The SRPC Research Committee is dedicated to improving the accessibility and awareness of Canadian and International rural health research to SRPC members at any stage in their career. This page outlines important aspects of current rural health research in Canada, including research opportunities, upcoming research events, and highlights of recent publications.
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Master of Medical Studies program - Northern Ontario School of Medicine
Opportunity Type: Master of Medical Studies
Where: Northern Ontario School of Medicine
More Information: The Master of Medical Studies (MMS) program will provide foundational research skills for physicians who want to develop a robust approach to answering health care questions. The program will focus on developing the necessary skills to acquire grant funding, obtain ethics approval, develop a research question and appropriate methodology, complete the research study, and finally write and present the results at conferences and in publication. Our goal is for learners to focus on health care problems in the north to improve the health status of all people in northern, rural, and remote communities. The MMS uses an asynchronous model to deliver the course material, the courses will be available online. Students can complete this program remotely with a flexible schedule. There is no in person requirement for this program.
Student Research Opportunity - ROMP 'Hire a Medical Student' Program
Opportunity Type: Student Research
Posted on SRPC website: 01-Feb-2023
More Information: The Rural Ontario Medical Program (ROMP) "Hire a Medical Student" opportunity provides learners with the opportunity to gain research and quality improvement (QI) experience in health care settings within rural Ontario communities. This program is a great opportunity for students to work with other healthcare professionals in a clinical environment.
The details regarding the application process are outlined below.
- Apply online at www.romponline.com
- Choose “Hire a med - CSJ” as the Rotation Type.
- In the notes section, please state you are applying for the Hire a Med Student opportunity
- Submit a resume and cover letter to email@example.com
- Express rural communities of interest
- ROMP will contact you when communities have been established
- ROMP sends your resume and cover letter to communities you are interested in
- Those communities then work with you to set up an interview time
- Positions are offered!
- Focus on Quality Improvement projects and local medical research
- Work a minimum of 6 weeks
- Medical students in their pre-clerkship or clerkship years
- Canadian citizen or permanent resident
- Legally entitled to work in Canada
- Be between the ages of 15 – 30 years of age
- Interest in rural medicine and rural communities
Please ensure that you have followed the steps above and that I have received all the required information from you. At this point we do not have an application deadline as we have to wait to see which communities receive government approval to run the program
Northern Ontario's Obstetrical Services in 2020: A developing rural maternity care desert
Authors: Eliseo Orrantia, MD, Peter Hutten-Czapski, MD, Mathieu Mercier, BScN, Samarth Fageria, MMASc
Journal: Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine (2022)
Summary & Impact: Rural and remote maternity services are an indispensable component in the care of expectant mothers and their families. This study was conducted to survey the state of obstetrical services in Northern Ontario and compare them with a similar study done in 1999. The population included all 40 Northern Ontario hospital communities and 16 midwife practices in the area. Results showed that there was a 22.5% decrease in obstetrical care among surveyed communities. Even though the number of general physicians providing care in these areas has remained the same, there has been a 65% drop in how many of these doctors offer intrapartum care. As services to these communities continue to decline, the average travel times for patients to receive care have therefore increased. This study provides information on a common trend also found within rural communities in the US. Based on these findings, government policies and procedures need to be implemented to increase these essential services.
Meet the Corresponding Author
Dr. Orrantia has a BSc in Molecular Biology from the University of Guelph and a Masters degree in Human Genetics from McMaster University. His MD degree was completed at McMaster University and he completed his Family Medicine Residency with McMaster University's previous Northern Ontario Medical Program (NOMP) out of Thunder Bay. Dr. Orrantia is currently a Professor in the Division of Clinical Sciences at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.
Question: Why is studying rural and remote health in Canada important to you?
Dr. Orrantia: Rural and remote health research is critical in helping us to explore, understand and develop solutions to the many issues that challenge rural communities and their clinicians. This applied research can create innovations that work in these low resource environments, are often transferable to others, and can provide the knowledge to enable effective advocacy for these disadvantaged populations.