BC Rural Update is an e-newsletter of RCCbc

 October 2022

RCCbc News & Features

New RCCbc wellness initiative aims to get rural providers thriving

RCCbc has launched a new wellness initiative, called the Thriving Project, with Dr. Tandi Wilkinson. The Thriving Project supports and enhances the wellness of rural healthcare practitioners across British Columbia by fostering connections between them and building a community of practice for learning, support, solace and inspiration. 

In this month's feature article, find out the life-changing event that compelled Dr. Wilkinson to initiate the Thriving Project and learn about the unique wellness experiences that the project will offer, including the "Providers Thriving Together" series, starting in January 2023.

Read the story about the Thriving Project

Share your rural health research

RCCbc is pleased to host the third annual BC Rural Health Research Exchange (BCRHRx) on November 29, 2022.  

This virtual half-day event is filled with innovation and fun! It's a great opportunity to share your rural research or to learn about all the other research that's happening across the province. 
We're inviting rural researchers, clinicians, medical trainees, Indigenous/community/patient organizations, and interested persons to present and hear rapid-fire style presentations designed to inform, engage and share current rural health research in British Columbia.  

Learn more about this event at

Register as a presenter
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Spotlight on Dr. Alan Rabinowitz & Kim Chhina

In this month's RCCbc Team Spotlight, we introduce you to core team member, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, and Kim Chhina, Rural Site Visits project coordinator. Find out what motivated them to join RCCbc—and how they describe RCCbc in three words!
Meet Dr. Alan Rabinowitz and Kim Chhina
Research & Practice

Rural trauma telementoring pilot project

A newly published article in the Canadian Journal of Rural Surgery describes British Columbia's rural trauma telementoring pilot program and its strengths and weaknesses. The authors, Drs. Graeme Hintz, Victoria Haines and Philip Dawe, conclude that "a significant improvement was seen across simulations in physician confidence and trauma team dynamics with telementorship support." The research was funded, in part, by RCCbc's Rural Surgical Obstetrical Networks initiative.

Apply by October 31 for research grants up to $10,000

The Rural Physician Research Grant Program aims to empower rural physician researchers or new aspiring researchers to pursue innovative rural research contributing to advancing rural health in BC.  

The Rural Global Health Partnership Initiative provides funding to support partnerships between rural BC physicians or medical trainees committed to rural service and underserved rural communities in BC, Canada, and internationally.  

To apply for either grant, download the application forms and submit them to RCCbc's Adrienne Peltonen at The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2022.  

Upcoming Events

Celebrate Indigenous physicians in BC

Join UBC CPD on Thursday, November 3, 2022, at 1730–1900 PDT for a webinar to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the UBC Faculty of Medicine's Indigenous Pathway program. The webinar will celebrate the successes of Indigenous physicians working across the province. Through storytelling and practical advice, participants will share successes with program alumni and learn about the importance of cultural safety and how to incorporate this into medical practice. Click here to register. 

UBC CPD Rural Rounds coming up

The Rural Rounds series from UBC CPD provides up-to-date and relevant medical education for rurally based healthcare providers. Check out these upcoming opportunities: 

The occasional airway emergency
 On Thursday, November 10, 2022, at 8–900 PDT, join Drs. Caroline Shooner and Kyle Merritt, for a case-based review on the occasional airway emergency. Click here to register.

POCUS for deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism
On Friday, December 2, 2022, at 12–1300 PDT, join Dr. Tracy Morton, who will speak about point-of-care ultrasound for deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism (DVT/PE). Click here to register.

Job Opportunities
RCCBC Job Opportunities

Here at RCCbc, we work in collaboration with partners across the province to shape the future of rural healthcare. If this is up your alley, have a look at the latest job opportunities from RCCbc and our partners.

  • Provincial Manager
  • Health Economist 
  • Program Assistant, Rural CME
The Sustaining Pediatrics in Rural and Underserved Communities (SPRUCe) network connects community pediatric providers who have an interest in supporting and sustaining excellence in pediatric care in rural and remote communities across British Columbia.
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Mark your calendar and set your compass towards Whistler for RCCbc's 2023 BC Rural Health Conference (RHC) on June 2–4. More information will be announced in the coming weeks about this highly anticipated event for rural doctors and other healthcare providers.
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RCCbc's Personal Health Record (rPHR) project engages with rural community members, including patients and their families, healthcare providers, and health system partners to advocate for an open, standards-based, community-driven rPHR. 
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