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#RGPAS16 a major success

Last week, over eighty students, trainees, new and more experienced GPs from across Scotland and beyond, met at the annual conference of RGPAS.  An action-packed programme provided a wide variety of clinical and non-clinical topics, and there were plenty of opportunities to meet and discuss rural practice.  Rural GP-ing in Scotland is a simulating place to be!

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Scroll to the bottom of the page for more conference photos…

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But we had some GPs from further afield too!

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Rural GPs from across Scotland came for the conference…

Kicking off the programme, we heard from Dr Helen Brandstorp of the National Centre for Rural Medicine in Tromso, Norway.  Helen provided a good backdrop to the fact that “we’re all in this together” – the challenges and delights of rural practice are prevalent in Norway in similar levels to Scotland.  The ground is fertile for further collaboration with international confreres and we hope to see ongoing links with our Norwegian counterparts in rural medicine.

The rest of the conference featured a rich variety of clinical and non-clinical topics of relevance to rural practice.  We were lucky to have an excellent range of engaging and entertaining speakers.  From updates in emergency medicine, to humanitarian and MSF work, to developing rural LGBT-friendly health services, to IT Reprovisioning, to research tips, to rural surgery, to featured student presentations… there was plenty going on, and the conference dinner provided plenty of opportunity to make further connections and allow the conversations to flow, along with a bit of traditional music too.

We were delighted to host a good number of students, trainees and new doctors… in particular there were nineteen heavily-subsidised student places – and they didn’t disappoint in their contributions of innovative ideas throughout the conference.

Instead of listing all the speakers here, the programme remains available – and we were delighted that over 200 #rgpas16 tweets were exchanged in the course of the conference.  We’ve collated these with Storify, and you can view the Storify timeline here.

Here’s a few of the twitter highlights:

The conference rounded off on the Saturday with a visit to the Bristow Coastguard helicopter base at Inverness Airport, where Winchman Paramedic Duncan Tripp and his colleagues treated student and experienced GPs to a tour round the facilities, including one of their £26 million Sikorsky search and rescue helicopters.

Thanks to all those who presented, and to all others who contributed to the conference planning.  The event proved to be fun, engaging and relevant to rural practice.  We hope to do the same next year – provisionally booked at the Craigmonie Hotel again on 2nd-4th November 2017.  Meantime, at RGPAS we are keen to stimulate and encourage further work in Scottish rural practice.  A new committee was formed, and I am delighted to take the helm of an able and enthusiastic team.  It’s going to be an exciting year!

Here’s some photos of the event…

 

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Who’s speaking at #RGPAS16?

We have a wide range of presentations at the Annual Conference of the Rural GP Association of Scotland, which starts this afternoon.

You can follow the conference on twitter using #rgpas16, and view the programme here.

Here’s some introductions to just a few of those who are speaking over the next two days…

Helen Brandstorp, lege, UNN, Tromsø

Helen Brandstorp was trained and worked as a GP (1998-2006), in the northenmost county of Norway. She has a special interest in collaboration in prehospital emergency medicine and organisation of healthcare, and hopes to defend her ph.D thesis in a few months. Since 2013 she has been the director of the National Centre of Rural Medicine, located in Tromsø, at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. 

 

 

 

 

 

dawsonKate Dawson is a GP partner at Benbecula Medical Practice and Clinical Lead of the community hospital.  She has recently completed a Scottish Patient Safety Fellowship.  She has interests in dermatology, acute rural medicine, and is a jeweller, leprologist, gardener, tweeter, mother, wife, felt-maker – no end to the roles you can rock as a rural GP!

 

 

 

 

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Sarah Maclean is a Senior Clinical Fellow in Aeromedical Retrieval with the Emergency Medical Retrieval Service and a Specialty Registrar in Anaesthesia & Intensive Care Medicine in Tayside. She is interested in teaching and contributes regularly to undergraduate teaching at the Universities of Dundee and Aberdeen. Her other interests include altitude physiology and rural critical care. In her spare time she enjoys mountain biking, hillwalking, ski touring, playing music, baking, and visiting Scottish islands.

 

 

 

 

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James McHugh is a 4th year student at the University of Glasgow. At the University he is the secretary for the General Practice society, where they hope to engage new and current students in the excitement and challenges of general practice. James has a passion for GP and a new found interest in rural medicine after undertaking an elective on Arran (where he spent an evening with the lifeboat crew – see picture!).

