The following events provide ESS family physicians with the opportunity to engage in accredited learning, as well as networking with other ESS physicians.
There has always been the intent that ESS physicians would draw on their specialist colleagues to whom they refer for CPD. With many of these “networks” still in their infancy, there is a need to be somewhat proactive about CPD for ESS. A committee was struck including Fed Janke, Tom Windsor Smith, Randy Friesen, Jarred Van Bussell, Ryan Falk, Stu Iglesias, and a representative from midwifery.
Banff CME for ESS Rural Physicians
Presently, the only formal CPD program for ESS is the program in Banff every two years attached to the Rural Emergency Medicine program (scheduled for 2018).
The Canadian Association of General Surgeons (CAGS) is convening a Rural Surgery Summit as part of the national Canadian Surgery Forum (CSF) in Victoria on September 14, 2017. The CSF always has appropriate CME opportunities for ESS family physicians. The Royal College and the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) have a reciprocal agreement validating CPD from both agencies for Mainpro credits (including the Rural Surgery Summit).
Laparoscopic Salpingectomy CPD program, Feb 27/28, 2017, Vancouver
On Feb 27/28, 2017, eight (8) rural ESS Family Physicians attended a Laparoscopic Salpingectomy CPD program at the Centre for Excellence in Surgical Education and Innovation (CESEI) in Vancouver. Responding to changing standards of care in both surgical sterilization and the management of ectopic pregnancy, D N Mehra and DR M Wesea, faculty from the UBC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology created a new CPD program to teach rural ESS FPs these skills.
After successful course completion, these physicians will pursue a local mentorship in their region with a pathway to independent practice in these new surgical skills. This CPD program was accredited by the CFPC for three Mainpro+ credits per hour.
This course was supported as a proof of concept trial of an innovative model for CPD for rural ESSFP with a $7,500 grant from BC’s Rural Education Action Plan (REAP). The leadership and administrative support for the program was provided by the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc).