Rural Locums Initiative

Locum work is inherently transient with a high rate of turnover. A robust locum program, well supported by central organization, supports recruitment, retention, and resilience in rural British Columbia (BC). The Rural Locum initiative 

centralizes and shares information and resources among locums. It also enhances supports to ensure more physicians are comfortably incorporated into the locum pool. 

Our Achievements

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Introduced residents to rural practice

Three residents were successfully matched to preceptors through the Resident Locum Matching Program. The residents all plan to continue to work in rural areas.  

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Launched a "home" for rural locums

A Rural Locum Home was created. The home for rural locums was launched using an accessible, collaborative, online platform. Now that it has been built, it will grow as new residents join.

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Advocated for privileging

Privileging can sometimes be a barrier to locum work so the Rural Locums Initiative has been advocating for facility privileging for locums and simplifying provincial and inter-health region privileging for locum physicians. 

Making a Difference

There was strong interest in the Resident Locum Matching Program.  

The three residents who were successfully matched in this reporting period have paved the way for more interest. In addition, a new brochure was created and distributed to residents at a Northern Medical Program retreat.  

Dr. Ezekial Steve, Health Lead of the Rural Locums Initiative, says: “There will be more successful matches in the coming months to continue the program.” 

Team Members

Dr. Ezekial Steve
Dr. Ezekial Steve
Ashley Medwid

Ashley Medwid

Executive Administrative Assistant