Pacific Northwest Division of Family Practice



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GPSC Billing Webinar Series Fall 2021

BC's family doctors are invited to join the six-part GPSC billing education webinar series that starts this fall. The series will focus on:

  • Increasing confidence when billing GPSC fees.
  • Better understanding appropriate billing.
  • Better understanding fee rules.
  • Ensuring comprehensive billing for all services.

These live webinars, led by physician billing educators, will provide up-to-date information, relevant advice, and real-time discussion.

Registration is open only to family doctors and residents.

Fall series webinar dates:

Session 1: MSP Basics – Introduction to Billing for Family Practice. Thursday, September 23, 2021 from 6-8 p.m. Register.

Aimed at new-to-practice family doctors, and of interest to all family physicians, this session is designed as an introduction to family practice billing.

Session 2: GPSC Billing Part 1. Thursday, October 7, 2021 from 6-8 p.m. Register.

  • GPSC Preamble overview.
  • Communicating/conferencing.

Session 3: GPSC Billing Part 2. Thursday, October 21, 2021 from 6-8 p.m. Register.

  • Complex care (14033, 14075).
  • Chronic disease management (14050, 14051, 14052, 14053).

Session 4: GPSC Billing Part 3. Thursday, November 4, 2021 from 6-8 p.m. Register.

  • Prevention/personal health risk assessment (14066).
  • Mental health (14043, 14044, 14045, 14046, 14047, 14048).
  • Palliative care (14063).

Session 5: Case-Based Exercises. Thursday, November 18, 2021 from 6-8 p.m. Register.

This session covers more challenging and complex family practice billing scenarios. This cumulative session includes all content covered in Sessions 1-4, including all GPSC fees and relevant MSP fees covered to date.

Session 6: GPSC Team-Based Care. Thursday, December 2, 2021 from 6-8 p.m. Register.

Aimed at family doctors working in teams, including being part of primary care networks, this cumulative session reviews content covered in Sessions 1-4, as well as:

  • Billing in team-based care environments.
  • Delegation and communication.

The series will be recorded and posted on the GPSC YouTube channel alongside GPSC Billing Tips, a series of two-to-four minute videos that help family doctors learn about and use billing procedures accurately.

BC Surgical Rehabilitation Outcomes Session

September 23 (Thurs) | 8 a.m. – 10 a.m

BC family doctors and specialist physicians are invited to learn how the Surgical Patient Optimization Collaborative (SPOC) is improving patients’ surgical outcomes. 

Participants will:

  • Learn how more than 100 healthcare providers implemented prehabilitation work across 14 sites in BC, improving care for nearly 4,000 patients.
  • Get access to tools and resources, including an updated BC Prehabilitation Toolkit. 
  • Find out how to begin prehabilitation at local sites through exciting new opportunities!
  • Physicians are eligible for, and may claim, two hours of sessional time for participating in this webinar.



15th Annual Pacific Psychopharmacology Conference

Sept 24 (Fri) | 0800–1600 Pacific Time
Target Audience: psychiatrists, family physicians, pharmacists, psychologists, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, residents & students.
Up to 6.5 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits
Course Webpage | Registration Form

St. Paul’s Emergency Medicine Update Conference

Sep 25 (Sat) | 0800–1610 PDT | Virtual Conference
Target Audience: family physicians, emergency physicians, nurse practitioners, emergency nurses, paramedics, residents & students.
Overview: The Emergency Department at St. Paul's Hospital and UBC CPD are excited to offer this popular conference virtually once again! This year's agenda discusses and provides updates on the most common issues seen in the emergency department and by family physicians in their offices which may require an emergency department visit. Participants will hear from leaders in the field on topics such as emergency literature reviews, peri-arrest patients, massive transfusion, cultural sensitivity + much more!
Join the conversation on Twitter: #CPDStPauls
Up to 6.25 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits
Course Webpage | Registration Form

ICBC Injury Support Webinar Series

Various Dates | 1900-2000 Pacific Time
Sep 29 (Wed): Concussion Management
Oct 27 (Wed): Back and Neck Pain
Nov 17 (Wed): Post-Traumatic Stress & Anxiety Symptoms
Target Audience: family physicians, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, etc.
Overview: Extend key learnings from the post-motor vehicle crash (MVC) online modules and ask questions regarding team-based MVC care with a panel of experts.
Up to 1.0 Mainpro+ credits per webinar

Alternative to opioid analgesics for minor acute and chronic pain

The UBC Innovation Support Unit, in collaboration with the BC Centre for Substance Use and Therapeutics Initiative, are hosting webinars to examine opioid-sparing approaches in the context of primary care for non-cancer pain.

