Submitted by Dr. Dave Snadden and UBC Faculty of Medicine
Much has been accomplished in the past year by Dr. Dave Snadden, Rural Doctors’ UBC Chair in Rural Health, and his support team. Exciting research is underway that has already delivered highly relevant insights into the evolution of rural practice and the implementation of primary care reforms in northern British Columbia. A framework was created and funding was secured from the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues (JSC) to offer small grants and research support that will enable rural physicians to conduct research projects. The Rural Scholars Program was also established in the UBC Department of Family Practice, and the first three rural physicians are beginning to develop their scholarship and leadership relevant to rural health in BC through this program. In addition, progress is being made toward establishing the northern node of the BC Academic Health Science Network. The Dean’s Advisory Committee on Rural and Remote Health has now been established and has held its first meeting.
Dr. Snadden’s role in these accomplishments is that of a connector, catalyst, and advisor. He is working closely with UBC Faculty of Medicine, the JSC, and the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc) to make exciting progress happen in new ways by linking academia to the clinical world in rural BC and by sparking collaborations among people with similar interests and complementary expertise.