05/29/mobile-maternity-call-for-study-participation/ Fri, 29 May 2020 00:50:44 +0000 https://enews.rccbc.ca/?p=2665 Continue reading ]]> Submitted by the Centre for Rural Health Research

Researchers from the University of British Columbia and the Centre for Rural Health Research are seeking rural and remote maternity care providers in British Columbia to take part in a study. They are looking to find out the needs for and barriers to practitioners providing virtual maternity care. The results will be used to inform the development of an optimal platform to meet the needs of patients and practitioners in a rural context. 

Participants can enter a draw for one of three Amazon gift cards valued at $50, $150, $250. 

Fill out the survey now: https://bit.ly/MOMsurvey2020

 For more information, contact Christine at christine.carthew@ubc.ca 

Care Transplant: Moving city home care of frailty into a semi-rural community https://enews.rccbc.ca/2020/05/29/care-transplant-moving-city-home-care-of-frailty-into-a-semi-rural-community/ Fri, 29 May 2020 00:33:30 +0000 https://enews.rccbc.ca/?p=2659 Continue reading ]]>

Submitted by the BC Rural Health Network 

BC rural citizens and healthcare providers are invited to attend the second in a series of quarterly presentations hosted by the BC Rural Health Network:

CARE TRANSPLANT: Moving City Home Care of Frailty into a Semi-Rural Community. 

June 9, 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm PDT 

Presented by Dr. John Sloan 

The presentation will be delivered via Zoom. To join this meeting, please email Johanna Trimble by June 8 – she will forward you the access information via email.

Dr. John Sloan is a family physician based in Roberts Creek, BC on the Sunshine Coast. His practice focuses on extending the home care of frail elderly people for as long as possible. He has published several articles and books on healthcare.  

Home ViVE (Visits to Vancouver Elders) is a multidisciplinary primary care program that offers 24/7 medical care in the home for approximately 350 homebound elderly people in the city. When Dr. Sloan moved to Roberts Creek, he attempted to move a ViVE-style medical practice (scaled for semi-retirement) to the Sunshine Coast. In his presentation, he will describe his city-based ViVE practice and contrast it with his Sunshine Coast-based ViVE experiences, which is essentially a solo practice with supports from home care nurses, rehab workers, and local palliative care services. Dr. Sloan will discuss his outreach to Sunshine Coast medical leaders and health administrators to 1) gauge community interest in this model of care, and 2) advocate for funding for a nurse practitioner to support and eventually carry on this work once Dr. Sloan fully retires.  

Dr. Sloan will provide case examples during the presentation to outline the challenges and rewards for this model of care. He’ll also address how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted his practice.