The Rural Medicine Interest Longitudinal Mentorship introduces medical students and residents to the diverse and rewarding opportunities of rural medical practice in British Columbia. Students attend semi-monthly meetings to hear from and develop relationships with an array of guest speakers, including rural general practitioners and specialists, and discover the breadth of rural practice.
“The Rural Medicine Interest Longitudinal Mentorship is useful because it exposes students to the breadth of experiences that rural practice has to offer, while simultaneously offering specific information about aspects of medicine that are often neglected elsewhere, like finances, family, and lifestyle.”Student Mentee
How mentorship helps
Rural communities in British Columbia are in desperate need of doctors, but attracting medical students and residents to rural practice is challenging. Students are often unaware of the diverse opportunities and supports that exist in rural practice. And undergraduate medical programs often lack rural-focused training, placing greater value on specialization than family medicine
Benefits of Rural Medicine Interest Longitudinal Mentorship
- Informs medical students about the diverse opportunities to live and practice medicine in rural British Columbia
- Connects medical students with rural doctors from across British Columbia who share their expertise and passion for rural medicine