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New Rural Physician CME Program

The New Rural Physician CME Program offers funding for new rural physicians to attend rurally relevant events. Funds may be accessed prior to commencing work in an Rural Subsidiary Agreement (RSA) Community and on a yearly basis for the first two years of rural practice.


Newly graduated UBC residents who have a formal commitment to begin practice in an RSA Community may apply for retro-active funding for the Rural Health Conference through this program provided they’ve accepted the position in their RSA community within the same fiscal year of completion of residency and attendance of the Conference.




  • New rural physicians* must be in their first two years of rural practice in BC and have a formal commitment to practice in an RSA community.
  • Must provide a letter from the local Chief of Staff which confirms the applicant’s commitment to the RSA community and that they are still within their first two years of rural practice in BC.
  • The educational event(s) must occur after a formal commitment to practice in a rural community has been accepted.


* physicians returning to practice after a long-term leave who have limited access to other sources of CME funding may contact the REAP office to inquire about eligibility for this program.




  • ACLS Recertification – reimbursement of the course fee to a maximum of $350; and
  • Reimbursement of the course fee for one additional course to a maximum of $1,000.  Available courses are listed below.
  • Reimbursement of travel expenses to a maximum of $1,000^.
  • Reimbursement of accommodation expenses up to $200/night for up to three nights.  For accommodation with family/friends, a maximum of $75/night for up to three nights may be claimed.


Funds are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.


^Please note that travel occurring outside of BC will be reimbursed up to the round trip equivalent cost of travel between your home community and Vancouver.


Eligible Courses


Course Name Course Description
ACLS Advanced Cardiac Life Support
ACLS Update Advanced Cardiac Life Support – Recertification
ACLS-EP Advanced Cardiac Life Support – Experienced Provider
AIME Airway Interventions and Management in Emergencies
AIME Airway Interventions and Management in Emergencies – Update
ALARM Advances in Labour and Risk Management
ALSO Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics
APLS Advanced Pediatric Life Support
ATLS Advanced Trauma Life Support
ATLS Instructor Advanced Trauma Life Support Instructor
CARE Comprehensive Approach to Rural Emergencies
CASTED Hands-On Orthopedic Course
EDE Emergency Department Echo
EDTU Emergency Department Targeted Ultrasonography
EMR CAEP: Emergency Medicine Review
HOUSE Hands-On Ultrasound Education Program
PEARS Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization
PALS Pediatric Advanced Life Support
PALS Pediatric Advanced Life Support – Renewal
PoCUS Point of Care Ultrasound
RHC Rural Health Conference (RCCbc)
RnR Rounds* Rural & Remote Emergency Medicine Rounds
SEMP Simulation-assisted Emergency Medicine Procedures
UGEMP Ultrasound-Guided Emergency Medicine Procedures


* a similar program is being developed at Lion’s Gate Hospital. This course will also be supported.

Courses not listed here will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the REAP office to inquire about courses not listed here.


Application Process


The application and all supporting documents must be submitted during the fiscal year in which the training is completed.  The fiscal year runs from April 1 – March 31.


To learn more about the program policies and/or apply, please click here.



For program inquiries contact:


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


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

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