March 14, 2016 • Written in Medical Students Community Support 0 Comments

Tagged with Fahler Girouxville McLennan Medical Skills Weekend Physician attraction Physician education Physician recruitment Physician retention Smoky River • Written by Jonathan Koch

Students training in several healthcare disciplines are coming to the Smoky River Region to discover the advantages of living and working in a rural Alberta community.     

RPAP | Health Workforce for Alberta, in partnership with Sacred Heart Community Health Centre in McLennan and  local medical professionals, is hosting a Medical Skills event in McLennan on from 18-20 March 2016.

Medical, Nursing, Paramedic and Physiotherapy Students from the University of Alberta (U of A) and NAIT, including students from the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Bilingual), a collaborative effort between the U of A Faculty of Nursing and Faculté Saint-Jean, will experience the area’s Francophone culture while learning medical skills from local healthcare professionals.

In addition to teaching students basic medical skills, RPAP Medical Skills events are valuable opportunities for rural Alberta communities to showcase local amenities to future healthcare professionals.  Participants will enjoy a number of activities throughout the weekend, including skiing and tobogganing at Little Smoky Ski Area, bowling in Girouxville, and a tours of area grain and sheep farms.

Skills Days and Skills Weekend events, 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. To learn more about Medical Skills events, see

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.

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