“The (lack of) evidence for opioid analgesics to treat minor acute and chronic pain - Think Twice!” Three sessions available:

Open to BC-licensed doctors and nurse practitioners. Please register for one session only. Session is certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 1.0 Mainpro+ credit.

For questions, contact Michee-Ana Hamilton or Stefania Rita Rizzardo.

Rural Rounds 2021–22 Series

Various Dates  (Thursdays) | 0800–0900 Pacific Time
Sep 30: ER Case Review in the Virtual Resus Room
Oct 14: Micro-dosing Opioid Agonist Therapy
Nov 26: Smart Glasses in Practice
Dec 17: Treating Obesity as a Disease
Target Audience: Rural healthcare providers and urban physicians supporting rural communities.
Overview: Join us for 10 free interactive sessions that will provide you with relevant and up-to-date education for rural practice. Presentations will be case-based with many opportunities for questions and discussion. Our speakers and moderators understand the unique circumstances of rural medicine and look forward to meeting you this year!
New for 2021–22: Free and on Zoom! Please note, Rural Rounds Series is designed and funded for rural health care providers in British Columbia. Questions relating to rural practice will be prioritized.
Up to 1.0 Mainpro+ credits per session

Type 2 Diabetes: Moving from Theory to Implementation

Hosted by The Institute for Personalized Therapeutic Nutrition

Oct 2 (Sat) | 0830–1545 PDT | Virtual Conference
Target Audience: primary care physicians, specialists, dietitians, nutritionists, pharmacists, nurses, allied health professionals, residents & students.
Overview: Let’s make remission of Type 2 Diabetes the new normal! If you are involved in the management of Type 2 Diabetes, you won’t want to miss IPTN’s next virtual conference focusing on the remission of T2D using nutrition & lifestyle approaches.
Join the conversation on Twitter: @IPTN_Canada #IPTN_T2D
Up to 6.0 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits
Course Webpage | Registration Form


CME on the Run! 2021-2022

Sep 2021–Jun 2022 (Fridays) | 1300–1700 Pacific Time
Target Audience: family physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, residents and students.
Up to 21.0 Mainpro+ credits (3.5 credits per session)
Course Webpage | Registration Form

Dates and Topics:
Oct 15, 2021 — Psychiatry
Nov 26, 2021 — MSK, Sport Meds & Rheumatology
Jan 21, 2022 — Dermatology & Allergy
Apr 8, 2022 — Prenatal, Pediatrics & Adolescent
Jun 3, 2022 — Internal Medicine

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Oct 16 (Sat) | 0830–1230 Pacific Time
Target Audience: family physicians, specialists, pharmacists, nurses, nurse practitioners, allied health professionals, residents & students.
Overview: Thought-provoking presentations on important therapeutics issues relevant to primary care and specialty medicine.

Up to 3.75 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits.
Course Webpage | Registration Form

The 33rd Annual Diabetes Directors Seminar
October 22 (Fri) | 0800-1600 Pacific Time
The Endocrine Research Society is pleased to present the 33rd Diabetes Directors Seminar – an annual, CFPC and RCPSC-accredited gathering of leading diabetes experts and caregivers across British Columbia.  A full day presentation series covering the latest and most pertinent aspects of diabetes therapeutics and clinical care.
Target Audience: Specialists and family physicians with an interest in diabetes care, as well as nurses, dieticians, pharmacists and other diabetes educators responsible for diabetes management within their own groups and communities.  Space is limited.
Course Webpage | Registration Form 

UBC Division of Palliative Care CME Day

Oct 22 (Fri)  |  0815–1500 PDT 
Target Audience: palliative care physicians, rural and urban FPs/NPs practicing palliative care, nurses, pharmacists, students, FP residents, health administrators and managers, hospitalists, & emergency physicians.
Mainpro+/MOC Section 1
Course Webpage | Notify Me When Registration Opens

