Rural Research spotlight

The SRPC Research Committee is dedicated to improving the accessibility and awareness of Canadian and International rural health research to SRPC members at any stage in their career. This page outlines important aspects of current rural health research in Canada, including research opportunities, upcoming research events, and highlights of recent publications. 

research Opportunities

Rural & Remote Medicine Course - Call for Abstracts (poster presentation)

Opportunity Type: Poster presentation

Principle Investigator: NA

Institution: SRPC

Posted on SRPC website: 12-Feb-2021

More Information: the SRPC Rural & Remote Medicine Course is accepting poster abstracts until March 15th, 2021. Abstracts and questions can be directed to

Assessing the Economic Costs of Obstetric Evacuation and Outcomes/Experiences of Indigenous Midwifery in Urban, Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities

Opportunity Type: Research Assistant

Principle Investigator: Dr. Jennifer Leason, PhD

Institution: University of Calgary

Posted on SRPC website: 03-Feb-2021

More Information: GIS Research Assistant.pdf

GIS and Health (Exposure Assessment) focused graduate position

Opportunity Type: Graduate Student Position

Principle Investigator: Dr. Daniel Rainham, PhD

Institution: Dalhousie University

Posted on SRPC website: 03-Feb-2021

More Information: Rainham_FundedPhDpositionDalhousie.pdf

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Upcoming research Events

    • 22-Apr-2021
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    The 28th Annual Rural & Remote Medicine Course - Take 2!

    The 28th Annual Rural & Remote Medicine Course - Take 2!  will be presented virtually April 22nd - 24th and we hope that you will join us from the comfort of your home, office, or wherever you have internet access! 

    Registration will provide you with an all-access pass to the three day live event. PLUS, an additional 30 days, allowing you the freedom to access any session you missed at a more convenient time. (24/7 on-demand will be available until May 24th, 2021.)

    Date: Thursday, April 22 - Saturday, April 24, 2021
    Time: 10:30 am - 4:45 pm (EST)


    Regular Rate Late Fee (effective April 1st)
     SRPC Member Categories
     $550  $615
     First 3 Year of Practice
     $425  $475
     Resident/Retired/Lifetime  $275  $310
     Student/Associate  $140  $155
     Non- Member Categories
     Non Member Attendee
     $750  $840

    (Taxes are extra and based on your address.  Rate increase will take effect April 1st 2021.)

    Members need to log in to access the member rates.  Physician Net cost to join is only $340  - Not a member yet? Join today!

    Students & Residents - Please review the FUNDING AND SPONSORSHIP INITIATIVE details below prior to submitting your registration.

    Anyone with questions about registration or invoicing, or membership please contact Jenna. (


    PDF Draft Agenda (will be updated weekly)
    Please note that all events listed are in eastern standard time.


    This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada.


    We have close to 100 sessions relating to rural and remote medicine and rural generalism. The SRPC is fortunate to offer peer to peer teaching.


    Our keynote speakers will no doubt motivate, encourage, and inspire!

    The SRPC is honoured to bring to you Canadian astronaut Dr. David Saint-Jacques and Dr. Ruth Stewart, National Rural Health Commission in Australia and ACRRM Past-President.


    Connect with peers and make new connections by networking and sharing ideas during the event. We will have several virtual break-out rooms for focused discussions. 


    A virtual research poster gallery will be available to see the latest in clinical research in rural medicine. 


    Looking for a locum or to settle in a rural area, interested in the latest products available in medicine, wanting to connect with medical schools?

    Our agenda has a block built in to allows you to click and connect with our loyal sponsors, recruiters, and exhibitors in their virtual booths.  

    *Sponsors, Recruiters and Exhibitors can find all the details on the Exhibitor & Sponsor Registration page or can email


    All sessions will be available for 30 days on-demand (until May 24th, 2021) to allow you the convenience of listening to the sessions on your own time. 


    SRPC Members are encouraged to join us for our Virtual Annual General Meeting on Friday, April 23rd. We will share important updates and vote on SRPC initiatives. 


    Stay tuned for more details.  Please note that any social event requiring payment will be set up as a separate event with a firm cut-off date.


    The SRPC feels it is important to recognize persons or organizations that have made a significant contribution to rural medicine in Canada. Visit our awards page for all the information needed to prepare your nominations or see if you are eligible. All applications must be received by Sunday, January 31st, 2021.

