January 2017 Issue
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Happy New Year! We hope you had wonderful holidays.
We have a number of important items to share with you to kick off 2017, as listed below. Have questions or feedback? Contact us at This issue can also be found on the North Shore Division website.

Upcoming Division Events


Dine and Learn - Rapid Fire Presentations
on several of the North Shore Division's initiatives

When: Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 6:00-8:00 pm
Where: Hollyburn Country Club, West Vancouver
Frustrated about wait times for children and youth to access mental health and substance use services, and support? Interested in how to improve access to orthopedics surgeons?
Come hear what the North Shore Division is doing to improve patient care in these areas, amongst others. We look forward to your feedback on how we can improve.
This event will highlight several of the North Shore Division's initiatives, and provide an opportunity for participants to interact with the members of the Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Collaborative, Psychiatric Consultation Clinic, Mental Health Central Intake, Primary Care Home, North Shore Family Practice Residency, GP/Orthopedics, and Pathways.
Register Now

Dine and Learn - Provincial Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Guidelines

When: Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 6:00-8:00 pm
Where: Hollyburn Country Club, West Vancouver
Speaker: Dr. Christy Sutherland
6:00 p.m.: Registration and Networking Dinner
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.: Presentation followed by Q&A
Register Now

In the News: New program provides mental health education to North Shore youth

The North Shore Local Action Team of the Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Collaborative has created a plan to incorporate mental health education into the grade 9 program starting spring 2017. The goal is to educate and empower teens, promote positive mental health, and give students the confidence to seek help for themselves and/or others. This is the first time mental health literacy will be provided to all students as part of a coordinated public school program in North and West Vancouver. Read the news release for more details. 

Updated ROCC Form - Intrahealth

An updated Rapid Orthopedic Consultation Clinic (ROCC) Referral Form for Intrahealth EMR is now available on the Intrahealth website. To download the form:
  1. Go to Download Centre at
  2. Click on the Referral Forms box
  3. Click on the Vancouver Coastal Health banner and scroll download to Rapid Orthopedic Consultation Clinic - Pacific Orthopedics and Sports Medicine (Version 2)
  4. Click the download button
For questions, contact Chisato Ito, Project Lead, at

Pathways Newsletter

Click here for the December 2016 issue of the Pathways Newsletter. This edition includes a few features that are new to Pathways - 'expanding' results to give you even more information at a glance, and the new 'telehealth' specialist/clinic filter.  This issue also highlights a new set of physician resources called Option Grids. Certainly worth a look! Latest versions of the newsletter can also be found on the Pathways homepage, and archives at

If you do not have access yet to Pathways, contact the North Shore Pathways Administrator Emilie Desmottes at

Reminder of Payment Policy for Committee and Board Members

Due to Canada Revenue Agency rules, the North Shore Division’s payment policy since April 1, 2015 has been:
  1. Members who hold positions on the Board or committees, or who attend paid events, will be paid as individuals. This income will be reported on T4 slips issued each February for personal tax purposes. These payments will be subject to source deductions, which means that income tax, CPP and EI will be deducted as appropriate. To ensure that the amounts deducted are correct, physicians in these roles will need to submit a TD1 form. As these payments are not made to professional corporations, we recommend that these personal payments not be deposited to corporate bank accounts.
  2. Physicians who are providing clinical services, such as working at the HealthConnection Clinic or with Residential Care, can have these payments made to their professional corporations.
If you would like additional information or would like to update your direct deposit information, please contact Emilie Desmottes at

New Member

The Division welcomes Sheila Turris, NP, PhD! She…
  • Is the North Shore Division’s first member who is a nurse practitioner (NP).
  • Became an NP and began practicing on the North Shore in 2008.
  • Works at the HealthConnection Clinic.
  • Worked for many years in emergency departments in the lower mainland, prior to 2008.
  • Has a passion for patients who traditionally experience multiple barriers to accessing primary care including: frail seniors, individuals who are struggling with mental health challenges, those who identify as members of aboriginal groups.
  • Has diverse teaching experience, such as a faculty position in Health Sciences, a guest lecturer position at UBC and UVic, and a preceptor role for nursing, medicine and paramedic learners.
  • Is involved in an ongoing program of research in mass gathering health, studying how to keep people safe and healthy when they attend large-scale public gatherings.
  • Is always looking for colleagues interested in practicing at gatherings like music festivals and sporting events. For further information, please email

Urgent Coverage Required in Whistler

Due to a sudden, unanticipated leave of one of its two GPs, Northlands Medical in Whistler urgently requires locum assistance. If you are available to support your Whistler colleagues in a locum capacity - any hours, days or weeks in January - it would be greatly appreciated.  
Please reach out to Drs. Cathy Zeglinski or Danielle Patterson at or, respectively.  
The slopes are calling - can you help?

