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The Rural Resident Enhanced Courses Program provides funding to eligible UBC Family Medicine residents to participate in rurally-relevant courses and conferences.




  • Funding for travel, accommodation and course fees to participate in The CARE-R Course and ATLS*.  The CARE-R Course is available during the R2 year.  ATLS may be taken anytime during residency.
  • Up to $1,200 for travel and accommodation expenses plus conference registration to attend RCCbc’s Rural Health Conference or SRPC’s Rural & Remote Medicine Course.  Conference funding is available once during the two-year residency.




  • Must be a UBC Family Practice resident and;
  • Must be training in the Indigenous Site or have an affiliation with an RSA Community:
    • Home training site is located in an RSA Community or;
    • Return of service assignment will likely be in an RSA Community or;
    • Resident demonstrates an intention to provide rural-focused practice through a requirement by the home training site or election to participate in a 4-month rural component in RSA Communities during the R2 year


Click here to determine if you are eligible.


Application Process


The CARE-R Course – Eligible residents may apply to participate in The CARE-R Courses that are arranged through the UBC Department of Family Practice/REAP during the R2 year.  Instructions on how to apply are distributed by the REAP office once course offerings are confirmed and online application has opened (typically mid-July to early August). Those selected for The CARE-R sponsorship will be notified early in the Fall.


ATLS – Eligible residents may apply for top-up funding for ATLS only when the course is not considered mandatory by the training site.  The participant must make their own arrangements to attend an ATLS course in a location within BC that is convenient for them anytime during residency. Eligible residents must first submit their claim to PGME and then the remaining expenses may be submitted on REAP’s application platform through the Rural Enhanced Courses Program.


CONFERENCES – Conference funding is available once during the two-year residency.  Eligible residents may apply through REAP’s Rural Conference and Events Sponsorship Program between September 1 – January 31 for the upcoming Spring conference season.  Those selected for sponsorship will be contacted by the REAP office by February 28.


For program inquiries contact:


REAP Program Assistant
University of British Columbia
#300 – 5950 University Boulevard
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3
p: 604 822-2675
[email protected]

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