    Exception for Rural Service Award, Rural Long Service Award, Fellowship of Rural Remote Medicine of the SRPC and the SRPC Lifetime Member awards:  SRPC Members must be registered for this event no later than Wednesday, March 1st, to be eligible.


    SRPC Sponsorship for R&R 2021

    Funding is made possible by generous physicians and others who wish to support learners and the future of rural and remote medicine in Canada.

    • Sponsor a Student or Resident
      During the registration process, you may choose to sponsor a student/resident by adding their registration fee to your invoice.  You will have the option to provide the name of a specific individual and we will inform them that you have sponsored their registration fees.  All student/residents requesting funding will be entered into a draw for the remaining sponsorship. 

    • Students and Residents Requesting Sponsorship
      Any student or resident that registers for this event and has ZERO funding from elsewhere is eligible. Please indicate that you are an unfunded registrant on the registration page.  Leave your invoice unpaid.  On March 15th, we will draw names for any unclaimed gifted registration fees. 

    Other Sponsorship

    Have you been approved for funding?  Please select the "Sponsored" registration option and use the promo code that your sponsor communicated to you.

    Pending Sponsorship?
    If you are unsure if funding is granted, please register as a student or resident and leave your registration as pending. (Do not pay the invoice) we can settle in the weeks to come. Contact Jenna if you have any questions.  (


    All event cancellations must be made in writing by email to (

    • A full Refund (less $75 admin fee) will be granted if notification is received by March 4th.
    • 50% refund will be granted for cancellations made between March 5th and March 21st OR full amount (less $75 admin fee) as a credit on your account to be used on future invoices. (Events, membership, or donations.)
    • Refunds will not be granted after March 21st. The full amount (less $75 admin fee) as a credit on your account to be used on future invoices. (Events, membership, or donations)
    • Deposits are non-refundable but are transferable to SRPC membership or donations.
    • Social tickets are non-refundable but may be transferred or donated to a student or resident.

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    The 28th Annual Rural and Remote Medicine Course - Take 2!

Hosting or aware of a rural health research event and would like to add it to our calendar?  Send us an email


Health-Risk Behaviors and Protective Factors Among Adolescents in Rural British Columbia 

Authors: Géczy I, Saewyc EM, Poon CS & Homma Y 

Journal: The Journal of Rural Health

Summary & Impact: This study characterized the association between rurality and a variety of health-related behaviors, including seatbelt use, obesity, and patterns of alcohol and tobacco use using a school-based survey of adolescents living in rural and remote BC. Many of these potentially harmful health behaviors were found to be more prevalent in rural, relative to urban, settings; however, family/school connectedness and prosocial relationships with peers reduced the likelihood of engaging in these behaviors among rural and remote adolescents. Rural-urban disparities in health behaviors varied between males and females. The results from this study will be helpful in guiding regionally tailored public health interventions aimed at promoting adolescent health in rural Canada.  

DOI: 10.1111/jrh.12389

Meet the Corresponding Author

Dr. Istvan Géczy has a teacher's degree in biology-chemistry and a psychology degree (bachelor's equivalent) from Hungary. After coming to Canada, Dr. Géczy finished a master's degree in experimental psychology at McGill University in 1992. followed by a Ph.D. with summa cum laude at ELTE University, Budapest, Hungary, in the area of neurobiology of behavior.

Since 2001, Dr. Géczy has been an academic instructor in psychology  at various post-secondary institutions in Canada, including the University of Saskatchewan, Augustana Campus of the University of Alberta, and University of Northern British Columbia. Dr. Géczy has been a full-time permanent faculty in the academic program at Northern Lights College (a rural community college in northern BC) since 2007. In this role, he has taught various psychology courses, in addition to being involved in several projects conducted at the McCreary Centre Society in Vancouver under the leadership of Dr. Elizabeth Saewyc, Director of UBC School of Nursing and Research Director at McCreary.

Question: Why is studying rural and remote health in Canada important to you? 

Dr. Géczy: An important area of research in epidemiology is to study the health and well-being of young people. We have little empirical data in Canada on the physical and psychosocial health of adolescents residing in rural and remote areas. This is unfortunate, because rural teens have fewer access to health services and they often fare behind their urban counterparts in many indicators of health and health behaviors. Our study published in the JRH is a modest attempt to direct attention of health professionals and service providers to the health needs of rural teenagers in BC.

Photo: Istvan Géczy

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