The SIDFP e-Bulletin gives members and partners a heads-up about upcoming events and new resources. We use it to introduce new people to the Division and talk about some of our accomplishments. The e-Bulletin is distributed every second Thursday. The deadline for submission is the previous Thursday. To submit and item or should you wish to be added to the mailing list please email us at email@example.com.
June 27, 2019 South Island Division E-Bulletin
PRIMARY CARE NETWORK PLANNING
The SIDFP has continued to meet with member physicians, Island Health, and the Ministry of Health since the initial meeting with the Ministry in December 2018.
Both geographies are moving towards signed Letters of Intent and have initiated multiple working groups.
For updates, a summary of approvals and more details, please click through to our Primary Care Network page.
Join us on July 8th 2019 for a Town Hall style meeting re: PCNs
The SIDFP is hosting an all members town hall regarding PCNs on Monday July 8th at the University of Victoria Bob Wright building. For details please see the attached invitation and don’t forget to register!
IN THE NEWS
NEW - UBC IMG FAMILY PRACTICE ROS RESIDENTS – CHANGE OF PROCESS
The UBC IMG residency program provides an opportunity for Canadians who have trained in medical schools outside Canada to apply for and obtain medical residency positions in Canada. In accordance with the terms of their ROS contract with the Ministry of Health, successfully matched applicants must complete a two (2) year ROS requirement, in communities identified by the Health Authorities. In previous years, only clinics in RSA-designated communities were eligible to participate in the program.
This year, eligibility has been extended to also include clinics in both urban and semi-urban communities, representing a significant shift in the processes to equitably address evolving need within the region.
NOTE: Given the tight timeline for the submission of applications for the placement of physicians who will be practice ready in the summer of 2020, intake has been limited to practices with current recruitment needs, actively advertised via the SIDFP Career's webpage (and other advertising mechanisms).
With this process change, Divisions of Family Practice and Island Health are working together to redesign and improve the annual process going forward. The partners will continue to work together to further strengthen the processes and associated opportunities to support retention.
Should you have any questions about the program or the application process, please contact Island Health at Physicians@viha.ca.
NEW - BCCFP NEW INITIATIVE TO RAISE AWARENESS OF THE VALUE OF FPs
The BC College of Family Physicians (BCCFP) Board has approved an exciting new initiative to raise awareness about the value of family physicians in health care delivery. To read more about the initiative and the phased timeline, please see the BCCFP eBLAST here.
NEW – COMPASS SUMMER INFO SESSIONS
The Compass program is hosting some summer information sessions to help explain how Compass Mental Health can support you in treating children and youth in your community. The sessions will be held July 18th and August 28th. Register at CompassBC.ca
NEW – RECRUITMENT UPDATE: PRACTICE SURVIVAL SKILLS CONFERENCE
As part of the continued ramp-up of physician recruitment efforts, Gary Clarke (SIDFP Recruitment Co-ordinator) attended the Practice Survival Skills Conference in Vancouver on Saturday 15 June, 2019. The conference was also attended by Helen Welch (Victoria Division Recruiter), as well as representatives from the Cowichan Division and Island Health. Many of the delegates who visited the Division booth expressed some degree of interest in Greater Victoria (and the Island), especially in respect of locum opportunities initially as they commence their medical careers. Many are residents who will be graduating in the Summer of 2019, and 2020. Next steps: direct engagement with each lead and continued promotion of the existing physician recruitment postings across the diverse patient populations and geographies of Greater Victoria, as well as potential opportunities in the emerging Primary Care Networks.
NEW – HOMEWOOD RAVENSVIEW OFFICIALLY OPEN
On Monday, June 17, Homewood Ravensview (formerly known as Dunsmuir Lodge) officially opened its doors. Ravensview is a private inpatient mental health, trauma, addiction, and concurrent disorders treatment program for adults, and is unique in that clients do not have to have a primary/secondary addiction to attend. If you have questions about Ravensview’s programming visit www.ravensview.com, if you would like to set up a tour of the facility please call Cassandra at 236-333-3893
DIVISIONS DISPATCH WILL NOW BE SHARED IN THE BULLETIN
Check each bulletin for the most recent edition(s) of the Divisions Dispatch newsletter.
MEDICAL HEALTH OFFICER UPDATES
For any health updates, please click through to the Island Health website – this will include any measles status updates.
PNL No. 305 – Measles Update No. 4 is now posted.
NEW - A WORKSHOP ON HOW TO HAVE BRAVE, HONEST CONVERSATIONS
The BC Chapter of the IAP2 Canada (International Association of Public Participation) is hosting an event at Victoria City Hall the afternoon of July 15 (2:00-4:30).
SGP tried to get this event as part of our Spring Conference but we couldn’t make the timing work. We’re promoting it to Victoria Physicians because we believe strongly in the content.
