For rural physicians, maintaining clinical competency in emergency medicine can be a challenge.
It is critically important for rural doctors, who face busy schedules and long distances to urban training facilities, to maintain a diverse skill set in order to handle every situation that rolls through the emergency room doors.
RPAP |Health Workforce for Alberta, in partnership with Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS), offers rural physicians with the opportunity to receive relevant, interactive skills training at their rural location through their General Emergency Medicine Skills (GEMS) enrichment program.
GEMS is an online, multimedia emergency-skills training experience with a hands-on simulation component via a STARS Human Patient Simulation session that enables rural physicians to upgrade emergency medical skills at work or at home.
Through maintaining and acquiring emergency management skills physicians achieve better patient and physician outcomes, while maintaining their interest and commitment to rural Alberta.
The GEMS program meets the accreditation criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and has been accredited for MainPro-C credits.