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SRPC AGM Minutes

Our AGM was held on June 3rd, and the following points were discussed:

  • the 2021 budget was approved
  • membership reports a 37% increase in physician members
  • SRPC by-laws were reviewed and approved
  • new Student and Global Health Committee chairs
  • presidential installation

The Federal Response to COVID-19: Interim Observations

SRPC Past President, Dr. Margaret Tromp, represented the SRPC on May 20th at the Senate's Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology.  They were asking for input from medical organizations into their study of the government's response to COVID-19.

The Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology released an interim report on July 9th.

CAEP's Rural & Small Urban Section Chair Position

The CAEP Board is currently looking to fill the Chair position for its Rural and Small Urban Section, which has a voting seat on the Board of Directors. The goal is to have a strong rural voice to lead the Section and advise the Board on issues related to rural emergency medicine.

If you are interested in this position, please contact Christina Bova (  The deadline for submissions is August 16th.

Full Details Regarding this Position

SRPC's Featured Member - Dr. Cait Champion

Dr. Cait Champion is a graduate of the University of Ottawa General Surgery training program, completing her training in June 2019.  She received her MD from the University of Toronto in 2012 and has a BSc (Honours) in Environmental Science from Acadia University.  Throughout her medical training career Cait pursued experiences that have cultivated a passion for rural communities and rural surgery.

During her training Cait pursued an MSc in Health Systems, examining rural and remote access to colorectal cancer screening in the Northwest Territories.  The project was used to inform implementation of a territorial cancer strategy aimed at improving patient cancer outcomes in an area where colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer death, particularly among Indigenous patients.  

In addition to her thesis research, Cait also pursued clinical elective opportunities to enhance her understanding of the breadth of rural surgery and develop the surgical skills required to meet the needs of rural communities, including skills in c-sections, Urology, ENT, and GI endoscopy.  She also pursued an elective in Wilderness Medicine to further her capacity in remote environments.  Cait was recognized by the Canadian Association of General Surgeons in 2019 for her dedication to rural surgical training and was awarded the G. William N. Fitzgerald Award for Excellence in Trainee Rural Surgery.

Cait looks forward to continuing to develop her skills and experience as a rural surgical generalist as a General Surgeon in Parry Sound, ON.  She is continuing to engage with the national rural medicine community and rural and remote surgical research as an Assistant Professor with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and is committed to providing opportunities for rural patients to access high quality general surgery care as close to home as possible.

SRPC Member in the News

Nancy Edwards was on vacation in Bancroft ON and saw SRPC member, Dr. Steven Griffin, featured in the Brancroft Times for his Rural Service Award.  She sent us a nice note thanking the SRPC for their work and a copy of the newspaper.  Thanks Nancy!

ACRRM News - Congratulations Dr. Ruth Stewart

The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) welcomed Associate Professor, Dr. Ruth Stewart as the National Rural Health Commissioner.  As former ACRRM President and a highly experienced rural health advocate, medical practitioner and researcher, her appointment will keep the implementation of the National Rural Generalist Pathway (NRGP) on track and ensure all rural and remote Australians have access to the healthcare they deserve.

Read the Full Story Here

Prepare for COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy

Moving to Acceptance is an online course from the the Canadian Paediatrics Society that is designed to help health care professionals address vaccine hesitancy in their busy practices

A 20% discount is being offered to SRPC Members - use coupon code SRPC2020 at the checkout.

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