About the SRPC R&R Planning Committee

The SRPC R&R planning Committee is tasked with organizing the growing and dynamic Rural & Remote Medicine Course. Now involving over 1000 participants, it is one of the largest rural medicine conferences in the world. Renowned for its excellent peer-to-peer teaching and hands-on workshops, it is one of the few conferences that takes no funding from pharmaceutical companies.

Our 2023 co-chairs for the 30th Annual Rural and Remote Medicine Course on April 20-22, 2023, in Niagara Falls, Ontario, are Drs. Michelle Lajzerowicz from Chelsea, Quebec & Paul Cano of Grimsby, Ontario.


If you would like to be a part of the committee, please send an email to Jennifer Barr

Michelle Lajzerowicz has been a rural family physician since 1996, working primarily in Wakefield, Quebec as well as locum work in Chisasibi in James Bay Cree Territories, and Iqaluit.  She has been a member of the SRPC for almost all of this time.  Over the years she has maintained a busy office practice as well as having previously provided delivery care and hospitalization, and continuing to practice in the emergency department, home care and hospice.  Since 1996 she has been associated with McGill, and for almost that long has been the coordinator of the Wakefield McGill rural teaching site.  Since 2020 she has been the Clerkship Director for McGill’s Campus Outaouais Medical School.  Teaching, training and mentoring new practitioners has been a passion since the beginning, and she is particularly excited to bring to Niagara a Rural and Remote which will focus on what we need to learn to provide excellent care for our patients and communities, but also on how we can help the next generation to provide excellent care for our patients and communities.

That is the formal version.  The less formal version is that I love the SRPC, think rural docs are the best, most exciting docs, and that teaching is exciting and stimulating and keeps me on my game.  This Rural and Remote is aiming to keep you on yours.  Looking forward to seeing you!

Paul had a rural practice from 1990-2020 in Smithville ON, in the Niagara region. He was an urban guy that ended up rural after 2nd year rotation which opened his eyes to the fun of rural practice and small town life. His services included ED, OB and inpatient care. Since retiring from practice, he continues to provide OB support locally, IT consulting, and does rural locums in the north, notably Kenora ON and Yellowknife NWT. As the R&R has always been a place to ‘recharge’, he is excited to help facilitate the conference this year in his own backyard.


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