Rural and Remote Division of Family Practice



Annual General Meeting, Rural and Remote Division

When: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where:  via videoconference from a number of health authority sites

Dinner will be organized by each Chapter.

We will be profiling some of the initiatives underway in and across our communities and Division.

Stay tuned for further details!



Open Chapter: 2018 Fall Events >

Survivorship Care Post Treatment for Prostate & Breast Cancer

When: Saturday, September 29
Where: JW Marriott Parq Vancouver
Cost: $229 Physicians, $145 Allied Health, $60 Residents & Students
Up to 4.75 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1


This conference is geared to all physicians and allied health providers dealing with survivorship issues of breast and prostate cancer patients after initial diagnosis and treatment. The seminar will review selected issues of relevance to survivors of breast and prostate cancer and to address how the primary care, family physicians, and allied health providers can help recognize and/or mitigate issues of importance relevant to these populations of cancer patients. Please join us for this comprehensive update hosted by Vancouver Prostate Cancer Centre’s Prostate Cancer Supportive Care Program.


Sexual Health for Prostate Cancer Patients │ Dr. Stacy Elliott

  • Identify the main sexual issues for men after prostate cancer treatments
  • Differentiate penile rehabilitation from erection dysfunction therapy
  • Discuss therapies for male sexual dysfunction, partner integration and focus on intimacy

Sexual Health for Breast Cancer Patients │ Dr. Sydney Thompson

  • Review possible sexual dysfunction in the female cancer patient with Iatrogenic menopause
  • Review treatments for dyspareunia in the Breast Cancer Patients

Lingering Long Term/Late Effects of Breast Cancer Therapy Treatment │ Dr. Tamara Shenkier

  • Recognize symptoms that are related to long term and late effects of initial therapy for early breast cancer
  • Recognize symptoms due to adjuvant hormonal therapy
  • Learn a multidisciplinary approach for managing these symptoms

Cardiotoxicity Related to Cancer Therapies (ADT effects) │ Dr. Lynn Straatman

  • Discuss the role of cardio-oncology consultation in all cancer patients with an emphasis on survivorship
  • Discuss the cardiac complications of previous prostate and breast cancer therapies and the surveillance for these complications of these patients
  • Explain the rationale for risk factor modification both during and after treatment
  • When do we refer patients to a cardio-oncologist


Allergy and Clinical Immunology Update 2018

When: Date: Sat, Oct 20, 2018
Where: SFU Segal Building, Vancouver BC
Target audience: Family physicians, pediatricians, residents & students

Credits: Up to 7.0 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits


Highlights: The robust agenda captures the most common allergy and immunology issues faced by family physicians in a clinical setting. Participants will hear from leaders in the field on such topics as food allergy, drug allergy, immunodeficiency, and asthma.


26th Obstetrics Update for Family Physicians

When:Thu-Fri, Oct 25-26, 2018
Where: Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel, Vancouver BC
Target audience: family physicians, midwives, nurse practitioners who provide maternity care, residents & medical students

Credits: Up to 13.00 Mainpro+ credits

Highlights: Designed to meet the needs of a busy practitioner - no matter where you work!  Suitable even if you don’t attend births!
Thu Oct 25 - Updates to intrapartum maternity care
Fri Oct 26 - Updates to early pregnancy, postpartum, and newborn care

To register:


Pearls for Immunization Practice

Online Module
This one-hour, self-directed online course provides updates on immunization practice in BC for practicing clinicians, and also serves as an introductory immunization course for clinicians new to immunization practice in BC.
Learn more and register >


UBC Rural Continuing Professional Development Program

Find courses relating specifically to the practice of rural medicine. Courses are available in various locations and may be accessed remotely. ​Learn more and register >

Rural Rounds Videoconference Series >
0800 - 0900, every first or second Thursday of the month.

The Shock Course >
Bring this one-day workshop for rural emergency healthcare teams to your community.


5As of Healthy Pregnancy Weight Gain

Online Module

A course designed to enhance health care practitioners' ability to discuss and manage gestational weight with their patients. The 5As provides an office-based framework, and reviews its application to the health care setting.
Learn more and register >


Can My Patient Safely Drive on Long-term Opioid Medication?

Online Module
Designed for family physicians and specialists to facilitate the assessment of a patient's ability to drive safely on long-term opioid medication.
Learn more and register >


Latching On: How Family Physicians Can Support Breastfeeding Patients

Online Module
Designed to benefit community based family physicians in BC, this online module from UBC CPD will review the respective risks and benefits of breastfeeding and formula use, how to recognize and respond to challenges a parent may encounter while breastfeeding, and resources and services for support.
Learn more and register >


Educational Calendar: Rural Coordination Centre of BC

Find rural Continuing Professional Development courses through RCCbc's educational calendar >


Practice Support Program (PSP)

An initiative by the General Practice Services Committee, PSP provides practitioners with CME-accredited, physician-led learning modules that are interspersed with action periods, in which practitioners apply new skills to their practice. Visit the website to learn more and register. >