 

 

 

 

 

wilsonPhil Wilson worked as a partner in a small practice in Glasgow for 23 years while building a wide-ranging list of research publications as a part-time researcher at the University of Glasgow.  His practice was one of the first research practices in Scotland and Phil was awarded a primary care career scientist award in 2003. His research interests lie in the development and evaluation of complex interventions to improve health.  Since 2012 Phil has worked as professor of primary care and rural health at the University of Aberdeen, based in Inverness, and he holds visiting professorships at Gothenburg, Copenhagen and Glasgow Universities.  He continues to work in Inverness as a GP one day each week.  He has published over 110 peer reviewed papers: details at http://www.abdn.ac.uk/staffnet/profiles/p.wilson/

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#RGPAS16 brimming with student ideas for #ruralGP

newlogosquaretextToday over 80 students, trainees and rural GPs will meet up in Inverness, for the annual conference of the Rural GP Association of Scotland.

This year’s event has attracted record numbers of attendees, and a stimulating programme of events is in store, along with lots of opportunities to chat, network and seek new ideas for rural practice.

As part of the RGPAS student scholarship programme, we have encouraged student delegates to submit video or audio clips of around 60 seconds, outlining their visions of the future of rural practice.

Not all clips are available as yet, and we will develop this page over the next week to include more clips, as well as add the photos of RGPAS students on this page too.  In the meantime, take a listen to the diverse and innovative ideas being put forward by the students below, all of whom will be joining us in Inverness.  Great to hear such an inspired group of students!

The conference will run from 2pm today – Thursday 3rd November – to Friday 4th November.  You can follow events on twitter using the hashtag #RGPAS16 – we hope to share reports and presentations from the conference on RuralGP.com soon after the conference too.

 

Innovation ideas

Sally Andrews (Aberdeen University): On the role of telemedicine to improve patient care and good housing availability to improve recruitment to rural areas…


Joe Daley (Glasgow University): Improving the interface between rural primary care and secondary care input…


Rhys Hall (Glasgow University):  The use of drones to overcome geographical barriers of rural practice…


Catherine Lawrence (Hull & York Medical School): Reflects on her experience of a Scottish rural GP elective…


Scott MacDonald (Glasgow University): Using technology to allow patients to take more responsibility for monitoring their health…


Lean-Lik Ng (Dundee University): How to engage with medical students of today to pave the way for future rural general practice…


Iona Robertson (Dundee University): Describes the increasing role of telemedicine in reducing the need to travel longer distances to secondary care…


Keenan Smith (Glasgow University): Reflecting on infrastructural revolution to provide better access to rural healthcare…


Blair Wallace (Dundee University): On the role of point-of-care investigations in improving efficiencies and quality of care offered to rural patients…

 

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Rural GPs Scotland (RGPAS) Conference 2016 – registration open

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The annual RGPAS (Rural GP’s Association of Scotland) conference will be held on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th November 2016, at the Craigmonie Hotel in Inverness.

Once again, we hope to welcome both new and experienced rural health professionals, and we have a stimulating programme lined up to cover a wide spectrum of topics which are relevant to rural general practice in Scotland.


Programme

The latest programme will be kept updated here: http://scotland.ruralgp.com/conferences/

Thursday 3rd November 2016

(Lunch can be organised with the Craigmonie Hotel by prior arrangement – please contact them directly).

1330 Registration & Tea/Coffee

1400 Introduction :: Dr David Hogg (Rural GP, Isle of Arran)

1415 Rural Medicine – a Norwegian Perspective :: Dr Helen Brandstorp (National Centre of Rural Medicine, Tromso, Norway)

1445 Transfers Workshop :: Dr Iain Cromarty (Rural GP, Isle of Hoy) 

1450 Initial response and getting people away to hospital :: Dr Iain Cromarty

1505 Stabilisation & Treatment in the Rural Hospital :: Dr Kate Dawson (Rural GP, Benbecula)

1520 Transfer & the role of ScotSTAR Retrieval Teams :: Dr Sarah Maclean (Senior Clinical Fellow in Aeromedical Retrieval, EMRS/ScotSTAR)

