Tuckamore Travels

Tuckamore continues its round-the-world tour that started in Malawi and moved to François and Sable Island. This time we are in Dunedin New Zealand, at the University of Otago. Our presentation there was very well received. Except for the icebergs. The first slide showed a big one from a few summers ago, when we had fantastic bergs off the Bonavista Peninsula. I thought it made a unique and spectacular backdrop for information about our Tuckamore Bootcamp, but no. The Dunedians informed me that they too see the giant white ghosts as they make their way from their birthplaces in Antarctica. Well!

The Department of Rural Medicine at Dunedin, led by Dr. Tim Stokes, has diverse research interests: implementation science, forming clinical rural/urban networks, physician wellness and palliative care to name a few. Dr. Tony Egan and his colleagues run a simulated GP clinic called SECO (Safe Effective Clinical Outcomes). All were keen to learn of our interdisciplinary community of practice, communications, cognitive reasoning, PoCUS and simulation work. Several expressed interest in writing simulation scenarios for ASSET, our educational channel within the Cureus Journal of Science. Collaborations have begun!

Our commonalities are enlightening. The Maori population has similar health outcomes to our Aboriginal population, and although NZ is much smaller than Canada, it has its own geographic challenges: offshore islands with small populations, and a distributed teaching system. New Zealand’s weather is generally favourable, but the roads are narrow and form steep dizzying switchbacks over a long spine of mountains. And, just like us, rural doctors are seeking ways to deliver sustainable simulation based HPE.


Stay tuned for the next Kiwi update!