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Sustaining Pediatrics in Rural and Underserved Communities (SPRUCe) is a network that connects community pediatric providers with an interest in supporting and sustaining excellence in pediatric care in rural and remote communities across British Columbia.  The goal of SPRUCe is to support those providing rural pediatric care so that provider care gaps are filled, education and mentorship supports are available, and pediatric residents have a mechanism for exposure to rural pediatric practice and contact with rural pediatricians.


Communities identified on the SPRUCe pediatrician map

Priorities of SPRUCe

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Join the SPRUCe pediatrician map

SPRUce has developed an interactive map that identifies the names and locations of pediatricians in smaller communities across British Columbia. This map is designed to allow clinicians to easily identify a community pediatrician close to their patient’s home, allowing pediatric patients to be seen by a consulting pediatrician close to their home. Pediatricians in small or remote communities are identified on the map, as are pediatricians who provide outreach service to rural, remote communities. If you’re a pediatrician working in a rural, remote or small community in British Columbia and you identify any incorrect information, please let us know.


Upcoming Events

CME Events for Fall 2024 (dates to be announced): 


  • Optimization of your Pediatric Office | Presented by Dr. Tommy Gershman and Louisa Mackenzie
  • Office Management | Presented by Dr Jennifer Kouwenberg and Doctors of BC Business Pathways
  • Gender-Affirming Care for Pediatric Patients in Rural Communities | Presented by Dr Ingrid Cosio and Dr Dan Metzger 


To hear about all upcoming events, join the SPRUCe mailing list below.

SPRUCe newsletter updates

SPRUCe newsletters feature details about accredited continuing medical education (CME) sessions, evening sessions for residents about rural pediatric practice, and more. Sign up to receive the newsletter and invitations to CME sessions in your email inbox.



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