Milk River to host rural experience for future healthcare professionals October 24, 2017

Future healthcare professionals are coming to Milk River to discover the advantages of living and working in a rural Alberta community. On October 27-29, 2017 the southern Alberta town of Milk River will host up to 50 post-secondary students studying several healthcare disciplines—including medicine, nursing, and physiotherapy—at a weekend Medical Skills event sponsored by the Rural Health Professions Action Plan (RhPAP), Alberta Health Services, and the Quad Municipalities Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee, representing the communities of Coutts, Warner, Milk River and the Counties of Forty Mile and Warner.

Local health care professionals from Milk River Health Centre will introduce participants to the broad range of skills health professionals in rural communities are expected to use every day, including suturing, casting, and intravenous (IV) starts.

RPAP Skills events provide rural Alberta communities with a unique opportunity to make a positive impression on future healthcare professionals through showcasing local amenities and attractions. Students will experience the best of local hospitality at a community potluck supper to take place at the Milk River Civic Center at 6 p.m., October 28. Community members are encouraged to come out to the pot luck to meet the students and welcome them to Milk River.

Milk River, Alberta, Canada

Skills events, including Skills Days and Skills Weekends, are sponsored by the Rural Health Professions Action Plan, and are scheduled in rural Alberta communities throughout the year by the RhPAP Health Professions Students' Initiatives Coordinator. Visit to learn more about RhPAP Skills events.

Established in 1991 by the Government of Alberta as the Alberta Rural Physician Action Plan, a renewed Rural Health Professions Action Plan, or RhPAP, is transitioning from a rural physician support program to a rural allied health professionals and community development agency. Our vision is to help rural Alberta have and sustain the right number of rural health practitioners in the right places, offering the right services, through community and professional development programs, services, and evidence-informed advocacy. We are grateful to Alberta Health for its continued financial support.



For more information please contact:


Rosemary Burness

RhPAP Health Professions Students’ Initiatives Coordinator Office: 403-995-2136

Cell 403-650-6268

Jonathan Koch

Director, Communications and Marketing Rural Health Professions Action Plan

Tel: 587-525-6625

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