UBC Rural Continuing Professional Development
The University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine’s Division of Rural Continuing Professional Development (Rural CPD) supports rural health care providers to build relationships and engage in learning activities “closer to home,” in their usual context of health care delivery in rural, remote, and Indigenous communities. The goal of Rural CPD is to cultivate strong relationships with, and meet the needs of, partners, project stakeholders, and rural healthcare practitioners. With its shared commitment to improving the health of people
and communities in rural British Columbia (BC), Rural CPD operates in partnership with the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc) to deliver impactful educational opportunities, offering rurally-specific CPD programs that are community-based, interprofessional, interactive, and practical. In addition to multi-modal learning opportunities, Rural CPD conducts a variety of research and evaluation activities related to the provision of medicine in rural BC. Rural CPD is supported and funded by RCCbc through the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues.
Making a Difference
While the COVID-19 pandemic continued to challenge the delivery of Rural CPD programs this year, it also created opportunities for the team to accelerate and enhance its virtual learning offerings, to test and refine hybrid options, and when safe to do so, ease back into in-person meetings and courses.
“Despite ongoing physical distancing, the Rural CPD team of staff and faculty successfully engaged and connected learners across the province, and met diverse learning needs,” says Alisa Harrison, Interim Senior Manager with Rural CPD.
Looking ahead, the team will continue strengthening relationships with its partners, collaborators, and rural health care learners, and continue bringing an equity lens to all that it does to ensure its reaching out and supporting those rural providers who need it the most.
Comments from shoes who have participated in Rural CPD course offerings this past year demonstrate the importance of the team’s work:
- “Excellent course. The skills learned here will truly be game changing.”
- “Always the right educational level and practical and useful in real life practice.”
- “Especially valuable to hear from local experts who understand the rural experience.”
- “Well done. Keep them coming, they are great and probably save lives.”
- “Excellent as always – the most valuable set of rounds for rural physicians.”
Rural Peer Support Network:
- “I was able to add so much nuance to my procedures and just gain that confidence and experience again along with new little techniques here and there…”
- “…having someone like Dr. [name] say yes, you can do this, I feel safe and comfortable knowing that you exist within my health region…”
- “I think it’s…a key part of…having people train in rural generalism, rural surgery, anaesthesia— is having this sort of program in place… Otherwise, you will lose people who’ll do [a] year or two and then they’ll give it up.”
- “Please keep doing these [regional anesthesia] sessions! I love them. It is a reassuring and inspiring way to touch base with experts in our field, but in an intimate way that sustains us in smaller centres.”
- “This is an amazing approach for those of us not near academic centres. Keep up the excellent work!”
- “More doctors/Health Care professionals should attend this [Cultural Safety and Humility Education].”
- “I learned how to approach the colonial system that is in place and make a much more inclusive environment for Indigenous and minority patients.”
Indigenous Patient Led CPD:
- “It really touched my heart…to see the openness and the willingness to share of the Elders and how that affected the community listening in and wanting to find ways to work better together.”
- “And I would—I would see the doctors’ faces, sort of over the time, and all of us—not just the physicians […]—just soften.”
- “I have certainly noticed things I haven’t before when seeing my patients interact in the health care system. I think about barriers and ways to overcome challenges in ways I simply didn’t know existed.”
- “I really appreciated when the discomfort and shame was directly addressed: ‘This is not your fault, we are not angry with you, these are the facts, and we need to address this history in order to move forward together.’ This was wonderfully disarming and validating.”