27th Obstetrics Update for Family Physicians

Oct 29 (Fri) | 0830–1515 PDT | Virtual Conference
Target Audience: family physicians, nurse practitioners who provide maternity care, midwives, residents & students.
Overview: We are going virtual this year! Join us for this online conference designed to meet the needs of a busy practitioner — no matter where you work! Lots of pearls to put into practice even if you don't attend births! Participants will hear from leaders in the field on topics such as indigenous maternity care, cannabis use in pregnancy and lactation, logistics and challenges with virtual maternity care, antenatal steroids: new guidelines + much more!
Up to 5.75 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits
Course Webpage | Notify Me When Registration Opens

The Climate Emergency: Prescription for the Turnaround

Oct 30 (Sat)  |  0800–1645 PDT
Target Audience: physicians and all health care professionals, researchers, students & residents.
Overview: Help fight climate change within your professional healthcare role. This full-day virtual event will feature speakers with expertise in both climate change and health.
Up to 7.5 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1
Course Webpage | Registration Form

47th Annual D.A. Boyes Society Meeting & Obstetrics and Gynaecology Clinical Review

Nov 4–5 (Thu–Fri) | 0800–1300 PDT | Virtual Conference
Target Audience: gynecologists, obstetricians, specialists, midwives, nurse practitioners, nurses, residents & students.
MOC Section 1 credits
Course Webpage | Notify Me When Registration Opens

Refresher Course for Family Physician Anesthetists

Nov 5–7 (Fri-Sun) | Day 1: 1700–1945, Day 2: 0830–1430, Day 3: 0830–1130 | Vancouver BC
Target Audience: family physician anesthetists (FPAs/GPAs), primary care physicians practicing anesthesia in smaller communities, residents & students.
Overview: This year’s FPA Refresher Course is currently scheduled to take place in person in Vancouver BC! Designed to be intimate, we will be offering a variety of lectures and small group workshops. We are also finalizing whether some of these sessions will be available virtually. Stay tuned for more info coming soon!
Up to 9.0 Mainpro+ credits
Course Webpage | Notify Me When Registration Opens

College of Family Physicians of Canada - Family Medicine Forum 2021

Nov 10 - 13 (Wed-Sat) 

Four days of evidence-based education, inspiring keynote sessions, engaging exhibit booths, and networking opportunities. (On Demand November 14 – December 14, 2021)

Course Webpage | Registration Form

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

Nov 13 (Sat) | 0900–1315 PST
Target Audience: family physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, residents & students.
Up to 11.25 Mainpro+ (3 cr/hr) credits
Course Webpage  |  Registration Form

SEMP: Simulation-Assisted Emergency Medicine Procedures

Nov 25 (Thu)  |  0800–1600 PST | VGH Simulation Centre
Target Audience: specialists, family physicians, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, nurses, residents & students.
Overview: The SEMP course allows physicians providing emergency care to acquire, review and practice their skills in essential life-saving emergency procedures. Join us for highly immersive simulations using human models under the guidance of experienced faculty.
Up to 18.5 Mainpro+/11.25 MOC Section 3 Credits
Course Webpage | Registration Form

UGEMP: Ultrasound-Guided Emergency Medicine Procedures

Nov 26 (Fri)  |  0830–1600 PST | VGH Simulation Centre
Target Audience: specialists, family physicians, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, nurses, residents & students.
Overview: This hands-on course provides an opportunity to acquire and maintain the skills required to perform various procedures including central venous line placement, pericardiocentesis, and more, using ultrasound guidance.
Up to 17.0 Mainpro+/10.5 MOC Section 3 Credits
Course Webpage | Registration Form

2nd Annual WorkSafeBC-NAOEM Joint Conference for Community Physicians

Dec 4 (Sat)  |  0815–1630 PST
Target Audience: family physicians, community physicians, occupational medicine physicians, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, nurses, residents & students.
Overview: Join us for the 2nd iteration of the collaborative conference between WorkSafeBC & the Northwest Association of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. We have some returning favourites, such as orthopaedic examinations, concussion, and the psychology of pandemics, as well as topics that could become your favourites-occupational dermatitis, PTSD, and physician wellness. Join us on Dec 3 for the revamped ‘Not Just a Prescription Pad’. Hope to see you there!
Up to 7.0 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1
Course Webpage | Registration Form

