regarding expectations of physicians not certified in emergency medicine intending to include emergency medicine as part of their rural practice.3 This collaboration resulted in the college’s issuing a revised statement that will better meet the needs of rural emergency departments.
An important feature of a catalyst is that it is not “consumed in the process.” Members of the SRPC are busy physicians who frequently take on leadership roles and are involved in medical administration. It is important that, while caring for our rural populations, we also care for ourselves and support each other. Many of us do this by participating in the RuralMed discussion forum and by meeting and learning from our colleagues at the annual Rural and Remote conference.
The SRPC will continue to act as a catalyst that promotes excellent care close to home for Canada’s rural population. We will do this by working with other medical and governmental organizations and by being an avenue of support, by rural physicians, for each other.
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