Students training in several healthcare disciplines are coming to Slave Lake to discover the advantages of living and working in a rural Alberta community. Over 50 medical, nursing, physiotherapy and EMS students from the University of Alberta and NAIT will participate in an RPAP Medical Skills event, sponsored by the Alberta Rural Physician Action Plan (RPAP), Slave Lake Healthcare Centre, and the Lesser Slave Region Tri-Council, which includes representatives of the town, the M.D. of Lesser Slave River, and Sawridge First Nation.
Participants will experience a busy weekend of skills training in a rural setting taught by local healthcare professionals. Students will also receive exposure to the recently expanded Family Care Clinic, which features a diverse healthcare team that includes nurse practitioners, addiction and mental health therapists, and an aboriginal liaison, as well as family practice doctors and licensed practical nurses.
In addition to teaching students basic skills such as suturing, casting, and airway management, RPAP Medical Skills events provide a valuable opportunity for rural Alberta communities to showcase local amenities and attractions to students in healthcare disciplines. Participants will receive tours of medical and community facilities in Slave Lake, and will be honoured guests at a barbeque at Big Fish Bay on Saturday evening.
RPAP Medical Skills Weekend events are arranged by the RPAP Medical Students' Initiative Coordinator, and are scheduled throughout the year in rural Alberta communities. To learn more about Medical Skills Weekends, visit www.rpap.ab.ca/skillsweekends.
RPAP | Health Workforce for Alberta is an independent, not-for-profit company funded by the Alberta Ministry of Health. Established in 1991 by the Government of Alberta, RPAP supports the ongoing efforts of Alberta’s rural physicians, their families and communities to improve the quality of rural health care.
For more information please contact:
RPAP Medical Student Initiatives Coordinator
Alberta Rural Physician Action Plan