December Update for Rural Clinicians

Rural Medicine Initiative Network

The Steering Committee of the Rural Medicine Initiative Network is happy to share with you that the rural mentoring network has launched!

At this time the network is launching in the three most rural regions of our province – the North East, North West and South West LHINs. There is a small initial group of mentors for these regions and we plan to grow the network as the needs become better understood.

The mentoring networks offer opportunities for one-on-one mentorship, small group mentorship, and an online community of practice.

In creating this mentoring community, it is our hope that we can build the confidence and connectedness of our rural generalist colleagues. The mission, vision and goals for the mentoring network are available here.

Frequently asked questions, and a set of tools for mentorship are also here.

Mentors are paid by the OCFP for their time and mentees can receive credits for the time that they spend on mentoring activities. If you are interested in becoming a mentee in the network, please complete the mentee intake survey below.

Complete the Rural Mentee Intake Form


If you are only interested in participating in the online community of practice – an online platform to ask questions, seek resources or share information and initiatives that you find helpful - please express your interest by email to: ocfp@ocfpmentoring.ca.

The CARE course

The Care CourseIn September of 2017, the OCFP received funding to run a pilot of the Comprehensive Approaches to Rural Emergencies (CARE) Course in Ontario, with the goal of understanding impact and feasibility of hosting a “chapter” of The CARE Course in Ontario.

The Rural Mentoring Initiative Network steering committee has helped to guide the pilot of The CARE Course launch in Ontario. To date, five courses have been delivered in Tobermory/Lion’s Head, Wiarton, Nipigon and Marathon (for the communities of Nipigon, Geraldton, Terrace Bay, Scheiber and Manitouwadge) and Red Lake.

Three more courses will be delivered in 2019, at which point the OCFP will begin the formal evaluation process.

Thank you to all communities that have expressed interest in the course to date!


Rural Locums and HealthForceOntario

The OCFP is pleased to have connected with HealthForceOntario about their work to support both rural clinicians and locums who work in rural and Northern communities in Ontario.

HealthForceOntario has been working to find ways to improve access to locum opportunities and support communities in welcoming locums and new recruits to small communities. Please click here for more details about the work done in 2018 on this initiative, as well as anticipated work in 2019.

Thank you to the HealthForceOntario team for their support of rural and northern clinicians and communities!