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

Jan 22 (Sat) | 0900–1315 PST
Target Audience: family physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, residents & students.
Up to 11.25 Mainpro+ (3 cr/hr) credits
Course Webpage  |  Registration Form

 BC Patient Safety & Quality Council - Quality Forum 2022

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This event brings together some of the most innovative minds working throughout the health care system. We’ll cover a wide variety of topics related to improving quality across the continuum of care, and feature plenary speakers, deep dive sessions, rapid fire presentations, storyboards, field trips and more! Plus, we're hosting a pre-Forum day with deep dive sessions and our annual evening event, Health Talks.

In the spirit of our tagline – Healing Together, Emerging Stronger – we're planning for the event to take place live in Vancouver. We’re following guidelines from BC’s Restart Plan, and will continue to comply with all provincial health orders as information becomes available. 

57th Annual Family Practice Review

Mar 3–5, 2022 (Thu–Sat) | Vancouver BC
Target Audience: family physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, residents & students.
Overview: This comprehensive review course offers an update of knowledge central to the practice of family medicine in both rural and urban settings. Committed to addressing everyday practical issues, speakers present equally on current and special areas of concern to the primary health care professionals.
Mainpro+ credits
Course Webpage | Notify Me When Registration Opens

12th Annual Whistler Anesthesiology Summit

Mar 3–6, 2022 (Thu–Sun) | Whistler BC or Virtual
Target Audience: anesthesiologists, anesthetists, FPAs/GPAs, anesthesia assistants (AAs)​, nurse anesthetists (CRNAs), residents & students.
Overview: Whistler Anesthesiology Summit is returning to an in-person format in beautiful Whistler, BC! Come join us for an exciting program featuring some of the field’s top experts, and learn about the latest science, best practices, and newest innovations in anesthesiology and perioperative medicine. Can't travel to Whistler? Most lectures will also be available online in both a live and on-demand format.
Follow us on Twitter: @WhistlerAnesth  #WAS2022
MOC Section 1 Accredited | Eligible for AMA and EUMS credit conversion
Course Webpage | Notify me when registration opens

SRPC Rural & Remote Medicine Course 2022

April 21-23, 2022





Sonnie: Your Ultrasound Partner

Our newly launched series of six ultrasound case studies is ideal for those interested in learning more about point-of-care ultrasound education or wishing to refresh their knowledge. We invite you to join Sonnie, Your Ultrasound Partner, in a visual storytelling journey as you learn how to manage patients with conditions ranging from trauma to obstetrics in various rural and remote settings. This project was developed with funding from the Faculty of Medicine’s Strategic Investment Fund (SIF) and the Rural CPD Hands-On Ultrasound Education (HOUSE) program.
Target Audience: all healthcare providers and specialists interested in ultrasound education.
Up to 2.0 Mainpro+ credits
Course Webpage

The Rural Education Action Plan (REAP) supports the training needs of physicians in rural practice, provides undergraduate medical students and postgraduate residents with rural practice experience, and increases rural physician participation in the medical school selection process.

REAP was established as a result of the Rural Practice Subsidiary Agreement (RSA), and is managed by the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues (JSC). REAP oversees and/or contributes to the following rural education programs for providers:  

For more information contact or 604-827-1504.  

Pain Foundations for Primay Care Providers - Pain BC

Pain BC has launched an online, self-paced pain science and chronic pain management course for primary care providers such as physicians and nurse practitioners. Pain Foundations for Primary Care Providers provides online professional education on best-practice approaches to chronic pain management, as well as a strong grounding in pain science to support further exploration.

The course was written in consultation with leading clinical experts and people with lived experience of pain, and is designed to be clinically relevant and practical. The course introduces learners to the lived experience of people with chronic pain, pain physiology, assessment strategies, biopsychosocial pain management, supported self-management and safe prescribing of opioids for chronic pain. The self-paced course takes 12-15 hours to complete is accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 15 MainPro+ credits.

