What are the EEP Programs?
The Emergency Education Programs (EEP) are funded by the RCCbc and REAP through the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues. The Programs provide family physicians practicing in smaller rural communities with a three-month, full-time, remunerated fellowship in Emergency Medicine. The Emergency Education Programs provide structured learning that is practical and relevant, offering a unique opportunity for comprehensive skills enhancement in Emergency Medicine.
How often is the program run?
The Programs are offered twice a year with cohorts in the Spring (April-June) and the Fall (September-November) at four sites – Nanaimo (NEEP), Northern Prince George (NoEEP), Kamloops (KEEP), Coastal – Lions Gate (CoEEP).
What is the eligibility and requirements to apply for the EEP Programs?
This program is suited to physicians who currently have a rural practice, work as a rural locum or would like to do more rural work and feel that additional training would make them feel more confident.
- Active BC College of Physicians and Surgeons license
- A strong connection to rural BC communities with the intent to serve these populations.
What do the programs offer?
The Programs will offer you approximately 12 weeks of intensive learning opportunities, including rotations in emergency (including procedures), as well as elective opportunities with Anesthesia. The core clinical placements occur at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NEEP), University Hospital of Northern BC (NoEEP), Royal Inland Hospital (KEEP) and Lions Gate Hospital (CoEEP), providing learners with practical, real-world experiences in order to build advanced management and procedural skills.
Weekly academic sessions are an integral part of the core program. These educational sessions include a variety of emergency medicine topics, workshops for procedural skills, hands on training in the high-fidelity medical simulation (SIM) lab and opportunities to sign up for refreshers in ACLS, ATLS, PALs, and NRP. The programs also offer a variety of opportunities in becoming proficient in bedside ultrasound (PoCUS) techniques. The goal of the program is to take candidates from having no PoCUS skills to returning to their community as a certified independent practitioner with some advanced skills and teaching experience to act as a local resource.
How am I funded taking the program?
Successful applicants are funded through the REAP Program at the following rates:
- $750 per day stipend to cover income loss and overhead
- reimbursement up to $2,000 for travel costs
- up to $200 per training day for accommodation or a boarding cost in the amount of $75 per day
What are the Application Requirements?
The Emergency Education Program Application along with all the required supporting documents must be submitted by 11:59 pm on the application deadline through the online application portal. Applications will not be accepted outside of the application window.
Along with your online application, you must upload:
- Your current CV
- A letter of intent
- Two letters of reference
What are the Application Windows?
- Spring Cohort 2025 - applications will be accepted from April 15 – June 15, 2024.
- Fall Cohort 2025 - applications will be accepted September 15 – November 15, 2024.
What is the Selection Process?
The Emergency Education Program Selection Committee will review and select the successful candidates. Following selection, successful applicants will be notified by email and must confirm acceptance within one month of being offered a spot in the Program. Funding will then be granted and detailed information about the claim process and policies will be distributed. If a spot becomes available, individuals on the waitlist will be notified.