The College hosts meetings throughout Alberta with:
- local physicians to discuss their realities and challenges,
- the public in town-hall-style discussions and,
- PCNs, health advisory councils and community leaders, looking for synergies to help address common issues.
This outreach program identifies local issues affecting good medical practice and helps the College deliver relevant programs and services that make sense to Albertans.
What is Regional Tour?
- To build relationships with physicians, primary care networks, health advisory councils, community leaders and the public
- To understand local health care delivery issues and look for possible partnered solutions: participants set the agenda
- To connect with physicians face-to-face and encourage two-way authentic dialogue
- To identify risks to physician practices and offer educational opportunities
- To share, clarify and discuss the College’s current and future role in health care
Who from the College attends Regional Tour meetings?
Our Council president, Registrar, senior staff and other council members attend the meetings. David Kay, Executive Director of the Rural Physician Action Plan, also attends whenever possible.
Where has the Regional Tour visited?
Since 2012, the Regional Tour has visited: Stony Plain, Lloydminster, Slave Lake, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Blairmore, Pincher Creek, Brockett, St. Albert, High Level, Peace River,High River, Sylvan Lake, Red Deer, Edson and Hinton.
How are communities chosen?
Selection criteria includes communities:
- Affected by natural disasters
- With physicians practising in geographic isolation
- With abnormal prescribing practices
- Where government/political activities offer unique opportunities for collaboration