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Pearls for Immunization Practice

This online self-learning course is for all immunization providers and takes approximately 90 minutes to complete. It is especially useful for those physicians new to immunization practice in BC and also suitable as a refresher course for physicians who already have a theoretical and clinical understanding of immunization practice but would like to update their knowledge. The course centers on providing practical immunization information to assist in the practice setting as well as highlighting important immunization resources.
Target audience: family physicians and family practice residents as well as any other interested immunization providers: public health nurses, pharmacists, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, obstetricians, pediatricians, and interested students.
Up to 1.5 Mainpro+ / MOC Section 3 credits

Real-Time Virtual Support (RTVS) Pathways

Available 24/7 via Zoom and phone
Target audience: family physicians, specialists, nurses, nurse practitioners, midwives, residents, and locums working in rural, remote, & Indigenous communities
Overview: Culturally safe and compassionate teams with an understanding of the rural and cultural contexts are available to support rural healthcare providers for any issue, including consults, case review, navigating the healthcare system, patient simulation scenarios, collaboration, and more. Current pathways include provider-facing pathways (RUDi: Emergency, ROSe: Critical Care, CHARLiE: Pediatrics, MaBAL: Maternity and Newborns, and UBC Dermatology Rural and Remote Service).
Up to 30.0 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits
Course Webpage  | RTVS Toolkit

Rural BC Airway Mannequin Loan Program

Target audience: family physicians, specialists, nurses, nurse practitioners, midwives, residents, and locums working in rural, remote, & Indigenous communities
Overview: A flexible and close to home provincial airway mannequin rental service, supporting and encouraging rural health care teams to practice airway management skills and drills on a regular basis by facilitating loans of adult, pediatric, and infant mannequins.
Course Webpage  | Inquire

Free Online Modules

Choose from our growing library of over 35 FREE courses and earn study credits; covering topics from opioid addiction treatment, maternity care, oncology, HIV, immunization, pediatrics, and more.
Target audience: physicians and other health care providers.
Mainpro+/MOC Section 3 credits available
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Family Practice CPD eCoach

This award-winning program is a self-directed assessment tool, guiding you through quality/practice improvement in your chosen topic area. Self-paced and online, it can be completed by an individual, with a coach/mentor, or as a team.
Target audience: family physicians.
Up to 24.0 Mainpro+ credits (3cr/hr)
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Read the latest TCMP article and earn credits!
Target audience: all health care professionals.
Up to 0.25 Mainpro+/MOC Section 2 credits/article directly uploaded to Colleges
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Emergency Contraception Update

Free Online Course  | Anytime, anywhere
Target audience: family physicians, pharmacists, nurses, midwives, specialists, and other health professionals who provide care to female patients.
Overview: Are you up-to-date on emergency contraception options? This free online module outlines and compares the effectiveness of various oral EC agents and cu-IUDs, and includes interactive case studies to help you counsel patients about EC options.
Up to 1.25 Mainpro+/MOC Section 3 credits
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Latching On: How Family Physicians Can Support Breastfeeding Patients

Breastfeeding is important for the lifelong health and wellbeing of both parent and baby. As a care provider you play an important in supporting a parent's infant feeding decisions. Check out our redesigned and updated online module to learn more about how you can best support breastfeeding families.

Target audience: Community-based family physician working in British Columbia.
Up to 1.5 Mainpro+ credits  Course Webpage

Pallium Canada’s Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative Care (LEAP)

The BC College of Family Physicians is hosting Pallium Canada’s Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative Care (LEAP) online course for rural and remote family physicians in BC.

LEAP was created for healthcare professionals working in the community and provides the essential skills and competencies of the palliative care approach.  It is evidence-based, peer reviewed and evaluated and updated regularly. 

This online course includes 16 self-directed and interactive online modules completed at your own pace (approximately 8 hours of work); 2 three-hour online webinars led by a LEAP facilitator where you will work through cases and discuss the online modules; and an electronic copy of the Pallium palliative pocketbook.

Upon completion of LEAP Online, learners should be able to:
- promote and undertake advance care planning discussions
- assess and manage pain; delirium; gastrointestinal symptoms, hydration, and nutrition; and dyspnea
- recognize/diagnose depression, anxiety, and grief and initiate treatment plans
- develop plans to address spiritual, religious, or psychosocial needs
- initiate essential discussions related to palliative and end-of-life care in daily work
- prepare patients and families for last days and hours
- understand and apply the criteria to be met before initiating palliative sedation

This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 24 Mainpro+ credits.

