Annual Physician Recruitment Fair Seeks Rural Docs



    EDMONTON, Sept. 17 /CNW/ - Hundreds of medical students and residents are
expected at the fourteenth annual Rural Physician Recruitment Fairs to be held
in Calgary and Edmonton this week.
    The Edmonton Fair will be held 18 September 2007 at the Conference Centre
in U of A's Lister Hall. The Calgary Fair will take place 20 September in
Atrium of the U of C's Health Research Innovation Centre (adjacent to the
Foothills Medical Centre). Both fairs run from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Hosted by The Alberta Rural Physician Action Plan (RPAP), the Fairs bring
together medical students and medical residents with Alberta's nine Regional
Health Authorities (RHAs) and their partner rural communities, the Alberta
Medical Association's Physician Locum Program and other organizations seeking
doctors for their rural or regional communities.
    Fair participants have an opportunity to explore rural training and
practice opportunities by meeting with rural physicians, RHAs and community
representatives from across the province. Past fairs have been successful in
assisting rural communities to promote rural medical practice as an exciting
opportunity for many medical students and residents, helping them to make
later practice location decisions.

    The Alberta Government established RPAP in late 1991 as a province-wide,
comprehensive and integrated physician workforce agency for the education,
recruitment and retention of rural practitioners. The RPAP offers an extensive
menu of interlocking initiatives targeted to: students (rural high school,
medical school students and residents); practising rural physicians and their
families; and health regions and their rural communities. It focuses on the
professional, community/lifestyle and family factors that influence
recruitment and retention, and uses an "education pipeline" strategy.
    The "education pipeline" starts in rural high school with outreach
programming, moves on to include undergraduate (medical school) experiences in
rural medicine with extensive financial support and postgraduate (residency)
rural medical training. It involves the recruitment of rural physicians by
supporting the efforts of the RHAs and rural communities, and concludes with
retention through the development of rural preceptors and spousal/family
programming.
    More information about the RPAP and its initiatives is available from its
web site: www.rpap.ab.ca.




For further information:

For further information: Rhonda Crooks, RPAP Communications Consultant,
(403) 208-5402, Cell (403) 813-4153

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