Make Rural Resus Training a priority during your Residency!

RnR Rounds was designed for Locum Physicians covering rural emergency departments, but why wait until you are in practice to start honing your resus skills?  

Right from the beginning, FM Residents with an interest in Rural Emergency Medicine have been involved in RnR Rounds as participants.  Keep reading to see what they have to say. 

Resident-Participant FAQ

RnR Rounds uses a cost-recovery model.   We only charge tuition sufficient to cover our operating costs and ensure ongoing program advancement.  In order to support Residents, the tuition is reduced by 30%!  

You can find the current Resident tuition cost here. 

You're not alone.  To date, not one participating physician (resident or staff) has been able to attend every last simulation session in a given cycle - that's just the nature of a physician's work!   

RnR Rounds has been created in a modular fashion such that you can miss any given session yet still pick up those skills and practice time elsewhere in the program.   The Self-Study content is accessible from the moment you sign up, and your online resource access never expires.  So you can study and review at your leisure at any time during (or after) your residency program.  

Don't forget RnR Rounds also offers Virtual Participation, so provided you have the time available and a high speed internet connection, you can still drop into your (or another RnR-stream), simulation session in order to participate and observe.  

Content varies from year to year depending on the participants' requests.  However in general there is a large emphasis on: 

- Procedural Sedation / RSI pharmacology
- Advanced rural airway management
- Ventilators
- Arrhythmias & cardiogenic shock
- Non-cardiogenic shock & invasive lines
- Trauma
- Sepsis
- POCUS workshop (introductory through advanced scanning based on your skill level)
- OB catastrophes
- Transport medicine
- Pediatric emergencies 
- Mass Casualty scenarios

First, recognize you are comparing apples to oranges.   Courses generally are a single immersion event over a day or two.  Retention of course skills is well proven to drop precipitously after a couple of months (without regular practice.)   RnR is an ongoing ROUNDS program which means you get to come back every month to practice skills, revisit topics and keep your resuscitation skills sharp. - It is not uncommon for doctors to continue to participate in RnR Rounds on an ongoing basis fo many consecutive years!

Second, know about graduation and/or credentialing requirements. Many hospitals will publish that they require "up to date ACLS / PALS / ALSO" (etc) depending on which areas of medicine you intend to practice.   Be aware that although some courses are specifically named, there is almost always an "or equivalent" clause which is usually not published.   You'll find most hospitals are very accepting of accredited regular rural-resus sim participation (e.g. RnR Rounds), though you may need to educate them on what your alternate program is / what it covers.   NB: With other programs such as ATLS, having taken the program just once in your career is often acceptable. 

Third, RnR Rounds covers much of the content of these aforementioned courses (ACLS, PALS, ATLS, AIME, introductory and intermediate ultrasound courses), in considerable and sometimes greater detail.  Unlike the individual courses, your opportunity to get repeat practice is spread out throughout the year, and on an ongoing basis.  So, we can get you up to speed and then we can keep you there.  RnR Rounds also has a rural  and resource-limited focus, so you get a lot more detail about how to best approximate these "standards" outside a tertiary care teaching environment.   (e.g. Try running a major trauma ATLS-style without an onsite blood bank, CT scanner or every surgical sub-speciality in house.) 

Fourth, if you work out the cost per hour of education for each program, you will discover how aggressively priced RnR Rounds is.   (Do not let this be your only valuation, but it may factor into your decision somewhere.)  

In summary, there is no shortage of extracurricular courses and programs for you to invest your limited time and money during residency.  Know what is absolutely required for your graduation & future practice, but then make the best choice based on your priorities and future practice needs! 

This is not an administrative or tuition concern for RnR Rounds.  Signing up today at resident rates, but completing the program as a staff doc is completely acceptable.  

If you are planning to relocate during the year, our robust Virtual Participation option allows physicians to continue to participate from anywhere with a decent internet connection.

Great!  If you have questions, fill out the contact form, tell us a bit about yourself and we'd be delighted to assist you.    

If you're ready to commit, you can sign up here.   (Be sure to mention you are a resident!)

RnR Rounds is a revenue-neutral CPD program operated by Community Health Network Ltd.  
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