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January 2020

Deep Space Health

Like it or not, humans are going back to the Moon by 2024 and Mars by 2035. One question is what kind of health services should be accompanying the missions? The environment of Deep Space is extremely hostile, the number of practitioners severely limited and communication times are far too long for telemedicine.

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Dr. Keith MacLellan would be happy to take any input from Canada’s rural/remote areas. He can be reached at:


Support C-Section capability in your community. A new program open to all family physicians in Canada looking to work in a rural setting. Deadline extended.

EM:RAP Special Offer for SRPC Members

Right on Prime is an exciting new audio program for the practitioner who does it all! With Right on Prime now part of EM:RAP's award-winning Emergency Medicine education platform, you can access world-class training for every aspect of your varied practice, all from one subscription.

    • Narrative pieces on the unique aspects of rural and remote medicine
    • Guideline reviews
    • Cutting-edge rural, primary, and urgent care updates
    • Remote and international medicine
    • A 25-year medical abstracts database
    • Produced by an expert team of generalist physicians, in diverse clinical settings around the world
    • Access to our audio and written Family Medicine board review course, Crunch Time

Special Offer: SRPC Members who are first-time EM:RAP subscribers qualify for a $50 (USD) discount. Request your discount code and sign up today!

SRPC RURAL AWARDS - Call for Nominations

Do you know an outstanding physician who has demonstrated support and passion for rural medicine? Submit their names today.

Deadlines for nominations: January 31st, 2020.

Full Details Available online

Awards Page

Rural Spark Podcast

Marathon doctors choose quality of life over higher pay and stay longer. They are even able to help cover shortages in nearby towns. 

SRPC Fellow Dr. Sarah Newbery tells the Marathon story.

Rural Spark

ANNOUNCEMENT: SRPC Non-Medical Partner Membership

Please forward this newsletter to your non-medical partner/family members!

The SRPC Family/Partner Network now has a membership option! See our dedicated page on the website.

You will find tonnes of information and a link to sign up for membership. Explore, sign up and we’ll keep you posted about our plans to connect at R&R 2020. See you in Ottawa!

SRPC's Featured Member

We asked SRPC Members Dr. Adam Mildenberger and Dr. Kathryn Wood a few questions and here is what they had to share. Both in their first year in Peace River, AB. 

Adam was born and raised in Beaverlodge Alberta and Kathryn is from Edmonton. They met in medical school at the University of Alberta. Both interested in rural family medicine and went on to do their residency in Grande Prairie. They both did fellowships; Kathryn in surgery and Adam in anesthesia, and now work in Peace River, AB.

They did their rural integrated clerkship in Peace River and fell in love with how beautiful the river valley is and how supportive the healthcare community are.

The breadth of work is what drew them to family medicine. "You never know what will walk through your doors or what one week to the next will be."

Both joined the SRPC as medical students. "At the time, all of the discounts and member benefits were what drew us in as poor students. I really enjoy the Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine as the articles are often things I use in my regular practice and feel I learn the most compared to other journals."

A rural inspirational quote by Theodore Roosevelt:

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."

Dr. Mildenberger closes with "I often feel like there's cases where I could have done better or hear of larger centres commenting on cases coming in from rural areas. This reminds me that we are the front line workers in the arena trying our best."

Teams of Rural Physicians and Why They Matter

Testing a Theoretical Framework of Team Effectiveness that Predicts Outcomes of Performance, Commitment, and Intentions to Stay

We would like to Congratulate SRPC Fellow Dr. Eliseo Orrantia, for his Innovation Fund award for the research he's passionate about regarding rural physician team effectiveness. 

Photo Credit NOSM Twitter
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Canadian Health Coalition Pharmacare Now Statement

The CHC is calling for a public, universal pharmacare program that covers medication in the same way as doctors and hospitals.

The SRPC is one 150+ national and provincial organizations that signed the Pharmacare Now Statement calling on the new federal government to immediately implement universal, public pharmacare.

For more information about this campaign, please visit the CHC website

Remembering Dr. Wieslaw Rawluk

A post to RuralMed by Dr. Gabe Woollam that we wanted to share. 

I wanted to send a short note to let everyone know about the passing of Dr Wieslaw Rawluk on November 30. As many of you from across the country have reached out over the past few days, I’ve realized how broad his impact has been. There are great stories coming from every corner of the country.

Dr Rawluk was the solo Obstetrician/Gynecologist in Goose Bay, Labrador, for nearly 30 years. He was a proud card-carrying member of the SRPC and spoke at a number of our conferences. He retired in Dec 2017.

His presence in the community really helped to strengthen the comfort of many learners and young physicians to practice rural obstetrics. He would come in at all hours without question and helped us out of many hair-raising situations. A true mentor and role model in many ways. I never heard him grumble about being on call 24/7.

Dr Rawluk was a strong advocate for his patients and fought hard for those who may not have had as strong a voice themselves.

Of potentially equal importance Dr Rawluk also helped many of our local docs broaden their horizons by teaching them about mushroom hunting and Jazz. He was a larger than life character and a true gentleman.

He will be missed!

Photo from CBC article.

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Rural Endoscopy Research

Do rural colonoscopies meet the quality of those done in the city?

Check out this great RPAP video promoting rural endoscopy. A research study headed by Dr. Michael Kolber from the University of Alberta sought to find the answer.

YouTube Video

The 28th Annual Rural and Remote Medicine Course
Rural Physician Advocacy – How to Save the World in Your Spare Time

Be sure to register before rates increase March 1st.

Join us in the Nation's Capital at the SHAW CENTRE
Ottawa, Ontario - April 23 - 25, 2020

Register for R&R 2020

JSC ANNOUNCEMENT: Stipend funding available for BC rural physicians for 2020 SRPC Conference. If you are a practicing BC rural physician who is interested in confirming your eligibility to receive the stipend, please email: Stipends will be reimbursed for eligible rural physicians after the event with submit of a claim form and proof of registration. Claims must be submitted no later than July 25, 2020.

Upcoming Events

(Let us know if there are other rural relevant events happening,
we will add them to our calendar

SRPC Physician Membership Contest

We need your help to reach 2020 members by R&R 2020 (April 23rd).

SRPC is currently 1876 members strong with 63 new members since November 1, 2019.

If you are named as a referral source on a new MD membership your name will be entered in the draw for a complimentary one year membership next spring. Every referral equals a draw entry.

Share our newsletter with your colleagues and encourage them to join the SRPC today. Tell them why the SRPC is important to you.

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The SRPC’s Mission - Championing rural generalist medical care through education, collaboration, advocacy and research.

The SRPC's Vision - Excellent health care close to home for all rural Canadians.

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