BC Rural Update is an e-newsletter of RCCbc

 September 2022

RCCbc News & Features

National Day for Truth & Reconciliation & Orange Shirt Day

Friday, Sept. 30 is National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day. RCCbc's offices will be closed to honour residential school survivors and those who didn't return home. Our staff are being encouraged to mark the day by wearing orange, participating in events within their communities, and building their knowledge about truth and reconciliation. On Sept. 30 and always, we stand united with our Indigenous colleagues, friends, neighbours and partners and appreciate their contributions to our network and province.

Visit the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day for more information.  

Registration now open for the BCRHRx!

RCCbc is pleased to bring back the BC Rural Health Research Exchange (BCRHRx) on November 29, 2022.  

This virtual half-day event is filled with innovation and fun! 
For the third year in a row, 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 research in British Columbia.  

We want to find out together: “What kind of rural health research is occurring in BC?” And we also want to take this opportunity to collaborate and co-produce future research directions.  
Learn more about this event at

Register as a presenter
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New RCCbc website coming soon

Who doesn't love a makeover? Well, when it comes to technology, sometimes you need a brand spanking new reboot! And that's exactly what we're giving to RCCbc's website. We've been working with our website partner, Briteweb, to build a new RCCbc website from scratch—one that provides the ultimate user-friendly experience with improved content, navigation and functionality. The new site will be launched later this fall.

Shar and Alison

Spotlight on Shar McCrory & Alison James 

In this month's RCCbc Team Spotlight, we introduce you to Shar McCrory, rural CME liaison, and Alison James, research associate. Find out what motivated them to join RCCbc—and find out what they do on their days off!
Get to know Shar McCrory & Alison James
Research & Practice

Rural access to specialist support: Make your voice heard

The Real-Time Virtual Support (RTVS) program knows it can be difficult for rural primary care providers to receive timely specialist advice. If you're a rural physician, please take a few minutes to complete this 10-minute survey on access to virtual specialists/subspecialists—the results could directly impact your practice.

RTVS rheumatology lead, Dr. Brent Ohata, will use the information provided to inform the process of adding new RTVS specialist pathways, arrange outreach to high-needs communities, and improve existing pathways to become more user-friendly.

Transport Study Recruitment Poster

Patients & provider stories needed for BC emergency medical transport study

A new RCCbc study is seeking stories about emergency medical transport to larger centres within the last five years from healthcare providers—and, particularly, patients—from rural, remote and First Nations communities. Interviews will take 30 to 60 minutes by video conference or telephone. Check out the recruitment poster for more information and help the research team by sharing this opportunity with your patients and colleagues. To schedule an interview, email Alison James, RCCbc research associate, at

RCCbc grants deadline October 31

The Rural Physician Research Grant Program (RPRGP) aims to empower rural physician researchers—or new aspiring researchers—to pursue innovative rural research and knowledge translation projects contributing to advancing rural health in BC.  

The Rural Global Health Partnership Initiative (RGHPI) 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 the next round of submissions is October 31, 2022.  

SmartMom prenatal education offered through text 

SmartMom is a free prenatal education program that provides trustworthy educational information to parents through SMS text message three times per week. Topics are tailored to the stages of pregnancy and include fetal development, nutrition, screening, preparation for labour and birth, and more. The information provided is current, evidence-based and developed by maternal and child health experts. 

Parents can sign up for this service by: 

For more information, contact or
Upcoming Events
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Apply now for NEEP, NoEEP and KEEP spring cohort

The Nanaimo, Northern and Kamloops Emergency Education Programs, funded by RCCbc and the Rural Education Action Plan, offer a three-month, full-time, remunerated fellowship in Emergency Medicine to family physicians who practice in smaller and rural communities in British Columbia. The application deadline for the spring cohort, which starts in April, is October 15, 2022. The program includes academic and SIM sessions, bedside ultrasound teaching, emergency and procedural learning shifts, and much more.

For more information and to apply, email or visit the website at

Earth and the moon

Climate emergency: Taking action on planetary health

The Climate Emergency conference, hosted by the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE), will return this fall. This virtual event will take place on Saturday, October 29, 2022, at 0745–1615 PDT. Topics will focus on taking action on planetary health. For more information, to apply as a presenter and/or to register, visit the CAPE webpage.

Rural PoCUS rounds for shock: Vascular access

The Rural Rounds series aims to provide up-to-date and relevant medical education for rurally based healthcare providers. On Friday, October 28, 2022, at 12–1300 PDT, join Dr. Kevin Fairbairn, an emergency physician who will speak about PoCUS for Vascular Access. Click here to register for the next session.

Job Opportunities
RCCBC Job Opportunities

Achieving our work takes a team of dedicated people. We work collaboratively across the province to shape the future of rural healthcare. Have a look at our latest job opportunities and join our team!

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RCCbc is striving to embed the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action into all we are and do. This report outlines where we're at and keeps us accountable in our efforts to advance reconciliation.
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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. 
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The Site Visits project seeks to connect with all 204 RSA communities between 2017 and 2023. The purpose is to hear from community members about their thoughts surrounding health care delivered in BC. 
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