Pacific Northwest Division of Family Practice




TEAM framework – Evaluating team-based care

June 17 (Thurs) | 12-1 p.m

Presented by the UBC Innovation Support Unit, this BC Patient Safety and Quality Council (BCPSQC) session will focus on the Team-Based Care Evaluation and Adoption Model (TEAM) framework, and the evaluation of team-based care.

More information and registration (no cost)

GPSC billing webinars

The 2021 GPSC billing education webinar series will be offered twice in 2021. The spring series is open to doctors and residents only while the fall series will be open to family physicians, MOAs, and others.

  • Thursday, June 17: GPSC team-based care.

All sessions take place from 6–8 p.m. PT  

Full details and registration links

Honouring our Indigenous physician leaders

June 21 (Mon) | 5:30-7:00 p.m. PT.

In a panel discussion, Indigenous physician leaders Dr Alika Lafontaine, Dr Don Wilson, and Dr Terri Aldred will share their personal and professional journeys and experiences in a virtual live discussion followed by a Q&A period. This event is hosted by VCH Indigenous Health, the Vancouver Physician Staff Association, and the VCH Physician Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee.  

Please submit discussion questions via the link above, or to

Health Data Coalition June Interactive Webinar: Respiratory Disease

June 23 (Wed) | 12-1 p.m OR June 24 (Thurs) | 12-1 p.m 

These programs are designed to help increase understanding of the practical clinical use of the HDC Discover application. Each of our webinars focus on a different disease area or clinical problem, and can also serve as a ‘primer’ for participation in PSP practice improvement activities.  

SPEAKERS: Dr. Bruce Hobson & Dr. Bill Clifford  

CREDIT: 1 MAINPRO+ Group Learning Credit

Register for June 23 | Register for June 24

COVID-19 Update: Expert Q&A with Public Health, Vaccine, Epidemiology, and Lab Specialists

June 23 (Wed) | 1830–2000 PDT +Add to Calendar
Target Audience: Physicians and other health care providers.
Overview: Join us for this free webinar where public health leaders and medical experts will answer your questions, share their experiences, and recommend best practices in managing the COVID-19 pandemic.
Panel: Dr. Reka Gustafson, Vice President, Public Health and Wellness and Deputy Provincial Health Officer, Ms. Nomi Mate, Public Health Nurse, Dr. Mark Lysyshyn, Deputy Chief Medical Health Officer, Vancouver Coastal Health, Dr. Mel Krajden, Medical Director of the Public Health Laboratory, BCCDC, and Dr. Manish Sadarangani, Director, Vaccine Evaluation Center at BC Children’s Research Institute.
Moderator: Dr. Simon Moore, Family Physician, UBC CPD Medical Lead.
Ask Questions: We encourage you to submit your questions early via Slido:
Up to 1.5 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits
Course Webpage | Registration Form

Northern Health Palliative Care ECHO

The Northern Health Palliative Care Consultation Team is providing virtual education and support for front line clinicians, using the Project ECHO Model™. ECHO provides an opportunity for clinicians to participate in case-based learning and education with a group of palliative care experts.  Didactic topics may include:
1. Difficult pain
2. Nausea and Vomiting
3. Difficult pain – part two
4. Delirium
5. Malignant Bowel Obstruction
6. Spinal Cord Compression 

  • Jun 24, 2021

Please email if you have any questions or would like to register. 

Allergy & Clinical Immunology Update 2021

Sep 18 (Sat) | 0815–1630 PDT
Target Audience: family physicians, pediatricians, nurse practitioners, nurses, residents & students.
Overview:  Join us for a day of short and concise presentations on common allergy and immunology issues in the primary care setting. Ask questions during panel Q&As and participate in an assessment quiz to solidify your knowledge!
Up to 6.5 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1
Course Webpage | Registration Form


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




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.

Register Now

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
Course Webpage 

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
Program Webpage

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

eLearning anytime
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
Course Webpage | Intake Form | Contact Us

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
Course Webpage




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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