At conference workshops, our rural colleagues were able to help us use the art of medicine to apply guidelines and medical recommendations to our patients and communities in rural Canada.
Many of us who attend R&R do so to nurture our souls. We listen to inspirational plenary speakers, meet with friends and colleagues, and support each other. Speakers described how they used the art of writing, the art of the narrative and their community involvement to give their work meaning and purpose.
Family support is very important to rural physicians. R&R has always been a conference that welcomes spouses and children. Rural spouses are supporting each other and offering sessions that are of broader interest. The conference provides child care and welcomes children to most of the evening entertainment events. We all enjoyed watching the little ones dancing at the Newfoundland kitchen party at the Irish pub.
Next year, we will gather in Halifax for the Rural and Remote Conference. Although the conference will have a different theme, it will once again give us the opportunity to meet with rural colleagues and help each other experience the art and soul of rural medicine.
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