1535 Discussion & Comments

1600 Refreshments

1620 Legal Highs  – should we be worried? … and other A&E Hot Topics :: Dr Luke Regan (Emergency Physician, Raigmore Hospital)

1700 Rural GP & Humanitarian Work: A Journey to Congo, Pakistan and beyond :: Dr Catherine Sutherland (Rural GP Fellow, Isle of Arran & MSF Volunteer)

1930 Conference Dinner :: Venue TBC

2200 Music Session at The Craigmonie Bar :: Open to all musicians, hummers, spoon-players…


Friday 4th November

0815 Breakfast Mentoring Session 

0900 LGBT Youth in Rural Communities :: Dr Thom O’Neill (Paediatric Clinical Research Fellow, NHS Lothian)

0945 BASICS Scotland Update :: Dr Ben Price (Assistant Clinical Director, BASICS Scotland & GP, Auchterarder)

1000 Sandpiper Trust: We Want to Support You :: Aly Dickson (Founding Trustee, The Sandpiper Trust)

1015 Rural Prehospital Care: Discussion

1025 Remote Island Medicine in Tanzania :: Dr Isla Hislop (Sessional Rural GP)

1045 Refreshments

Parallel Session A:

1100 Finding your Inner Teaching Mojo (Undergraduate Teaching Workshop) :: Dr Jim Finlayson

1145 GP IT Reprovisioning for Rural Practice in Scotland :: Speaker TBC

Parallel Session B: For Students & New Doctors :: Led by Dr Gemma Munro and GP Rural Fellows 2016-17

1100 Workshop: So You Want to Be a Rural GP?  Tips & experiences on what makes it fab

1215 Lunch

1300 The Challenges of Rural Medicine: New Models of Delivery :: Dr Charlie Siderfin (Rural GP, Orkney)

1330 Getting into rural research :: Prof Phil Wilson (Centre for Rural Health, Inverness)

1400 Pecha Kucha Presentations (back by popular demand) – presentations where a maximum of 20 slides auto-advance every 20 seconds, thus being able to keep lots of presentations to time!

Consortium of Longitudinal Integrated Clerkships, Toronto :: Dr Chris Williams (University of Dundee)

Invitational Symposium on Rural Health, Tromso (Norway) :: Dr David Hogg (Rural GP, Isle of Arran)

A Medical Elective on the Isle of Arran :: James McHugh (Glasgow University)

A Medical Elective on South Uist :: Michael Durbar (FY1, Complex Care Medicine, Royal Bolton Hospital, Lancashire)

Selected Medical Student Innovations (TBC)

1445 Refreshments

1500 AGM – all welcome

Including reports and standing items

Update from the Scottish Rural Medicine Collaborative Update (Dr Chris Williams)

University GP Societies – what can we do to support them?

Hot topics & representations

1700 Conference Closing Comments


For details about our student scholarships, please see this page.  Please also note our heavily discounted fees for students and trainees.

To register, please email hello@ruralgp.scot .

Registration Form
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RGPAS Conference Student Scholarships 2016

Twitter hashtag: #RGPAS16

Craigmonie Hotel, Inverness

Craigmonie Hotel, Inverness

Things are heating up for this year’s RGPAS 2016 conference, to be held in Inverness on 3-4 November.  A full programme is planned, spanning a range of topics relevant to rural general practice.

We are pleased to announce that following the success of student scholarships being offered for the last 2 years, we will once again be offering RGPAS Conference Student Scholarships.

As of 7th October, all student scholarships have been allocated following a large number of fantastic applications. You may still be able to register for the conference by emailing hello@ruralgp.scot however spaces are limited now for the conference too, so please email to check first. Thanks.

What’s on offer?

Last year we received some great feedback about the event, most of which was really positive.  This year we have built on feedback, including a session specifically for students and trainees which is being led by the current NES GP Rural Fellows – should be a great session.

Read student feedback from last year (pdf)

We will cover the accommodation costs for Thursday night (shared twin room, same gender) of up to ten students who register for the event.

In addition, we have arranged a greatly reduced rate for all students who wish to attend – £10 conference fee (reduced from £120) for the full programme.  The cost of this is being funded from the RGPAS Educational Fund.  Income for this fund includes the proceeds of the donations made for advertising on RuralGP.com.

