Nanaimo Division of Family Practice

CME & Events

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

Implants and IUDs: Comparing and Inserting Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARC) 

Mar 13 (Sat) 0900–1430 PDT | Online

Target audience: family physicians, nurse practitioners, residents and students. Limited seats remain for lectures hosted by local AND experienced providers. Hands-on workshops have sold out in January — some spots are available on Mar 13.

Up to 15.0 Mainpro + (3cr/hr)
Jan: Course Webpage | Registration Form
Mar: Course Webpage | Registration Form

CME on the Run! 2020-2021

Mar 5, May 7 & Jun 4 (Fridays) | 1300–1700
Target audience: Family physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, residents & students.

Dates & Topics:

  • Mar 5, 2021 | Ophthalmology/ENT
  • May 7, 2021 |Geriatrics
  • Jun 4, 2021 | Internal Medicine

Up to 21.0 Mainpro+ for the full series (Up to 3.5 Mainpro+/session)

Working Together While Staying Apart: Care Integration in a Brave New World

March 8, 2021 | 9 am-1 pm PST
March 9, 2021 | 12-4 pm PST | Free

CHSPR’s long-standing conference promotes discussion between policy-makers, academics, providers, patients and national organizations on timely issues shaping health systems in Canada. The focus of the 2021 conference is how integrated care systems are shifting the way that health and social care are organized, delivered and paid for. Challenges of medical and social complexity, and a growing percentage of Canadians living in ill health, are creating a population increasingly inadequately served by organizations and providers operating autonomously. 

Registration is free, but required: Register here

More details:

UBC Therapeutics Initiative

Spring Dermatology Review Virtual Series 2021

Mar 10, Apr 7, Apr 28 & May 19 (Wed)  |  1730–1900 Pacific Time 

Target audience: family physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, residents & students.

Overview:  The first of our 4 evening virtual sessions is starting next Wednesday! We will begin with an update on psoriasis and will cover useful OTCs available at the pharmacy. Check out our website for the full listing of speakers and topics.

Up to 6.0 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits (1.5 credits per session)
Course Webpage | Agenda | Registration Form

Vulvovaginal Health Virtual Update

Mar 11–12 (Thu–Fri) | Mar 11: 1300–1700 PST; Mar 12: 0800–1200 PST 

Target audience: family physicians, gynecologists, dermatologists, nurse practitioners, midwives, residents & students.

Agenda: We have designed two half days of practical virtual lectures — join from your home or office! We expect a strong regional interest in this unique conference as vulvovaginal disorders are one of the top reasons women seek help from their family doctors!

Up to 7.5 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits
Course Webpage  |  Agenda | | Registration Form

Neighbourhood Small Grants & Healthy Communities Funding

Nanaimo Foundation is excited to announce the 2021 spring and summer cycle of the Neighbourhood Small Grants (NSG) program. Through this program, members of our community can apply for up to $500 to lead projects that engage and connect neighbours. As with last year, the NSG program has been adapted into the Responsive Neighbourhood Small Grants (R-NSG) program to bring neighbours together while following physical distancing guidelines. Anyone living in Ladysmith to Lantzville, and out to Gabriola Island can apply through Nanaimo Foundation to receive a Neighbourhood Small Grant.

Info Sessions:
March 10th at 6 pm – click here to register
March 11th at 12 pm – click here to register

Applications are accepted March 1 - April 15.
For more information and to apply:
Visit our website at

Central Island Division CMEs

Mar 17 | 6 pm (1 hour) | Prescribing for Seniors – Antidepressants in GP Practice
Dr. Dirk Ean Smit

Note: these events are not accredited.

To register contact: to attend any of these free online events and to receive the Zoom ID link closer to the time.

This Changed My Practice — Live!

Apr 8, 29 & May 13 (Thu) | 1.5 hours per session +Add to calendar

Target audience: family physicians, specialists, nurse practitioners, nurses, allied health professionals, residents & students.

Overview: Announcing a brand new virtual series based on our award-winning initiative: This Changed My Practice (TCMP)! The vision of this series is to deliver quick summaries of impactful clinical pearls and practice tips in a convenient virtual format. If you are looking for practical and actionable advice backed by clinically-relevant evidence, then you will not want to miss this brand new online series. Finalized topics and agenda will be available soon.

