January 2017 Issue
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Community Medicine Newsletter

December 13, 2016 Issue: Influenza Vaccine Campaign Update #4
January 20, 2017 Issue: Recent Influenza Activity

Contact: Roya Dolling, VCH

Foundry - North Shore

Announcing Foundry – North Shore; the official name of the BC-Integrated Youth Service Initiative Centre to be located in the lower Lonsdale area.  Since early this year, VCH’s Child and Youth Mental Health & Substance use team have been working on this upstream and ambitious project with representatives from the 5 new sites across the province as well as the prototype site, Granville Inner City Youth Program. They are very excited about being a part of this province wide project that will be transformative for our youth and young adult community by providing service access for a wide scope of needs all located in one place. To find out more about the wider initiative please visit
Click here to view the first edition of Foundry's community newsletter.

For more information contact:
Tanis Evans at or Terry Bulych at

Opportunity for GPs to join the BC influenza Sentinel Network

The BC Centre for Disease Control influenza team is looking for family doctors for the Sentinel Practitioner Surveillance Network (SPSN), an internationally recognized network that is now emulated in over 20 countries and helps inform the World Health Organization’s recommendations for the annual influenza vaccine. Participating doctors stay informed on influenza and other respiratory virus activity in their communities while contributing to an important public health initiative. Sentinel Network members have access to influenza diagnostic testing for eligible patients via the provincial lab at no charge and without restriction. Modest compensation is provided for additional clinic time required. For more information or to indicate your interest, visit BC's Influenza Sentinel Network or contact Lisan Kwindt (

Advanced care planning resource: Interactive workbook from Speak Up in BC

An online resource created by Speak Up in BC uses an interactive workbook to simplify the creation of an end-of-life plan. Breaking the process down into five steps, the workbook helps users consider what is important to them, document their beliefs and wishes, and develop an advance care plan that best suits them. The workbook can be saved and revised online, then printed, downloaded, or shared by e-mail. The Speak Up in BC campaign is part of the national Advance Care Planning in Canada initiative.

Free Quit Now workshops for BC doctors treating tobacco dependence

QuitNow BC offers free workshops for health professionals treating tobacco dependence. Workshops are available throughout BC and are about seven hours long with a minimum of 10 and maximum of 15 participants. For more information visit or contact Health Promoter Louise Mott (

Consent to Health Care in BC: A Course for Health Care Providers

In collaboration with the health authorities and other key stakeholders, the Ministry of Health has developed Consent to Health Care in BC: A Course for Health Care Providers. This course has been developed in response to a demand for a learning tool that clarifies the roles and responsibilities of health care providers in seeking consent to health care services.

This course, comprised of four learning modules (Background, Seeking Consent, Capability and Incapability, and Consent in a Residential Care Setting) is intended to guide health care providers (including staff of residential care facilities) in seeking valid consent from adults prior to delivering health care services. The information in the course may also be of interest to family and friends who are advocating for adults who are assessed to be incapable of making their own health care decisions.  

The course does not cover material relating to health care consent for minors (under the age of 19), the Adult Guardianship Act, or Part 3 of the Health Care (Consent) and Care Facility (Admission) Act which has not yet been brought into force. The course is publicly available through the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) LearningHub at:

Developing tools to support primary care providers or STI Partner Notification

You are invited to participate in a survey that will explore your views on partner notification for reportable bacterial STI in order to develop a toolkit aimed at Family Physicians. This survey is conducted with funding from the PHSA (Provincial Health Services Authority), Doctors of BC, and organized through the BC Centre for Disease Control. 
Objective: The goals of this project are to:
1. Understand the current practice of partner notification by primary care providers.
2. Identify opportunities to better support primary care providers to perform partner notification, including how to connect with public health resources. 
3. Create a toolkit to support primary care providers to perform partner notification, including the rationale for partner notification and key messages on which to counsel.

Survey Participation: The survey will be housed on the UBC-hosted FluidSurveys platform. Your email address will not be linked to your responses and the results will be anonymous.
Remuneration: Compensation will be at the standard sessional rate of $440.05 per 3.5 hours. The survey is expected to take 30 minutes with an expected compensation of $62.86. Please fill out the information at the end of the survey. This information will not be linked to the survey questions.
Maximum Number of Participants: Participation will be capped at 245 respondents after which the survey will be closed.
Co-Principal Investigators Contact Information:
Dr. Brian Ng, Clinical Assistant Professor and Lead Faculty for Scholarship, Department of Family Practice, Faculty of Medicine, UBC,
Dr. Audrey Campbell, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Family Practice, Faculty of Medicine, UBC,
Dr. Jason Wong, Physician Epidemiologist, Clinical Prevention Services, BC Centre for Disease Control,, Tel: 604-707-5600

To take the survey, please follow this link:

Children's Developmental Assessment and Screening Tool

Family doctors are trusted sources of information about child health and well-being for most families. It is highly likely that parents who receive the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ-3) package will consult their doctor should they have concerns about their child's development.  Our goal is to ensure that all health care professionals who serve families on the North Shore are aware of and support the initiative.