Introducing new recruitment portal

If you are looking for a family doctor to join your practice, a new one-stop web portal called offers a variety of recruitment information and tools to help you. Whether you are getting ready to begin recruiting, already looking for candidates, or preparing to help a new doctor and their family get settled here, provides valuable, simple-to-access information.

Created by the GPSC-funded Divisions of Family Practice Recruitment and Retention Steering Committee, the site was developed to make it easier for new doctors to join BC communities. In addition to recruitment and retention information, brings together everything family doctors, residents and students need to know about building a life and a practice in BC. It is the first site of its kind, pulling together a wide range of information about medical schools and residency programs, licensing and immigration processes, lifestyle options across BC, and how to find a job as a BC family doctor.

For more information, visit

BodySense Program - North Shore Chronic Disease Services

Join Cristina Sutter, Registered Dietitian for this engaging 12-week program (Jan 17-Apr 4) offers education including:
  • Eating Patterns
  • Exercise Routine (with a guest speaker on ‘Getting Started’)
  • Managing Change (with a guest speaker on ‘Emotional Eating’)
Click here for more information.
Please share with your clients who may benefit from this program.
They can call 604-984-5752 x2 to register by phone.
(If the $25 fee is a barrier to your client achieving their goal for a healthy life, the fee can be waived at time of registration)

Information Session for Parents and Caregivers of trans, Two-Spirit & gender creative children and youth

Trans Care BC is organizing an Information Session with parents and caregivers of transgender, Two-Spirit and gender creative children and youth through a 1-hour toll-free teleconference call.

When: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 6:00-7:00pm   
What to Expect:
  • To learn about the new Trans Care BC program
  • To meet and get connected to Trans Care BC program
  • To ask questions about the program
Click here for the information session poster. For further details, please contact Cindy Holmes, Family Network Consultant:

Partner Education Opportunities

UBC CPD Workshop
Optimizing Communication for Excellence
Date: Friday, January 27, 2017
Location: SFU Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC
Target audience: Family physicians, specialists, IMGs, residents, nurse practitioners, midwives and other healthcare professionals.
Workshop Summary & Format: Interactive 8.0 hour in-person workshop (including lunch and breaks), 0.5 hour coaching call, and pre/post-workshop activities.
Accreditation: 18.0 Mainpro+ credits and 9.5 MOC Section 3 credits

Vancouver Division Speaker Series

The Return to Relationships: Big Ideas to Improve Health Care for All Canadians - Dr. Danielle Martin
Date: Monday, January 23, 2017 | 7:30pm - 8:30pm, doors open at 7:00pm 
Location: SFU Segal Building (500 Granville Street, Vancouver)
Cost: Free and open to the general public 
Registration Link:

For more information about this event, please click here.

Social Determinants of Health: Putting the Buzzwords into Practice - Dr. Vanessa Brcic, Dr. David Tu, and Elder Bruce Robinson
Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm 
Location: The Museum of Vancouver - Joyce Walley Room (1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver) 
Cost: Free and open to the general public
Registration Link:

For more information about this event, please click here.

Abbotsford Division Conference

Dementia in the 21st Century: Approaches to Managing the Behaviouraland Psychological Symptoms of Dementia in Residential Care
Date: Saturday, February 4, 2017 | 9:00am-3:30pm (8am-9am check-in/registration)
Location: University of the Fraser Valley, Great Hall, 33844 King Road, Abbotsford
While this is a free event, registration is required by Jan. 20, 2017. Register by clicking here.
Accreditation: Up to 4.5 Mainpro+ Credits
Keynote speaker: Dr. Brad Bahler, MD, Alberta Senior Medical Director, Primary Care Network Evolution

The conference will bring together physicians, allied health professionals, and residential care partners to:
  • Learn about what's new with the treatment and management of the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD)
  • Gain a better understanding of BPSD symptom identification
  • Engage in case study discussions with peers
Click on the following links to see the conference poster and agenda.
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