Thank you for supporting the 2019 BC Rural Health Conference!

It was really great to see so many new faces and to reconnect with friends and colleagues in Nanaimo. Thanks to all of you for your energy and enthusiasm – we look forward to seeing you next year in Penticton (May 29-31, 2020 – Save the Date!)


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View the agenda here

We’re returning to the Vancouver Island Conference Centre on May 24-26! Similar to the popular and well-received 2018 event, this year we are offering:

  • Interactive group sessions and interprofessional learning opportunities
  • Hands-on skills workshops
  • Complimentary childcare available during conference hours
  • Provider wellness opportunities, including complimentary onsite yoga and stretching sessions, massage chair services, meditation sessions, and mini-dance breaks
  • Opportunities to socialize and network with colleagues from across the province and beyond

Add-on courses being offered this year are:

To learn more about these add-on courses, click on the “Add-on Course Descriptions” tab below.


Sponsorship packages are available – please email Sharon Mah (, or call 1-877-908-8222) to receive more information.

  • Saturday, May 25, 6:00 pm

    Join us for a social evening at the Firehouse Grill, located in Nanaimo’s historic downtown district. Enjoy food, drinks, and the company of your colleagues from around the province and beyond!

    Tickets: $55 | Residents: $25

    Must purchase tickets in advance. Limited seating. Includes plenty of scrumptious food and an open bar.

  • The room blocks for both the Coast and the Dorchester are now full.

    Coast Bastion Hotel
    11 Bastion Street, Nanaimo, BC V9R 6E4

    Rates start at $137.00 + tax

    Book online at or call 1.800.663.1144 and use Group Code: CBI-GFC-18525

    Rates available until April 21st, based on availability.

    Cancellation Policy: up to 4:00pm two days prior without penalty.

    Best Western Dorchester
    70 Church Street, Nanaimo, BC V9R 5H4

    Rates start at $155.00 + tax

    Book online at or call 1.800.661.2449 and quote: Rural Health Conference

    Rates available until April 24th, based on availability.

    Cancellation Policy: up to 4:00pm two days prior without penalty.

  • The CARE Course – Wednesday and Thursday, May 22 + 23 | 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

    This two day rural program for physicians, nurses, and pre-hospital providers provides interactive hands-on learning in a fun, warm, and supportive interprofessional environment. Medical, trauma, obstetric, and paediatric emergency management are featured. For more information, visit or email

    Max. 30 participants | Accredited for up to 51.0 Mainpro+ / 17 hours for RNs and NPs / 14 Education Credits for Paramedics

    Physician: $1550 | Nurse: $200 | Paramedic: $100

    CASTED: Emergency – Wednesday and Thursday, May 22 + 23 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

    This course is a ruthlessly clinical, practical, high-yield, practice changing orthopedics course that will improve your ability to diagnose subtle but serious ED ortho injuries. This course will be valuable to anyone who manages ED patients with acute injuries. Visit the CASTED site for more information and to REGISTER:

    Max. 24 participants | Accredited for up to 48.0 Mainpro+ / 16.0 MOC Section 1

    Physician: $1925 | Resident: $1275 | Allied Health: $1625

    HOUSE-OB – Thursday, May 23 | 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

    The Hands On Ultrasound Education Program (HOUSE) OB course is designed to meet the needs of rural physicians and midwives providing maternity care. The course agenda includes: fetal presentation; fetal cardiac activity; amniotic fluid index; and, newly added content on first trimester pregnancy, including gestational dating!

    Max. 12 participants | Accredited for up to 27.0 Mainpro+ / 9.0 MOC Section 3

    Physician: $1500 | Resident: $900 | Midwife: $900

    HOUSE-EM – Friday, May 24 | 7:30 am – 3:00 pm

    The Hands On Ultrasound Education Program (HOUSE) EM coursefeatures the Ultrasound for CORE IP module, including eFAST, cardiac-subxyphoid, AAA, pneumothorax, and first trimester pregnancy. There is a high instructor to student ratio in this course to maximize hands-on practice time, with scanning on live models. If you are interested in pursing your CORE Independent Practitioner (IP) status, this course qualifies as a pre-requisite course in the certification process.

    Max. 12 participants | Accredited for up to 31.5 Mainpro+ / 10.5 MOC Section 3

    Physician: $1600 | Resident: $1600

    Rural Locum Forum – Friday, May 24 | 8:00 am – 1:30 pm

    The 5th annual Rural Locum Forum will bring together rural BC locums, recent medical graduates, experienced physicians, and rural leaders to share experiences and ideas for innovation. During this half-day program, discover the advantages of rural locuming, and be a part of a unique group of rural health professionals! This event includes a networking lunch with your colleagues and rural communities.

    Accredited for 4.0 Mainpro+

    Physicians: $75 | Residents: $25

    Rural Patient Transport: The Road Ahead – Friday, May 24 | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm | facilitated by Dr. Trina Larsen Soles

    This half-day workshop reviews current initiatives in transport in rural BC. There will be a panel discussion with representatives from RCCbc, BCEHS, EPOS, and PTN, followed by participant table work. Help identify key issues and provide feedback on a variety of proposed improvements for the BC patient transport system. The goal is to have practical input from practicing rural physicians around which initiatives will make your practice better and support your rural communities and rural patients.

    Limited seating, includes a light lunch | Accredited for 3.0 Mainpro+

    Fee: $25

    The Power of Rural Research – Friday, May 24 | 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm | facilitated by Drs. Tandi Wilkinson and Dietrich Furstenburg

    Come and meet the Rural Scholars and discover how powerful rural research can be in contributing to change. Find out how you could do this too!

    Limited seating, includes dinner

    Fee: Free

    Not Just a Prescription Pad: A Multimodal Approach to Chronic Pain Management – Friday, May 25 | 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm | facilitated by Drs. Peter Rothfels and Launette Reib

    This workshop – hosted by WorkSafeBC – covers the safe prescribing of opioids; tapering, substitution, and exit strategies; and pharmacological and non-pharmacological strategies for the treatment of chronic non-cancer pain. REGISTER NOW:

    Limited seating, includes lunch

    Fee: Free

    rMEET – rural Mingle, Eat, Engage Together – Saturday, May 25 | 7:00 am – 7:45 am

    This event will connect residents or physicians in their first five (5) years of rural practice with more experienced rural physicians during an informal breakfast meet up. This networking opportunity will allow for friendly dialogue and mentorship!

    Indicate your interesting when registering for the BC Rural Health Conference

    Fee: Free

  • Learning objectives for the sessions and plenaries will be available shortly.