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Newsletter - May 2023

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May, 2023

Our Rural and Remote Medicine Course in Niagara Falls was absolutely amazing! We would like to thank every single participant, exhibitor, sponsor and recruiter who joined us to make this an unforgettable event.

Thank you!

Do you want to make an impact in rural health care?

Connect. Elevate. Advocate. us advocate for rural health care close to home

With more members we are stronger

We are your advocates

Join us as we advocate for reliable healthcare accessible close to home.


Jenna Keindel 

Administrative Officer


If you need help with your membership application, please connect with Jenna.

Email Jenna


National Advanced Training Funding Available for Rural Physicians

SRPC was delighted to present the National Advanced Skills and Training Program in Rural Practice at our conference in Niagara Falls at the end of April. We welcome rural physicians interested in advanced skills training e.g., obstetrics, emergency medicine, or anesthesia, to submit an application. The program is first-come, first-served, but applications must be submitted by November 30, 2023, and training must be completed by January 31, 2024, because the project ends March 31, 2024.

The program will fund training opportunities to upskill practicing rural physicians, including specialists, nationwide, enabling them to meet specific community needs and reducing the need for patient transport out of communities to receive these services. The goal is for trainees to develop an ongoing relationship with a local preceptor. The maximum funding available to each physician is $35,000.

Eligibility criteria and registration can be found HERE

Kristen Kluke

Project Coordinator


For questions about the National Advanced Skills and Training Program

Email Kristen

Welcome new staff members!

The SRPC has grown and we're thrilled to welcome three new members to our team:

Daria Parsons

Project Manager for the National Advanced Skills and Training Program

Kristen Kluke

Project Coordinator

Diana Chavez

Marketing Officer

We're proud to have their expertise and skills on board as we continue to grow!

Congratulations to the 2023 Awards Recipients! 

We are thrilled to announce and congratulate the distinguished winners of this year's SRPC Awards, each of whom has showcased exceptional leadership and commitment to improving health outcomes for those living in rural and remote areas. Their dedication to advancing health outcomes for communities across Canada is nothing short of inspiring. We are proud to celebrate and honour their remarkable achievements in rural medicine, and extend our heartfelt congratulations to each and every one of them.

Visit our Awards Page

The Society of Rural Physicians of Canada Hosted National Summit on Equitable Access to Medical Transport in Rural Canada

The Society of Rural Physicians of Canada (SRPC) recently hosted the National Summit on Equitable Access to Medical Transport in Rural Canada on May 4, 2023, at the Wabano Center for Aboriginal Health in Ottawa, Ontario. This invitational meeting brought together individuals from various jurisdictions involved in patient transfer, including Indigenous organizations, rural patients with lived experience, transport providers, administrative and policy decision-makers, rural healthcare providers, and other key stakeholders.

Read our Media Release

Students and Residents News

Sean Bristowe

Co-Chair and LGBTQ2S+ representative

SRPC Student Committee

Welcome Sean Bristowe as New Co-Chair for the SRPC Student Committee.

Sean (they/them) is a white settler who grew up in the Outaouais region, which is the unceded territory of the Algonquin and Anishinaabe people. They are in their second year of medical school at the University of Calgary, graduating class of 2025 and hope to be a rural family doc. In their free time, Sean is passionate about advocating for meaningful trans inclusion in medicine and for increased access to harm reduction and a national safe supply program.

Join us Thursday, May 18 at 7 PM EDT. for a presentation discussing the importance of transgender physician inclusion in medicine, followed by a facilitated panel discussion between trans medical students and trans-allied physician - Dr. Ashifa Jiwa.


Welcome New Council and Executive Members


Dr. Gavin Parker

Pincher Creek, AB

Member at large 

Dr. Emmanuel Abara

Richmond Hill, ON


Dr. Stacy Desilets

New Liskeard, ON

Nominations & Awards 

Dr. Trina Larsen Soles

Golden, BC


Dr. Ruban Kanagaratnam

Swift Current, SK


Dr. Sean Moore

Keewatin, ON

Alberta Rep

Dr. Rithesh Ram 

Drumheller, AB

Northwest Territories Rep

Dr. Kyle Sue 

Edmonton, AB

Yukon Rep

Dr. Lindsey Campbell

Watson Lake, YT

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REAP is currently accepting applications for the Rural Leadership Development Program. The purpose of this program is to increase opportunities for rural physicians to pursue leadership training and develop the skills and abilities to help bring system improvements that will benefit British Columbia’s rural populations.

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Diana Chavez

Marketing Officer

We welcome your suggestions. If you see something we should know about, please connect with Diana.
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Educational Articles and Resources

Learning hub on Building Resilient Rural Communities is now live

The Rural Health Services Research Network of BC (RHSRNbc) has recently published Building Resilient Rural Communities: Responding to Climate Change & Ecosystem Disruption, an online book/learning hub focusing on the realities of climate change in rural Canada, specifically related to community health and health services delivery. The hub includes previous chapters, rural-perspective narratives, infographics, and interviews clips with experts and collaborators.

Access the learning hub resource

Rural Relevant Podcasts

If you have a link to a podcast channel that others will appreciate, please share it with us! 

Send your email to Diana

Who Fuels Division in Rural Canada and Why?

Kurt Phillips - Canadian Anti-Hate Network

Listen here

Episode 50 - RnR Rounds Podcast


"Muddy" Rollover-MVA- Hosted by: Dr Nour Khatib

Listen here

Pride and Prejudice in Rural Ontario


Tami Murray and Patricia Marshal

Listen here



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