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Rural Programs and Resources

Listed below are programs and resources available to rural physicians who practise in eligible Rural Practice Subsidiary Agreement (RSA) communities that meet the minimum point requirements under the Medical Isolation Point Assessment system.

Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc)
An excellent resource for rural physicians in BC is the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc). It seeks to improve rural patient care by:
  • coordinating rural health education in conjunction with UBC's Faculty of Medicine
  • supporting the recruitment and retention of rural practitioners, and
  • developing and sustaining community health services and professional partnerships.

Real-Time Virtual Supports (RTVS): Pathways
Read more about virtual healthcare supports and the several pathways available for rural healthcare providers, as well as all First Nations citizens, and rural / remote communities across the province.

Rural Physician Programs Guide 
For a synopsis of all programs and support available for rural physicians through the RSA, download a copy of the booklet Rural Programs: A Guide to the Rural Physician Programs in British Columbia (March 2018)

UBC Rural Continuing Professional Development (RCPD) Program
The UBC Rural Continuing Professional Development (RCPD) Program is committed to supporting the learning needs of physicians and other health care providers who practice in rural and remote areas of British Columbia (BC).

  • The Coaching and Mentoring Program (CAMP) offers rural physicians and health care practitioners an opportunity to build meaningful supportive collegial relationships to foster their mutual learning and growth, enhanced knowledge and skill development. 
  • Personal Learning Plans (PLP)is a free and personalized concierge service that aims to support International Medical Graduate physicians in British Columbia to identify and achieve practice goals, navigate the continuing professional development landscape, and support success in community and practice.

Isolation Allowance Fund (IAF)
Additional funding to assist RSA communities with recruiting expenses where the difficulty in filling a vacancy is, or is expected to be, especially severe.

Northern and Isolation Travel Assistance Outreach Program (NITAOP)
Makes available travel assistance to approved physicians visiting eligible rural and isolated communities to provide medical services.

Recruitment Contingency Fund (RCF)
Adddional funding to assist communities, health authorities, or physician groups where the difficulty in filling a vacancy is, or is expected to be, especially severe.

Recruitment Incentive Fund (RIF)
Funding for physicians recruited to fill vacancies.

Rural Continuing Medical Education (RCME)
Provides rural physicians with enhanced CME funding.

Rural Education Action Plan (REAP)
Supports the training needs of physicians in rural practice, provides undergraduate medical students and postgraduate residents with rural practice experience, and increases rural physician participation in the medical school selection process. There are several REAP programs which support the continuing medical education needs and teaching activities of rural physicians in British Columbia:

Rural Emergency Enhancement Fund (REEF)
Funding for eligible rural emergency departments to support fee-for-service physicians who collaboratively plan for and provide public access to ED services on a regular, scheduled basis.

Rural Retention Program (RRP)
Retention payment paid to physicians working in eligible RSA communities.

Supervisors of Provincially Licensed Physicians (SPLP)
Funding for eligible supervising physicians who spend a significant amount of time assessing the knowledge, competencies, and clinical skills of rural physicians who have provisional licenses. (see page 24 in Rural Programs: A Guide to the Rural Physician Programs in British Columbia) 

RnR Rounds
RnR Rounds (Rural & Remote Emergency Medicine Rounds) is a rural-physician, simulation-based CPD resuscitation program, currently offered in Victoria BC with options for virtual participation.