Come hear Stephani Roy McCallum speak about how to have Brave, Honest Conversations—navigate high emotion and conflict and ride it out to clearer skies. Stephani believes that brave, honest conversations are how we solve the problems we face in our world - together.
Steph is a Leadership Coach, Certified Professional Facilitator and a seasoned engagement leader specializing in conflict, high emotion and controversy.
In this 2.5 hour workshop, you will learn:
- What is a Brave, Honest Conversation? Why have one? What can change because of a brave, honest conversation?
- How do you have one? What do you need to think about and do?
- How do you prepare yourself for a brave, honest conversation?
- What is Brave? How do you step into courage to have these conversations?
More details and registration at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/workshop-brave-honest-conversations-tickets-63716720426
NEW – UVIC NP MOCK INTERVIEWS
The UVic NP program is holding mock employment interviews for the graduating class- would you be interested in being a mock interviewer Sunday July 21st from 0845-1115 at the Royal Jubilee? You will have the opportunity to interview three NP’s and provide feedback. This will be a great opportunity to help prepare students for job interviews with physicians, and hopefully you will enjoy connecting and learning more about the NP program.
If you are interested and want to learn more, please contact:
Kambria Ernst, Graduate Education Practica Coordinator, University of Victoria School of Nursing
SEEKING FPs' OPINIONS: URGENT PEDIATRIC ACCESS CLINIC
The recently opened UPAC clinic at VGH is seeking input from local Family Physicians. If you are a physician with pediatric patients, 5 minutes of your time would be greatly appreciated: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SR9XQPV
INVITATION TO TRAINING AT VGH
In advance of the BC Pharmacy Association mandatory OAT CAMPP, please join on June 21st for “Working with patients accessing opiate agonist medications – a specialized training for pharmacists, pharmacy teams, and health care providers.”
Everyone welcome Naloxone training: 4:15-5:15pm. This is an opportunity for community members, hospital staff and patients, Pharmacists and other healthcare providers to have a hands on Naloxone and overdose prevention training. Kits and practice kits provided.
Opiate Agonist Treatment: Pharmacists and the Continuum of Care: 5:30-7:30pm. A training for pharmacists, pharmacy teams, and healthcare providers to learn more about working with patients accessing opiate agonist medications. We will touch on substance use disorders, harm reduction and low barrier care, providers’ rights and responsibilities, and building the continuum of care.
For details and to pre-register, please go to: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/working-with-patients-accessing-opiate-agonist-medications-tickets-62683869140?aff=efbeventtix
ENCOURAGE YOUR COLLEAGUES TO JOIN THE DIVISION
We encourage all members to promote the Division with their colleagues and encourage them to join us. The closer we are to 100% enrollment, the more we ensure we're representing the family practice community. Applications can be submitted online via this link.
Family Practice (Short) Profiles & Referral Tracker
Your Pathways leadership team would like to thank all Family Physician division members that have registered and now have profiles in Pathways!
Find colleagues in the Search bar. Find your profile (linked to your user login) for review/edit purposes in the YOU menu item on the Pathways homepage.
Not registered yet? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for the short family practice form.
What is the goal for Pathways?
Pathways is a tool that was built to help improve physician to physician communication helping them better serve their patients.
How will this help me?
When your contact information is in Pathways then hospitalists, locums and other Family Doctors will be able to reach you.
Anything else I need to know?
Your contact information will get us ready to implement the Referral Tracker dashboard in Pathways.
What ’s next for Pathways?
The Referral Tracker dashboard! This new platform within Pathways will now allow physicians and their staff to send and track referrals as well!
For more information about Referral Tracker watch this 7 minute video Referral Tracking Platform
Expressions of interest or questions? email: email@example.com
ER Tips & Tricks
Courtesy of Victoria Division of Family Practice, ER Tips and Tricks are a series of hands-on, focused guidelines intended to assist community GPs. Click here to view ER Tips & Tricks.
Tips for accessing Community Health Services: Looking for the best ways to access support from Island Health’s CHS team? We’ve picked up a few great tips and tricks to share with you: check the MOA Resources page of our website for helpful information!
Please visit our Resources section of the website for patient related resources.
NEW - BOUNCE BACK NEWSLETTER
Don’t forget about the Self-Management courses offered through Self-Management BC found here
Please see the Division's Calendar of Events
To view the most current employment postings please see the links below:
If you would like to post a position please download the appropriate form and email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 250-658-3304. We strive to keep our information current, so if any of the postings have been filled, please notify the office.
Succession Planning Guide
Are you looking to make a change to your practice? The Succession Planning Guide (.PDF) will lead you through the critical steps in your decision making process. For support or questions, contact email@example.com.
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