Get to now Antoinette Picone
Q: Where do you live?
A: Victoria, British Columbia (BC).
Q: What is your position at RCCbc?
A: I’m the Rural Continuing Medical Education (RCME) Community Program Liaison for the Island Region. My role dual reports into RCCbc, as a Core member, and Island Health.
Q: What does that mean?
A: Within my role, I work closely with the provincial RCME team to develop processes, structures and guidelines to assist communities in executing community driven education. I also assist with provincial applications for funding, including the Rural Education Action Plan and SPIFI bursaries. I’m also responsible for the regional management of community fund tracking, monitoring and reporting to the RCME Sub-Committee on the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues.
Q: Describe RCCbc in three words.
A: Networks, relationships, innovative.
Q: What motivated you to join RCCbc?
A: I wanted the opportunity to work for an organization that truly cares about the health and wellness of rural residents and their communities in BC. Being able to support the delivery of continuing medical education opportunities to physicians and healthcare providers in rural and remote communities allows me to feel like I’m contributing, in a small way, to improving healthcare outcomes for rural residents.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The collaborative spirit.
Q: What has been one of your proudest moments working at RCCbc?
A: One of my proudest moments was facilitating the virtual series on psychedelics and complementary techniques, which explored emerging therapies in mental health and wellness with a focus on psychedelic medicine and complementary techniques using psychotherapy. Interest in the series was widespread with over 100 participants—physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, midwives, residents and allied healthcare practitioners—attending from communities and health authorities across BC. The successful education series also received attention from physicians in other provinces who requested to view the session recordings.
Q: What one thing can you not live without?
A: It’s a tie between peanut butter and KitKat bars. But if I had to pick just one, peanut butter.
Q: What’s next on your bucket list?
A: A family trip to Italy to show my kids where their grandparents grew up.