March 2017 Issue
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Community Medicine Newsletter

Contact: Roya Dolling, VCH

New Specialist on the North Shore

Dr. Neda Amiri, Rheumatology & Internal Medicine
Dr. Amiri is a rheumatologist who has started practice on the North Shore in 2017. She is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and has completed medical school and fellowship training at UBC. She has undertaken additional training in the management of rheumatic diseases in pregnancy at the University of California, San Diego, and University of Toronto. 

Her additional areas of interest include inflammatory arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), spondyloarthropathies, and vasculitis. She holds a faculty position at UBC as a clinical instructor, and has hospital privileges at Vancouver General Hospital and St. Paul’s Hospital. Appointments can be booked by forwarding referral letters to 604-630-7054 (Fax). For urgent consults, please email Dr. Amiri directly at

Foundry North Shore Newsletter

Primary Care/Public Health Join forces at Foundry
The March 2017 edition of Foundry community newsletter highlights primary care/public health services and youth eating disorders program at Foundry North Shore, featuring an interview with Dr. Hayley Broker, Co-Chair of the North Shore Local Action Team of the Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Collaborative. Foundry North Shore, is one of the five BC-Integrated Youth Service Initiative Centres.
For more information, contact: Tanis Evans at or Terry Bulych at For more information about the BC-Integrated Youth Services Initiative, visit:

Nominations Open for the 2017 Health Promotion Awards 

Is there an individual or group that has enhanced the health of your community? If so, consider nominating them in the annual Doctors of BC Health Promotion Awards. Now in their 18th year, these awards recognize those who devote time and energy to making BC a healthier, safer place to live.

Visit the Health Promotion Awards page for more information, eligibility criteria, and nomination forms. The nomination deadline is Friday, March 31, 2017.

Vancouver Division Resources: Physician Retirement Guide & Maternity Care Information 

The Vancouver Division has created a number of resources that provide valuable information for doctors throughout BC.

How to Retire Guide is a 52-page comprehensive resource designed by the Vancouver Division to support physicians throughout the retirement process. For more information about the guide see the Vancouver Division website (click the cover image to download).

Pregnancy Vancouver, a website created by the Vancouver Division to support pregnant women and their families, provides maternity care resources including:

For questions, please contact the Vancouver Division at

New Websites Support Prostate Cancer and Orthopaedic Surgery Patients 

If I were Tom provides evidence-based support for men with prostate cancer. Developed by the Men’s Health Research Program at UBC with funding from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHI), the site features an interactive video drama about a man going through the stages of a prostate cancer, including initial diagnosis, treatment options, and living with the disease. A video series (also available on the If I Were Tom YouTube channel) featuring experts and people with first-hand experience provides additional information. For questions or more information, visit or contact the Men’s Health Research Program (

TalkingWithDocs is a useful resource for doctors referring patients to orthopaedic surgeons. Created by Canadian orthopaedic surgeons Drs Brad Weening and Paul Zalzal, the website uses a series of short videos to educate patients and their families about topics including joint replacement surgery, fractures, sports injuries, how to prepare for a procedure, and possible risks of surgery.

Pain Management and Opioid Prescribing Resources

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia’s (CPSBC) new opioid prescribing standards state that physicians must “document discussion with patients that non-pharmacologic therapy and non-opioid analgesics are preferred for chronic non-cancer pain and that potential benefit of long-term opioid treatment is modest and risk significant.”

Recognizing a need for local resources that support physicians in having these conversations with patients, many divisions of family practice have created and compiled resources on opioid prescribing and alternative pain management modalities, while others have organized learning events in their communities.

There are a number of pain management resources available at a provincial level as well, including the Practice Support Program’s Pain Management module, which provides doctors with EMR-enabled diagnostic tools to help them identify, assess, and manage patients who have persistent pain, and promote self-management to improve function.

To highlight the work of divisions in supporting doctors to care for vulnerable patients who have pain management challenges, a list of division-created resources for pain management and opioid prescribing is now available on the provincial division website. A list of provincial (non-division) resources is featured as well, including the CPSBC standards document mentioned above and A Guideline for the Clinical Management of Opioid Use Disorder, created by the BC Centre on Substance Use and the Ministry of Health.

Run to Quit

Run to Quit is an innovative program where participants learn to walk or run 5 km while receiving practical support on quitting smoking.

Running? To quit smoking?  Yes! Running and walking have been shown to help smokers be more successful in quitting. Run to Quit program participants from 2016 agree: “Running takes the place of the urge to do something when you are quitting” says Kathryn Walks, Run to Quit participant and winner of the grand prize 2016 Ford Focus.

Run to Quit offers two ways to join: Do It Yourself or, for extra support, Virtual and In-store 10-week Training Programs.

For additional information and to help your patients quit smoking and get active, see the information sheet for healthcare providersLearn more at

Continuing Professional Development

CME on the Run! (Gynecology & Urology)

Date: Friday, March 31, 2017, 1 pm – 5 pm (Lunch: 12 pm – 1 pm VGH only)
Course: 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+


Sexual Health 2017: Conversations that Matter

Conversations about sexual health are not just for physicians with a special interest or focused practice in sexual health. Sexual health is important for everyone. Therefore this conference is relevant for all physicians.
Date: Friday, March 31 - Saturday, April 1
Location: Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport, Richmond
Target audience: Family physicians, nurse practitioners, midwives, registered nurses, specialists, residents & other allied health professionals
Accreditation: Up to 13.5 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits


Finding Medical Evidence – Computer Workshop 

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017, 8:30 am-12:30 pm
Location: SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver
Target audience: Physicians with access to library services through the College of Physicians and Surgeons BC
Accreditation: Up to 3.5 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits


Billing Education Workshop: The Dollars and Sense of Family Practice 

Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017, 9 am - 4 pm.
Location: St Paul’s Hospital Conference Centre, Vancouver
Target audience: Family physicians, MOAs and residents
Agenda: Click here


Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Development Workshop for Primary Maternity Care Providers - Save the Dates

Date: May 26-27, 2017
Location: Vancouver
Accreditation: CME Accreditation for this workshop is in progress.

Seating will be limited for this event. Click here for more information or contact

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