Through a generous bequest of a BCCFP member, there is funding available to subsidize the registration fees for those interested in this online course.

For more information on LEAP Online please contact me at

REAKT: Rapid Evidence and Knowledge Translation during COVID-19
We are responding rapidly to questions posed by you and other providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. This may involve evidence review and summary, sourcing existing resources such as pre-printed order sets, or sharing ideas and innovations. The response is sent directly to you and added to the expanding online library of questions and answers. REAKT is powered by volunteer medical students, the UBC Division of Continuing Professional Development’s Rural Program (UBC RCPD) and the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc)
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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: webpage.

BC Cancer Primary Care Learning Sessions

Target audience: primary care providers.
Content: Check out the latest addition to our cancer care interactive online module series: Prostate Cancer! Clinical tips, reflective cases, and practical resources are integrated in each module to support exploration of up-to-date, evidence-based best practices for primary care providers.
Up to 1.0 Mainpro+/module.
Enrol: Colorectal Cancer | Breast Cancer | Prostate Cancer

Safe Surgical Care: Strategies during a Pandemic

Another module in this popular free online course launched this week: Protection of Surgical Healthcare Workers. Check out newly released physician-led discussions, clinician podcast interviews, and videos focussed on helping surgical teams better prepare and safely respond to pandemics in both high and low resource settings.

Created in partnership with: UBC Department of Surgery, Branch for International Surgical Care, Vancouver General Hospital Section of Trauma, Emergency and Global Surgery, Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD), and UBC Extended Learning.

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

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.
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UBC Rural CPD Coaching and Mentoring Program (CAMP)

Ongoing Target audience: rural family physicians and specialists in BC
Overview: UBC Rural CPD’s Coaching and Mentoring Program (CAMP) fosters peer to peer connections in rural practitioner networks to improve your practice, increase your confidence, and connect you to rural colleagues. We connect you with up to 35 hours of personalized, just-in-time support in whatever form works best for you. Mentor/coaches provide support in a wide variety of areas including transitions in practice, emergency medicine, palliative care, Indigenous patient care, personal wellness and more, and can access optional sessions to develop their coaching and mentoring skills.
Up to 36.0 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits for mentee/coachees
Up to 14.0 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits for mentor/coaches
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Learning sessions and online resources from the Canadian Medical Association

Learning opportunities for Divisions of Family Practice

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is building virtual and in-person sessions to support and inform members on top initiatives such as:

  • Physician health and wellness
  • Climate change and health
  • Access to care
  • Financial well-being
  • Virtual care

CMA BC representative hopes to begin offering these sponsored sessions for any Divisions of Family Practice beginning in fall 2020, and are seeking suggestions for additional topics and speakers.

For more information or to submit a suggestion, please contact John Bannerman at

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

Pediatric Atopic Dermatitis online course

Child Health BC, BC Children’s Hospital, and UBC CPD have developed an interactive online course designed to help physicians recognize, treat, and manage atopic dermatitis in a primary care setting.

The course 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.

This course has been certified for up to 1.0 Mainpro+®/MOC Section 3 credits.

New BC ECHO on Substance Use – Alcohol Use Disorder

The BC ECHO on Substance Use, with support from the GPSC, has launched a new, live virtual educational series for family physicians and their teams focused on treating and managing high-risk drinking and alcohol use disorder within primary care. 

The BC ECHO on Substance Use is a CME-accredited online educational program coordinated by the BC Centre on Substance Use and offered at no cost to family physicians and their teams. The Opioid Use Disorder series is now in its third cycle and new participants are welcome to join anytime.

