RUDi (Rural Urgent Doctor in-aid)
RUDi (Rural Urgent Doctor in-aid) – Emergency – is one of the Instant Access Real Time Virtual Support (RTVS) Pathways for providers for healthcare collaboration in rural and remote communities in BC.
RUDi physicians with emergency medicine and rural experience are available 24/7 by Zoom and phone to support rural healthcare providers looking for support with a patient or preparatory simulation.
- providing a second opinion
- reviewing a case
- running through simulation scenarios
- helping to navigate the healthcare system
- providing collaborative support in critical times
- other situations as needed by rural providers
How to access RUDi
Support through RUDi is available 24/7 through Zoom contact firstname.lastname@example.org or through 236-305-9302.
If you don’t have a Zoom for Healthcare account yet, physicians, nurse practitioners, or midwives in rural BC can fill out our online form to request a Zoom account, or visit our Getting Started page for more information.
If you signed up for a Zoom license through RCCbc, all Real-Time Virtual Support (RTVS) pathways (RUDi, ROSe, CHARLiE, MaBAL, Dermatology, Thrombosis etc.) will be added to your Zoom contacts automatically.
Adding RUDi contacts
If your Zoom account was provided by your health authority or you signed up for your own account (outside of RCCbc), you will need to add the RTVS contacts to your account. The RUDi contact to add is: email@example.com
Note: It may take up to 24 hours for your contact request to be accepted, so contacts will show as “pending” until then.
If you need assistance adding contacts, watch the video below.
Request a consult with a RUDi physician
Once logged into Zoom, go to Contacts. You will see the RTVS – Emergency >> RUDi 1 contact.
If RUDi 1 has a green symbol next to it, this means they’re online and available. Click on that contact, then the Meet button to start a video call.
If you’re unable to connect to RUDi via Zoom or if there is no answer right away, call the backup cell number listed for that account. Note: The backup number changes based on which physician is on call.
Meet the RUDi Team Leaders
Brydon Blacklaws, MD, CCFP(EM)
Brydon Blacklaws is Co-Lead of the RTVS Program, as well as its Emergency Medicine arm – RUDI. Brydon is an emergency physician who has worked coast to coast since 2015, from the busy urban centres of Halifax and Regina, to the small community hospitals of Terrace and Port Alberni. Brydon currently works in Powell River, while maintaining teaching roles with UNBC, Island POCUS, the Nanaimo Emergency Education Program, and the Powell River SIM Program. Brydon is Medical Director of the RTVS SIM Program and the RTVS Resident Rural Rounds and is excited to be part of this growing network of support for rural, remote, and Indigenous communities.
Jeff Beselt is a family and emergency physician. He lives on a small farm in Campbell River and has worked in emergency in Campbell River since 2005. Jeff is driven by his passion for cultural humility and belief in culture change through compassion and inclusion. He has spent much of his time as a family physician working in partnership with First Nations communities and provides care as a member of the health and wellness teams in Kwadacha and Tsay Keh Dene. Jeff has also joined RCCbc as Medical Co-Director of RUDi.