BC Rural Update is an e-newsletter of RCCbc

 July 2022    

RCCbc News & Features

Registration Extended for TUFH 2022 Conference

With more than 300 presenters, delegates from over 50 countries, and a truly exceptional program, you don't want to miss Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) in Vancouver on August 16 to 19. The conference will feature an immense array of health topics—including Indigenous, rural and mental health, lessons learned from the pandemic, women's health, gender-based violence, and much more. Registration ends July 31 for in-person and August 10 for virtual attendance. Full conference sponsorship is available for Indigenous Peoples through First Nations Health Authority. Don't hesitate—join RCCbc, the BC Patient Safety and Quality Council, the Network:TUFH, FNHA and Métis Nation BC for this remarkable event! 


Deadline for QTC4RBC Applications 

Is your team passionate about making a change together and needing support to make it truly happen? Consider applying to participate in the Quality Team Coaching for Rural BC (QTC4RBC) program in 2022. Watch our new video featuring a team from Duncan BC who took part in the program. The deadline to apply is August 12.

Learn more about QTC4RBC & how to apply
Meet Dr. Zeke Steve and Angela Hennig in Our 'Team Spotlight' Series

Spotlight on Dr. Zeke Steve & Angela Hennig

This month in our ‘Team Spotlight’ series, we introduce you to Dr. Zeke Steve, Medical Lead for Rural Locums, and Angela Hennig, Rural Programs Liaison. Find out their proudest moments working with RCCbc.
Get to know Dr. Zeke Steve & Angela Hennig
Research & Practice

RHSRNbc Research Symposium Recap

Did you catch the Virtual Research Symposium: Resilient Transformation of Rural Communities in British Columbia? This two-day event covered the resiliency and transformation of rural communities from several perspectives, discussed ways to apply knowledge, and brainstormed ideas to generate new knowledge and extend the research. Key themes investigated in the symposium include:
  • Relationships and Communication
  • Health Service Delivery
  • Youth Engagement
  • Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Engagement
  • Responding to Ecosystem Disruption

Watch the recordings of the symposium: 

You can also read the recap of the RHSRNbc 2022 symposium proceedings
Northern Centre for Clinical Research

Northern Centre for Medical Research Launches at UNBC

The UBC Faculty of Medicine, University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) and Northern Health have teamed up to launch a new Northern Centre for Clinical Research (NCCR). Housed at UNBC in Prince George, NCCR is working closely with northern and Indigenous health practitioners, patients and researchers to enhance clinical and biomedical research in the north and improve care for northerners. Salima Somani, a new RCCbc research associate focusing on research and evaluation of Real-Time Virtual Support, is being hosted at the centre. To learn more about the new NCCR, visit the UBC Faculty of Medicine website

BC EMN Offers Patient Information Sheets 

Did you know that the BC Emergency Medicine Network (BC EMN) has patient discharge/information sheets that are collected from across all health authorities in British Columbia and are accessible to everyone as digital links? For patient discharge sheets from BC EMN, click here, and for information on how to give safe and effective discharge information, click here.

Upcoming Events
Compassion Cultivation

Compassion Cultivation Training Course

The Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) course is adapted specifically for health care professionals to explore how compassion can be cultivated and strengthened to thrive personally and professionally. The course is led by Shireen Mansouri, MD CCFP(EM) FCFP, a family physician and certified Compassion Cultivation Teacher who is interested in exploring Compassion Cultivation as a potential antidote to empathic distress and burnout in health care.
This eight-week course includes:

  • Weekly two-hour online class, with short didactic talks and class exercises
  • Access to daily meditation practices that progress weekly
  • Practical exercises to apply in daily life and move practices into long-term habits

Classes will be held virtually on Wednesday evenings from 7-9 pm PT from September 14 to November 2. The cost for this course is $250 and is discounted for students. Registration deadline is September 7. 
To register for the course, please email Shireen Mansouri at

20th Annual St. Paul's Emergency Medicine Update

Coming Up: St. Paul's Emergency Medicine Update

Calling all rural health care practitioners! Journey to Whistler and attend the 20th annual St. Paul's Emergency Medicine Conference. The event will offer four days of networking, emergency medicine education, and mountain fun. Mark your calendars for September 22-25, 2022, at the Whistler Conference Centre. Click here to register for the conference.

Rural POCUS Rounds: Heart & Lung Ultrasound

Rural PoCUS Rounds: Heart & Lung Ultrasound

The Rural POCUS Rounds series aims to increase the use of, experience with, and community surrounding point-of-care ultrasound for rurally based healthcare providers. Join us on Friday, August 19, 2022, from 12–1 pm PDT, with Dr. Virginia Robinson, who will speak about Ultrasound for Heart and Lung.

Learning Objectives:

  • Overview of RUSH protocol for shock
  • Performing and interpreting trans thoracic views of the heart in relation to shock
  • Performing and interpreting lung views in relation to shock 

Click here to register for the next session.

Job Opportunities
RCCBC Job Opportunities

Do you want to help shape the future of rural health care? Explore these job opportunities with RCCbc!

  • Project Assistant 
  • Health Economist (joint opportunity with the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council)
Explore RCCbc's 2021–22 Year-end Report, which showcases the incredible work and relationship-building that our medical leads, staff and partners achieved in the last fiscal year. Together, we're improving the health of rural people and communities across British Columbia!
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The Rural Education Action Plan supports the training needs of physicians in rural practice, provides undergraduate medical students and postgraduate residents with rural practice experience, and increases rural physician participation in the medical school selection process.
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The Rural Continuing Medical Education (RCME) Community Program funds collective learning opportunities for groups of physicians living and delivering care in Rural Subsidiary Agreement communities. Read the latest newsletter and updates from the team! 
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