February 2017 Issue
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Find the latest news of the North Shore Division of Family Practice with The Bulletin! Below is the list of items covered in this issue. 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 - Provincial Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Guidelines

When: Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Where: Hollyburn Country Club, Room Creekside II, West Vancouver
Speaker: Dr. Christy Sutherland
6:00 pm: Registration and Networking Dinner
6:30 - 8:00 pm: Presentation followed by Q&A
Accreditation: This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the British Columbia Chapter for up to 1.5 Mainpro+ credits.
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Maximize your Billings!

When: Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Where: Pinnacle Hotel At The Pier, North Vancouver
Speaker: Cindy King, Valley Medcom Billing Inc.
6:00 pm: Registration and Networking Dinner
6:30 - 8:30 pm: Presentation followed by Q&A
Medical office staff are welcome to attend. 
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Asymptomatic Bacteriuria and UTIs in Long Term Care

When: Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Where: Lions Gate Hospital Auditorium
Speaker: Dr. Patricia Chan, PharmD.
6:00 pm: Registration and Networking Dinner
6:30 - 8:00 pm: Presentation followed by Q&A
Accreditation: This educational session has been accredited by UBC Faculty of Medicine for Continuing Professional Development for 1 Mainpro+ credit.
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Please note: there will be no payment for attending these sessions. 

North Shore Division's Strategic Priorities 2017/2018

The North Shore Division's Board of Directors have set the 2017/2018 Strategic Priorities. You can also access this document on the Division website.
For further information, please contact

New Sessional Rates Effective February 1, 2017

Effective February 1, 2017, sessional rates will increase by 0.35% per the Economic Stability Mandate.
  • GPs: $126.17/hour and $441.59/session
  • Specialists: $148.83/hour and $520.90/session
You can access the updated Activity Record and other forms on the Division website here.

LGH E-Notification of Admission and Death: FAQs

It has been two months since the e-notification of admissions and deaths went live. We hope that you are finding these reports helpful. We acknowledge that faxing back with pertinent patient information adds to your already busy day of work, so thank you for your help! We are confident that, ultimately, the patient, hospital physicians, and you, the community GPs, will get much more back in return. Please know that we are exploring ways to have your EMR make this task easier for you. 
Have questions? Please have a look at the FAQ above. We have also attached the Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment (MOST) form here. For further information, please contact Chisato Ito, Project Lead, at

GP/Hospitalist Working Group 

Call Groups

The Division would like to help connect physicians who are seeking a call group, and call groups seeking new members. For further information, please email

Pathways Update

Pathways now includes data for more than 3,500 specialists, 900 clinics and hospitals, 1,200 resources, and 1,500 referral forms across the province! New resources and features are frequently added to Pathways. If you are not already using Pathways in your practice, take advantage of this very useful database by contacting us at

Are You a Family Physician with Special Interest?
Pathways Family Practice specialty is designed to provide a list of GPs who take referrals for specific services. For example, some GPs who do not do primary care obstetrics, or skin biopsy, will rely on their GP colleagues to provide these services when they have a patient who needs them. If you provide specialized services to the patients of your GP colleagues, and you wish to have a searchable profile on Pathways, please contact us at

Seeing Inaccurate Wait Times?
Pathways is built on the idea of communal ownership, and a recognition that Pathways is only as good as the accuracy of its information. If you see information about a medical provider or clinic that you feel is incorrect or missing, we strongly encourage you to simply press the “Incorrect Information? Let us Know” button or “Contact us” tab at the bottom of each page and enter comments. We will review your comments, and act on them as appropriate.


New Member

The Division welcomes Dr. Touktam Bahri-Irai. She:
  • Grew up in Iran, completed her medical degree in Turkey, and completed her residency at the University of British Columbia.
  • Fluently speaks Farsi/Persian, Turkish and English.
  • Began practicing on the North Shore in 2007, during her residency.
  • Began practicing as an independent family physician on the North Shore in October 2016.
  • Currently works at the Integrated Wellness Medical Clinic.
  • Does not have hospital privileges or do maternity care.
  • Is also a member of the Langley Division of Family Practice.

JCC Event on March 1, 2017: "Simplifying the Journey”

The Joint Collaborative Committees (JCCs) have partnered with the BC Patient Safety and Quality Council's Quality Forum 2017 to offer “Simplifying the Journey”, a pre-forum day of interactive workshops on March 1, 2017 (approved for up to 6.0 MOC Section 1 and 6.0 Mainpro+ study credits). This event will enable family physicians, specialists, allied health providers, policy leaders, patients, and families to learn from each other and align efforts in building a truly integrated system of care. The day focuses on simplifying the health care journey around three key health system priorities, recognizing that all elements connect and intersect with each other:
•    Primary Care Journey
•    Surgical Care Journey
•    Rural Care Journey
The JCCs will cover the cost of registration and provide sessional payments for practicing physicians to attend Simplifying the Journey. Please contact for a complimentary registration code, and then click here to register.
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