Nanaimo Division of Family Practice

External Opportunities


The Nanaimo Division is frequently contacted by individuals and organizations who wish to share their opportunities with local medical professionals. Please find below a chronological list of the opportunities we have been made aware of and contact if you have any further questions. 



Please find a list of all upcoming UBC Continuing Professional Development courses here



COVID-19 WEBINAR - Presented by Canadian Society of Physician Leaders

Dr. Dan Diamond - Leading Well Under Pressure

Canadian Society of Physician Leaders (CSPL) is pleased to offer a return engagement of the Leading Well Under Pressure interactive webinar, which proved helpful to many. This iteration will be 90 minutes long.

Dr. Diamond, originally a keynote speaker for this year’s cancelled Canadian Conference on Physician Leadership, is a popular and accomplished speaker on leadership under pressure. Dr. Diamond served as Director of the Mass Casualty Triage Unit at the New Orleans Convention Center during Hurricane Katrina. He was also Medical Director for Medical Teams International's First Response Team for Haiti's earthquake.

Individuals must join via the link to have both audio and video. Understand that this is a sharing video so please be dressed and ready to go.


April 8th – 4:00 pm PST 

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 273 395 676

Password: 069234

April 16th2:30 pm PST 

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 947 037 996

Password: 038693

SURVEY: Palliative approach in primary care survey

Please click on the link above  - the survey should take about 5 minutes to complete. Thank you.


The BC Centre for Palliative Care was established in 2014 with funding from the Ministry of Health to accelerate the adoption and spread of a Palliative Approach to Care (PAC) in BC. Founded by Dr. Doris Barwich, a recognized palliative care clinician, researcher and leader, the Centre has worked with a broad range of stakeholders and partners to improve care for patients and families living with serious illness.

Over the past 5.5 years, a key focus has been to improve the uptake of a PAC in primary care. This has included primary care clinicians in the development and spread of the Provincial Symptom Management Guidelines, Learning Essential Approaches in Palliative Care (LEAP) courses and Serious Illness Conversation workshops as well as partnerships with UBC CPD, various Divisions of Family Practice and other groups in other projects.

We are interested in enhancing partnership with primary care providers in BC. To help focus our efforts we are asking for your participation in a survey to help us understand the various initiatives in this area and explore potential interest in further collaboration.  The objective is to:

  1. Identify Divisions and physician groups who are:
    1. Interested in exploring opportunities to integrate a palliative approach to care;
    2. Already engaged in activities to promote advance care planning or palliative care;
    3. Interested in partnering with others engaged in similar activities
  2. Understand the:
    1. Issues facing primary care providers in the provision of palliative care;
    2. Current uptake of screening and assessment tools into practice;
    3. Uptake of various educational offerings (e.g. PSP End of Life module; LEAP, or Serious Illness Conversation training) as well as gaps in in this area;
    4. Barriers and enablers of integrating a palliative approach at local levels.

Dr. Doris Barwich, Dr. Neil Hilliard and Kathleen Yue

BC Centre for Palliative Care

BC Cancer Family Practice Oncology Network CME webcasts

BC Cancer’s Family Practice Oncology Network holds monthly Oncology CME webcasts presented with the University of British Columbia’s Division of Continuing Professional Development. All webcasts take place between 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. PST and there is no cost to take part. Webcasts are certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for one Mainpro+ credit each. Upcoming webcasts are as follows:

  • April 16: Prostate Cancer presented by Dr Michael Peacock, Radiation Oncologist, BC Cancer – Vancouver

For more information or to register, click here. Additional Mainpro+ credits can be earned through the College’s Linking Learning exercises.

Apr 18, 2020 (Sat) 0800–1530 PDT 

Medical Disorders and Pregnancy | COVID-19 topic added

Online (we have moved this conference to online-only!)
Target audience: family physicians, midwives, obstetricians, gynecologists, perinatologists, maternity nurses, internists and subspecialists, obstetric anesthesiologists
Up to 6.5 MOC Section 1/ Mainpro+
Course content:



  • Agenda addition: special update on COVID-19 and its implications for pregnancy!
  • Managing PTSD in Pregnancy
  • Hepatitis C Screening in Pregnancy
  • Weeding Through the Effects of Marijuana Use in Pregnancy
  • Safe BP Medications Use in Pregnancy
  • A Run-Down on Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Pregnancy
  • Another Fatiguing Talk on Anemia
  • Interesting Case Presentations
  • Plus, an interactive “Ask the Experts” panel session!

