1. I'm looking for the new R2 UBC rural rotation placement schedule.
The schedule of rural rotations is now available on the UBC Family Practice Residency Program’s Entrada site. A UBC CWL is required to log in. If you have questions, please contact Larissa McLean, Rural Education Manager with Family Practice – Larissa.firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Where do I find information about the rural community that I'm going to for my rural rotation?
RCCbc has an interactive online Communities database that lists the amenities – both medical and non-medical – of many rural BC communities.
3. What kind of medicine will I be practicing during my rural rotation?
Depending on the teaching site, residents can expect to see patients in any or all of the following settings: an office practice, a clinic setting, and/or a hospital. Some communities may have interprofessional teams while other settings may have more traditional team structures. Select training sites have a call schedule available – please contact your site for more information.
4. I'm interested in learning more about rural medicine. How do I do this?
Residents are required to complete a mandatory two month rural rotation as part of their training so there will be an opportunity for you to explore rural medicine. However, if you would like to learn more about rural practice before your rural rotation, the Rural Club provides an opportunity for medical students and rural residents to integrate with rural faculty. The club, sponsored by the Rural Education Action Plan (REAP), is an RCCbc collaboration with the UBC Family Medicine Interest Group.
5. I'm interested in rural medicine and want to meet rural doctors. Can you introduce me to some?
Rural conferences are a great way to meet rural physicians from BC and across Canada. The Society of Rural Physicians of Canada hosts an annual “Rural and Remote Medicine Course” each year that is well-attended by rural doctors from across the country. RCCbc hosts an annual gathering for BC’s rural physicians, the BC Rural Health Conference (RHC), and also co-hosts the Rural Locum Forum. We strongly recommend that medical students and residents wishing to network with rural doctors attend these conferences. REAP sponsors medical students and rural residents to attend national and provincial rural focused medical conferences each year. To learn more, contact the UBC Family Medicine Interest Group.
6. I'm a resident at an urban teaching site and would like take an additional rural rotation. How can I do this?
REAP provides funding to urban based UBC residents wishing to complete additional elective rural rotations in RSA Communities through the Postgraduate Rural Rotation Support Program. For rotations that are one month or longer in duration, eligible residents may apply for reimbursement of actual travel and accommodation expenses up to $1,300/month. Rotations shorter than one month are compensated at $1,000/trip for actual travel and accommodation expenses. To learn more about this program, email the REAP Program Assistant or call 604-827-1504.
7. I'm looking for Continuing Medical Education (CME) courses that are open to residents. Do you know which courses I can take?
You can look for CME courses on the RCCbc’s Event Calendar. You may also be interested in exploring the UBC Rural Continuing Professional Development (CPD) web site. The CARE Course and HOUSE Program may also be available to select Family Medicine residents – consult with your Site Coordinator for more details.
8. I'm a UBC psychiatry resident and I want to work with rural patients – how can I obtain rural experience?
If your preceptor is a specialist providing outreach services to an RSA community – either through NITAOP, the Rural Specialist Locum Program, or an academic agreement with a health authority – you may be eligible for REAP funding to accompany him/her to rural communities. Through this Postgraduate Rural Rotation Support program, you can receive funding for travel and accommodation expenses. To learn more about this program, email the REAP Program Assistant or call 604-827-1504.
9. I will be completing my residency soon and will be starting up a rural practice in BC. What supports are available to me?
10. Do you have a list of online resources for residents?
Here are some links that may be of interest to BC medical residents:
UBC Department of Family Practice Postgraduate Program
UBC Faculty of Medicine Postgraduate Program
BC College of Family Physicians
College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)
College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC
Resident Doctors of BC
Doctors of BC (formerly the BC Medical Association) – benefits for residents
Health Match BC
Locums for Rural BC
11. How can I apply for the loan forgiveness program for residents?
There are two loan forgiveness programs available to Family Medicine residents who provide service to rural communities:
These are two separate programs, with separate application forms. The eligibility criteria for both programs are VERY different from each other. Please read the background information on the two web sites very carefully before submitting your applications for these programs.
The loan forgiveness programs are only applicable to the Canada Student Loan and BC Provincial Student Loan – private loans, lines of credit, etc. are not eligible for either of these programs.
12. Do you have information I can give to rural high school students who want to learn more about a career in health care?
Yes – REAP has a multimedia presentation that can be given to high school students by rural doctors, residents and medical students. We strongly encourage practicing health professionals to educate rural high school students about careers in health care. There are many misconceptions about rural students not being able to successfully compete with urban students for seats in medical school – we would like rural high school students to hear from practitioners (“the horse’s mouth”) that they can become doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, physiotherapists and pharmacists. For more information about REAP’s High School Strategy, email the Rural eMentoring Program or call 604-827-4197 or 604-827-4753.
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