The Glasgow University Remote & Rural Medicine Society will hold their conference this Friday and Saturday in Portree, on the Isle of Skye.
This follows a highly successful conference held by GURRMS last year on the Isle of Islay, successfully bringing together a large number of medical students from Scotland and beyond, to hear about rural practice, share thoughts and experiences, and gain a better perspective of career options for the future.
Quite incredibly, tickets were sold out for GURRMS18 within 15 minutes of them becoming available online. Perhaps it is not so surprising, given the varied and experienced line-up of speakers they have secured for the event, along with activities both medical and social. The blend of social and educational activities provided at GURRMS17 has also established a positive and attractive precedent for GURRMS too.
You can read through the GURRMS conference programme – just released today – from this link. Highlights include Dr Ben Price talking about BASICS Scotland activity, Dr Luke Regan discussing ‘Why I Love My Job and You Should Too’, and Prof Phil Wilson on ‘Why Rural Doctors Need to do Research’. I am delighted to have been asked to speak too, and will be asking ‘Rural GP – Is it what it’s Cracked Up To Be?’.
The Keynote Talk is being delivered by Profs Roger and Sarah Strasser – who are travellig from Canada and Australia as I type, to inspire the GURRMS18 students with their advice and experience from developing innovative rural health education… and the international opportunities that come with rural practice.
The conference has been supported by a number of organisations, including RGPAS, but much of the credit must fall to James and his committee of Josie, Seb, Michael, Eloise and John for all their work to bring this together.
Many students in Scotland have very little exposure to rural medicine, despite almost half of the population living in such an area. The aim of this conference is to promote this career as a viable option and to encourage those interested to go and explore what there is to offer! Here on Skye, we hope you have an authentic experience and truly get to see what rural medicine is.
My own journey was started with an elective on Arran where I learned first-hand how this path is right for me, so we hope that we can give you a glimpse of that with what will be a stimulating programme. We encourage you to get involved in discussions and make the most of the experts here, who have a wealth of experience!
James McHugh, President of GURRMS
Well done to GURRMS for putting on this event, juggling all the logistics (whilst some were sitting final exams) and providing such a brilliant showcase for Scottish and international rural health. We might even celebrate with a Skye dram or two!
You can follow the conference on Twitter using the #GURRMS18 and #thinkrural hashtags.