the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada
LA SOCIÉTÉ DE LA MÉDECINE RURALE DU CANADA


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Our Vision

Excellent health care close to home for all rural Canadians.


Our Mission

Championing rural generalist medical care through education,
collaboration, advocacy and research.



About the Society

The Society of Rural Physicians of Canada (SRPC) is the national voice of Canadian rural physicians. Founded in 1992, the SRPC’s mission is to provide leadership for rural physicians and to promote sustainable conditions and equitable health care for rural communities.

On behalf of its members and the Canadian public, SRPC performs a wide variety of functions, such as developing and advocating health delivery mechanisms, supporting rural doctors and communities in crisis, promoting and delivering continuing rural medical education, encouraging and facilitating research into rural health issues, and fostering communication among rural physicians and other groups with an interest in rural health care.

The SRPC is a voluntary professional organization with over 3,000 members representing rural physicians in Canada's 5 regional divisions spanning the country.


2018 - 2019 Executive

President

Dr. Margaret Tromp MD CCFP FCFP FRRMS
Picton, ON
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Margaret Tromp is a family physician in Picton where she has a full spectrum practice.  She is a member of the Prince Edward Family Health Team and an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Queen’s University.  Margaret spent her early career working in remote areas, including Ethiopia, Labrador, northern Ontario and Saskatchewan.

Margaret is married to rural physician, David Beach, and has two children.  She enjoys cycling and cross country skiing.

Past-President

Dr. Tom Smith Windsor BSC MD CCFP FCFP FRRMS
Prince Albert, SK
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Has provided medical services to the First Nations Community of Montreal Lake since 1991. In 1999, he began serving as a civil aviation medical examiner with Transport Canada and a medical examiner with Immigration Canada. Dr Smith-Windsor has now retired after 26 years of practice at the Associate Medical Clinic in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, but continues to provide service once weekly at a nearby First Nation. He is also currently working as Associate Dean, Distributed Medical Education, U of S.

Dr Smith-Windsor is credited for leading the development of a successful rural family medicine resident training program in Prince Albert that also teaches enhanced surgical skills—a first in Canada. Dr Smith-Windsor has served on many national and provincial committees focused on rural medicine and rural medical education. Currently, he participates as a member of Advancing Rural Family Medicine: The Canadian Collaborative Taskforce, a CFPC and Society of Rural Physicians of Canada initiative.

Treasurer

Dr. Gabe Woollam
Happy Valley Goose Bay, NL
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Secretary

Dr. Elaine Blau MD CCFP FCFP FRRMS
Tobermory , ON
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Dr. Blau is a proud U of S alumnus ('91), rural doc, assistant clinical professor, McMaster Dept of Fam Med and SRPC member. From 1994-2015 she spent 10 years in comprehensive rural practice, 5 years at McMaster in teaching practice then 6 years rural locums including work in ON & Inuvik, NWT.  From 2004-2016 she was Rural Residency Director at McMaster, instituting a SIM med day annually for rural residents and successfully doubling rural residency CaRMS spots over that period while building, supporting and encouraging rural faculty teaching within that program.  She has been back living rurally since 2015, enjoying rural generalist clinical practice and teaching on the beautiful Bruce Peninsula where she is also Grey Bruce Health Services Rural Medical Staff President for 5 rural hospitals.  Since residency, she has been a member of various CFPC committees on family medicine rural curriculum and competencies, involved in program evaluations & accreditation. Dr. Blau is currently privileged to be part of the new OCFP Rural Expert Panel/Steering Committee for Rural Medicine that will combine CPD and mentorship networks for rural docs. She is doing her best to sit at local, provincial and national tables to make a difference for rural communities where possible while enjoying life with her lovely husband Brian who works for Parks Canada. She is sustained and guided by their dog Thurman, enjoys photography, hiking, kayaking and paddle-boarding from her front doorstep.


Member-at-Large

Dr. Stefan Grzybowski
Salt Spring Island, BC
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Stefan Grzybowski practiced as a family physician for twelve years on the Queen Charlotte Islands/ Haida Gwaii. After moving to Vancouver in 1994 he worked at the Three Bridges Health Centre an inner city clinic until 2006. He currently provides part time rural locum services and is active in the SRPC, RCCbc, and the Division of rural and remote Family Practice. He is interested in health services research and is a Professor at the University of British Columbia’s Department of Family Practice. His current research is focused on studying the sustainability of rural health services with the goal of improving health services for rural people and their communities. He has also had a long term commitment to building research capacity through strategies to support clinical investigators in family medicine.