Apr 29 - May 29, 2020 - Medical Reprocessing: Sterilization Basics

Location: 6 Sessions Online | Vancouver Island University

Course Content and Registration:

May 1, 2020 (Friday 1300-1700) - CME on the Run! Prenatal, Pediatric & Adolescents 

Location: ONLINE + videoconference sites

3.5 Mainpro+ credits 


Rural Rounds 2019–2020

May 7, 2020
Location: Rural BC Videoconference Sites & Online
Target audience:  rural family physicians, nurse practitioners & allied health care providers
Up to 1.0 Mainpro+/session

Course Content:

May 20, 2020 (Wed) 1900-2000 - What to Do When Patients Use Questionable Alternative Medical Treatments
Location: Online from Vancouver BC
Target audience: all health care professionals
Up to 1.0 MOC Section 1
Course content:


Interview Opportunity: Advance Care Planning (SFU)

Dr. Gloria Gutman and our research team from the Gerontology Research Centre at Simon Fraser University is looking for physicians and hospitalists that are interested in a short over-the-phone interview on Advance Care Planning. The team is part of a national "Improving Advance Care Planning for Frail Elderly Canadians" (iCAN-ACP) project funded by the Canadian Frailty Network. 

We are looking to conduct 15-20 minute interviews with primary care clinicians or hospitalists whose practice includes 15% or more patients who are older adults 55+ that self identify as LGBT or 15% who are South Asian or 15% who are Chinese (the three minority groups targeted in this study). The goal of our study is to understand advance care planning (ACP) discussions between clinicians and their older adult patients from these three minority groups. 

  1. Would you or a colleague be interested in a short 15 minute over-the-phone interview? If so, please respond to with your availability. We will be providing an Amazon giftcard for your time.
  2. Please see the attached poster and letter for your information and for you to post or pass along to any contacts that might be interested.

Rural Rounds 2019–2020

Jun 4, 2020
Location: Rural BC Videoconference Sites & Online
Target audience:  rural family physicians, nurse practitioners & allied health care providers
Up to 1.0 Mainpro+/session

Course Content:

June 4-6, 2020 - "Changing Practice, Changing Policy" BC Substance Use Conference 2020 #BCSUC20

Location: JW Marriott Parq Vancouver Hotel | Vancouver BC
Target audience: health care providers, researchers, people with lived and living experience, families impacted by substance use, policymakers, health authority partners, and community advocates

Course content:
Register to attend the conference:

June 5, 2020 (Friday 1300-1700) - CME on the Run! Internal Medicine

Location: ONLINE + videoconference sites

3.5 Mainpro+ credits 


Jun 13, 2020 (Sat) - Practice Survival Skills: What I Wish I Knew in My First Years of Practice

Location: UBC Robson Square | Vancouver BC
Target audience: family physicians, specialists, locums, IMGs, physicians new to BC, physicians working in episodic care settings, residents & students
Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits

Course Content:

*SAVE THE DATE* Sep 26, 2020 (Sat)

Allergy & Clinical Immunology Update 2020

Location: SFU Segal Centre | Vancouver BC
Target audience: family physicians, pediatricians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, residents & students
Mainpro+ /MOC Section 1 credits

Course Content:

Oct 16–17, 2020 (Fri–Sat) - Therapeutics Initiative: Bringing Best Evidence to Clinicians 

Location: UBC Robson Square | Vancouver BC
Target audience: family physicians, specialists, pharmacists, nurses/nurse practitioners, allied health professionals, residents & students
Mainpro+/ MOC Section 1 credits

Course Content:

*SAVE THE DATES* Oct 22–23, 2020 (Thu–Fri) 

27th Obstetrics Update for Family Physicians 

Location: The Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Downtown | Vancouver BC   
Target audience: family physicians, midwives, nurse practitioners who provide maternity care, residents & students 

Course Content:

Oct 30, 2020 (Sat) - The Climate Emergency: Diagnosis and Management

Location: Robson Square | Vancouver BC
Target audience: physicians and all health care professionals, researchers, students and residents

Course Content:

*NEW DATE* Apr 30-May 1, 2021 (Fri-Sat) 

Changing the Conversation about Chronic Disease:  Individualized Food-First Approaches

