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    • 01-Apr-2023
    • 31-Dec-2025

    Program Description

    The SRPC mentorship program is a pilot program that started in 2021 and aims to connect medical students to rural physicians and residents from across the country to allow career exploration, guidance and increased understanding of the scope of rural practice.  We have over 65 mentors ready to help support your rural path.


    • Connecting students to rural physicians across Canada
    • Career exploration and guidance
    • Increase understanding of the scope of rural practice
    • Provide learning opportunities outside of the formal academic environment
    • Contribute to the current and growing need of rural physicians in Canada

    Your Role As a Mentor

    As a mentor with SRPC, medical students will connect with you through the SRPC office manager. Once you are connected, there will be flexibility in how you set up your mentor-mentee relationships, which can be tailored on an individual basis. This may include answering a few quick questions, setting up a longitudinal mentorship plan, or organizing shadowing experiences (public health guidelines permitting).

    Expectations in your role as a mentor may include:

    • Sharing experiences of rural practice with mentees for the purpose of career exploration and guidance
    • Being honest and open regarding the rewards/challenges to rural medicine
    • Forming a plan and setting expectations with your mentee regarding frequency of meetings and meeting platform to be used
    • Sharing appropriate resources
    • Recognizing that advice given, while extremely valuable, does not substitute for MD program-specific mentorship and supports

    * By registering as a mentor for this program, you consent to allowing the SRPC to share the information you have provided to mentees that register for the program.  As a mentor, you may contact the SRPC at any time and have your name removed.

    ** Mentors must be SRPC members to participate in this program.


    If you are looking for a Rural Mentor. Visit the SRPC Mentor Program page for all the details.

    Please ensure your SRPC membership is up to date. Send your email request to Kristen for a list of mentors and instructions. (

    Mentees Must be SRPC members to participate in this program.
    (Join here)

    • 24-Apr-2024
    • 17-Oct-2024

    Call for Abstracts - Rural & Remote 2025

    Rural & Remote 2025 will take place in Winnipeg, MB, April 24-26, 2025 and the Planning Committee is accepting abstracts.

    Our theme this year will be announced in the Fall.

    The committee is considering abstracts for two types of presentations related to any aspect of health and healthcare in a rural and remote setting:

    • Session Lectures (Breakout sessions)
    • Hands-on Workshops (Small group learning)

    These sessions should focus on clinical skills and knowledge development related to rural practice. Sessions / Workshops will be 60 minutes in duration and should be interactive and engaging. (The schedule is built in 60-minute time slots, 2-hour sessions are welcome.)

    All abstract submissions will undergo peer review by the Rural & Remote Planning Committee.

    Deadline: September 30th, 2024


    • 29-May-2024
    • 8:00 PM
    • Zoom - The link will be in the confirmation email

    Unlocking Insights: Journey into Senior Mental Health with Experts! Join us for an engaging webinar featuring Dr. David Conn, Dr. Andrea laboni, and Dr. Jennifer Watt from the Canadian Coalition for Seniors' Mental Health. Explore their latest endeavours in senior mental health advocacy and research in this 60-minute session, followed by a dynamic 30-minute Q&A.

    Can't make it live? No worries! The session will be recorded and shared with registered attendees. 

    Please note, this is not an accredited event.

    Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2024
    Time: 8:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) [click to convert to your local time]
    Location: Zoom - The link will be in the confirmation email

    Free for SRPC Members / $50 for General Admission

    Event Description:

    Over the last two years, the Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health (CCSMH) focused its attention on developing three new national clinical guidelines: 1) the assessment and treatment of anxiety in older adults; 2) the assessment and management of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia, and; 3) social isolation and loneliness in older adults. This webinar, featuring the guidelines’ clinical leads, will provide an overview of the processes for developing the guidelines as well as highlights of some of the key recommendations.

    CCSMH is a national non-profit organization affiliated with the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry. Funding for the development of these guidelines was provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada (anxiety and BPSD) and an anonymous foundation (social isolation and loneliness).

    Learning Objectives:

    • Understand the processes used for developing the three clinical guidelines.
    • Become familiar with the key topics and recommendations for each of the three guidelines.
    • Consider how to move these recommendations into clinical practice.





