Rural and Remote Division of Family Practice



SFU  iCAN Advance Care Planning: Primary Care Clinicians Recruitment

iCAN-ACP Recruitment Letter

During the COVID-19 pandemic situation, it is especially urgent that older adults have conversations with their health care providers and loved ones about their goals of care and engage in Advance Care Planning with respect to end-of-life health care. Only a minority of frail older adults from the Chinese and South Asian ethnic minority groups and from the LGBT community participate in Advance Care Planning (ACP) compared to mainstream culture. 

The Gerontology Research Centre at Simon Fraser University is looking to conduct 15 minute over-the-phone interviews with primary care clinicians and hospitalists whose practice includes 15% or more patients who are older adults 55+ that self identify as Chinese, South Asian, and/or LGBT. 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 interested in understanding ACP discussions between clinicians and their older adult patients, the barriers you may have encountered in initiating or carrying out ACP discussions, and the tools you may have used while approaching this sensitive topic.

If interested, contact Helen Kwan at An Amazon gift card will be provided for your participation.

Wound Care Practices After Cutaneous Surgery Amongst Family Physicians in Canada

Dear Colleague,

We value your opinion and want to know what you think. Attached is a brief (less than 5 minutes) survey on wound care practices after cutaneous surgery. Your answers will be used for research purposes only. It will not be possible to identify you based on the published findings.

Based on your responses, we hope to impact patient care by improving recommendations made after cutaneous surgery. Our findings will be communicated broadly. If you wish, we will also send you the study results.

Thank you for your time and input! In appreciation, if you wish, we will enter your email address into a draw to win one of 25 Amazon gift cards valued at $100.

Thank you! 

Robyn Wiens



NOVEMBER 13, 2020, 1-4:00 p.m.
Skin Cancer: Interactive Scenarios & Practical Approaches for Primary Care
Register at, 2.75 Mainpro+ credits

Plan to join BC Cancer’s Family Practice Oncology Network for an afternoon of case-based oncology learning focusing on prevention, diagnosis and management of both common skin cancers and melanoma. Led by outstanding dermatologist and surgical oncologist speakers, this ‘next level’ learning opportunity is not to be missed. Register today at Cost: $50. Full details at More information,


Registration open for fall GPSC Billing Education Webinar Series

After a successful first year, the GPSC will continue to offer live 90-minute webinars for all family physicians and medical office assistants (MOAs) about billing GPSC incentive fees and select MSP fees. The upcoming series starts on September 15, 2020. Please register early as the webinars are not recorded and space is limited. 

More details and registration link.

Webinars are from 6:00-7:30 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, September 15 – Intro to MSP Billings.
  • Tuesday, October 6 – GPSC Billing Part 1.
  • Tuesday, October 27 – GPSC Billing Part 2.
  • Thursday, November 12 – GPSC Billing Part 3.
  • Tuesday, November 24 – GPSC Billing Part 4.
  • Wednesday, December 9 – Case-Based Exercises.

For questions about GPSC fees, contact

For questions about GPSC or MSP fees, contact Doctors of BC Fee Advisors or BC Family Doctors.

CME on the Run! 2020–2021

Oct 2020–June 2021 (Fridays) | 1300–1700 Pacific Time
Target audience: family physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, residents & students.
Up to 21.0 Mainpro+ credits (3.5 credits per session)
Course Webpage  |  Agenda  |  Registration Form

Dates & Topics:
Oct 2, 2020: Gynecology & Urology
Nov 20, 2020: Diagnostic & Radiology
Jan 29, 2021: Therapeutics
Mar 5, 2021: Ophthalmology & ENT
May 7, 2021: Geriatrics
June 4, 2021: Internal Medicine


Register at

A convenient, no-charge opportunity to gain current oncology knowledge and contacts – Join BC Cancer’s Family Practice Oncology Network for monthly Oncology CME Webcasts presented with UBC’s Division of Continuing Professional Development. There is no cost to take part in these practice-ready sessions which run from 8-9:00 a.m., Pacific Time, and are certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for one Mainpro+ credit each. Please join us!

  • October 15: Ovarian Cancer presented by Dr. Aalok Kumar, Medical Oncologist, BC Cancer - Surrey
  • November 19: Multiple Myeloma presented by Dr. Greg Dueck, Medical Oncologist, BC Cancer - Kelowna

Most Webcasts are recorded and available at – and you can earn additional Mainpro+ credits through the College’s Linking Learning exercises:

The 32nd Annual Diabetes Directors Seminar

Oct 23 (FRI) | 800-1600

The Endocrine Research Society is pleased to present the 32nd Diabetes Directors Seminar – an annual, CFPC and RCPSC-accredited gathering of leading diabetes experts and caregivers across British Columbia.

Join us virtually from home or work over Zoom Videoconferencing for 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.

Register now as space is limited. Online registration can be found at the following link:

Please contact Ashini Dissanayake at the Endocrine Research Society for further information or registration questions. Email: Phone: (604) 689-1055

TI Methods Speaker Series Wednesday, October 28th

Please join us for the next TI Methods Speaker Series on "Innovations in Methods and Evaluation of Guideline Development" Details below and at:

 Presented by: Dr. Wojtek Wiercioch, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Methodologist, McMaster GRADE Centre, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada.

When: Wednesday, October 28th, 2020 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM PDT  

Where: Offered online using Zoom.

