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The purpose of this program is to improve rural physician retention and skills by increasing opportunities to receive advanced training and skill enhancement. Training opportunities under this program are flexible in timing. Rural physicians are eligible to apply for up to 60 days of funding per fiscal year.


Applicants are encouraged to consult with their Hospital Chief of Staff and Regional Medical Director regarding their proposed training plan, the impact it may have on local medical staff while away, and the expectation that the applicant will return to their rural community upon completion of training.




  • Physicians who have been practicing in a RSA community for at least nine months of the past year.
  • Physicians who are returning to practice after a leave such as parental leave, long-term illness or disability and have a formal commitment to practice in an RSA Community.
  • Letters from the community and health authority confirming that the skill is needed in the community.
  • Please review the “Additional Funding Opportunities” section below to explore other programs that may be available to support your training needs.


Rural physicians who have been practicing in an RSA Community for less than nine months may be eligible for funding through the Rural Skills Upgrade Program.




  • $950 per day stipend to cover income loss.
  • $90 per day is to be paid to the primary preceptor, from the weekly stipend.
  • Travel costs up to $2,000 for the duration of the training period.
  • Up to $200 per training day for accommodation.


Funds are allocated on a first-come first-serve basis.  REAP will not provide funding for courses or conferences, training received outside of BC unless previously approved, or training not relevant to the REAP approved training plan even in cases where other funding sources have been exhausted.


Application deadline


The application form and all supporting documents must be submitted prior to training, but may be accepted up to one week prior to the end of the fiscal year in which the training began.  The fiscal year runs from April 1 – March 31.



For program inquiries contact:


REAP Senior Program Assistant
University of British Columbia
#300 – 5950 University Boulevard
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z3
P: 604-827-1504
[email protected]


For claims and payments contact:


Doctors of BC
#115 – 1665 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC, V6J 5A4
TFP in BC: 1 800 665-2262
P: 604 736-5551
[email protected]


Advanced Skills & Training Program Guidelines & Policies

View guidelines and policies

To apply for Advanced Skills & Training Program

Apply here

Additional Funding Opportunities

SRPC’s National Advanced Skills & Training Program for Rural Physicians offers up to 30 days of funding for advanced skills training to rural physicians nationwide who are completing training by March 15, 2024.  Participants must be an SRPC member (or willing to become one) and have been in practice in a rural community for at least 6 months of the past year with a commitment to return.  Further information can be found here.  Please note this funding cannot be combined with a REAP AST or RSU application.

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