This initiative seeks to bring together the large number of institutions, organizations, and individuals that are involved in creating, delivering , and evaluating rurally-relevant continuing professional development (CPD). Collaborating and sharing allows each stakeholder to enhance efficiencies of both costs and efforts.
Collaborating and sharing in this manner also provides a venue for discovering and prioritizing real needs that will have a positive impact on the health of rural citizens, and the sustained practice and enjoyment of rural practitioners.
The collaborative network also provides opportunities for innovation diffusion and the discovery of gaps and overlaps in educational offerings in BC.
In Jan 2013, the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues (JSC) approved the Collaborative’s proposal to develop a resource that will permit rural physicians to access interhealth authority educational offerings through a point-of-service educational application (“app”). This project is currently under development and will likely launch in 2015.