Advancing Rural Family Medicine: The Canadian Collaborative Taskforce

The Advancing Rural Family Medicine: Canadian Collaborative Taskforce (Taskforce) is a joint initiative of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada (SRPC). The goal of this joint initiative is to enhance equitable access to health care and improve patient outcomes in rural and remote communities in Canada.

The following documents provide additional information about the Rural Road Map and progress of the Taskforce’s activities to date:

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Review of Family Medicine Within Rural and Remote Canada: Education, Practice, and Policy is a literature review on the status of rural medical education, training, and practice in relation to the health needs of rural and remote communities in Canada. This background paper overviews the state of rural training and practice at the education and health system levels and their effects upon the family physician workforce in rural communities.

The emerging positive trends that show a growing number of family medicine graduates choosing to practise in rural Canada are promising, but more can be done. Challenges still persist in recruiting and retaining rural physicians, creating infrastructure, and providing the resources that will support and enhance education promoting rural practice.

Building upon the good work conducted in Canada, and considering lessons learned from other jurisdictions, the paper describes the current reality of rural and remote medicine in Canada and identifies further opportunities for educators, rural practitioners, rural communities, and health human resource planners to collaborate in advancing and supporting rural medical education and practice.

This paper provides foundational information from which the Taskforce will draw upon to create its recommendations for The Rural Medical Education Roadmap to Action due in the Fall of 2016.

View the full background paper.

View the Executive Summary. 

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