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

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.

On-line ECHO program focused on Alcohol Use Disorder and funded by the BC Centre on Substance Use. 

There are new approaches and medications to treat AUD and this series is devoted to improving the lives of patients with this disorder. 

Participants only need to register once and they will be notified of all upcoming learning sessions.  Here is the registration link:

Here are the upcoming session topics with the dates and times if you’d like to add these to your calendar of events:


Session topic



Introduction to high-risk drinking and alcohol use disorder in British Columbia

Tuesday Aug 18, 2020, 12-1pm


Screening for high-risk drinking and alcohol use disorder

Tuesday Sept 15, 2020, 12-1pm


Pharmacotherapy approaches for alcohol use disorder

Thursday Oct 1, 2020, 12-1 pm


Brief intervention for high-risk drinking and alcohol use disorder in primary care

Tuesday Nov 3, 2020, 12-1pm


Alcohol withdrawal management 

Thursday Nov 26, 2020, 12-1pm


Psychosocial and community-based interventions for alcohol use disorder

Tuesday, Dec 8, 2020, 12-1 pm

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
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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.

Cannabis Education Small-Group Session

Sep 22 (Tue) 1730–1930, Sep 30 (Wed) 1730–1930, Oct 14 (Wed) 1730–1930, Oct 21 (Wed) 1730–1930, Oct 29 (Thu) 1100–1300   + more date & time options.

Target audience: All healthcare professionals. Max 16 per session.

Overview: Learn how to address patient questions and concerns related to the consumption of cannabis. Use case studies and clinical tools to develop management and follow up care plans that meet patient treatment goals. Each virtual session will be co-facilitated by a lead facilitator and a cannabis expert (no affiliations with commercial organizations).

Registration Form

Virtual Conference: Pacific Psychopharmacology Conference 2020

Sep 25 (Fri) | 0800–1545 PDT

Target audience: primary care physicians, psychiatrists, pharmacists, psychologists, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, allied health professionals, residents & students.

Overview: Featuring international experts on depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and evolving approaches to the psychiatric impacts of COVID-19. As always, we will offer local expertise on other important topics in psychopharmacology.

Up to 6.5 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1

Virtual Conference: Allergy and Clinical Immunology Update 2020

Sep 26 (Sat) | 0820–1630 PDT

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

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

Up to 6.5 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1
Agenda | Registration Form

St. Paul’s Emergency Medicine Update

Sep 26 (Sat) | 0800–1600 PDT +Add to Calendar

Target audience: Family physicians, emergency physicians, nurse practitioners, registered & emergency nurses, paramedics, residents & students.

Agenda: Cardiac Testing for Low Risk Patients, Airway Pearls During COVID-19, Pearls in Penetrating Chest Trauma, Suboxone Pearls in the ED, COVID-19 in Children, and more.

Up to 6.5 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits
Agenda  |  Registration Form

Not Just A Prescription Pad Webinar

Date: Monday, October 5th, 2020

Time: 6 PM - 8.30PM

Speakers: Dr. Peter Rothfels and Dr. Launette Rieb

Physicians, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, OT/PT’s, and psychologists/mental health providers are invited to learn more about current best practices in the treatment of chronic non-cancer pain.

Topics include:

  • Safe prescribing of opioids
  • Tapering strategies, substitutions, and exit strategies
  • Various pharmacological and non-pharmacological strategies for the treatment of chronic non-cancer pain
  • Community and regional resources
  • WorkSafeBC-funded treatment programs

This session is accredited by UBC CPD for up to 2.5 MOC Section 1 or 2.5 Mainpro+ Group Learning credits and aligns with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C.’s Standards for the safe prescribing of opioids.

RSVP to if you would like to attend this webinar. Spaces are limited.

CME on the Run! 2020-2021

Oct 2, Nov 20, Jan 29, Mar 5, May 7 & Jun 4 (Fridays) | 1300–1700
Target audience: Family physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, residents & students.

Dates & Topics:

  • Oct 2, 2020 | Gynecology/Urology
  • Nov 20, 2020 | Diagnostics/Radiology
  • Jan 29, 2021 | Therapeutics
  • 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)

Type 2 Diabetes: Moving from Management to Remission

Oct 3 (Sat)  |  0800–1520 PDT

Target audience: physicians, dietitians, nutritionists, pharmacists, nurses, allied health professionals, residents & students.

Agenda: Full-day event that will review the management and remission of Type 2 Diabetes through various dietary approaches.

Up to 6.5 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1
Agenda  |  Registration Form

Therapeutics Initiative: Bringing Best Evidence to Clinicians

Oct 17 (Sat)  | 0830–1230 PDT  +Add to Calendar

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

Overview: Therapeutics Initiative faculty and internationally renowned guest, Dr. John Mandrola, will review best evidence for therapeutic issues important to primary care and specialty medicine.

Up to 3.75 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits
Agenda  |  Registration Form

*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:

UBC Division of Palliative Care CME Day

Oct 23 (Fri)  |  0815–1500 PDT +Add to Calendar

Target audience: Palliative care clinicians of all disciplines, health care managers, public health specialists, and anyone else interested in the development of palliative care services in any setting or health care system.

Overview: Join us for a series of 40-minute presentations aimed to share key messages learned from new Palliative Care initiatives in a variety of settings. These include urban emergency rooms, a rural hospice, a palliative outpatient clinic, vulnerable urban populations, remote indigenous communities, and a “virtual PCU” in a community hospital.

Up to 5.5 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1
Agenda  |  Registration Form

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

Target audience: physicians and all health care professionals, researchers, students & residents.

Overview: This full-day virtual event will feature speakers with expertise in both climate change and health care and give you practical tips for your office and patients.

Up to 8.0 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits
Agenda  |  Registration Form

WorkSafeBC & NAOEM Joint Conference for Community Physicians

Dec 5 (Sat) | 0815–1630 PST +Add to Calendar

Dec 4 (Fri) | Free webinar: ‘Not Just A Prescription Pad’ 1800–2030 PST

Target audience: Family physicians, occupational physicians, specialty physicians, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, physiotherapists, registered nurses, residents & students.

Agenda: Concussion & Post-Concussion Syndrome, To Work or Not to Work - What Is Best for My Patient? Orthopaedics Lower & Upper Extremity, Chronic Pain, Neurobiological Continuity of Pain & Depression, and more.

Up to 7.0 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits
Course Webpage  |  Agenda  |  Registration Form

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:

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.