Physicians in rural Alberta can upgrade skills or acquire new ones through RPAP Enrichment Programs.
New- The Peter K. Lindsay Enrichment Training Program
The Peter K. Lindsay Enrichment Program is a training program for rural physicians who wish to upgrade existing medical skills, or gain new skills, in order to meet the medical needs of their community and surrounding area.
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GEMS is an on-line, multimedia emergency-skills training experience with a hands-on simulation component via a STARS Human Patient Simulation session that enables rural physicians to upgrade emergency medical skills at work or at home. GEMS learning modules now include:
- Preparation for Transport,
- C-Spine X-Ray and CT Head,
- Central Venous Access & Intraosseous Infusion,
- Advanced Airway Management and Rapid Sequence Intubation
- Emergency Thoracostomy
- Injured Child
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This program provides an honorarium to candidates undergoing an assessment for additional skills, such as C-Sections and FP-Anaesthesia, necessary to determine a grant of clinical privileges, and to their preceptor. (Funding is dependent on budget.)
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This program provides up to two weeks of financial support for practising rural Alberta physicians acquiring skills important to their community.
Rural medical staff may qualify for up to $3500 from RPAP and may be used to provide honoraria for local physicians seeking training, honoraria for preceptors or presenters, and for appropriate travel expenses.
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EME provides emergency medicine training to rural physicians, enabling them to competently and confidently deal with rural emergency patients, from assessment and management through to appropriate referral and transport.
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Aided by RPAP funding, the Continuing Medical Education/Continuous Professional Learning office at the University of Calgary works with rural physicians to provide high quality CME/CPL to meet the needs of rural Alberta.
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PracticalDoc.ca was formed by RPAP to provide practicing rural physicians with a place where they can access on-line skills, resources, and support. More than a clearinghouse for content, Practical Doc merges the needs of a physician who may be looking for information with the support that can be sometimes hard to find when working in a rural community.
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The weekend and senior weekend locum programs provide weekend relief so rural physicians may work emergency department shifts of a frequency no greater than one-in-four weekends.
The weekend locum programs are funded by RPAP and delivered under contract by the Alberta Medical Association.
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