Rural Virtual Conference (RVC) Series

September 8, 2020 - May 18, 2021

Tuesdays from 8:00 A.M. - 9:00 A.M. MT

This is a series of weekly high quality one-hour continuing medical education sessions, presented by clinical experts. Each presentation is focused on evidence-based information that is directly applicable to rural primary care and hospital environments.

For more information, please contact ruralcme@ucalgary.ca

Registration

If you are an AHS employee, and you practice in rural Alberta, you may be eligible for complimentary registration. Please contact your previous Rural Videoconference site-coordinator for registration details.

Grants

This program has received an educational grant from Alberta Health Services.

Alberta Health Services

Series objectives:

Learners will be equipped to,

  • develop and enhance their assessment, investigation and treatment skills for patients presenting to the rural primary care office or emergency department
  • determine which patients can be optimally managed in the rural setting and those who require referral to a specialist
  • build a community of practice through discussion and collective learning in their rural community

Pricing - Fall Semester

If you are an AHS employee, and you practice in rural Alberta, you may be eligible for complimentary registration. Please send an email from your AHS email account to ruralcme@ucalgary.ca to verify your eligibility. If you do not belong to both categories, please see the fees below.

Physicians  $299
Other Healthcare Professionals   $279 
Students/Residents  $50

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COVID update – The Science, MOH South Zone and Lessons Learned

September 8, 2020

Speakers: Vanessa Meier-Stephenson, Vivien Suttorp, Adam Vyse

  • Describe the scientific update of COVID since March
  • Explain MOH rural related COVID update
  • Apply lessons learned from High River outbreak in your local context

Microvascular Angina

September 15

Speaker: Todd Anderson

  • Differentiate diagnosis of ischemic chest pain and non-obstructive coronary disease (INOCA)
  • Articulate diagnostic options for patients with INOCA
  • Apply prognosis and treatment for INOCA

Clinical Event Debriefing in Rural Context

September 22, 2020

Speaker: Stuart Rose

  • Articulate the value and principles of Clinical Event Debriefing
  • Apply Clinical Event Debriefing strategies and describe appropriate tools for your local rural context

Common Dermatology Issues

September 29, 2020

Speaker: Ken Alanen

  • Differentiate and manage common types of skin rashes in adult and pediatric patients
  • Apply strategies for skin cancer management in a rural doctor’s office/hospital setting
  • Identify when it is appropriate for referral

Otologic Disease

October 6, 2020

Speaker: Devon Livingstone

  • Describe common external and middle ear conditions 
  • List Common Misdiagnosis in ear disease
  • Explain pathophysiology and treatment of tinnitus
  • Interpret audiograms and identify atypical hearing loss
  • Apply emerging technologies for telehealth referral of ear disease

Cardiac Amyloidosis: An Under-recognized Cause of Heart Failure

October 20, 2020

Speaker: Nowell Fine

  • Describe the pathophysiology, causes and different types of cardiac amyloidosis.
  • Recognize 'red flag' symptoms and signs that raise the clinical index of suspicion for cardiac amyloidosis.
  • Apply current diagnostic approaches for evaluating a patient with suspected cardiac amyloidosis.
  • Manage cardiac amyloidosis using conventional and novel (emerging) therapies

Swallowing Difficulties

October 27, 2020

Speaker: Tina De Souza

  • Describe how the oropharyngeal swallow function generally works
  • Identify possible deficits with the oropharyngeal swallow function
  • Recognize when to refer a patient for a swallow assessment to an SLP (or an OT - depending on who covers this in your zone)

Family Medicine Approach to Transgender Medicine

November 3, 2020

Speaker: Jillian (Jill) Demontigny

  • Identify and manage transgender patients in the charts
  • Manage other health issues in presence of hormonal treatment
  • Summarize key relevant messages from April 2019 TOP guideline

Orthopaedic Pearls for the Family Physician

November 10, 2020

Speaker: Lance Anderson

  • Describe common Orthopaedic scenarios and what a GP should do before referring to a surgeon
  • Specify which diagnostic tests to order, and which treatments to employ
  • Draft the perfect referral letter, what an Orthopaedic surgeon likes to see in a letter
  • Identify which conditions/patients to refer to a surgeon or which can/should be sent elsewhere; which conditions are more urgent than others and how to obtain an expedited referral

Breaking Bad News

November 17, 2020

Speaker: Jennifer Burke

  • Describe what is considered to be “bad news”
  • Articulate why breaking bad news can be so difficult 
  • Prepare ahead of time for this type of conversation 
  • Take the appropriate approach in order to communicate bad news “well”

What’s new in MS

November 24, 2020

Speaker: Tyson Brust

  • Describe the monitoring requirements for different treatment choices 
  • Describe what is new for progressive disease
  • Identify steps to manage MS relapses in the rural environment 
  • Identify steps to manage symptoms of MS

Approach to abdominal pain

December 1, 2020

Speaker: Tara Chalmers-Nixon

  • Recognize alarm symptoms that need urgent endoscopic assessment
  • Apply strategies to manage situations when endoscopy not readily available
  • Approach IBS associated abdominal pain with new perspectives

Common Overdoses or Unique Disasters

December 8, 2020

Speaker: Matt Mink

  • Identify critical examination elements in the assessment of the poisoned patient
  • Describe the role of PADIS in the management of poisonings
  • Explain PADIS’ approach to risk assessment of the poisoned patient
  • List the most frequently encountered QT prolonging medications encountered in poisoning

COVID 19 Outbreak Research Findings

December 15, 2020

Speakers: Gabriel Fabreau & Adam Vyse

  • Research findings from The Anatomy, Determinants, and Impacts of Alberta’s Meat Processing Plant COVID-19 Outbreaks Among Newcomers and their Families in Canada.

Previous RVC COVID-19 Sessions

March 31, 2020 - COVID-19 Rural Update

April 7, 2020 - COVID-19 Rural Management Update

April 21, 2020 - Alcohol and Substance Abuse in the Time of COVID-19

April 28, 2020 - Safe Intubation and Ventilation in the Time of COVID-19 in Rural Areas

May 5, 2020 - Rural OBGYN Management in the Time of COVID-19

May 12, 2020 - Rural ER Management in the Time of COVID-19

May 26, 2020 - Rural ER Patient Management and Disaster Planning

June 2, 2020 - Managing Anxiety and Stress Virtually during COVID-19: Rural Patients and Practitioners