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Can J Surg. 2015 Dec;58(6):419-22.

A proposal for the curriculum and evaluation for training rural family physicians in enhanced surgical skills.

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From the Department of Surgery, University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, BC (Caron); Bella Bella, Denny Island, British Columbia (Iglesias); the Department of General Surgery, University of Saskatchewan, Prince Albert, Sask. (Friesen); Rocky Mountain House, Alberta (Berjat); the Lillooet Medical Clinic, Lillooet, BC (Humber); the Inuvik Regional Hospital, Inuvik, Northwest Territories (Falk, Prins); the Selkirk Medical Clinic, Revelstoke, BC (Vogt); the University of Saskatchewan, Meadow Lake, Sask. (Geller); Rural and Regional Health, University of Alberta, Sylvan Lake, Alta. (Janke); the Department of Family Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC (Woollard); the Omineca Medical Clinic, Vanderhoof, BC (Batchelor); and the Associate Clinic, Pincher Creek, Alta. (Van Bussel).


Rural western Canada relies heavily on family physicians with enhanced surgical skills (ESS) for surgical services. The recent decision by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) to recognize ESS as a "community of practice" section offers a potential home akin to family practice anesthesia and emergency medicine. To our knowledge, however, a skill set for ESS in Canada has never been described formally. In this paper the Curriculum Committee of the National ESS Working Group proposes a generic curriculum for the training and evaluation of the ESS skill set.

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