Are you a medical student passionate about RURAL MEDICINE?
If so, the SRPC Student Committee wants you!
As a subset of the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada, we are a committee of medical students from across Canada who are collectively committed to supporting student interest in rural and remote medicine. We are happy to announce that our applications are now open for a variety of positions on our committee! There are so many ways to get involved!
To apply please fill out the appropriate Google form:
School Liaisons: https://forms.gle/tLvyLJ69xtQN4ehT9
General Committee: https://forms.gle/oeEAjVgQp9mfLMcp7
Applications close Friday, September 29th, 2023 at 11:59 PM EDT
Accepting Submissions for the SRPC Student Blog!
Do you have an interesting story or reflection about a rural or remote clinical experience? If you would like to share your story, consider submitting it to our blog! Click here to send your blog submission.
Read submissions from other medical students and residents.
Student Committee Co-Chairs
Keeping up with the SRPC Student Committee
Members can request to join the RuralMed Listserv for general SRPC communications, and or the Rural Med Student Listserv to keep in touch with us via email.
Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for quick updates, contests, and more!
Join your school's Rural Medicine Interest Group for SRPC information specific to your medical school
We have been expanding our SRPC Student Committee team recently and are working to form connections with all Canadian medical schools. Below are some of the exciting projects that we are currently working on!
SRPC Mentorship Program
LGBTQ2S+ Health in Rural Canada
The LGBTQ2S+ population in rural Canada is under-serviced and under-researched. This infographic provides an introduction to the health and wellbeing of this community, including demographics, risk factors, and lots of resources! Visit the LGBTQ2S+ resource page for the PDF copy and quick links to the referenced organizations.
Social Isolation handout, designed for the general public
Rural Residency Catalogue
Are you interested in applying to rural family medicine? Look no further! Check out the annual Rural Residency Catalogue for 2023 created by the Society of Rural Physicians Student Committee, which compiles information on rural sites all across Canada.
We have included a google map so you can see where each program is located, check out the links on page 2 of the catalogue. Also find testimonials and FAQ from real residents attending many of these programs. Best of luck with CaRMS!
Our student members have worked hard to keep this document as up to date as possible by contacting CaRMs and every program coordinator, but can sometimes miss new sites as they are created. A survey is linked on page 2 for any feedback you may have!
While this has been developed with input from the residency programs, it is not designed in any way to replace the information that is available via CaRMS. If there is a contradiction between information presented in the catalogue and that presented elsewhere, then the information from CaRMS or directly from the school should be taken as correct.
The National Rural Electives Handbook
We want to give a huge thank you to Anchaleena Mandal for making this fantastic resource for students a reality. She worked hard to put it together before her residency.
But this handbook is not just a one-time thing. It's a living document that can be updated in real-time by the Student Committee. That means students will always have access to the most up-to-date version. Plus, they can choose to download it in their preferred document format.
Anchaleena, your hard work has not gone unnoticed. Thank you for going above and beyond for our students!
Additionally - a rural filter for the AFMC portal is coming! (Once visiting electives are opened again). In lieu of visiting electives, check out the National Events Calendar to learn about residency programs by joining virtual info sessions, resident academic days and meetings with the Program Directors.
Rural Outreach & Mentorship Initiative (ROMI)
The Rural Outreach & Mentorship Initiative (ROMI) offers free one-on-one mentorship for high school students from rural communities interested in exploring a career in medicine.
ROMI is recruiting high school students to join our 2020-2021 program! We are looking for grade 9-12 students from rural or remote areas that are interested in being partnered 1-on-1 with a medical student mentor with the option of participating in our monthly virtual panel discussions. Interested? Please complete this Google Form.
Rural & Isolated Support Endeavor (RISE)
The Rural & Isolated Support Endeavor (RISE) was created by a working group of the SRPC Student Committee with the goal to emotionally support clients who live in rural areas across Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our initiative partners medical students with clients in rural communities across Canada to provide weekly check-ins via phone and social connection.
The RISE program concluded in the spring of 2021. Thank you to all the RISE program volunteers!
Annual Rural & Remote Conference
Each year, the Rural and
Remote course, organized by SRPC, offers a wonderful opportunity for
medical students to learn about rural medicine. Register this Fall for the 30th Annual Rural and Remote Medicine Course April 20-222, 2023 in Niagara Falls Ontario.
We hope these slideshows can inspire some students about the future and motivate others to brainstorm while they have time. These are not meant to stress you out, just mix things up during a tumultuous time. Enjoy, and please let us know if you have questions or feedback.
CaRMS Primer: Tips for preparing for CaRMS as a rural applicant
Rural Elective Across Canada: A sampling of electives, including one from each province!
Rural Research Poster Presentation
Each year, a rural research poster session is hosted at the SRPC's Rural & Remote Conference. Poster proposals must include a clear research purpose, objective, methodology, summary of the research results and conclusion. We will judge the posters on rural relevance, research methodology, impact, clarity of presentation and your ability to answer questions regarding your research. Posters are restricted to a width of 4 feet and a height of 3 feet.
SRPC Students will have the opportunity of being awarded the best student research poster. The winner of best research poster will win the equivalent of $500 credited towards attending the conference.
Rural Student Leadership Award
The Rural Student Leadership Awards are presented to students and residents in good academic standing who have demonstrated a sustained interest in rural medicine. Find more information about application/nomination requirements here. Cash prizes of $250 will be awarded to the two student winners each year.Submit your application/nomination to firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for submission: January 31st each year.
Entrant must be a member of the SRPC.
Find all the details on the SRPC Award Page.
Medical Student Essay Contest
The winners will win the equivalent of $500 (students) credited towards the cost of attending the SRPC's Annual Rural and Remote Medicine Course, and the essays will be considered for publication in the (CJRM) Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine.