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       December 2020

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28th Annual Rural and Remote Medicine Course - Take 2!

Save the date!  The 28th Annual Rural and Remote Medicine Course will take place in virtual format April 22nd - 24th, 2021.  The planning committee has been hard at work and is looking forward to rolling out more details in the coming weeks.

CFPC's 2020-2021 Board of Directors

Congratulations to SRPC members, Dr. Catherine Cervin, Dr. Sarah Cook, and Dr. Brady Bouchard on your recent appointed positions at the CFPC.

Dr. Catherine Cervin


Dr. Sarah Cook


Dr. Brady Bouchard

President Elect


Two SRPC Members Awarded CAEP's Emergency Physicians of the Year - Rural and Small Urban


Dr. Jeff Patterson

Happy Valley-Goose Bay NL

Dr. Sean Moore

Keewatin ON

EM:RAP 2020 SNACK: Health Care Workers and Mental Health Challenges

EM:RAP keeps adding to the educational goodness on their website.  They just finished their first ever virtual conference, Peds EM Fundamentals.  An active subscription to EM:RAP provides subscribers with access to this on demand conference in addition to all of their other fantastic educational programs. 

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SRPC's Featured Member - Dr. Ken Babey

The Joy of Rural Medicine - What Drew and What Kept me Here

Ken Babey (McMaster 76) loves being a rural generalist physician. From his first day trying his hand as a medical orderly in the summer of 1968 to his final rotation as a rural locum doc in Cambridge Bay, NU (Nov 2020), his professional life has been one of fulfillment, stimulation and adventure (and hope).

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Let's Nominate our Rural Colleagues!

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada has issued a call for nominations for their 2021 awards. These awards honour the exceptional personal achievements of specialist physicians and surgeons, and other medical professionals across Canada and internationally.  Please consider nominating a rural colleague!

Click here for further details.

Deadline is Dec. 15th

SRPC is Seeking Representatives to Join Council 

The Society of Rural Physicians of Canada is seeking motivated and passionate individuals to fill the following positions on SRPC Council:

  • Research Representative
  • Communications Representative
  • First Five Years in Practice Representative
  • Maternity and Newborn Care Representative
  • Yukon Representative
  • Northwest Territories Representative
  • Nunavut Representative
  • New Brunswick Representative
  • Nova Scotia Representative
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Representative
  • Saskatchewan Representative
  • Member at Large x 2

The main role of these representatives is to act as a liaison between SRPC members and SRPC Council.  Representatives will be the main contact person to connect with regarding current issues.

Rural Outreach & Mentorship Initiative (ROMI)

ROMI is a branch of the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada Student Committee and they are recruiting high school students to join their 2020-2021 program.

Do you know a young person who would benefit from mentorship? We are looking for students in grade 9-12 who are from rural or remote areas that are interested in being partnered 1-on-1 with a medical student mentor with the option of participating in our monthly virtual panel discussions. 

Please share this information with your Rural High School Guidance Counsellors and help them reach students that might be interested in a career in rural medicine.

ROSe (Rural Outreach Support e-medicine) is an initiative started by a group of diverse intensivists from British Columbia, to help support rural and remote healthcare providers with challenging clinical situations. The project was designed completely by physicians, for physicians, and most of that was from the feedback of numerous rural physicians.

Initially a pilot project was started (called CODI), which showed significant improvements in doctor satisfaction, patient outcomes, recruitment & retention, and reduced healthcare costs. Therefore, it was decided to expand the mission and develop an app specifically made to meet the needs of frontline rural and remote providers. That new platform is called ROSe.

ROSe is not just another telemedicine service; it is truly a mission. The entire platform has full end-to-end encryption; it allows the instant exchange of any data between specialist and rural provider, and includes a consult note at the end which can be saved securely on the caller’s phone, or printed-out for the patient’s chart.

Specialists who share the same desire to help are recruited for the mission, and they are available anytime, day or night, including weekends and holidays, with simply the touch of a button on the app. There are no voicemails, operators or pagers; the connection is immediate and direct. It’s a friendly and non-judgemental interaction. The feedback has been superb.

The group is now incorporating teaching and bedside instruction for rural residents, nurse practitioners, or anyone who would want extra knowledge-sharing. Every feature on the app is tightly encrypted, so no worry about privacy or security issues!

The app is free to download either on the App Store or Google Play. There is no cost to you, so rural providers have nothing to lose by downloading it and giving it a try. You can connect from anywhere in Canada (except Quebec at this point).

Guide for Improvement of Family Medicine Training (GIFT): Guide to Chronic (Non-Cancer/Non-Palliative) Pain Management With Patients Already on Opioid Therapy.

Every year, the Section of Residents (SoR) Council identifies a topic relevant to family medicine education and develops a Guide for Improvement of Family Medicine Training (GIFT). The GIFT is a two-year project that coincides with a residents’ term on the Council. The SoR Council solicits input for the GIFT from various stakeholders, key academic committees, content experts, Program Directors both in the early stages of the development of GIFT and at FMF, from the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), and, most importantly, family medicine residents from across the country.
On behalf of the Section of Residents (SoR) Council, we are pleased to provide with you the latest Guide for Improvement of Family Medicine Training (GIFT): Guide to Chronic (Non-Cancer/Non-Palliative) Pain Management With Patients Already on Opioid Therapy.The products of this GIFT consist of a 1-pager, printable one-sided poster and four-sided lanyard card all available in both English and French. We hope you find this resource useful and encourage you to share our GIFT widely!

TD Insurance - Savings for SRPC Members

Did you know you can save 10% on TD 10-year or 20-year Term Life Insurance premiums when you bundle with home or car insurance from TD Insurance1?

The 10% premium savings is available to eligible applicants who apply for a new TD 10-Year or 20-Year Term Life Insurance policy. Cannot be combined with any other offer and may be withdrawn at any time. TD Term Life Insurance is an individual life insurance plan underwritten by TD Life Insurance Company. Not available to residents of the province of Quebec. Application subject to approval. Some restrictions may apply. See Insurance Policy for coverage details, including limitations and exclusions."

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