Society of Rural Physicians of Canada - Société de la médecine rurale du Canada
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Society of Rural Physicians of Canada

Providing leadership for rural physicians

99.8% of Canada's 10 million square kilometres are rural by area. 31.4% of Canada’s population or roughly 9 million people live in predominantly rural regions. Towns under 10,000 account for 22.2% of the population, and yet they are served by only 10.1% of physicians. Canada's larger rural and regional centres 10,000 to 100,000 population constitute 15.9% of the population and have only 11.9% of the physician pool. With sub specialists and high technology of large cities distant, country doctors work in small groups in settings which require a broad spectrum of clinical skills.

We find that the care we can provide for our patients and communities is very rewarding. We enjoy a great variety of practice that often includes obstetrics, surgery, anaesthetics and emergency medicine t
ogether with hospital access and care of the acutely ill. Socially we feel a part of our communities and enjoy outdoor living with many recreational opportunities. We would be isolated if it were not for our efforts to improve this often neglected and impoverished sector of the health care system. We are the SRPC.

Continuing Medical Education
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While there are many CME activities that interest Rural Doctors, there are very few with a rural focus. Our CME section highlights upcoming SRPC sponsored events and others that have this rural focus and conform to our ethics policy with regard
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SRPC Committees and Projects
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  Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine
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The CJRM is published quarterly, is peer-reviewed, and promotes research into rural health issues.
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Order the
Manual of Rural Practice today! Highly accessible, the work has practical approaches to many of the procedures that a rural doctor may provide. Now Shipping the Second Printing!
  The Library
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We have an annotated library of downloadable documents that express opinion or contain data that can be helpful to you in practicing rural medicine and in coping with health care reform as it impacts rural areas. This library is a means of sharing information with others.
Communications Overview
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The SRPC communications is where you can find upcoming events, announcements, and discusion groups and classified postings.
  Our Resources
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This page will give you an overview of all the pies the SRPC has it's fingers in. And will give you an idea of how you can get more involved.
SRPC Member Spotlight
Dr. John Soles, President

John received his medical degree from the University of British Columbia, then completed a Rotating Internship at Dalhousie University. He locumed his way back across the country and landed in Clearwater, BC, where he has now been practicing family medicine for 25 years.

He enjoys teaching, and has been sharing his love of rural medicine and its lifestyle with medical students for the past 20 years.

He is a faculty member of The CARE Course, and is a member of the Rural Issues Committee and the Joint Standing Committee in BC.

John and his family are very happy to have found a home with the SRPC.

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Joint position paper on rural surgery and operative delivery
Online Registration Now Available

Slit Lamp

In Review

Second World Summit on Rural Generalist Medicine

Video Highlights


Rural and Remote 2015

Don't forget your online
Overall course Evaluation!


Workshop Evaluations


Video Highlights

Cairns Consensus Statement on Rural Generalist Medicine


Déclaration de consensus de Cairns sur la médecine générale en milieu rural

The Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine - now on line in .pdf and digital


Press Releases

Closure of Rural Birthing Units Associated with Increased Costs / Worse outcomes . . .


National Rural Health Strategy
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Notes For Speaking to MPs


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