Registration link:

About the topic: Methods for the development of trustworthy and rigorous clinical practice guidelines have advanced considerably over the past two decades. Recent methodological innovations have brought in a new era for guidelines, facilitating production of rapid and living guidelines to address current challenges. The objectives of this presentation are to highlight those methodological innovations, describe future needs in guideline development, and introduce approaches for evaluation and appraisal of guidelines, including the new PANELVIEW tool to evaluate the guideline development process.

About the speaker: Dr. Wojtek Wiercioch, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow and research methodologist at the McMaster GRADE Centre in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact at McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada. His main research activities include development of guidelines and systematic reviews in collaboration with various medical professional societies, healthcare organizations and ministries of health, as well as development and evaluation of guideline methods. He is a member of the GRADE Working Group, participating in teaching systematic review and guideline methods. He completed his graduate training in the Health Research Methodology program at McMaster University.

About the TI Methods Speaker Series: The TI Methods Speaker Series are offered free of charge and everyone is welcome. The event is held at noon on the last Wednesday of each month. During the COVID-19 pandemic, while physical distancing measures are in effect, the TI Methods Speaker Series are offered via videoconference. The presentations are recorded and the video recordings are posted online. Click here to view a list of all talks offered in 2020 as part of the TI Methods Speaker Series.

UBC CPD The Climate Emergency: Diagnosis and Management

Oct 30 (Fri) | 0800–1700 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.

This new virtual CPD opportunity focusing on climate emergency is hosted by The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE). This full-day event will feature speakers with expertise in both climate change and health. There will be smaller simultaneous workshops to enable participants to delve into areas of special interest and actively participate in discussions. The conference will showcase specific green projects undertaken by participants as well as feature green advertisers.

Up to 8.0 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits

Course Webpage  |  Agenda  |  Registration Form

TI Methods Speaker Series Wednesday, November 18th

DATE: Wednesday, November 18th, 2020

TIME: 19:00 - 20:15 Pacific Standard Time PST

CME CREDITS: MainPro+/MOC Section 1 credits: 1.0You must register, attend the webinar and complete the evaluation in order to receive your certificate.

Please join us for the next TI Methods Speaker Series on "Doctors and the Pharmaceutical Industry: Too close for comfort?" Details below and at:

ABOUT THE TOPIC: The Canadian medical profession and the pharmaceutical history have a long history of a close relationship. This talk will explore what the relationship looks like now and what the implications are for the way that doctors’ practice.

PRESENTER: Joel Lexchin graduated from the University of Toronto medical school in 1977 and for the past 32 years has been an emergency physician at the University Health Network in Toronto. His latest book is Doctors in Denial: Why Big Pharma and the Canadian Medical Profession are Too Close For Comfort published by Lorimer.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Examine the relationship between industry and doctors
  2. Be aware that influence is often subconscious
  3. Examine how the relationship between industry and doctors can influence the treatment that patients receive
  4. Explore ways to reduce the influence of industry on how doctors’ practice


The X-Change: Crisis Inspired Creativity & Collaboration in Healthcare Redesign

Nov 17 1700-1800

Earn up to 8.0 MOC Section and Mainpro+ credits

Dr. Julian B. Sernik, MD, FRCSC
Orthopedic Surgeon

Julian Sernik received his medical degree from the University of British Columbia in 2007. He completed his residency in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Alberta in 2012 and his clinical fellowship in Trauma/Lower Extremity Reconstruction at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre / University of Toronto in 2013. He is a graduate of the UBC Sauder Physi-cian Leadership Program (2017) and currently is completing both the Interior Health NAVI-G8 Emerging Physician Leaders Program and the Physician Quality Improvement Program. From 2013 to 2019 he practised Orthopedics in Cranbrook and served as the East Kootenay Regional Medical Advisory Commit-tee Chair. He now practices Orthopedics in Vernon, B.C. and has a strong interest in physician-led healthcare system redesign.

Session Details—Participants will learn:

  • How a crisis can inspire creativity and unconventional collaboration leading to novel healthcare redesign

For more information contact


Pearls for Immunization Practice

Online Module
This one-hour, self-directed online course provides updates on immunization practice in BC for practicing clinicians, and also serves as an introductory immunization course for clinicians new to immunization practice in BC.

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
Learn more and register >

UBC Rural Continuing Professional Development Program

Find courses relating specifically to the practice of rural medicine. Courses are available in various locations and may be accessed remotely. ​Learn more and register >

Rural Rounds Videoconference Series >
0800 - 0900, every first or second Thursday of the month.

5As of Healthy Pregnancy Weight Gain

Online Module

A course designed to enhance health care practitioners' ability to discuss and manage gestational weight with their patients. The 5As provides an office-based framework, and reviews its application to the health care setting.
Learn more and register >

Can My Patient Safely Drive on Long-term Opioid Medication?

Online Module
Designed for family physicians and specialists to facilitate the assessment of a patient's ability to drive safely on long-term opioid medication.
Learn more and register >

Educational Calendar: Rural Coordination Centre of BC

Find rural Continuing Professional Development courses through RCCbc's educational calendar >

Practice Support Program (PSP)

An initiative by the General Practice Services Committee, PSP provides practitioners with CME-accredited, physician-led learning modules that are interspersed with action periods, in which practitioners apply new skills to their practice. Visit the website to learn more and register. >