March 4, 2016 • Written in Medical Students Community Support 0 Comments

Tagged with Brooks Medical Skills Weekend Physician attraction Physician education Physician recruitment • Written by Jonathan Koch

Brooks recently hosted future healthcare professionals for a day, in the hope of bringing them back for a lifetime.

On February 6, 2016, about 50 medical, nursing, physiotherapy, and respiratory therapy students from Calgary and Edmonton participated in a day of skills training at Brooks Health Centre. Students took part in an RPAP Medical Skills event, sponsored by RPAP | Health Workforce for Alberta.

Students training in several healthcare disciplines learned basic medical skills, while being introduced to the advantages of living and working in a rural Alberta community. Local nurses and physicians guided students through several scenarios covering childbirth, suturing, ultrasound, airway management, and IV initiation. The STARS Mobile Simulation Unit was also on hand, conducting scenarios on a high-fidelity mannequin that reacts with students in real time.

"I hope that U of C continues to be able to do this because I think this is a fantastic experience," said Alicia, a nursing student from Calgary. "This is soemthing we don't learn at all when it comes to simulations and this kind of stuff, so very valuable experience, 100%. I would recommend for years to come to any nursing student, and med student, and physio and RT."

To learn more about Medical Skills events, visit

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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