For more information and to register visit the BC ECHO on Substance Abuse BC ECHO on Substance Abuse website, or email

UBC Rural CPD Program - Hands-on Ultrasound (HOUSE) program - Call for Senior Medical Lead

The UBC Rural CPD Program is seeking a practicing rural physician in British Columbia to join our Hands-on Ultrasound (HOUSE) Program as Senior Medical Lead. The program is part of the University of British Columbia’s Division of Rural Continuing Professional Development (UBC Rural CPD) Program and supported by the Rural Coordination Centre of British Columbia (RCCbc) and the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues. Learn more about the position here: If you are interested, please send a cover letter and CV to Laura Beamish at

BC Cancer Primary Care Learning Sessions: Prostate Cancer

This online module is for primary care providers practicing in British Columbia who are interested in learning more about prostate cancer care, and their role in supporting patients through their journey. This module will explore best practices in testing, diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, surveillance, and late effects.  Designed in partnership by UBC CPD and BC Cancer.

This course is divided into three lessons:

  • Testing & Early Diagnosis
  • Staging and Treatment
  • Survivorship, Surveillance & Late Effects

Registration Form

Cannabis Education for Health Care Providers Online Module

This 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
Course Webpage

Pediatric Foundations Online Course

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Target audience: HHealthcare providers who care for pediatric patients, particularly those who see pediatric patients infrequently.
Overview: This free, new, accredited online eLearning course provides a comprehensive overview of the principles that make up Patient Centered and Family Focused Care as they apply to pediatric patients. Through interactive case studies, rich media, and practical advice, this course highlights the crucial differences between caring for adults and children, guides learners through the components of a complete pediatric physical assessment, and demonstrates how to calculate safe medication dosing for children. Special attention is paid to the concepts that guide Culturally Sensitive and Trauma Informed practice. This course was developed in partnership with Child Health BC.
Up to 1.0 Mainpro+/MOC Section 3 credits
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Not Just The Blues: Perinatal Depression and Anxiety

Target Audience: Family physicians and other health care professionals in British Columbia who provide care during the perinatal period.
Overview: Perinatal depression and anxiety can have significant immediate and long term consequences for the mother, child and family. This online education provides a basic overview of perinatal depression and anxiety; including common risk factors, screening, treatment approaches, and treatment planning. Through evidence based material, quizzes, and interactive video vignettes learners will gain an understanding of the importance of routinely screening for perinatal depression and anxiety and become more comfortable with the steps to doing so.
Up to 1.5 Mainpro+ credits
Course Webpage

Personal Learning Plans

On-Demand | Register Anytime
Target Audience: Provisionally or fully licensed International Medical Graduates and any physicians new to rural BC practice.
Overview: This free and individualized learning activity is designed to support you and ensure successful practice in your community by providing tailored resources for continuous professional development (CPD). Together with a physician advisor and CPD concierge, we work to outline your learning needs and goals, create a specific learning plan, connect to funding and opportunities, and build your local, regional, or specialty networks.
Examples of Learning Goals: Billing, Chronic Pain/Opioid Prescribing, Mental Health/CBT, Coaching, EMR, Psychosocial Support, ER Support, Exam Study Support, and more.
Up to 6.0 Mainpro+/9.0 MOC Section 3 credits
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Motivational Interviewing

eLearning | Anytime
Target Audience: Primary healthcare providers who work with children and their families.
Overview: Supporting healthy behaviour change in families can be challenging, but there are things you can do to make your conversations with families more productive. This free, accredited, online course introduces Motivational Interviewing (MI): a collaborative, patient-centered style of communication that can help strengthen personal motivation to change. Through a series of videos, self-reflective questions, exercises, and role-playing activities, this course will introduce you to the key elements of MI and provide support and advice for successfully integrating MI into your clinical practice. Using the communication strategies and tools covered in this course, you will be able to help families explore their own reasons for change and support them as they move effectively toward change. This course has been created in partnership with Live 5-2-1-0 at BC Children's Hospital.
Up to 2.0 Mainpro+/MOC Section 3 credits
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Third Wednesday of every month
PNW Division of Family Practice
Board meeting is held on the third Wednesday of every month.  

Fourth Thursday of every month:
IDC Brown Bag Lunch:
The Brown Bag Lunch series is a joint initiative between Northern Health and UNBC to promote health research in the North. Brown Bag Lunch is a series of free lunchtime seminars taking place the fourth Thursday of every month and features a variety of health research topics and presenters. The presentations are held at the University Hospital of Northern BC (UHNBC) and available remotely via WebEx. Each luncheon is scheduled for 45 minutes. Registration is not required.
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