In addition to strengthening existing health-care services in rural communities, the availability of continuous professional learning opportunities encourages the maintenance of medical services to rural communities. Through reducing professional isolation, RhPAP’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programs can also help facilitate the recruitment and retention of health professionals to and in rural Alberta communities.
Courses and programs for all rural Alberta health professionals
- Rural Education and Advanced Learning (REAL) Program
REAL is intended to support rural health professionals in accessing professional development, skills enrichment training, and education opportunities. This initiative is aimed at rural Nurse Practitioners, nurses, midwives, and allied health professionals who are non-union employees or in private/independent practice.
- Financial Incentive for Rural Staff Training (FIRST) Program
Is there training that would benefit your rural health-care team, but no other program provides funding for it? Rural Teams of two or more, from at least two of Alberta’s regulated health professions, are eligible to apply for up to $5,000 to host a training event in their rural community.
- Comprehensive Approaches to Rural Emergencies (CARE) Course
The CARE Course is a travelling rural education program for hospital and pre-hospital teams. The intended audience is physicians, nurses, and paramedics and all members of the emergency team.
- General Emergency Medicine Skills (GEMS) Course
GEMS is an online, multimedia emergency-skills training experience with a hands-on component provided via a STARS Human Patient Simulation Session that enables rural physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants to upgrade emergency medical skills at work or at home.
- Emergency Department Echo (EDE) Point-of-Care Ultrasound Course
Since 2001, the EDE Course has been taught over to more than 15,000 health-care providers. Its use has become the standard of care in large trauma centres, remote settings, and everything in between. RhPAP is partnering with Dr. Ray Wiss, creator of the EDE Course, to bring this course to physicians, physician assistants, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, midwives, and other allied health professionals in rural Alberta communities.