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  • Alberta's Rural Physician Action Plan was launched in 1991 by the provincial government. It is a not-for-profit company funded by the provincial government, but with the Alberta Medical Association, College of Physicians of Surgeons of Alberta, and the Province's Alberta Health Services as its three Corporate Members.

  • In order to encourage rural practice and to provide a positive experience in rural Alberta, the RPAP promotes the concept of medical students and residents taking part of their training in a rural or regional community. With RPAP funding and support both the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta encourage medical students and residents (Family Medicine and Royal College) to do mandatory and elective rotations with rural and regional preceptors. RPAP provides funding for accommodation, travel and an honorarium for the rural preceptors. "The preceptors in each of the training sites have a direct link to the University they are affiliated with and are supported through faculty development and on-site visits.

  • The main RPAP website, provides full details on the initiatives available to medical students and residents.

  • RPAP also hosts the AlbertaRuralHealth website for community attraction and retention committees, a Rural Medical Interest Group website, and the province's physician recruitment website,; a preceptor development website, PracticalProf, a CME website called VirtualLibrary, and a medicine as a career website,

  • In 1991 the provincial government initiated an undergraduate medical student bursary program. In this program, medical students are paid $18 000 a year for every year they commit to return of service in underserviced areas. If students wish to default on the agreement, they must pay back the bursary plus accumulated interest. However, to date, no one has defaulted
  • At the University of Saskatchewan medical students take part in a one week rural rotation at the end of their second year
  • There is a summer externship program
  • The faculty of medicine at the University of Manitoba offers an undergraduate Northern Summer Student Program in association with the J.A. Hildes Northern Medical Unit. Out of province applicants, and unusual for Canada, international applicants, are welcome. This 30 year old program provides accommodation and usually transportation to the site from Winnipeg for 10 to 20 students a year. Out of province applicants are expected to register with the university. The experience is designed to familiarize students with Aboriginal or Inuit issues in 3 hospital settings and 15 first nation communities, and to observe health care delivery in these regions. Please contact:
    Dr Bruce Martin, Director
    JA Hildes Northern Medical Unit
    University of Manitoba
    T162-770 Bannatyne Ave
    Winnipeg MB R3E 0W3
    Phone: (204) 789-3711
    Fax: (204) 774-8919
  • Instructions for medical students wishing to do an elective in Manitoba are available here.
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