Rural and Small Urban Section

Welcome to CAEP’s Rural and Small Urban Section! We’re pleased to report to membership that, after an approximately decade long absence, the Section was revitalised within CAEP in February 2016.

Emergency medicine in rural and small urban communities have issues that are both unique and relevant, and we intend to bring those realities to the table. Our mission is to illuminate those issues for the CAEP Board, and advocate on behalf of these communities and providers.

Approximately 19 % of CAEP’s membership live and work in a rural and small urban setting. We need to expand our Section membership: we encourage you to join CAEP, and bring your unique and valuable rural expertise to the Section and CAEP!

Browse our links, and we look forward to serving and engaging our rural membership.

Vision and Mandate


  • To illuminate the issues unique and relevant to emergency care in small urban and rural communities, and advocate on behalf of the communities and providers with regards to these issues.


  • Utilizing rural-specific expertise and knowledge, advise the Board on the unique matters affecting emergency care in small urban and rural communities.
  • Provide opinion to the Board regarding timely and appropriate access to skilled emergency care in small urban and rural areas.
  • Assist the Board in developing policies and positions that, in an evidence based fashion, adequately reflect the realities of emergency medicine practice in small urban
    and rural Canada.
  • Assist the Board in developing and implementing strategies to collect and maintain essential data reflecting the human resources and ancillary supports in small urban and rural EDs, to facilitate evidence based policy and decision making in this setting.
  • When directed by the Board, collaborate with other external agencies to advance emergency care in small urban and rural environments.
  • Advise the Board on strategies that would enhance the knowledge, education and research capacities in small urban and rural environments.
  • Within CAEP advocate for strategies that enhance the knowledge and impacts of emergency care delivered within small urban and rural environments.

Rural and Small Urban Section Terms of Reference

Section Members

Aimee Kernick
Saanichton, BC
Adam Bignucolo
North Bay, ON
Alex Brothers
Canmore, AB
Merrilee Brown
Port Perry, ON
Alecs Chichinov
Winnipeg, MB
CAEP President
Greg Costello
Abbotsford, BC
Alison Coates
Ottawa, ON
Jillian Decosse
Brandon, MB
Paul Dhillon
Regina, SK
Brian Geller
Saskatoon, SK
Sarah Giles 
Ottawa, ON
Kirsten Jewell 
Hunstville, ON
Taylor Lougheed
North Bay, ON
Kyle McIver
Terrace, BC
Jamie McKeen
Hazelton, BC
Laura Miller
Parksville, BC
Christopher Patey
St. John’s, NL
Lynn Power
Burin Bay Arm, NL
Oswaldo Ramirez
Nobleton, ON
Barbara Watts
Orangeville, ON
Sydney White
Revelstoke, BC
Peter Zhang
Kitchener, ON

How to Join

All CAEP members are welcome to join and participate in the section.

Rural and Small Urban Section Executive Committee vacant positions will be posted in the CAEP Connects and on CAEP social media channels.

Contact Christina Bova for more information at

Rural Road Map Implementation

Dear CAEP Members,

Recently, representatives from CAEPs Rural and Small Urban Section held a teleconference with representatives of the Rural Road Map Implementation Committee (RRMIC) to discuss the issue of patient transfers and repatriation among rural emergency physicians, between rural medical facilities and larger healthcare centres, and how they impact on patient care.

RRMIC is a group led by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada whose role is to promote and advance recommendations of their Rural Road Map for Action. RRMIC is exploring ways to systemically improve rural patient transfers and repatriation. You will agree that transfer protocols designed to support rural physicians can improve quality of care and access to specialized services that are beyond the capacity of local rural resources. Inadequate access to such services and the inability to transfer patients in an efficient way is not helpful to patient care outcomes (already impacted by time / distance / geography).

As part of this collaborative, CAEP wants to help address this situation. As such, CAEP would like to learn about our membership’s experiences related to patient transfer from rural/remote communities and back.  We would specifically like to investigate the scope of this problem for our members, and in which jurisdictions they are happening. We would appreciate your input in this matter and would ask that you get back to us with your experiences/activities with patiet transfers and repatriation based on the following questions:

  1. What were the circumstances or situation whereby you were unable to transfer a patient? (e.g. refusal or delay to accept due to lack of an available secondary or tertiary bed). And what was the outcome for that patient?
  2. What  factors or resources help to improve your ability to transfer patients? (e.g. delay due to lack of access to air medevac, or road ambulance escort staffing resources beyond the scope of local EMS capability) And what was the outcome for that patient?
  3. How well are you supported in your local community (and provincially) in patient transfers and repatriation?

CAEP members who wish to further explore or collaborate in RRMIC activities are also invited to respond.  Should you have any questions please contact

Respond to the Questions Here


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