Up to 4.5 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits
Course Webpage | Click here to be notified when registration opens

GPSC Billing Education Webinar Series Spring 2021 (Thursdays)

For physicians/residents only.

Session 1: MSP Basics – Introduction to Billing for Family Practice
March 11
from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Register

Session 2: GPSC Billing Part 1
April 8
from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Register

Session 3: GPSC Billing Part 2
April 29
from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Register

Session 4: GPSC Billing Part 3
May 13
from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Register

Session 5: Case-Based Exercises 
June 3
from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Register

Session 6: GPSC Team Based Care
June 17
from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Register

Fall series: For physicians/residents and support staff

The second series will be held in fall 2021, with tentative dates as follows:

  • September 9
  • September 23
  • October 7
  • October 21
  • November 3
  • November 17

BC Obesity Society Virtual Conference

Apr 10 (Sat)  |  0900–1300 PDT 

Target audience: family physicians, surgeons, registered dietitians, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, midwives, residents, others with an interest in caring for the obese patient.

Overview: We are back! We have pivoted our cancelled 2020 meeting into a 1/2 day virtual conference. Join us for this popular event. This meeting serves as a forum to connect health care practitioners who have a specific interest in caring for the obese patient. Expert and guest speakers from the obesity discipline will review a broad range of topics on obesity and bariatrics.

Up to 3.5 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits
Course Webpage | Agenda | Registration Form

Medical Disorders and Pregnancy

Apr 17 (Sat)  |  0800–1600 PDT

Target audience: family physicians, obstetricians, perinatologists, internists and subspecialists, obstetric anesthesiologists, nurse practitioners, midwives, maternity nurses, residents & students.

Overview: Join this very popular virtual conference designed for practitioners that deal with the management of disorders in their pregnant patients. This event will provide a focused, expert review of common medical conditions in pregnancy and will provide practical strategies for their management. 

Up to 6.75 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits
Course Webpage | Agenda | Registration Form

BC Infectious Diseases Update Symposium

Apr 30–May 1 (Fri-Sat) | Apr 30: 0800–1200; May 1: 0800–1245

Target audience: family physicians, hospitalists, emergency physicians, internists, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, registered nurses, other allied health professionals, residents & students.

Overview: We are very excited to take our conference virtually this year! We have designed two half days of practical lectures on topics our experts get consulted about the most. The first day lays the foundation of topic areas, while the second day is devoted to in-depth case discussions on the same topics. Bring your questions to the experts!!

Up to 7.5 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits
Course Webpage | Agenda | Registration Form

TEC Vancouver 2021 (Technologies in Emergency Care)

Innovations in Emergency Medicine: From COVID-19 to Sustainability

May 15 (Sat)  |  0815–1230 PDT Add to calendar

Target audience: emergency physicians, specialists, family physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, allied health professionals, residents & students.

Up to 3.25 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1
Course Webpage Agenda  |  Registration Form

This Changed My Practice (UBC CPD)  

Receive 0.25 Mainpro+/MOC Section 2 study credits for each article by completing an activity exercise! This site is a made-in-BC resource with a vision to deliver quick summaries of impactful clinical studies, clinical pearls and even practice tips relevant to BC physicians (including new billing codes, drug approvals, etc). 

Instead of providing summaries of trials as they come out, we’ve asked our team of contributing physicians which clinical trials or practice tips have truly impacted their practice. 

Read more articles here.

Seminar Series on the Clinical Management of Alcohol Use Disorder and Opioid Use Disorder

The BCCSU is now offering the Seminar Series on Clinical Management of Alcohol Use Disorder and Opioid Use Disorder online. These sessions are presented by leading experts in our province in partnership with the BCCSU and are tailored for family physicians, physician specialists, nurse practitioners and allied health professionals providing clinical care, treatment and support to patients with alcohol and opioid use disorder. These events are typically two-hour long and are CME accredited for 2.0 MOC Section 1 and for up to 2.0 Mainpro+ credits through UBC CPD.

These sessions summarize research evidence, review guideline recommendations, distribute helpful handouts, and are followed by an “ask the expert” discussion period where health care providers have a supportive environment to ask their questions, raise anticipated challenges, and bring clinical cases for discussion.  

