Recruitment and Retention report

Submitted by Dr. Alan Ruddiman

2017-18 Highlights

The activities within the Recruitment and Retention Sector of the RCCbc in 2017 proved to be one of building on, enhancing and leveraging the generous network of provincial partners whose energies are focused on addressing matters related to elevating the awareness of the physician recruitment needs of rural British Columbia. Examples of this included:

  • • adding a non-voting seat at the JSC table for Dr. Ray Markham, RCCbc Executive Director, and inviting the participation of Dr. Dave Snadden, Rural Doctors UBC Chair in rural health at JSC meetings
  • • maintaining open communication with senior leadership at UBC Faculty of Medicine including dean Dermot Kelleher, executive associate deans Drs. Roger Wong and Gurdeep Parhar. Dr. Ruddiman also connected with UBC president Santa Ono who expressed significant gratitude for the UBC Rural Chair endowment
  • • actively participating in key initiatives, such as the GPSC-led Provincial Recruitment and Retention Steering Committee as well as the steering committee and various sub-committees for the Practice Ready Assessment Program (PRA-BC)
  • • both JSC co-chairs participating on the candidate interview committee for the new HealthMatch BC Executive Director, an acknowledgement of the trusting relationships between the JSC, RCCbc, and HealthMatch BC


The strong linkage of the Recruitment and Retention Sector to the RCCbc Core Committee brings together a broad and influential network of medical collaborators from across the province to discuss rural health care issues of interest to the group, and also as a conduit to feed in to and provide meaningful input to healthcare partners and key healthcare stakeholders. In addition to engaging with health authorities, Doctors of BC, local rural physicians, the JSC, Ministry of Health deputy Minister Stephen Brown and his team (  ), the government rural caucus, and the First Nations Health Authority, Dr. Ruddiman also strongly connected with:

  • • The Board and newly constituted Representative Assembly of Doctors of BC;
  • • The provincial Joint Clinical & Collaborative Committees (JCCs) – GPSC, JSC, SSC and SCC;
  • • The Divisions of Family Practice, directly through their own linkage to the GPSC and its co-chairs, and also through the Rural & Remote Division of Family Practice;
  • • Hon. Minister Adrian Dix (Health) and Hon. Minister Judy Darcy (Mental Health and Addictions)
  • • BC Patient Safety and Quality Council


Submitted by Dr. Carl Whiteside

2017-18 Highlights

“Anecdotal Report on Issues Related to Rural Locum Services in BC” – submitted to JSC Sub-committee on Rural Locums in June 2017. Issues identified in this report included:

  • • Administrative
  • • Credentialing and privileging
  • • Clinical (potentially impacting patient outcomes)
  • • Compensation
  • • Education (focused on enhancing rural skills)
  • • Recruitment and retention
  • • Data access
  • • Policy concerns

The high level message in addressing rural locum services issues is that solutions are related to establishing a collaborative and cooperative relationship with key stakeholders involved in the Locum programs. RCCbc is awaiting further guidance regarding next steps in addressing identified issues.

Establishing an RCCbc /HealthMatch BC/Locums for Rural BC liaison position – based on recommendations from “Anecdotal Report on Issues Related to Rural Locum Services in BC” (see above), establishing a liaison position will be a key and necessary objective for 2018.

New leadership – As of April 2018, Dr. Pamela Kryskow will be overseeing the RCCbc Rural Locum Initiatives. Dr. Kryskow has a strong links to rural medicine, practicing in Bella Coola after graduating from UBC. She is a member of the Rural GPA Locum Program and serves several rural communities in BC.

Many thanks to Dr. Carl Whiteside for shepherding the initiative through its formative stages!

Below, Dr. Pamela Kryskow presenting at the 2018 Rural Locum Forum in Nanaimo, BC:

Submitted by Dr. Kirstie Overhill

2017-18 Highlights

In the last year, Dr. Overhill has worked extensively on the ‘Resilience’ agenda on behalf of RCCbc. This has included circulation of a research project on provider resilience within system change and collection of feedback, presentation at different venues  (including the Doctors of BC board, BC Rural Health Conference and the SRPC’s Rural and Remote Medical Course) along with input to the Canadian Medical Association on its new position paper on physician health. Dr. Overhill has been a contact point for several Health Authorities and with the Practice Ready Assessment BC program advising on their physician health projects.

In the last three months Dr. Overhill has worked with Dr. Bob Woollard forming connections with government, the health authorities and individual physicians in preparation for a meeting in April. Their goal is to form a network within BC of those working on rural physician Resilience in order to allow sharing of information and resources and more effective collaboration.

Dr. Overhill’s other major collaboration is as a consultant with UBC CPD where she is a co-lead with Dr. Bob Bluman on the Coaching and Mentorship programs which are now contributing to integration to practice and to FPA and ER individual and community needs, as well as the RSON, PRA-BC, and Rural Leadership programs.