Who’s eligible to apply?

You must be an undergraduate medical student at a Scottish university (intercalated, international and mature students welcome to apply).  We are keen to hear from any students who have an interest in general or rural practice.

How do I apply?

Just complete the form below – closing date Friday 7th October 2016.  We’ll get back to you a few days after the closing date, either to confirm your success, or to outline other options for accommodation.

Present your vision

We will be featuring a special session on the Friday afternoon of the conference, aimed to bring together students’ and trainees’ “2020” visions of rural practice.  From those students who have received a scholarship, we will select several to present a short powerpoint presentation – of 20 slides each advancing after 20 seconds.  This format is often called ‘Pecha Kucha’ and there is a wealth of advice and tips on the internet about how to make a good Pecha Kucha presentation.

The format will allow us to feature a number of short, snappy presentations of just over 6 minutes, and give students and trainees a podium to share their views on the future of rural practice.  Slides can be text, but the more photos the better!  We will let you know if your ideas have been selected for presentation very soon after the deadline, and you can download a template powerpoint file here.

Application Form

All scholarships now allocated.

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RGPAS Scholarships – for students and GPs

2015logopngApplications are invited for a number of scholarships made available by The Rural GP Association of Scotland (RGPAS).  Funded by the RGPAS Educational Trust (which also receives any monies raised through RuralGP.com advertising) the scholarship scheme aims to:

  1. Encourage and enable Scottish students to experience a Rural GP elective in Scotland, and
  2. Support members of RGPAS (GPs and ST Trainees) to attend international conferences, in a bid to promote international collaboration, awareness of Scottish innovations in rural general practice, and to experience the benefits of seeing innovation from across the world.

In April 2016 we awarded three scholarships:

  • James McHugh of Glasgow University, for his student elective on the Isle of Arran
  • James Durbar of Manchester/St Andrews University, for his student elective on Benbecula
  • Dr David Hogg, Rural GP on the Isle of Arran, to attend a rural research symposium being held at Tromso University in Norway, in September

Student (Undergraduate) Scholarships

In 2016 there are three remaining scholarships available, each to a value of £200.

  • This can be used to fund accommodation, travel or other associated costs. Receipts may be requested at the committee’s discretion.
  • The student must be doing their elective at a Scottish rural practice where at least one GP is a member of RGPAS. The student must be at least 20 miles away from their home address.
  • Electives may take place at any time of the year, and be for a minimum of 4 weeks.
  • The student must be an undergraduate medical student from a Scottish university.
  • The student should submit either a 500 word report or a video (of 3 minutes or more) about their experience within 2 months of the end of the elective. They may be asked to present at the next RGPAS conference too, if they are able.
  • Details of successfully awarded scholarships will be made available to RGPAS members, and also via the RuralGP.scot and RuralGP.com websites.

GP Travel Scholarships

In 2016 there are three remaining travel scholarships available. Nominally each of these will be worth £500, however some flexibility may be applied to support applications which require more or less than this amount.

  • The applicant will be a member of RGPAS for at least 3 months prior to application. They will be a GP or a GP Trainee (at any stage of ST training) currently practising in Scotland.
  • RGPAS Committee members are eligible to apply.
  • The recipient should attend a conference in a country other than the UK. There will be a preference for activities that foster new relations with other country/world organisations such as WONCA or rural GP associations.
  • The money may be used for travel, accommodation or locum costs associated with attending a conference, event or experience in rural practice
  • The recipient should submit either a 500 word report or video (of 3 minutes or more) about their experience within 2 months of the end of the travel period. They may be asked to present at the next RGPAS conference too, if they are able.
  • Details of successfully awarded scholarships will be made available to RGPAS members, and also via the RuralGP.scot and RuralGP.com websites.

How to Apply

  • Please read the application pack – available from the link button below – and submit it as instructed.
  • Closing date: Sunday 19th June 2016.
  • The RGPAS committee will meet virtually, to discuss and judge the applications. Their decision will be final. They may decide not to award all available scholarships.

RGPAS is keen to ensure that this investment in future GPs as well as the development of its existing members, will help to generate innovation, collaboration and inspiration across Scottish rural general practice.  We look forward to receiving applications!

