published its ‘Priority Topics for the Assessment of Competence in Rural and Remote Family Medicine’.3 Most of the priority topics are related to hospital and emergency care (e.g. trauma, intrapartum care). Some are directly related to living in a rural community (e.g. indigenous health, adapting to a rural life and cultural safety and sensitivity). The CFPC also offers enhanced skills training that is appropriate for rural physicians (e.g. family medicine anesthesia). The SRPC is represented on CFPC working groups that are defining competencies for CACs in Enhanced Surgical Skills and Obstetrical Surgical Skills.
The SRPC and CFPC are co-chairing the Rural Roadmap Implementation Committee (RRMIC).4 This committee is working with several medical organizations to support rural generalist care in communities. One of its goals is ‘to strengthen a physician workforce with the competencies and skills to provide high-quality and culturally safe care, work in innovative team environments with allied health care providers, and respond to the needs of people who live in rural communities’. In order to meet these goals, the RRMIC is working with educational, health care and community organizations. The Canadian Medical Association has started exploring the interest in a National Locum License. The SRPC feels that such a license would be beneficial in promoting a rural generalist skill set.