Sustaining Pediatrics in Rural and Underserved Communities (SPRUCe) is a new network developed by pediatricians Dr. Kirsten Miller and Dr. Jenny Retallack with the support of the Rural Coordination Centre of BC. The goal of the network is to connect community pediatric providers (pediatricians, family physicians, residents, and nurse practitioners) who have an interest in supporting and sustaining excellence in pediatric care in rural and remote communities across British Columbia.
Through SPRUCe, rural and remote pediatric care providers in BC will have access to a network of pediatric providers from across the province who have similar working environments. The development of strong inter-regional relationships will enable sharing of information and peer support. The network will also facilitate the development and implementation of strategies with the primary aim of ensuring that high quality, sustainable pediatric care is available to all children, youth and families in rural and remote BC. Pediatric care providers living in non-rural communities who are interested in rural medicine will also have the chance to connect with rural and remote pediatric care providers to support the provision of rural pediatric care in BC.
SPRUCe kicked off the first of its four-part educational series on December 2, 2020. It was a successful evening with more than 45 participants from communities all across BC. If you missed the first session, please see the link below. Registration is now open for the third session at 19:30-21:00 on March 30, 2021.
If you missed Part One or Two, please email SPRUCe@rccbc.ca to request access to a recorded copy of the presentation.
This program was co-developed between Rural Coordination Centre of BC and BC Pediatric Society and was planned to achieve scientific integrity, objectivity and balance.
This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and has been approved by UBC CPD for up to 1.5 MOC Section 1 Group Learning credits for EACH of the 4 sessions. These credits are translatable for the Maintenance of Certification Program of the College of Family Physicians of Canada.
Please contact SPRUCe@rccbc.ca for more information.