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RGPAS Launches Scholarships – for students and GPs

2015logopngThe Rural GP Association of Scotland (RGPAS) is pleased to launch a number of scholarships, and is inviting applications now.  Funded by the RGPAS Educational Trust, it was decided at the RGPAS AGM in November 2015 to setup a scholarship scheme to

  1. Encourage and enable Scottish students to experience a Rural GP elective in Scotland, and
  2. To support members of RGPAS (GPs and ST Trainees) to attend international conferences, in a bid to promote international collaboration, awareness of Scottish innovations in rural general practice, and to experience the benefits of seeing innovation from across the world.

Student (Undergraduate) Scholarships

In 2016 there will be five scholarships available, each to a value of £200.

  • This can be used to fund accommodation, travel or other associated costs. Receipts may be requested at the committee’s discretion.
  • The student must be doing their elective at a Scottish rural practice where at least one GP is a member of RGPAS. The student must be at least 20 miles away from their home address.
  • Electives may take place at any time of the year, and be for a minimum of 4 weeks.
  • The student must be an undergraduate medical student from a Scottish university.
  • The student should submit either a 500 word report or a video (of 3 minutes or more) about their experience within 2 months of the end of the elective. They may be asked to present at the next RGPAS conference too, if they are able.
  • Details of successfully awarded scholarships will be made available to RGPAS members, and also via the RuralGP.scot and RuralGP.com websites.

Travel Scholarships

In 2016 there will be four travel scholarships available. Nominally each of these will be worth £500, however some flexibility may be applied to support applications which require more or less than this amount.

  • The applicant will be a member of RGPAS for at least 3 months prior to application. They will be a GP or a GP Trainee (at any stage of ST training) currently practising in Scotland.
  • RGPAS Committee members are eligible to apply.
  • The recipient should attend a conference in a country other than the UK. There will be a preference for activities that foster new relations with other country/world organisations such as WONCA or rural GP associations.
  • The money may be used for travel, accommodation or locum costs associated with attending a conference, event or experience in rural practice
  • The recipient should submit either a 500 word report or video (of 3 minutes or more) about their experience within 2 months of the end of the travel period. They may be asked to present at the next RGPAS conference too, if they are able.
  • Details of successfully awarded scholarships will be made available to RGPAS members, and also via the RuralGP.scot and RuralGP.com websites.

How to Apply

  • Please read the application pack – available from the link button below – and submit it as instructed.
  • Closing date: 30th March 2016. If any scholarships remain, they will be readvertised with a closing date of 14th June 2016 (TBC).
  • The RGPAS committee will meet virtually, to discuss and judge the applications. Their decision will be final. They may decide not to award all available scholarships.

RGPAS is keen to ensure that this investment in future GPs as well as the development of its existing members, will help to generate innovation, collaboration and inspiration across Scottish rural general practice.  We look forward to receiving applications!

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RGPAS Conference Student Scholarships 2015

Update 18/10/15: Thanks for all students who have applied for scholarships. We still have a few *non-accommodated* scholarships remaining, so if you can find your own place to stay, please complete the form below and we’ll get back to you.

Twitter hashtag: #RGPAS15

Craigmonie Hotel, Inverness

Craigmonie Hotel, Inverness

Things are heating up for this year’s RGPAS 2015 conference, to be held in Inverness from Thursday 5th November.  A full programme is planned, spanning a range of topics relevant to rural general practice.

We are pleased to announce that following the run away success last year, we will once again be offering RGPAS Conference Student Scholarships – to enable Scottish medical students to attend with expenses paid.  In addition we have subsidised the cost of student registration fees, to make it more possible for students who have an interest in rural practice, to attend.

What’s on offer?

  • 8 free student places, including Thursday night’s accommodation at the Craigmonie Hotel (or nearby alternative accommodation if necessary)
  • 8 free students places (not including accommodation)
  • a reduced rate for all other students who wish to attend – £25 conference fee (reduced from £120) for the full programme

The cost of this is being funded from the RGPAS Educational Fund.  Income for this fund includes the proceeds of the donations made for advertising on RuralGP.com.

Who’s eligible to apply?

You must be an undergraduate medical student at a Scottish university (intercalated, international and mature students also welcome to apply).  We are keen to hear from any students who have an interest in general or rural practice.

