The purpose of the Rural Leadership Development Project is to increase opportunities for rural physicians to pursue leadership training and develop the skills and abilities to help bring system improvements that will benefit British Columbia’s rural populations.
In addition to access to a formalized leadership program, participants will be offered a mentoring opportunity with a rural leader through UBC CPD’S Rural Physician Mentoring Program. As well, during the course of the training, participants will be encouraged to participate as a guest (when invited) in two meetings of groups providing leadership in rural BC (e.g. JSC, RCCbc Core, Dean’s Advisory council, rural HA leadership forum, Rural Issues Committee etc.). Such shadowing opportunities have been seen as important in grounding leadership training in real-life contexts.
The application form and all supporting documents must be submitted prior to training. Applications are assessed and awarded (based on rural benefit and equity) by a panel consisting of a representative from the JSC, REAP, RCCbc, Rural Chair, and the Rural Issues Committee.
Four to six applications will be accepted every year. This year’s application deadlines are January 31, May 31 and November 30.
- Physicians who have been practicing in a RSA community for at least nine months of the past year.
- Letters from the health authority regional medical director and hospital chief of staff confirming that the training is needed in the community.
- Up to $15,000/year bursary
- An augmentation to the bursary may be granted in the form of the Advanced Skills & Training Program stipend to a maximum of 60 days/year, if deemed necessary.
- Funding for travel and accommodation may also be requested.
For program inquiries, contact:
Download the Rural Leadership Development Project Application Form (open in Acrobat to enable fillable fields in this form)