Do you enjoy the scenic beauty and quirkiness of small town living? Would you like to spend quality time with your patients, AND see some interesting acute care cases? Have you ever dreamed of working and living a short step away from whitewater, the ski hill, or a vast network of hiking trails?
If you answered “yes” to any and all of these questions, then rural locuming may be a perfect lifestyle for you! It combines the best of all worlds, and allows you to experience medicine and rural living in many different locations.
If you’re looking for the right place to settle, locuming can allow you to explore and establish relationships with other healthcare practitioners to see whether there’s a good fit between yourself and the community. Or, if you enjoy practicing in a diverse way, locuming in a handful of rural, regional, and urban settings can provide you with a good mix of interesting cases to keep you fully engaged in your profession.
How do I know if I want to be a rural locum?
If you’re curious about rural locuming, but have no idea about how to get started or who to speak to, you may want to check out the third annual Rural Locum Forum. Co-hosted by the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc) and the Rural and Remote Division of Family Practice, this event brings together current rural BC locums, medical residents, physicians interested in transitioning their careers, and communities seeking rural locum coverage.
This isn’t a boring drone zone event – the day involves a mix of rural-based presentations, small group learning, experience sharing, and clinical case-based sessions. There are also opportunities to participate in hands-on ultrasound intensives, skills-enhancing pre-conference courses, and networking social events. You’ll learn from current BC rural locums, chat with rural community representatives, and meet experienced physicians and other residents also exploring locuming. The medical education presented will provide you with some useful perspectives and critical care skills that can support your BC rural locum practice. The forum is a well-rounded, interactive way to dip your toe into the rural locuming pond. Best of all – it’s accredited, so even if you decide that you’re not quite ready to head to into a small community of 2,000 people, you’ll still learn some really interesting medicine, and make great connections.
Give it a shot – it’s a fun way to immerse yourself into rural medicine!
2017 Rural Locum Forum: Supporting Rural – our colleagues + communities
Saturday, February 25, 2017 | Vancouver Island Conference Centre | Nanaimo, BC
- Pre-conference workshops to help maximize your time and education while in Nanaimo – including HOUSE (Ultrasound), The CARE Course, Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP), CASTED, ACLS and BLS!
- Rural cases provided by the audience
- Information session on Acute Pulmonary Edema
- Locum billing
- ER cases
- Providing culturally sensitive care to Indigenous communities
Credits: 6.75 Mainpro+ and MOC Section 1
Space in select workshops and courses is limited – register early to secure a seat in courses, workshops, and sessions.
We look forward to seeing you in Nanaimo. If you can’t make it this year, but would like to learn more about how you can become a rural locum, contact RCCbc at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submitted by Sharon Mah, RCCbc. The Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc), in conjunction with the Rural Education Action Plan (REAP), seeks to improve rural health education and advocates for rural health in British Columbia. RCCbc works on behalf of the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues (JSC), an entity that advises the BC government and the Doctors of BC (formerly the BCMA) on matters pertaining to rural medical practice.