CAGS Locum Survey

It is a well-established fact that many Canadians living in rural and remote areas of the country do not have access to the same level of care as those residing in more urban areas. This has been the impetus for the development of novel approaches to deliver care to the rural and remote areas of the country. One such approach is the up-training of Family Physicians to give them skills to performs a myriad of surgical procedures such as Caesarian sections, appendectomies, cholecystectomies, endoscopy, hernia repair, and advanced trauma management skills. The Canadian Association of General Surgeons was approached last year to endorse and participate in the development and administration of such training programs.

If the General Surgeons of Canada are to take a position in opposition to any training program that attempts to provide the skill set of a general surgeon in a year’s time, we must have an alternative plan to address the needs of rural and remote patients. Recently The Provincial Committee of CAGS has explored the concept of creating a centrally run locum tenens program that would allow adequate, year-round staffing to many sites across the country that have the capacity to act as hubs of care for rural and remote areas. We now need to get a better idea of the manpower that is available to staff these sites. We kindly ask your participation is a short survey regarding the participation in locum coverage in remote and rural part of Canada.

Thank-you, in advance, for you participation,
Brent Zabolotny, Chair CAGS Provincial Committee

1) Would you be interested in spending a short period of time (one or two weeks at a time) in a remote or rural site providing surgical care up to several times per year?

2) Are you realistically able to leave your current practice/family/social commitments and travel to a remote location to provide surgical care?

3) Where in Canada would you be interested in traveling to for the provision of surgical care? (select all that apply)

4) Do you have the training and experience to perform Caesarian sections?

5) If you answered No to question 4, would you be able to acquire the skills required to perform Caesarian Sections?