Being the foundational chair has been an honor, and it will be a privilege to walk by the side of my successor and help them establish their network while they settle into the role. The research I have been involved with around system transformation and rural workforce have been fabulous projects to be a part of. We still have questions to address to help sustain the rural workforce, which include how do we get the right people into medical school, and how do we support their training as medical students and residents that will give them the confidence to work in rural areas? Working with the Rural Coordination Centre of British Columbia as they collaborate with government, health providers, physicians and citizen voices has also been very satisfying as the partnerships that have been formed are helping shape improvements in critical areas of rural transport, team-based care, cultural competence and virtual health.
I am deeply grateful for your support in building British Columbia’s capacity to deliver rural care. Rural scholars and research grants have seeded all sorts of interesting work, and your support has extended to me personally in terms of advice and helping to expand and improve our networks.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve as the Rural Doctors’ UBC Chair in Rural Health.