Alberta Rural Physician Action Plan
for Alberta

Health Workforce for Alberta

The Alberta Rural Physician Action Plan supports Alberta's rural practitioners, their families and communities in improving the quality of rural health care by offering comprehensive, integrated initiatives to enhance rural medical services, education, attraction, recruitment, and retention.


Postponed - Medical Student Career Mentorship conference to be rescheduledSeptember 02, 2016

The 2016 Medical Student Career Mentorship conference planned for September 10, 2016 in Edmonton has been postponed.

Fall school outreach season in AlbertaAugust 19, 2016

The RPAP consultants are gearing up for a busy Fall school outreach season in Alberta. We will be engaging with Alberta’s high school and post-secondary students regarding careers in medicine in the following schools.

Opportunity: Rural Physician Action Plan – Executive DirectorAugust 11, 2016

Since 1992, the Alberta Rural Physician Action Plan (RPAP) has supported Alberta’s rural and remote communities, providing an evolving variety of strategies supporting the successful attraction and retention of physicians, within a constantly changing healthcare environment. The provincial government is eager to see RPAP continue to evolve its mandate to meet the broad health workforce requirements of diverse rural, remote, and indigenous communities. As RPAP enters this new chapter in its history, it will require a strategic redesign to ensure that appropriate governance, leadership, and operating structures are in place to move forward and grow the organization accordingly. As such, it is seeking a dynamic Executive Director who will be instrumental in providing leadership to meet these new challenges and deliver on the opportunities.

Employment Opportunity: University of Alberta Red Deer site Co-DirectorJuly 05, 2016

The UofA Department of Family Medicine and RPAP are in the process of recruiting a Co-Director to share the local level management of the Red Deer site of the Department of Family Medicine’s Rural Residency program. This position would work collaboratively with the existing joint Co-Director in Red Deer.



RPAP was established in 1991 to support the tireless efforts of Alberta's rural communities to attract, recruit and retain physicians for rural practise.

Since then, RPAP has supported medical students, resident physicians and practising physicians who are bound for careers in rural medicine.

The RPAP Blog tells the story of our efforts--past, present and future--to help build healthy and sustainable rural Alberta communities.


Landscape of Rural Health Interactive Dashboards

What does health care look like in your rural community? The Landscape of Rural Health interactive dashboards provide the most recent information available to RPAP as it pertains to physician attraction and retention within Alberta communities.



About Us

RPAP| Health Workforce for Alberta is an independent not-for-profit company funded by the Alberta Ministry of Health. The RPAP was established in 1991 by the Government of Alberta and provides a provincially focused comprehensive, integrated and sustained program for the education, attraction and retention of physicians for rural practice.

Since the RPAP’s inception an integrated and comprehensive series of initiatives have been implemented using an “education pipeline” strategy. Find out more about RPAP’s initiatives

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RPAP | Health Workforce for Alberta is an independent, not-for-profit company funded by the provincial Ministry of Health. Established in 1991 by the Government of Alberta Canada, RPAP supports the ongoing efforts of Alberta’s rural practitioners, their families and communities to improve the quality of rural health care. 

Since its inception, RPAP has implemented an integrated and comprehensive series of initiatives to enhance the education, attraction, recruitment and retention of physicians for rural practice. 


RPAP employs the following strategies supporting rural Alberta communities:

  • Education for present and future rural Alberta physicians
    RPAP supports students who are considering or pursuing a career in medicine; and ensures practising rural Alberta physicians have the training and resources they need, regardless of where they live.
  • Rural Alberta community practitioner recruitment support
    RPAP works with provincial government departments, local and provincial agencies, and partner groups to support the recruitment of practitioners for Alberta communities.
  • Rural Alberta community attraction and retention support
    RPAP offers a variety of resources to help individuals start and manage rural community practitioner attraction and retention committees.

Pipeline to Practice

RPAP provides education and recogntion for practising and prospective rural Alberta physicians. Learn a little more about our education and recognition programs for high school students, medical studens and practising physicians below.

Be a Doctor

Considering medicine as a career in Alberta? Whether you're a high school student and thinking about your options for university and beyond, or you're in university and considering medical school, Be a Doctor is the place to find information that will help you make informed decisions.


Practical Doc

Practical Doc is an online resource where practicing rural physicians can access online skills, resources, and support. Created by rural doctors for rural doctors, Practical Doc merges the needs of the rural physician who is looking for information, with the support that can be hard to find when working in a rural community.


RPAP Awards

The RPAP Awards provide a healthy dose of recognition to  rural physicians who have made ongoing contributions to their community; and to rural Alberta communities that exhibit success in attracting and retaining rural physicians.

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