Since 1997, the Peter K. Lindsay Enrichment Program has offered rural physicians the opportunity to upgrade their skills or develop new ones in order to meet the medical needs of their community and surrounding area. Through the program, physicians are able to identify their own training needs and develop learning opportunities to meet those needs. They receive an honorarium that covers their costs and expenses while they are away from their practice. RhPAP also provides physician preceptor compensation for coaching experiences where a preceptor is a required part of the learning.
Typically, RhPAP supports learning opportunities that require a minimum of two weeks up to a maximum of 12 months of study and/or training. This training can include a variety of opportunities from informal coaching with a specialist to more formal education programs. Enrichment training that has been covered in the past includes the following:
- 2-week medical oncology training
- 2.5-month oncology classroom and clinical training
- 1-month Foundation Course in Occupational Medicine
- 2-week Electrocardiogram (ECG) Interpretation Course
- R3 in anesthesia, care of the elderly, palliative care, and enhanced surgical skills (Effective 1 April 2009, CCFP-EM training is no longer supported under the Enrichment Program.)
- 3-week Cardiac Stress Testing training with a preceptor
- Informal coaching between a specialist physician and a general practitioner
To be eligible, the following conditions must be met:
- The physician must live and practise in an Alberta community located outside the Census Metropolitan Area boundaries of Calgary or Edmonton with a population of fewer than 15,000 people
- The physician must have practised in the rural community above for at least 12 consecutive months
- The physician’s AHS medical leader supports the need for this training and is willing to provide the necessary letters of support for this training
- The physician must be willing to sign a return of service agreement
- The training request has been discussed with an RhPAP Skills Broker before submission of an application package
What to Include with Your Application
- An outline of the proposed training, the purpose of the training, and its need within the Region.
- A list of training objectives and a copy of your updated curriculum vitae and work experience.
- Length of time you plan to devote to this training (the minimum length of time funded is 2 weeks; the maximum is 52 weeks) and proposed training dates.
- A written commitment to return to rural practice in Alberta after the Enrichment training is completed.
- A letter of support from a Medical Leader of Alberta Health Services that AHS recognizes a need for this particular training and that the Authority is willing to provide the resources – staff, equipment, OR time, etc. – for you to practice the new skills in order to serve the medical needs of the Region.
- If your new skills will change your present privileges, include an indication that you have sent a letter of intention to the Zone Application Review Committee via Zone Medical Affairs, c/o RhPAP, stating what you would like to do.
- Acknowledgement of your willingness to participate in any evaluation of your training and the Enrichment program.
- An indication that you have been in touch with Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA) to make sure your insurance is in order and that you have contacted the Rural Locum Program if locum coverage is required.