About the SRPC R&R Planning Committee

Merrilee Brown is a rural family physician working in the lakeside community of Port Perry, Ontario for over 20 years. She provides ER, OB, palliative and inpatient care, OR assist, office and teaching medical students and residents for UofT, Queens, Mac and NOSM. She is a proud recipient of the FFRMS in 2009 and joined SRPC Council as a member at large in 2018. She was talked into the SRPC R&R Co-chair position for 2020 & 2021 by her good friend Elaine Blau.

Elaine Blau was drawn into rural generalism by her decade in Mount Forest, ON before serving as FM Rural Residency Director at McMaster for the next 12 years. 4 years ago she joined a small team on the N-Bruce Peninsula on the shores of Georgian Bay, provides emergency, LTC palliative, inpatient Care and teaches med students and residents and in her spare time is found paddling or wandering the most forested lands of S-ON. Elaine received her FRRMS in 2010 and joined Council in 2018 as Secretary.  She was talked into the SRPC Co-Chair position by her good friend Merrilee Brown.

The SRPC R&R planning Committee is tasked with organizing the growing and dynamic Rural & Remote Medicine Course. Now involving over 1000 participants, it is one of the largest rural medicine conferences in the world. Renowned for its excellent peer-to-peer teaching and hands-on workshops, it is one of the few conferences that takes no funding from pharmaceutical companies.

If you would like to be a part of the committee, please send an email to Jennifer Barr

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