Community and cultural exposure will be a big part of this weekend’s RPAP Medical Skills event, taking place 14 March 2015 on the Siksika Nation southeast of Calgary. Students from the RPAP-supported Rural Medical Interest Group , Physiotherapy and Social Work students from the University of Calgary, Nursing students from Mount Royal University, and students from the Respiratory Therapy Program at SAIT will be travelling to Siksika, to experience a busy weekend of skills training taught by local healthcare professionals”.
According to RPAP Executive Director, David Kay, the Medical Skills event, sponsored by RPAP | Health Workforce for Alberta in partnership with the Siksika Nation and Siksika Health Services, will provide a valuable opportunity for students to meet and learn about each other’s scope of practice. “Skills events are about opening a door for health sciences students to learn about the variety of rural healthcare settings they may encounter during their careers, and to experience firsthand the power of Interprofessional patient care,” says Kay.
In addition to teaching students basic skills, RPAP Medical Skills events provide a valuable opportunity for rural Alberta communities to showcase local amenities to students in healthcare disciplines. Participants will receive a tour of Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park, and will be treated to speakers, a drum group performance and a First Nations culinary experience.
Skills Weekends, sponsored by RPAP | Health Workforce for Alberta, are arranged by the RPAP Medical Students' Initiative Coordinator and are scheduled throughout the year in rural Alberta communities.
Learn more about Medical Skills Weekends