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*** Rural & Remote is just weeks away! ***

In addition to our great lineup of speakers, we hope you'll join us for daily yoga, our awards ceremony Friday evening, and the wine tastings on Thursday and Saturday evenings.  For those with children at home be sure to join us for story-time with Melinda.

Our AGM is scheduled for Friday, April 23rd at 14:00 EST.  Plan to attend!

Register today and share this information with your colleagues.

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This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for15 Mainpro+ credits.
This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and approved by Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians. You may claim a maximum of 15 hours (credits are automatically calculated).

Symposium Report on Anesthesia Care and Pain Medicine in Rural and Remote Regions of Canada

Anesthesia services are critical for the provision of surgical and maternity care in rural settings. A national shortage of anesthesia providers is being forecasted. Canada needs a strategy to sustain high-quality anesthesia care in rural Canada; the attached report details the results of a Symposium hosted in November 2020 to move us closer to that goal. The report includes links to video clips from some of the presentations. It aims to provide a work plan for a way forward to address the need for the sustainability of high-quality anesthesia care in rural Canada.

Consensus Statement on Networks for High-Quality Rural Anesthesia, Surgery, and Obstetrics Care in Canada

The medical and surgical professional organizations involved in delivering high-quality anesthesia surgery and obstetrics care as close to home as possible in rural Canada have collaborated, with SRPC leadership, to author a Consensus Statement on Networks for high-quality care.

In its present form, it is endorsed by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada, the Canadian Association of General Surgeons of Canada, the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the Association of Canadian University Departments of Anesthesia, the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada, and the Rural Road Map Implementation Committee.

This is still very much a work-in-progress as we continue a consultative process that should include, among others,  patient and community voices, including, and especially, the voices from Canada’s indigenous peoples.

The Future of Rural and Northern Health Care in Canada

In this 34 minute podcast, Dr. James Rourke presents contrasting visions of a realities-based dystopian future and a possibilities-based utopian future. After a visualization exercise, he uses 16 Canadian examples to shine a light on four essential areas: Rural Mental Health, Maternity Care, Primary  Health Care, and Rural Emergencies and Transfers. He closes with four vital future directions: Rural Health Research, Rural Health Care Plans, Networks of Care, and the Quadruple Aim Rural HHR. (Recorded session from the Canadian Conference on Rural & Northern Health Care March 10, 2021)

Memorial University Medical Students Produce Documentary about Rural Physicians

Memorial University medical students and filmmakers Daniel Rees and Lindsay Webster are the creators of a new documentary 'Talk to Your Doctor: Stories of the Rural Physician in Newfoundland and Labrador', which sheds light on the struggles and successes, the charms and challenges of life as a rural doctor. The film features generalists and specialists from rural areas across the province, bringing awareness to the struggles of rural physicians while also celebrating their resiliency and commitment to their communities. To learn more, visit or click the link below to watch the film.

Watch the Video

Seeking Members for New SRPC - FPA Committee

Dr. Erich van der Linde, SRPC Anesthesia representative, is in the process of developing an FPA Committee to help represent the whole spectrum of FPA’s in different work settings across the country. 

We are looking for at least 1-2 representatives per province/territory that will help foster the national landscape and promote our interests.

Dr. van der Linde is also one of the two SRPC Anaesthesia representatives for the Collaborative Advisory Group on  Anaesthesia (CAGA), a collaboration between the SRPC, CAS and CFPC that drives the national agenda for rural FPA’s.

If you are interested and passionate about Rural Health Care and Anaesthesia, we want to hear from you.


Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, SRPC members have been seeking out additional information, tools, and resources as it relates to palliative care. You have demonstrated that learning about palliative care is important as you strive to provide the best possible care and support to your patients and their families. In recognition of the interest and commitment to palliative care, SRPC and Pallium Canada have teamed up to extend a 50% discount on LEAP Online to SRPC members.  

Pallium Canada is a national leader in providing continuing medical education on palliative care for health care professionals across Canada. Its Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative Care (LEAP) courseware provides practical, interprofessional, and evidence-based training and tools in the palliative care approach across multiple health care settings. Over the past twenty years, Pallium’s courses have equipped tens of thousands of primary- and generalist-level health care professionals with core competencies in palliative care. 

LEAP Online is a facilitated online learning program that provides health care professionals with the essential skills and competencies of the palliative care approach. LEAP Online includes 16 online modules completed at your own pace and 6 hours of webinars led by LEAP facilitators who are experienced palliative care clinicians and educators. This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 24 Mainpro+ credits.