How do I apply?

Simples… complete the form below – closing date Wednesday 14th October 2015.  We’ll get back to you a few days after the closing date, either to confirm you’ve been successful with a scholarship, or to offer you a discounted rate to attend the conference.

Present your vision

We will be featuring a special session on the Friday afternoon of the conference, aimed to bring together students’ and trainees’ “2020” visions of rural practice.  For this, you will be expected to present a short powerpoint presentation – of 20 slides each advancing after 20 seconds.  This format is often called ‘Pecha Kucha’ and there is a wealth of advice and tips on the internet about how to make a good Pecha Kucha presentation.

The format will allow us to feature a number of short, snappy presentations of just over 6 minutes, and give students and trainees a podium to share their views on the future of rural practice.  Slides can be text, but the more photos the better!  We will let you know if your ideas have been selected for presentation very soon after the deadline, and you can download a template powerpoint file here.

Application Form

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Rural GPs Scotland (RGPAS) Conference 2015 – Programme now available

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The annual RGPAS (Rural GP’s Association of Scotland) conference will be held on Thursday 5th to Saturday 7th November 2015.  As with tradition, it will once again be held at the Craigmonie Hotel in Inverness.

The programme includes a keynote speech from Dr John Wynn-Jones, Chair of the WONCA Working Party on Rural Practice.  He will speak about “Expanding Rural Horizons – What Benefits of International Collaboration?”.

Other speakers on Thursday (registration at 0930h) include:

  • Dr Penny Lockwood, with exciting plans to offer an intercalated degree in Rural Health at Dundee University
  • Dr Kim Miller from Aberdeen University will provide an update about undergraduate training
  • Dr David Cunningham from NES will speak about “Rural CPD and NES – What Can We Offer You?”
  • Dr Andrew Buist will provide an update from the BMA about the proposed 2017 Scottish GP Contract
  • Dr David Binnie, GP from Colonsay will present an audit on Emergency Activity on the island
  • Dr Helen Robinson will speak about the ‘Singlehanded’ Project
  • Dr Chris Williams will inspire, inform and enthuse us all to realise the benefits of social media!

… followed by an informal dinner at Sam’s Indian Cuisine.

Friday’s line up (starting at 0900h) includes:

  • Mr Steven Ross from Raigmore Hospital, with a pragmatic update on ENT presentations
  • Dr Hamish Greig will discuss the opportunities and considerations of using ultrasound in rural general practice
  • Andy Newiss of Clements Accountants will discuss maintaining profitability and viability in rural practice
  • Dr Drew Inglis of the EMRS Team will tell us about the latest efforts to improve connectivity in rural Scotland

After lunch, Dr David Hogg will lead a session aimed at students and trainees – but open to all – on ‘Rural Practice and Me’.  Watch this space!  This will be followed by the RGPAS AGM – again open to all, and which often involves lively and informative debate.

… a conference dinner will then be held in the hotel.

On Saturday we are welcoming a visit from the EMRS squad, who will provide a number of practical work stations to brush up on emergency care skills.

For details about our student scholarships, please see this page.
Please note that the conference delegate fee for all students, FYs, Trainees and Rural Fellows is £25 – reduced from £120!

For booking form and programme, see the links below.  Hope to see you there!

Programme 2015  Booking Form

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Advertise for low cost on RuralGP.com

vacancyRuralGP.com can help with publicising your vacancy.  Until recently we provided this service for free to anyone who wrote in.  However, to reflect the ongoing funding that is provided by RGPAS to cover server costs, we have decided to make this a membership benefit to RGPAS members.

However, if you wish to advertise, and are not in a position to join RGPAS we now have a very inexpensive means by which advertising can remain available to them.  In return for a single donation of £60 (other options exist for multiple adverts),  a single advert can be posted online.  We will use this as a means to generate an income stream to the RGPAS Educational Fund in order that we can offer scholarships to medical students – to attend the RGPAS conferences and perhaps electives too.

RuralGP.com remains a voluntary enterprise, and no individual gains any financial benefit from this new advertising structure.  However, we hope that this will allow RGPAS to support medical students more effectively, and encourage more rural GPs in Scotland to become members of RGPAS – only £20 per year and with more benefits alongside RuralGP.com advertising!

You can find out more here.

 

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