Excellent health care close to home for all rural Canadians.
Championing rural generalist medical care through education,
collaboration, advocacy and research.
The Society of Rural Physicians of Canada (SRPC) is the national voice of Canadian rural physicians. Founded in 1992, the SRPC’s mission is championing rural generalist medical care through education, collaboration, advocacy and research.
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 2500 members representing rural physicians spanning the country.
Rural Medicine: Medical care provided where access to specialist care and specialized resources is limited or distant. (Rourke -CSA 2019)
Remote Medicine: Medical care provided where/when transfer/access to in-time specialist care and specialized resources is high-risk or impossible (Rourke-CSA 2019)
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!
The SRPC has grown and evolved over the years, and we felt it was time to reflect this in our new logo. The SRPC was started by physicians who worked in agricultural areas of Southern Ontario and Western Quebec and the original logo reflects these agricultural roots. Over the past 27 years, the society has expanded and now has many members from all across the country. After careful consideration, we chose a logo that reflects all parts of rural and remote Canada with a modern, clean look.
Color is an essential element to any logo so the red Canadian maple leaf was chosen. Red evokes feelings of power, passion, determination, and warmth. It also represents friendship, hospitality, and joy. All true characteristics of any rural health care professional.
A canoe paddle was inserted as representation of rural, remote, and Indigenous communities. It symbolizes great wisdom, a tool of exploration and discovery, a connection to the natural world. The paddle is still a tool of labour in many parts of the county, but is also a tool of recreation. Canadians paddle in every province and territory across the county. The paddle is used in water; water is a symbol of life, healing, and transformation.
It was important to have a new look, but also as important for some aspects of the original design to remain. The snake, which represent healing and medicine was coloured green, a colour of nature and a symbol of life and new beginnings.
We feel the logo stays true to our roots while still reflecting the evolution of our organization. We are very pleased with the new look and hope you like it too!