    Dr. David Conn


    M.B., B.Ch., BAO, FRCPC

    Baycrest Academy for Research & Education

    Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto

    Dr. Conn is the vice-president of Education and inaugural director of the Centre for Education and Knowledge Exchange in Aging at Baycrest, and a professor in the department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He is the founding co-chair of the Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health. Dr. Conn is executive co-sponsor of The Ontario CLRI.  Dr. Conn led the development of the first Canadian Clinical Guidelines on Social Isolation and Loneliness in Older Adults released in February 2024.


    Dr. Andrea laboni


    MD, DPhil, FRCPC

    Geriatric Psychiatrist and Medical Lead, Seniors Mental Health, University Health Network

    Senior Scientist, KITE, Toronto Rehab Research Institute

    Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Toronto

    Dr. Andrea Iaboni is a geriatric psychiatrist and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.  She is also a Senior Scientist at the KITE research institute, Toronto Rehab, University Health Network.  She is the medical lead for the Seniors Mental Health division and for the Specialized Dementia unit at UHN.  She co-led the development of the Canadian guidelines for the assessment and treatment of anxiety in older adults released in January 2024.


    Dr. Jennifer Watt


    MD, PhD, FRCPC

    Geriatrician, St. Michael's Hospital and Providence Healthcare, Toronto, Ontario

    Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto

    Scientist, Knowledge Translation Program, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute

    Adjunct Scientist, ICES

    Dr. Jennifer Watt is a geriatrician and clinician-scientist at St. Michael's Hospital and Providence Healthcare in Toronto and an assistant professor at the University of Toronto. She completed medical school at the University of Ottawa, residency in internal medicine at Western University, and residency in geriatric medicine and PhD in clinical epidemiology and healthcare research at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on improving the care of older adults with geriatric syndromes.  Dr. Watt co-led the development of the Canadian Clinical Practice Guidelines for Assessing and Managing Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia released in March 2024.

    The CCSMH strives every day to promote seniors' mental health by connecting people, ideas and resources.  If you would like to support our work, please visit:
    • 24-Apr-2025
    • (MDT)
    • 26-Apr-2025
    • (MDT)
    • Winnipeg, MB


    Winnipeg, MB, April 24-26, 2025, at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg 375 York Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

    Are you interested in presenting at the next R&R?
    Please send us your abstracts for break-out sessions and hands-on workshops now!Submit an abstract:

Past Events

17-May-2024 Rural Physician Partners of Canada Email List
18-Apr-2024 Hands-On Workshops - R&R 2024
18-Apr-2024 31st Annual Rural & Remote Medicine Conference
18-Apr-2024 Rural & Remote 2024 - Exhibitor & Sponsor Registration
28-Mar-2024 CaRMs 2nd Iteration Workshop for International Medical Graduates (IMGs)
20-Feb-2024 2024 Exhibitors R&R App Sign Up
30-Jan-2024 Indigenous Health Educational Series
07-Jan-2024 SRPC's Virtual Rural Residency Tour
29-Nov-2023 International Medical Graduates (IMG) Guide to CaRMS and Rural Residency
28-Nov-2023 Indigenous Health Educational Series
19-Nov-2023 What Is R&R and Why Should I Attend?
30-Oct-2023 Indigenous Health Educational Series
10-Oct-2023 All Over the Map. The SRPC Global Health Series
28-Sep-2023 Indigenous Health Educational Series
18-Sep-2023 Call for Research Abstracts - Rural & Remote 2024
18-May-2023 Supporting Transgender Medical Trainees in a Rural Context
20-Apr-2023 Hands-on Workshops for R&R 2023
09-Feb-2023 What is R&R? Info-session 2.
06-Feb-2023 What is R&R? Info-session 1.
04-Feb-2023 SRPC's Virtual Rural Residency Tour
01-Feb-2023 National Advanced Skills and Training Program for Rural Practice Application
18-Jan-2023 Rural Surgical Skills Update
24-Apr-2022 SIMS for ESS
21-Apr-2022 Hands-on Workshops for R&R 2022
02-Mar-2022 SRPC’s Rural Research Peer Support Group
20-Sep-2021 Indigenous Health Educational Series
24-Feb-2021 Indigenous Health Educational Series
15-Dec-2020 Indigenous Health Educational Series
25-Apr-2020 Sims for ESS - Cancelled
15-Jan-2020 CPD for ESS / OSS
15-Jan-2020 SOS for PPH - Surgical Obstetrical Skills for Post Partum Hemorrhage
17-Jan-2018 Enhanced Surgical Skills Program