Rural Health — Challenges & Innovations Webinar

Rural health challenges in BC — what are they & what can we do to address them?


No rural issue is more pressing than the challenge of ensuring every British Columbian — no matter where she or he lives — has access to excellent healthcare.

And no one in BC is more focussed on identifying rural healthcare problems, and exploring ways to address them, than Dr. Dave Snadden, UBC Chair in Rural Health.

Join us on Thursday, February 28, noon Pacific, for a stimulating discussion with Dr. Snadden. Bring your questions and ideas on what’s wrong with healthcare in rural BC today, and how to make things better.




Rural health is Dave Snadden's specialty

Few are better able to tackle rural health issues than Dr. Snadden.

A graduate of the University of Dundee in Scotland, he was a full-time rural general practitioner and family resident trainer for 11 years in the Highlands of Scotland. Following further academic training at the University of Western Ontario, where he completed a Master’s degree in Family Medicine in 1991, he returned to Scotland and became Senior Lecturer at the Department of General Practice, University of Dundee. During his time in Dundee he helped develop the first integrated postgraduate and undergraduate Department of General Practice in the UK and also completed his Doctoral degree, his thesis explored the use of learning portfolios in general practice training. He became Director of Postgraduate General Practice Education in 1996 and jointly led the integrated department until 2003. David also worked with the teaching hospital sector as Associate Postgraduate Dean where he was responsible for the first year of general residency training, some specialty programs and fitness to practice issues.

He is a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners, a Certificant of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. David joined the Northern Medical Program in July 2003 to lead its establishment and development. The distributed medical education model developed in BC was innovative and helped shape similar changes across Canada and internationally. In 2011 he was appointed as Executive Associate Dean of Education in the UNBC Faulty of Medicine, and was responsible for all the educational programs in the Faculty across the Province until his term finished in June 2016.

In November 2016 he was appointed to the Rural Doctors’ UBC Chair in Rural Health, an academic chair endowed by a generous donation from the Rural Doctors of British Columbia through the Doctors of BC, and the Ministry of Health Joint Standing Committee on Rural Affairs.


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