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

Tagged with EMS Medical Skills Weekend Medical Students Medicine Hat College Nursing Oyen Physician attraction Physician education Physician recruitment Physician retention Special Areas University of Calgary • Written by Jonathan Koch

Students training in several healthcare disciplines are coming to Oyen on 17-18 September 2016 to discover the advantages of living and working in a rural Alberta community. Over 50 medical, nursing, and EMS students from the University of Calgary and Medicine Hat College will participate in an RPAP Medical Skills event, sponsored by the Alberta Rural Physician Action Plan (RPAP), Oyen Big Country Hospital, Big Country Medical Dental Board, and the SAMDA Economic Partnership.

Local healthcare professionals will instruct students to perform a variety of medical skills, including suturing, spinal immobilization, and airway management. The STARS Air Ambulance Mobile Simulation Unit will also be present to run participants through several simulated healthcare scenarios.

In addition to teaching vital medical skills, RPAP Medical Skills events also provide rural Alberta communities with a valuable opportunity to showcase local amenities and attractions to students in healthcare disciplines. In addition to tours of medical facilities in Oyen, students will receive a unique cultural experience during a visit to the Acadia Valley Hutterite Colony. Participants will also be treated to a community dinner at the Barn Pub and Grill in Oyen 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

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:

Rosemary Burness
RPAP Medical Student Initiatives Coordinator
Office: 403-995-2136
Cell 403-650-6268
Jonathan Koch
Sr. Communications and Marketing Consultant
Alberta Rural Physician Action Plan
Tel: 587-525-6625



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