The CARE Course

Established in 2010, The Comprehensive Approaches to Rural Emergencies (CARE) Course provides fast-paced, up-to-date, rurally relevant education covering the full breadth of rural emergency medicine in a safe and positive interprofessional learning environment. It aims to improve the experience of rural emergency care; enhance practitioners’ confidence, competence, and actuation; increase access to current, rurally relevant resources; and foster positive, aspiring, rural emergency care providers in communities. An itinerant program, the CARE Course brings together an interprofessional faculty from rural communities, who travel together to teach in another rural community for an intensive twoday educational experience. The CARE Course is supported by the Rural Coordination Centre of BC. 

Our Achievements

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Delivered 10 two-day inter-professional, in-community courses

In September 2021, The CARE Course returned to full interprofessional, in-community courses with a smaller faculty team. Ten in-community courses were held prior to the end of March and preparations were completed for seven more courses, scheduled to occur before the end of June 2022. And in early 2022, The CARE Course celebrated the delivery of its 135th class. 

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Completed two pilots of The CARE Course with PRA-BC candidates and International Medical Graduates

In the early winter months of 2022, we held The CARE Course for Practice Ready Assessment – British Columbia (PRA-BC)  candidates and International Medical Graduates twice. This pilot project was well received by the 22 participants. 

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Provided airway education to two rural communities

A small itinerant oneday airway education experience, adapted to Covid constraints and playfully called “CARe-IBOU”, was provided to two rural communities (Kaslo and Creston) in the fall of 2021. 

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Held five CARE-R courses with 74 residents

The CARE-R Course for family practice residents was delivered five times this past year, once in Prince George in September 2021, and four times in December 2021. A total of 74 secondyear UBC Family Practice residents received this training. 

Making a Difference

Feedback is critically important to the ongoing success of The CARE Course, which is a proud recipient of the College of Family Physicians of Canada’s Continuing Professional Development Program Award. Many health care professionals describe the unique and inclusive nature of The CARE Course training, including these participants from the past year:   

  • “Best course ever! So much fun, loads of passion.” 
  • “Loved the exuberance and compassion for rural and remote care.” 
  • “The CARE Course… has been well-crafted and creates a very safe environment for everyone to learn. I really appreciate the resident-specific course as I felt much more comfortable being in a room where there are other learners at the same level.” 
  • “I think The CARE Course was excellent for me. It covered all my needs and then some. I salute you for your good work. I think the course is very good for reviewing so many important topics that we see in the [Emergency Room]. We got lots of practice during the teaching and it was constructive and not ‘shame-based’ as I remember my teaching (many years ago). You have an appropriate course for me working in rural British Columbia in a small hospital.” 
  • “It created a special type of teamwork. I would describe it as a synergism.” 

Team Members

Dr. Jel Coward
Dr. Jel Coward
Dr. Rebecca Lindley
Dr. Rebecca Lindley
Elisa Chow

Elisa Chow

Senior Manager, Operations and Administration