Ages and Stages “Universal Offer” using the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ-3):
ASQ-3 is a developmental assessment and screening tool that pinpoints developmental progress in children between the ages of one month to 5 ½ years. “Universal Offer” means that all families on the North Shore with a child turning 3 will be offered the ASQ. The ASQ belongs to the family, includes activities and other community resources around child development.  It is the family’s choice whether they want to have it scored.

The ASQ Universal Offer:

  • reduces stigma – a routine developmental check-up tool offered to all parents rather than a targeted assessment only provided to children with potential delays 
  • is an opportunity to discuss child development
  • provides all with the same information about child development and milestones 
  • includes resources for families and gets the hard-to-reach connected.

ASQ Package:

For further information, please contact:
Maria Morisseau, North Shore Early Years Centre Coordinator, North Shore Community Resources

Apply Now for the Clinical Quality Academy

Would you like to lead improvement projects, teach and advise others, and strategically use opportunities and tools to provide better care for patients? If so, consider applying for the second cohort of the Clinical Quality Academy, which will take place April-November 2017. The Clinical Quality Academy is a new version of the BC Patient Safety and Quality Council’s long-running Quality Academy program designed especially for physicians. The graphic below summarizes the format. This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 122 Mainpro+ credits. Applications are considered on a first come first served basis so make sure you apply soon! Click here for further details.

clinician quality academy timeline

UBC Continuing Professional Development

CME on the Run! Internal Medicine

Date: Fri, Feb 3, 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm (Lunch: 12:00pm – 1:00pm VGH only)

Website: Click here to download the flyer or register online
Location: Paetzold Lecture Theatre, Vancouver General Hospital and 15 Videoconference Locations
North Shore Videoconference Site: Lions Gate Hospital (Hope Centre, SE Corner of LGH Campus) – Room 2506
Target audience:  Family Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Residents, Allied Health Professionals
Accreditation: Up to 3.5 Mainpro M+
•    Pharmacotherapy for Alcohol Use Disorder – Dr. Keith Ahamad
•    NASH - How to Diagnose and Follow Up – Dr. Edward Tam
•    New Treatments for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia - A Game Changer – Dr. Cynthia Toze
•    An Approach to Chest Pain in the Office – Dr. Tara Sedlak
•    Office Management of Parkinson's Disease – Dr. Martin McKeown
•    Diabetes: The Next Best Choice After Metformin – Dr. Adam S White
•    A Review of the Adverse Effects of PPI's – Dr. Brain Bressler
•    Management Resistant Hypertension – Dr. Graham Wong


Practical Ophthalmology for the Non-Ophthalmologist

Date: Sat, Mar 4, 2017
Location: UBC Life Sciences Centre, Vancouver BC
Target audience:  Family physicians, pediatricians, internists, residents
Accreditation: Up to 6.5 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits

For additional information, click here.

14th Annual Pediatric Emergency Medicine Update & APLS

Date: May 4 - APLS & May 5-6 (Fri-Sat)
Location: UBC Robson Square, Vancouver BC
Target audience:  Pediatricians, emergency physicians, family physicians, allied health professionals & residents
Accreditation: Up to 12.0 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits

Vancouver Division Event

But I Don't Take Learners in My Office: Teaching for the Busy Family Doctor

Date: Thurs, Feb 2, 2017
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm (Dinner & Registration at 5:30 pm)

Location: Vancouver Lawn & Tennis Club – Burrard Room (1630 West 15th Avenue, Vancouver) 
Who: VDoFP Membership Committee & UBC Faculty of Medicine 
What: The Division is committed to providing a support system for Preceptors that fosters high-quality educational experiences for medical students and residents in Vancouver. The VDoFP Membership Committee has partnered with UBC to host an educational and networking event for GPs who are either interested in Preceptorship opportunities or are experienced Preceptors seeking teaching resources. Event topics will focus on Teaching Skills, Logistics of Teachings, and Opportunities for Teaching. 
Accreditation: Up to 3.0 Mainpro+ credits
Contact: Veera Grewal; 

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