Oct 2–3 (Fri–Sat) | UBC Robson Square | Vancouver BC
Target audience: physicians, dietitians, nurses, pharmacists & allied health professionals

Course Content:

Ongoing - Rural Rounds

Dates: First Thursday of every month - September 2019 to June 2020, 0800-0900 (PDT/PST) | Your local videoconferencing room, or online with WebEx

Who should attend: Rural family physicians, nurse practitioners, allied health care providers

Format and Summary: The Rural Rounds series aims to provide relevant, up to date and rurally specific CME in your community. Speakers either live and work in rural areas of BC, or possess an understanding of the unique circumstances of the rural health care provider. The format includes case-based presentations with many opportunities for questions and discussion. Audience participation is encouraged! This year, in addition to bringing you Rural Rounds on rurally-relevant hot topics, for the first time we are also teaming up with CODI intensivists. Participants will learn from critical care specialists who have a passion for supporting their rural colleagues - view and review rural case simulations, discuss real cases that were supported via CODI and gain skills to apply in your practice. Highly interactive and engaging case simulations for you - by you!

Accreditation: up to 1.0 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credit per session

Info and Registration:

Pediatric Atopic Dermatitis Online Education

Atopic dermatitis is the most common chronic inflammatory skin disease, affecting up to 20% of children. Developed in partnership with Child Health BC and BC Children’s Hospital, this new online course is designed to help you better recognize, treat, and manage atopic dermatitis in a primary care setting. It includes videos, images, a PDF action plan, and helpful patient resources to better equip parents and caregivers with the knowledge they need for management and follow-up care.

Delivery: Online
Target audience: family physicians, nurse practitioners, pediatricians, pharmacists and other health care providers that care for children.
Up to 1.0 Mainpro+/MOC Section 3

Course Content:

Strengthening Kangaroo Care for Preterm Infants in British Columbia

Are you aware that Kangaroo Care has been shown to improve preterm infant growth and development with physiologic and immunologic benefits? To learn more about Kangaroo Care as a standard of care for preterm infants and parent-infant skin-to-skin contact, take this self-paced, online, interactive course developed in partnership with Perinatal Services BC (PSBC).

Delivery: Online

Target audience: registered nurses, nurse practitioners, pediatricians, neonatologists, respiratory therapists, midwives, and laboratory technicians involved in neonatal care.
Up to 1.0 MOC Section 3

Course Content:

Ongoing - BC ECHO on Substance Use

In collaboration with regional and other stakeholders, and funded by Health Canada, the BCCSU is initiating an opioid use disorder (OUD) Project ECHO and associated Community of Practice within British Columbia and Yukon Territory.

BC ECHO on Substance Use (Opioid Use Disorder) aims to help primary care providers and their teams build capacity in the treatment and management of opioid use disorder. Through interactive, online, case-based presentations, health care providers will enhance competencies and learn through real-world examples, how to incorporate evidence-based practices into their care setting, to improve outcomes for clients and families.

Primary care providers, allied health care providers and other front-line workers are encouraged to join!

Why Join?

  • It’s free
  • It’s virtual – all you need is a computer and web cam, or a smartphone to join
  • It’s a good opportunity to connect with a community of primary care and community care providers, facing similar challenges
  • Earn CME or MOC credits (ECHO sessions will be certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for 1.0 Mainpro+ credit per session or 1.0 MOC credit per session)


Provincial Opioid Addiction Treatment Support Program

This self-paced online course covers the full range of therapeutic options for optimal treatment of opioid use disorder and is the first step in the training pathway to prescribe opioid agonist treatment options in BC. Developed in partnership with BC Centre for Substance Use (BCCSU), the course articulates the BCCSU Opioid Use Disorder Guidelines through interactive content, videos and case studies.
Target audience: all BC physicians, nursing and allied health professionals, and other care providers involved in the treatment of individuals with opioid use disorder.
8.0 Mainpro+/MOC Section 3

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Updated Concussion E-Learning Course for Medical Professionals

The Concussion Awareness Training Tool for Medical Professionals (CATT MP) launched this June and an updated e-learning course is now available. The course will cover how to effectively assess a patient’s concussion situation within the initial hours post-injury, how to optimally manage concussion care during the first two to four weeks post-injury, and how to identify when referral to specialty care is required.

The course is free-of-charge, available in both English and French, and is eligible for credits with the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program through the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

For more information, resources, or to take the course, click here.