Rural Emergency Medicine Simulation Training and Resource - British Columbia

My name is Dr. Shane Barclay and I host and run this web page, so it isn't really 'us' but me!

I have been a GP for 35 years, primarily in rural settings. I graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1984, then started my career in North Vancouver BC, working for nearly 12 years, initially in the ER and General Practice. I then spent 7 years in the North West Territories, primarily as a solo physician in Ft. Simpson, but also doing locums in Yellowknife ER, Ft. Smith, Cambridge Bay, Hay River and elsewhere. I then moved to Salt Spring Island, BC and worked there for 15 years during which time I set up a simulation lab and started regular ER simulation rounds and workshops.

Since 2018 I have worked in Sun Peaks Ski Resort in the Community Health Centre doing general practice and am involved in Family Practice Resident teaching. The support and encouragement received doing this time doing ER simulation rounds and ultrasound teaching has been a huge motivator to continue this project. In many ways this new site is dedicated to them all.

My belief is that rural doctors need skills for working in an ER that come very close and in some respects outreach the abilities of urban ER doctors. For example, rural doctors can't call on the RT to set up the ventilator! I also believe the level of care provided to a patient in a rural setting should be no different than what they would receive in a 'big city hospital'. So my goal has been to try to assist in the training of Family Practice Residents and even some current rural Family Doctors, so that they can provide "Urban ER Care in a Rural Setting".