Rural Connect 2021

Did you miss the live version of our brand new virtual conference for Canadian rural generalists, specialists, residents and healthcare workers? Just check out the links below for the recordings of each session!

 

 

 

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Did you miss attending Rural Connect 2021 live? No problem! You can view the recordings of each session

 

Day 1 Main Stage Sessions

Additional Sessions:

Pronouns to Hormones: Gender Affirming Primary Care

 

Day 2 Main Stage Sessions

Additional Sessions:

Precepting Challenges? We All Got 'Em

Innovative Virtual Care for People Living with Dementia & their Care Partners

Compassion & Empathy: Discussing Code Status with Critically Ill Patients in the ER

 

At the end of this conference, participants will be equipped to: 

  1. List and apply at least two ways in which they will change their practice as a result of attending learning sessions.
  2. Create a personal toolbox of training methods based on workshop presenter experiences.
  3. Evaluate and apply a variety of communication strategies to enhance interactions with learners.

 

 

Schedule at a Glance

RC21 Day 1 schedule
RC21 Day 2 schedule

*Post Conference Meetings*

 

UCLIC Preceptor Meeting
Fri. March 26, 2021
12:30pm – 1:30pm
 

Department of Family Medicine Preceptor Meeting
Fri. March 26, 2021
1:45pm – 2:45pm
 


Meet our Keynotes!

Look below for more information about our plenary speakers for Rural Connect 2021!

Dr. Lindsay Crowshoe

Dr. Lindsay Crowshoe

Dr. Lindsay Crowshoe is a member of the Peigan Nation, Treaty 7 Region of Alberta. In his efforts to improve Aboriginal health, Dr. Crowshoe is working towards developing appropriate primary health models for Aboriginal communities and on increasing physician knowledge and capacity around Aboriginal peoples’ health through academic and research driven medical education initiatives.

Dr. Jon Meddings

Dr. Jon Meddings

Dr. Jon Meddings is the current Dean of the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. He began his first term as Dean of the faculty in July 2012 having served as Vice Dean since 2009, and previously as Interim Vice-President (Research) of the University of Calgary (2010), head of the Division of Gastroenterology, and as a professor in the Department of Medicine, while continuing to be an active member of the medical community.

Sen. Mohamed Ravalia

Mohamed Ravalia

Senator Ravalia began his career as a rural family physician with an interest in academia and collaborative care. He has a passion for teaching and is dedicated to expanding distributed learning opportunities in Rural NL.

Dr. Cathy Scrimshaw

Cathy Scrimshaw

Dr. Scrimshaw has been a full scope rural doctor in Pincher Creek for the past 28 years and prior to that worked on Fogo Island, Newfoundland. She is currently the medical lead for a mentorship program for chronic pain and addictions, with the Alberta College of Family Physicians and is a founding member of the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada.


Find a Workshop!

Below you will find a list of all of the workshops that will be available during Rural Connect 2021.

Dr. Huma Ali & Dr. Jane Lemaire

Facilitators: Dr. Kristy Penner & Dr. Roisin Dempsey
 

Fri. March 26th @ 9:00am – 9:50am (Part 1 of 2) & 10:00am – 10:50am (Part 2 of 2)

 

At the end of this session, participants will be equipped to:

  1. Recommend types of support for physicians.
  2. Investigate how informal (social) support is an important coping and resilience tool.
  3. Identify critical elements of a formal physician-to-physician peer support program.

Dr. Jillian Demontigny
 

Fri. March 26th @ 9:00am

 

At the end of this session, participants will be equipped to:

  1. Implement basic steps to gender inclusive clinical practice.
  2. Plan hormone initiation and titration.

List related resources and supports to develop confidence.

Dr. Sharon Reece, Kristin Simard & Monika Johnson
 

Fri. March 26th @ 9:00am

 

At the end of this session, participants will be equipped to:

  1. Explain a rationale for the need for sustainable rural simulation programs.
  2. Identify existing rural simulation resources.

Investigate barriers to sustainable rural simulation programs and how to overcome them.

Dr. Lori Montgomery

Fri. March 26th @ 10:00am
*Foundational Skill - Teaching with Technology


At the end of this session, participants will be equipped to:

  1. Determine when a virtual physical exam is appropriate.
  2. Identify the levels of evidence for virtual exam techniques.
  3. Modify your physical exam techniques for a virtual context.

Dr. Bilal Mir
 

Sat. March 27th @ 9:00am

 

At the end of this session, participants will be equipped to:

  1. Describe the challenges of discussing code status.
  2. Investigate common barriers and misconceptions to discussing code status.
  3. Implement a process to discuss code status.

Dr. Reid Hosford
 

Sat. March 27th @ 9:00am

*Foundational Skill - Fundamentals of Precepting

 

At the end of this session, participants will be equipped to:

  1. Implement strategies for integrating within an existing medical practice when you're new to a community.
  2. Identify ways to get involved with teaching and approaches to teaching when you're a new staff member.
  3. Differentiate between “Do's” and “Don’ts” for the new preceptor.

Dr. David Topps & Dr. Chris Gorrie

Sat. March 27th @ 9:00am
*Foundational Skill - Fundamentals of Precepting

 

At the end of this session, participants will be equipped to:

  1. Recognize factors in their own context that make precepting a challenge.
  2. Identify opportunities to collaborate with others in promptly addressing precepting challenges.
  3. Create strategies to perform more happily as effective evaluators and coaches.

Learnings From the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dr. Pamela Roach
 

Sat. March 27th @ 10:00am

 

At the end of this session, participants will be equipped to:

  1. Recognize challenges experienced by people living with dementia in the community as a result of COVID-19 public health measures.
  2. Identify needs for innovative community supports for people living with dementia and care partners.
  3. Demonstrate ways to optimize virtual care provision for people living with dementia and families.

Dr. Jonathan Somerville, Dr. Roisin Dempsey & Dr. Aleksandra Mineyko

Sat. March 27th @ 10:00am
*Foundational Skill - The Learner in Difficulty

At the end of this session, participants will be equipped to:

  1. Recognize the signs of a Learner in Difficulty early in your clinical assignment.
  2. Implement effect strategies to assist a Learner in Difficulty to ensure a better outcome.
  3. Select the appropriate next steps for a Learner in Difficulty who is struggling to improve.

Dr. David Topps
 

Sat. March 27th @ 10:00am

*Foundational Skill - Teaching Procedural Skills & Teaching with Technology

Note this session has  "pre-work" component - Documents for this session can be found in the App!

At the end of this session, participants will be equipped to:

  1. Investigate the pros and cons of remote procedure teaching and learning designs.
  2. Implement simple technical tricks that make procedural teaching easier.
  3. Explore potential related projects and University of Calgary collaborations.