On February 28, 2014, I am a motivational speaker for the 6th Annual Rural Alberta community physician attraction and retention conference.
The event takes place at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in West Edmonton. The audience is comprised of over 150 volunteers, municipal leaders, mayor, chambers of commerce and healthcare workers.
The common thread for this group is to support rural communities to recruit great physicians to the area. When a physician recruiter identifies a potential physician for the community, they will organize a community visit.
This audience of dedicated community volunteers are on committies that will greet potential doctors (and often their families) and show them around the community. To really introduce physicians to the community they will tour the local hospital, schools, community centers and other site visits.
These community ambassadors are dedicated to getting great healthcare for their rural communities. Critical to this cause is getting the right doctor. They want to show off their community the best they can so that potential physicians and their families can decide if they want to make this their home.
RPAP, the Alberta Rural Physician Action Plan puts on the event.
The theme of the event is Changing Landscapes of Primary care. The theme reflects how healthcare has changed in rural communities and what resources communities have to adjust to the change.
I look forward to being a motivational speaker for the Rural Alberta Physician Retention Conference. My motivational speech is Daring to be Caring... Leading a Spirited Healthcare Team.
The other guest speakers for the event are delivering speeches on Best Practices in Site visits and Alternative Solutions to Meeting Healthcare Needs.