National Doctors’ Day — March 30

Following a review of health care in Alberta, the Health Quality Council released a report in February that has precipitated much dialogue about the current state of the provincial health-care system and where it’s headed.

Two of those town hall health-care discussions happened in Calgary and Edmonton, on March 6 and 12 respectively. However, there have been far fewer opportunities for rural communities to be engaged in not only these larger conversations, but also in the ones that pertain directly to non-metro areas.

The Alberta Rural Physician Action Plan (RPAP) celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. After beginning operations in 1992, the RPAP has worked tirelessly with rural communities and others to attract and retain physicians, while assuring that the physicians in these outlying areas, whether early in their career or as a long-standing member of the medical community, have the skills they need to care for their patients. We work closely with resident physicians to supply rural training and support medical students to help encourage a career in rural Alberta by taking them on skills days and by providing shadowing opportunities to rural physicians.

But these supports do not happen in isolation. Without the commitment of the physicians in non-metro areas, and the support of the communities they serve the RPAP could not help guide the new generation of physicians through the sometimes challenging navigational waters of becoming a rural physician. So, to the communities throughout the province who recognize the importance of a rural physician, we thank you. And, to the rural doctors who dedicate their time to helping medical students, resident physicians and international physician recruits, we applaud your ongoing efforts.

One way to recognize the physician in your community, or the community at large for outstanding efforts in attracting or retaining a local rural physician, is through the RPAP awards program. For more information on these awards or RPAP, go to www.rpap.ab.ca.

On March 30, National Doctors’ Day, we salute physicians everywhere, and ask that all people in Alberta, where in an urban or rural area, take the time to recognize all that doctors dedicate to their patients, year round.

David Kay

Executive director, RPAP

Edmonton

Just Posted

Local youngsters lend a helping hand to the Red Deer Hospital

First Steps and Beyond School students donate to Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Red Deer RCMP arrest man during break and enter in progress

RCMP found two males in the parking garage attempting to steal a vehicle

Red Deer RCMP announce new Officer in Charge

Grobmeier has 26 years of service with the RCMP where he has moved through the ranks across Canada

CAT’s latest, Real Estate, fueled by strong performances

Shows run through to March 30th at the Black Knight Inn

Red Deer resident releases a set of inspiring new titles

Bev Burton excited to share her story via Create Your Calm Waters and Arise & Shine

Defiant vigil starts healing in New Zealand after massacre

Police say the gunman in the shooting that killed 50 acted alone

B.C. argues it cannot stop Trans Mountain, but it can protect environment

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says only Ottawa has the authority to decide what goes in trans-boundary pipelines

Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick retires in wake of SNC-Lavalin case

Jody Wilson-Raybould accused Wernick of pressuring her to head off criminal charges for the firm

Dutch tram shooting suspect arrested, say police

Police say three people were killed in the shooting Monday and five wounded

Canada extends Iraq and Ukraine military missions to 2021 and 2022

Extension is part of efforts to curb Russian aggression and to fight against Islamic militants

WestJet suspends 2019 financial guidance after Boeing 737 Max grounded

The company has 13 Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft grounded by regulators after the Ethiopian crash

Trudeau fills vacancy in cabinet with B.C. MP Joyce Murray

Murray, 64, was elected in 2008 and served previously as a minister in B.C.’s provincial government

Gunman kills 3 on Dutch tram; mayor says terror likely

Utrecht police release photo of 37-year-old man born in Turkey who is ‘associated with the incident’

Facebook announces changes to political advertising to meet new federal rules

Bill C-76 bans the use of money from foreign entities to conduct partisan campaigns

Most Read