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Funding for Rural Locum Forum

Rural JSC funding available for R2s interested in rural locuming

In an earlier Morning report post, I wrote about how you could explore whether rural locuming is a good fit for you. If you are a UBC Family Medicine R2 who is (semi-)serious about exploring rural locuming, I invite you to join us at our Rural Locum Forum in Nanaimo, on February 25.

This event is more than an opportunity to meet other BC rural locums (although there will definitely be plenty of time for networking). The Forum will provide you with essential knowledge that supports rural medical practice, ranging from plenary sessions about patient transport and culturally safe care, to small group learning sessions including rural case discussions as well as practitioner resiliency.

Additionally, there will be several accredited, hands-on skills enhancement courses offered in association with the Forum: BLS, ACLS, CASTED, and HOUSE Program. (The CARE Course is also being offered but is now full.) These courses will be offered in Nanaimo before and after the Rural Locum Forum – check the event brochure to confirm dates before registering.

This year, we are excited to offer Forum participants the opportunity to learn point-of-care ultrasound skills through UBC Rural CPD’s two hour HOUSE Program intensives. These workshops are taught by some of BC’s best ultrasound instructors. Learners complete their pre-reading learn about the techniques and protocols before Feb 25. When learners arrive on site for the workshop, they will be able to maximize their time interacting with instructors and engaging in hands-on scanning and image reading.

Please note that all pre-courses and HOUSE intensives are offered at an additional cost.

Funding available for physicians and R2 residents!

Great news – the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues (JSC) will once more be funding  physicians and/or UBC 2nd Year (R2) Family Practice Residents, who are providing – or considering to provide – locum services in rural BC communities to attend the Rural Locum Forum.

The following financial support will be provided to Forum physician attendees in return for a commitment of a minimum of 20 days locum service through the Rural GP, Specialist, or Anesthesia Locum Program within the next 12 months. Reimbursement will cover:

  • Rural Locum Forum registration;
  • Course costs for ACLS and/or The CARE Course;
  • Up to $200/day for accommodation, and airfare/ferry/mileage.

All physicians who currently provide locum services in rural BC and all physicians who are considering providing locum services in rural BC communities are encouraged to attend the Rural Locum Forum – take advantage of these courses being provided on a no cost basis! You will find this training will provide the skills and knowledge necessary to confidently provide locum services in rural BC communities.

For further information on this opportunity, and general information on the Forum, please contact:

Ella Fund-Reznicek
Senior Program Assistant
Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc)
E:  efundreznicek@rccbc.ca     |   T: 604 738 8222

Event Details

Audience:  BC rural locums, as well as family physicians, and/or residents interested in locuming in BC’s rural communities.

Course Format: A mix of rural-based presentations composed small groups, experience sharing, clinical case-based sessions, networking social events, hands-on ultrasound – and more!

Credits: 6.75 Mainpro+ and MOC Section 1 (plus many add-on courses to maximize your credit count)

Register for the Rural Locum Forum now


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. The Rural Locum Forum is co-sponsored by the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc), the Rural and Remote Division of Family Practice, and UBC CPD.

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