For more information or to book a session for your members, please contact Nicole Fairbairn at

Survey: Hypertension Monitoring During Covid-19 

Anecdotally we have heard that some clinics have developed new strategies for managing the care of patients with chronic disease such as hypertension. Some of you are using new methods of measurement and new methods for patients to share BP readings with the clinic. 

We undertook a survey four years ago looking at BP measurement and from that have developed a few more questions about BP measurement during the Covid-19 crisis.

We would be very grateful if you would take a few minutes to complete this survey for BC doctors.

This survey is being undertaken at UBC and has received ethics approval. H20-01389

We also wanted to take this opportunity to let you know that a revised GPAC hypertension guideline is in the final approval process and will soon be available at

Indigenous Patient-Led CPD

We are an Elder-led group from Indigenous and non-Indigenous backgrounds working together to increase cultural safety and humility in rural BC by building relationships with First Nation communities and physician communities. Read more.

Cannabis Education for Health Care Providers

This NEW interactive online course explores a variety of topics related to recreational and medical cannabis. Through clinical tips, resources, and reflective case study, learners review best practices in:

  • Approaching patient conversations and education
  • Screening and treating cannabis use disorder (CUD)
  • Safe authorization of medical cannabis

Target audience: Family physicians, specialists, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, and other health care providers.

Up to 1.5 Mainpro+/MOC Section 3 credits

ACTOC: Substance Use Care for Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, and Other Sexual Gender Diverse (2SLGBTQ+) People

We are happy to announce the launch of a new module in the Addiction Care and Treatment Online Course (ACTOC): Module 17—Substance Use Care for 2SLGBTQ+ People. This newest module addition to ACTOC was developed in response to ongoing research highlighting the factors that place these communities at a disproportionately high-risk of substance use-related harms, and an urgent need to improve patient-centered care.

Target audience: family physicians, specialists, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, and other healthcare practitioners involved in addiction care and treatment.

Up to 15.0 Mainpro+/MOC Section 3 credits (full course)
Course Webpage  |  Registration Form

Gender-Affirming Primary Care

Developed in partnership with Trans Care BC, this course aims to help primary care providers reduce health disparities experienced by trans patients by improving gender-affirming care practices. Through patient-centered education, access resources and tools for patients and work with patients towards their goals.

Target audience: family physicians, specialists, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, and other healthcare practitioners involved in addiction care and treatment.

Up to 1.5 Mainpro+ credits
Course Webpage

Optimizing Care for Gay, Bisexual, and other Men who have Sex with Men (gbMSM)

Check out recent updates and expanded content! Learn to identify common health issues experienced by gbMSM patients and their implications for care. Move beyond sexual health into more complex topics through multi-layered case studies and interactive exercises.

Target audience: family physicians and other allied health professionals who provide care to gbMSM patients.

Up to 1.5 Mainpro+ credits
Course Webpage

Featuring Modules on Colorectal, Breast and Prostate Cancer
Register at

A great opportunity to build your understanding of these cancers at your convenience – no charge
Learn best practices for Colorectal, Breast, and Prostate Cancer including screening, diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, surveillance and late effects through BC Cancers’ newly launched Primary Care Learning Sessions. Presented with UBC’s Division of Continuing Professional Development, these online sessions offer an interactive, clear, and easy way to increase your cancer care knowledge. Useful resources and links included. Up to 1.0 Mainpro+ credit.

Full details at or via

Safe Surgical Care: Strategies during a Pandemic

Target audience: healthcare providers involved in the delivery of surgical care in both high and low resource settings, including, but not limited to: surgeons (all specialties), anesthesiologists, physicians with surgical skills (family physicians, clinical and medical officers), surgery and anesthesia trainees, operating room (OR) nurses, operating room (OR) technicians, respiratory therapists, perfusionists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists.

Up to 20.0 Mainpro+/MOC Section 3 credits for 5 modules.

Enrol: Course Webpage

Landscape of Health Care in BC and Canada

Target audience: family physicians and specialists new to practice in BC.

Content: This recently updated online course provides those who are new to practice in BC with an overview of the Canadian health care system, health care access and funding, physician compensation, and relevant national and provincial organizations.

Up to 0.5 Mainpro+/MOC Section 3

Enrol: Course Webpage

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 gift card 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.

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

Launched on August 18, 2020, 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)

Register here:


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.