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.

Attention Fall Semester RVC Registrants
Winter 2021
will be an Add On option in your current registration


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

Please sign up if you would be like to receive notifications about the upcoming 2021 - 2022 Rural Virtual Conference Series.

Caring for Rural Indigenous Patients, Taking Good Care and Helping It Become Better

January 12, 2021

Speaker: Alika Lafontaine

  • Understand unconscious bias and how it can impact care
  • Discuss racialized experiences of care through a colonial lens
  • Recognize how reflective practice can deepen empathy and improve Indigenous patient experiences
  • Describe existing initiatives that support rural care within AHS, University of Calgary and University of Alberta

Paediatric Fractures

January 19, 2021

Speaker: Elaine Joughin

  • Identify and manage paediatric fractures, including pitfalls in diagnosis
  • Describe principles of Fracture Management in Children

Palliative Care post COVID-19

January 26, 2021

Speaker: Paul Humphries

  • Describe how palliative care are different due to COVID-19 impact
  • Apply best practice tips to connect with patients during remote/virtual palliative care, home care and home palliative care

Transport Questions Answered

February 2, 2021

Speakers: Jamin Mulvey & Renee Paul

  • Estimate the wait time for STARs to arrive and best prepare for transfer
  • Prepare and stabilize sick babies born in a rural hospital while waiting for neonatal transfer

Evaluation of Evidence 101

February 9, 2021

Speaker: Tina Korownyk

  • Recognize some deception in research through COVID 19, and the value of evidence evaluation
  • Apply rapid assessment of evidences skills

Managing Common Complex Psychiatric Presentations in Rural

February 23, 2020

Speaker: Dr. Tim Ayas

  • Manage common complex psychiatric presentations such as psychosis, treatment refractory depression, addictions, etc. in the rural office setting
  • Identify the appropriate time and referral process to refer to psychiatrists
  • Describe how COVID 19 impacted the management strategies and apply tips during remote / virtual consultation

Allergy

March 2, 2021

Speaker: Dr Arjun Rash

  • Manage and treat common allergies for both adults and pediatric patients
  • Identify when and how to refer
  • Care for chronic allergies

Chronic Diarrhea vs. IBS-D: How primary care pathways can support your management

March 9, 2021

Speaker: Dr. Julia Carter and Dr. Kerri Novak

  •  Articulate the key diagnostic and therapeutic differences between chronic diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome (diarrhea subtype)
  • Use the Chronic Diarrhea and IBS primary care pathways to support their management

 

ADHD Diagnosis and Management in Rural

March 16, 2021

Speakers: Tina Nicholson & Roxanne Swiegers

  • Articulate a pragmatic view of how to help patients in rural and remote settings
  • Explain strategies for accurate diagnosis
  • Use a holistic approach to patient management including behavioural, psychosocial and medication

 


Top tips for the management of cirrhosis with a Primary care lens

March 23, 2021

Speaker: Puneeta Tandon

  • Describe Cirrhosis Care Alberta Program and explain how to access the Cirrhosis Care Alberta Physician and Patient resources
  • Locate information around screening and management of cirrhosis with a primary care lens on CirrhosisCare website
  • Describe work being done to better understand role clarity between primary and specialty care for cirrhosis - "who does what"?

Deprescribing of Proton Pump Inhibitors in Alberta

March 30, 2021

Speaker: Sander Van Zanten

  • Describe the extent of PPI Utilization in Alberta
  • Identify appropriate situations for prescribing and deprescribing PPIs
  • Reflect on their own PPI prescribing practice
  • Use tools to support discussions with patients on appropriate PPI therapy

Common Eye Disorders

April 13, 2021

Speaker: David Anderson

  • Manage common eye disorders in rural clinics where resources are limited 

Improving your documentation: Lessons from the CMPA

April 20, 2021

Speakers: Keleigh James & Janet Nuth

  • Outline 5 documentation deficiencies identified in CMPA cases involving family medicine
  • Describe 3 best practices when documenting using an EMR
  • Develop 2 documentation strategies that you can implement to improve patient safety

 

Case Study of Team Approach to Multi-trauma Management in Rural

April 27, 2021

Speaker: Brady Bouchard

  • Explain the critical role teamwork plays in managing trauma in rural and remote communities
  • Articulate key pieces of a team-based Emergency Disaster Plan in rural and remote communities
  • Describe key stakeholders and roles for an effective team debrief after a traumatic experience

 

Evidence Based Medicine for Pain Management

May 4, 2021

Speaker: Tina Korownyk

  • Articulate strategies for critical review of evidence and data
  • Describe key clinical evidence in pain management including osteoarthritis, neuropathic and back pain

International travel health concerns during and following COVID-19

May 11, 2021

Speaker: Rudy Zimmer

  • Describe new issues to consider for travelling during and following the pandemic
  • Provide travel advice in light of the pandemic including changing international public health requirements

Screening and Treatment of Hepatitis C in Primary Care

May 18, 2021

Speaker:  Mark Swain, Gisela MacPhail

  • Outline treatment advances, including ability for primary care providers to treat hepatitis C without specialist referral
  • Explain the positive outcomes associated with hepatitis C cure
  • Demonstrate effective delivery of screening, treatment, and cure by following the Hepatitis C Primary Care Pathway

Grants

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


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