Rural medicine and the College Library

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 62, No. 3, April 2020, Page 90 College Library

Internet access and online resources have come a long way to providing additional support for rural physicians. While using online databases, point-of-care tools, textbooks, and journals has never been easier, rural physicians still face high-stakes challenges in isolated settings. Emergency medicine, geriatrics, and obstetrics/gynecology are all possible parts of a rural physician’s day, and the College Library has numerous ways for doctors to access the information they need.

Most of the College Library’s resources are online and available throughout the province 24 hours a day—use your CPSID and password to log in. A list of rural health journals that the College Library subscribes to is available at Additionally, the Library can send you any journal’s table of contents, and source and deliver articles from almost any journal at no cost.

First Nations patients may feature in your practice, and we have books to help you provide your patients with informed and culturally sensitive care (visit Current online and print titles regarding rural health are available at

Most print books can be mailed to you anywhere in the province at no cost. We provide return, postage paid mailing labels; save the envelope that your book arrived in, and when you’re done with it, affix the new labels, reseal the envelope, and mail it back to the Library.

The College Library is expanding its book collection in rural health. If you have suggestions, questions, or require assistance, contact the Library at or 604 733-6671.
—Paula Osachoff


This article is the opinion of the Library of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC and has not been peer reviewed by the BCMJ Editorial Board.

Paula Osachoff. Rural medicine and the College Library. BCMJ, Vol. 62, No. 3, April, 2020, Page(s) 90 - College Library.

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