Indigenous Health Webinar Series

Improving care for Indigenous patients and communities is something the SRPC has committed to.  One of the strengths of the SRPC is providing high-quality, rurally‑relevant education for our members.  We are taking some much-needed steps to provide our members with access to knowledge critical for providing culturally safe care to Indigenous communities.

In December 2020, we held an introductory session, ‘Moving towards Cultural Safety, Reconciliation, and Anti‑racism’.  In February, we presented ‘Jordan, Joyce, and Justice: Decolonizing Healthcare for Indigenous Children and Youth’.  Both of these recordings are available on our website, and we encourage you to view and share them with your colleagues.   

April 22nd – 24th we are hosting our 28th Annual Rural & Remote Medicine Course – Take 2! There are many Indigenous-focused presentations that we hope you will participate in. 

The third presentation in our Indigenous Health Webinar Series is planned to take place in May.  Stayed tuned for further details.

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SRPC's Featured Member - Dr. Devin Hasanally

I'm Devin Hasanally and I'm currently completing the Enhanced Skills Program in Family Practice Anesthesia at the University of British Columbia. I completed family medicine residency in the Nunavut program at Memorial University of Newfoundland where I spent 6 months in Iqaluit, NU. I completed medical school at the University of Manitoba in 2018, having previously participated in the Rural Manitoba Health Mentorship Program in 2014. I was intrigued to see a team of family medicine practitioners in Dauphin, MB take care of all aspects of medical care and this made me actively pursue family medicine when I entered medical school. I've previously been involved in cardiovascular research finishing a Masters of Science in Cardiac Physiology in 2015. This interest extended into my family medicine residency where I engaged in providing a feasibility write up for implementation of a rural exercise medicine program in rural Newfoundland, work that continues with Dr. Christopher Patey at the Carbonear Institute of Rural Research and Innovation by the Sea (CIRRIS).

I have a favorite quote that encourages speaking up for those being silenced:
'First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out - because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out - because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out  - because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me - and there was no one left to speak for me.'
Pastor Martin Niemoeller (1892-1984)

It reminds me of the power of speaking up for groups that are actively being silenced by the status quo; very similar things that happen in rural, indigenous, and remote communities. 

The future goal of my practice is to provide high quality health care to the rural populations within Canada.

This includes the northern communities that have difficulty retaining physicians for long periods of time.

I believe this is one of the most rewarding areas of medicine in Canada and I hope for a renaissance of high quality rural and remote medicine due to increasing need.

I view the SRPC as an integral and essential part of health care delivery in rural Canada. As a group, I believe that physicians have a voice that needs to be utilized to improve care for those in rural and remote communities.  I believe that the SRPC is a passionate group of individuals with this goal in mind. I'm constantly inspired by those who have shared their experience and wisdom through the trials of rural practice especially in the time of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

I look forward to meeting a great many of you in the coming years and to perhaps see you soon in person.  I look forward to the next in person Rural & Remote.  Cheers!"

Canadian Medical Forum Supports the COVID-19 Vaccines Authorized in Canada

The Canadian Medical Forum (CMF) brings together leaders of Canada’s major national medical organizations to discuss issues of priority to physicians, their patients, and the Canadian healthcare system.  The CMF is supportive of Canada’s COVID-19 immunization program and is encouraging all Canadians to get vaccinated.  The COVID-19 pandemic has killed over 20,000 Canadians in less than a year and is bringing our health care system to the edge of collapse. There is good news on the horizon as the COVID-19 vaccines are starting to be administered around the country.  We must support vaccination to end this pandemic.

Read the Full Statement

Digital Dermatology Clinic for Rural Communities!

DermCafé is Canada's Digital Dermatology clinic. We are currently operating only in Ontario, but plan to expand to the rest of Canada!  Our mission is to provide equitable OHIP/publically-funded access to dermatology care in Canada, by focusing particularly in underserved areas. With our digital platform, we can eliminate geography barriers to care. 

We care for patients via either:

1) Direct-to-patient virtual visits, refer at: 

2) Collaboratively via 24hr MD/NP-to-Dermatologist eConsults:

We are looking to collaborate with organizations/communities in rural Canada! Please kindly get in touch if you'd like to learn more about our service or bring digital dermatology care directly to your community!

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