BC Rural Update is an e-newsletter of RCCbc

 May 2022    

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2022 BC Rural Health Conference Celebrates Excellence of Rural Doctors & Communities

Thank you to the speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, and more than 200 delegates who made RCCbc’s 2022 BC Rural Health Conference in Penticton a success earlier this month. We were thrilled to see you all again and hope you enjoyed the experience. Congratulations to the recipients of RCCbc’s BC Rural Health Awards, which were presented at the conference. Dr. Lauri-Ann Shearer, a widely respected physician, leader, friend, and ally who has been dedicated to improving health care in Bella Bella for almost 19 years, received the Award of Excellence in Rural Medicine: Lifetime Achievement. The community of Whistler, represented by Dr. Karin Kausky, received the BC Rural Community Award for its tireless work building community partnerships to provide ‘social prescriptions’ during the pandemic. And Dr. Francois Bosman, Dr. John Soles and Dr. Paul Warbeck were recognized for going ‘Above and Beyond’ in caring for their rural patients and communities.

Watch videos for Dr. ShearerWhistler, and the Above and Beyond Recipients, and read more about them here.

Meet Dr. Todd Alec & Nicole Baker in Our 'Team Spotlight' Series

In this month's ‘Team Spotlight’ series, we introduce you to Dr. Todd Alec, who shares what motivated him to join RCCbc, and Nicole Baker, who shares what she does on her days off. 
Get to know Dr. Todd Alec and Nicole Baker
Research & Practice

Impacts of Team Culture on Primary Care Teams

Primary care teams (PCTs) have evolved in British Columbia with the development and implementation of Primary Care Networks, Urgent and Primary Care Centres, and Community Health Centres. Team culture can greatly impact how teams function.

UBC Okanagan (UBCO) would like to invite you to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to take part in the study. We are looking for four unique and diverse PCTs from Interior and Northern Health to take part in the study, which aims to better understand how team culture impacts team processes and functions. The team survey includes participating in a team climate survey, interview, focus group, and deliberative dialogue and will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. If you are interested in participating, or want to submit EOI in this study, please visit this survey link.

Pilot Study on Provincial Privileging Dictionaries

Are you a rural physician or administrator interested in sharing your experiences with the Provincial Privileging Dictionaries? The Centre for Rural Health Research would like to hear from you for a research study on how the privileging dictionaries impact your rural practice. Your input will help inform policy makers about the impact of the dictionaries on the delivery and sustainability of rural health care. This survey will take approximately 30-60 minutes to complete. If you are interested in participating or want to learn more about the study, please fill out this survey link.

Rural Locum and New Rural Physician CME Programs

Rural Education Action Plan (REAP) Rural Locum and New Rural Physician CME Programs make funding available to GP, GPA and Specialist locum physicians and physicians in their first two years of rural practice to take rurally-relevant courses. Funding for Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) recertification, plus an additional course, travel and accommodation reimbursement, is available. Check out the REAP website for the latest instructions on the revised application process. 

For rural locums, visit

For new rural physicians, visit

Upcoming Events
Rural POCUS Rounds: Intro to POCUS for Shock

Rural POCUS Rounds: Intro to POCUS for Shock

Rural Pocus is back! Take part in the virtual Rural POCUS Rounds over the next six months. Our first session is on Friday, June 24, 2022, from 12-1 pm PDT, with Dr. Tracy Morton, who will lead into an introduction to POCUS for shock. Click here to register. 

BC Virtual Health Grand Rounds: Augmented Reality as a Medical Learning Tool

Join us for our next BC Virtual Health Grand Rounds on Friday, June 3, from 8-9 pm PDT, with Dr. Claudia Krebs, who will present the considerations for and possibilities of augmented reality as a medical learning tool. Drs. John Pawlovich and Kendall Ho will moderate the session. Click here to register. 

Job Opportunities
RCCBC Job Opportunities

Being passionate about improving the health of rural people and communities in BC means hiring valued team members. Take a look at these job opportunities within our network and partner organizations and take part in advancing rural health equity within our province.

  • Virtual Care and Systems Super User
Sustaining Pediatrics in Rural and Underserved Communities (SPRUCe)
SPRUCe is a network to connect community pediatric providers, family physicians, residents, and nurse practitioners who have an interest in supporting and sustaining excellence in pediatric care.
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Towards Unity for Health 2022 Conference
The TUFH conference on August 16–19, 2022, will focus on fostering equitable community-oriented health services, education, and research, with the goal of improving health locally and globally. 
Register Today
Isolated Medical Provider Aftercare Team (IMPACT)
IMPACT offers peer-to-peer support to rural physicians and nurses in remote nursing stations within the Northern Health Region in BC who have experienced a potentially challenging incident in the course of their work.
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