The Society of Rural Physicians of Canada (SRPC) has named the recipients of its 2020 Rural Awards. The SRPC recognizes physicians and organizations that have made a significant contribution to rural medicine in Canada. Nominees must be members of the SRPC, with the exception of the Keith Award, Rural Education Award, and the Rural Health Champion Award. BC physicians have been recognized in the following categories. The complete list of 2020 award recipients is available at https://srpc.ca/srpc_awards_2020.
Rural Service Award
The Rural Service Award recognizes SRPC physician members of 5 years or longer who live and work in rural Canada, and who have served their rural communities for 10 years or longer.
Dr Bret Batchelor, Revelstoke
Dr Pamela Frazee, Tofino
Dr Joshua Greggain, Hope
Dr Courtney Rennie, Revelstoke
Rural Long Service Award
The Rural Long Service Award recognizes SRPC physician members of 5 years or longer who live and work in rural Canada, and who have served their rural communities for a minimum of 20 years. Individuals must be a previous recipient of the Rural Service Award.
Dr Bruce Mohr, Whistler
Dr Leah Seaman, Kaslo
Dr Tandi Wilkinson, Nelson
Fellowship of Rural and Remote Medicine of the SRPC
The Fellowship of Rural and Remote Medicine of the SRPC recognizes expertise in the practice of rural medicine in Canada. The Fellowship award is presented to SRPC physician members who are previous recipients of the Rural Service Award and who have acquired a minimum of 10 points. Points are accumulated as follows:
- Each year serving as a rural preceptor for students and residents.
- Each SRPC sanctioned event attended.
- Each full year serving on an SRPC committee.
- Each skill: GP surgery, GP anesthesia, GP obstetrics.
- One point for having published in the Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine.
Dr Stephen Arif, Invermere
Dr Karen Forgie, Halfmoon Bay
Dr Marius Mostert, Fort Nelson
Lifetime Membership Award
The SRPC Lifetime Membership Award recognizes longstanding members (10 years or more), who have reached age 65.
Dr Gord Hutchinson, Victoria
Dr Michael Wright, Fort St. John
Rural Community Impact Award
This award, new for 2020, recognizes a physician who has had a significant impact on their community through clinical services, teaching, research, volunteer work, or other community involvement continually advocating for the best health care available.
Dr Onuora Odoh, Houston
Rural Health Champion Award
This award, new for 2020, is a presented to a nonphysician who has had a significant impact on rural health care delivery, either through clinical care or system-level impact in a community, province, or nationally.
Ms Brenda Fowler, Gabriola Island
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