Yukon Representative

Kyle Sue - Email

Edmonton Alberta 

Kyle Sue works the full spectrum of general practice. Other than rural/remote medicine, he works in Neurodevelopmental Pediatrics and Pediatric Palliative Care.

Dr. Sue will be attending the SRPC Council meetings and would appreciate hearing about concerns rural physicians have so that he can report and present them to the board. Please feel free to send your email to EMAIL

What inspires you about rural medicine and your community?

Rural medicine makes the biggest impact in healthcare, bar none. It is true cradle-to-grave care, where you're with your patients and their families along their life journeys, through all their highs and all their lows, all their celebrations, and all their tragedies. You're there for births. You're there for emergencies. You're there to ensure comfort and dignity at the end of life. You're there to heal and guide in all situations. In my opinion, the more rural you are, the bigger impact you make (as your scope of practice gets wider and wider), so I have always been attracted to remote medicine in tiny hospitals and nursing stations.

When did you first become involved with the SRPC?

I became involved as a medical student. Initially, it was because there were bursaries for Alberta medical students to attend the annual Rural and Remote Conference, and the free trip to Whistler sounded really nice.  However, once there, I became enamored by how collegial and tight-knit the entire rural community was. I was welcomed with open arms by everybody. Since then, I got more and more involved with the SRPC.

Prior to the reconfiguration of regional reps, I was one of the Northwest reps (for the 3 Territories and BC). I then shifted to become the Alberta representative as there were major advocacy needs due to political threats at the time. I have since become the Yukon representative. I continue to be licensed in all 3 Territories, BC, and Alberta.

Although I have represented the SRPC in multiple capacities, my main project and passion currently is leading our ad hoc committee on pan-Canadian medical licensure.

What makes the SRPC relevant to your rural practice, and why?

Without the SRPC advocating for rural medicine, rural medicine would have very little voice nationally, drowned out by the urban-centric CFPC and CMA. Because we have a strong voice, we are able to advocate effectively for rural Canadians and for rural docs.

If you were stranded on a deserted island or a remote community, what three pieces of medical equipment could you not live without and why?

POCUS ultrasound probe, tablet it connects to, and a power generator to keep them charged. Ultrasound is the present and the future of medicine.

A favourite quote?

"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects." -- Robert Heinlein

There are hospitals in Whitehorse (54 beds), Dawson City (6 beds), and Watson Lake (6 beds). Whitehorse has approximately 60 GPs and specialists. Watson Lake has 3 GP’s. Dawson City has 3 GP’s. Mayo also has a physician. Other communities (Carcross, Teslin, Carmacks, Pelly Crossing, Destruction Bay, Haines Junction, Beaver Creek, Faro, Ross River, Old Crow) rely on Community Health Centres, with care mainly delivered by community health nurses and visiting physicians.

Details on services available at each Community Health Centre are available here:  https://ykhealthguide.org/cs-communities.html

Whitehorse is the main referral centre for the other communities, and Vancouver for more complex cases. Specialist services available in Whitehorse include, amongst others, General Surgery, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Physiatry, Orthopedic Surgery, Anesthesiology, Dermatology, ENT, and Radiology.

A medical license costs $200/year, which is reimbursed fully. A locum license costs $50/year.

For locum opportunities, please see: https://yukondoctors.ca/locum and https://yukondocs.ca/

To learn about working in the Yukon, please see https://yukondocs.ca

Fee-for-service pay schedule available here: http://www.hss.gov.yk.ca/paymentschedule.php

The provincial and territorial representatives to Council are elected as per the bylaws. Please share information, questions and concerns with your respective representative. The outcome will come back to you via the rural news, this website, the RuralMed mailing list, or directly via your representative. If you feel you have something to contribute, let us know!

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