Member-at-Large

Dr. Merrilee Brown
Port Perry, ON
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Merrilee Brown is a Family Physician who has worked in Port Perry for over 20 years. She continues to deliver babies, do consult palliative care, do walk-in clinic and ER shifts, OR assist, as well as office & retirement home. She is a self described teaching mercenary who has appointments at UofT, Queens and NOSM. She is on the OCFP Rural Expert Panel for the Rural Mentorship Integration Network and the CAEP Rural Section. She is happily married with two teenagers and a goofy Golden Doodle. She plays a mean French Horn, sings in a chamber choir and loves to ski, hike and cook for large numbers of people.

Member-at-Large

Dr. Gavin Parker
Pincher Creek, AB
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Gavin Parker is a full scope rural family physician and GP-Anesthetist that has practiced in Pincher Creek for over a decade. He is the father of three wonderful children and husband to even more wonderful wife Jennifer.  He has chaired numerous national medical educational conferences, has obtained an M.Sc. in medical education, and holds a position as Assistant Professor with the University of Calgary.  He serves his community through positions such as medical director for the visitor safety program in Waterton Lakes National Park and Castle Mountain Ski Resort, is vice chair of the St. Michael's School Council, and Jennifer and Gavin run the Barracuda Judo club in town.  He hold black belts in karate and judo, enjoys golf and soccer, and is proud of the medical team in his community.


Regional Representatives to Council

To contact any of our Regional Representatives, please send your email to info@srpc.ca

Atlantic

Christopher Patey  •  St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
Declan Fox  •  Tignish,
Prince Edward Island
Email

Quebec

Michelle Lajzerowicz  •  Chelsea, Quebec
Email

ontario

Peter Englert  •  Grand Bend, Ontario
Melissa Holowaty  •  Havelock, Ontario

Email

Central

Nadin Gilroy  •  Norway House (Kinosao Sipi), Manitoba
Stephanie Young
  •  La Ronge, Saskatchewan
Email

NorthWest

Kyle Sue  •  St John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
Karen Forgie  • Halfmoon Bay, British Columbia 
Email

Standing Committees

To contact any of our Standing Committee representatives, please send your email to info@srpc.ca

Anesthesia
Annie Lu  

Elora, Ontario
Email

Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine
Peter Hutten-Czapski   

Haileybury, Ontario
Email

Communications
Melissa Holowaty    

Havelock, Ontario
Email

Emergency
Etienne Van Der Linde  
 

Clarenville,  Newfoundland and Labrador
Email

Enhanced Surgical Skills (ESS)
Stuart Iglesias    
Denny Island,  British Columbia
Email

First Year in Practice
Roderick Cheung    
Kapuskasing, Ontario
Email

Indigenous Health
Darlene Kitty  
Chisasibi, Quebec
Email

International
Ray Markham
Valemount, British Columbia

Email

Maternal and Newborn Care
Sarah Lesperance
Iqaluit, Nunavut
Email

Nominations and Awards
Tom Smith Windsor
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
Email

Research
Jeff Irvine   
La Ronge, Saskatchewan

Email

Resident Committee
David Jerome   

Sioux Lookout, Ontario
and
Jessica Shanahan   
St John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
Email

Rural and Remote Planning Committee
Gabe Woollam   
Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador

and
Margo Wilson
Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador
Email

Rural Critical Care (RCC)
Gordon Brock   
La Prairie, Quebec
Email

Rural Road Map Implementation
Jim Rourke   
St John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Email

Specialists
Kweku Dankwa
St Anthony, Newfoundland and Labrador

Email

Student Committee
Brooke Edwards
London, Ontario
and
Jasmine Waslowski
Caledon Village, Ontario
Email

SRPC Office Staff

Jennifer Barr Email

Jenna Keindel Email

Louise Ardern Email

Officers of the society are elected as per the bylaws at the annual meeting. Other volunteers from across the country help to make the work of the Society of Rural Physicians happen. These are your contact people. Please pass information, questions and problems through them for discussion at our monthly teleconference. The outcome will come back to you via the rural news, this website, the RuralMed mailing list, or directly via your representative. We can always use more manpower and ideas. If you have feel you have something to contribute, let us know!

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