Rural and Remote Division of Family Practice





BC Cancer’s Family Practice Oncology Network hosts accredited monthly Oncology CME Webcasts with the University of British Columbia’s Division of Continuing Professional Development. There is no charge for these practice-ready sessions which run from 8-9:00 a.m., Pacific Time, and are accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for one Mainpro+ credit each. Please join us!

  • February 20: Fertility Preservation in Cancer Patients presented by
    Dr. Beth Taylor, Fertility Doctor and Endocrinologist, Olive Fertility Centre
  • March 19: Immunization in Childhood Cancer presented by Dr. Rod Rassekh, Pediatric Oncologist, BC Children’s Hospital
  • April 16: Prostate Cancer presented by Dr. Michael Peacock, Radiation Oncologist, BC Cancer – Vancouver

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

Everyone Poops: Here's What To Do If Your Patient Can't

Mar 10 (Tues) | 12:15 – 1:00 pm Pacific Standard Time (UTC/GMT-8hrs) 

Presenter: Dr. Jessica Otte, MD, CCFP, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Family Practice, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

COST: FREE. Must register in order to attend. Everyone who registers will receive confirmation of registration by email and the link to join the webinar.

REGISTRATION: online registration is now open, just click here and complete the registration form.

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

About the topic: A discussion of an often overlooked topic: constipation. This session will focus on practical, evidence-informed pharmacologic prevention and management of functional and opiate-inducted constipation in adults and elders.

Target audience: clinicians such as family physicians, internists, nurse practitioners, clinical and community pharmacists, health profession students, and nurse educators.

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

  1. Recognize medications that commonly cause constipation and confidently de-prescribe these
  2. Consider preventative bowel care in all patients receiving opiates
  3. Appreciate the modalities of bowel care and feel confident employing medications to treat constipation according to best available evidence

Full details available at our website:


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:

CME on the Run! 2019 – 2020

Oct 2019 – Jun 2020 (Fridays 1300-1700) | Vancouver General Hospital + 13 videoconference sites
Target audience: family physicians, nurse practitioners, residents & students

Up to 21.0 Mainpro+ credits (3.5 credits per session)

  1. Nov 22, 2019 – Allergy & Dermatology
  2. Jan 31, 2020 – Psychiatry
  3. Apr 3, 2020 – Infectious Disease & Travel
  4. May 1, 2020 – Prenatal, Pediatric & Adolescent
  5. Jun 5, 2020 - Internal Medicine

*Session topics are subject to change*


UBC Respiratory Medicine Update

Feb 8 (Sat) | The Pinnacle Harbourfront Vancouver Hotel | Vancouver BC
Target audience: family physicians, respirologists, respiratory therapists, general internists, respiratory educators, hospitalists, COPD educators, nurses, residents & medical students
Up to 6.75 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1

Course content (Chrome):


Conference run at the SAME time in the SAME venue as 16th Annual Hot Topics in Cardiology – register for the conference you’re primarily interested in, and then feel free to move between sessions!

55th Annual Post Graduate Review in Family Medicine

Feb 27–29 (Thu–Sat) | Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel | Vancouver BC
Target audience: family physicians, nurse practitioners, residents & students
Up to 16.0 Mainpro+ credits

Course content:


  • Top 5 Practice-Changing Articles for Outpatient Primary Care | Dr. Steve Wong
  • My Patient is Using Cannabis—What Do I Need to Know | Dr. Launette Rieb
  • Obesity—Office Management Pearls | Dr. Ali Zentner
  • Rapid Fire: Pediatric Derm Photo Quiz | Dr. James Bergman
  • My Kid Has a Fever: Update on Best Management and What Not to Miss | Dr. Simi Khangura
  • Alcohol Use Disorder—Pharmacotherapy Options and Evidence (New Guidelines) | Dr. Keith Ahamad
  • Lunch presentations:
    • Psychedelics in PTSD—A New Horizon | Dr. Mark Haden
    • Climate Change & Medicine | Dr. Melissa Lem
  • Optional workshop: Troubleshooting IUD Insertions and Endometrial Biopsies

Vulvovaginal Health Update 2020

Apr 23 (Thu) | UBC Robson Square | Vancouver BC
Target audience: family physicians, gynaecologists, dermatologists, nurse practitioners, midwives, medical residents & students
Up to 6.0 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1

Course content:

Topic highlights:

  • Vulvar Exam: What is Normal Aging vs Disease? Dr. Leslie Sadownik
  • Update on the Impact of the HPV Vaccine in Female HPV-Related Diseases, Dr. Marc Steben
  • Vulvar Surgery: Common Office and OR Procedures, Dr. Collen Stockdale
  • Assessment of Sexual Pain – Superficial vs Deep Dr. Paul Yong
  • Transgender Genital Health Concerns Trans Care BC

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.

The Shock Course >
Bring this one-day workshop for rural emergency healthcare teams to your community.

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 >

Latching On: How Family Physicians Can Support Breastfeeding Patients

Online Module
Designed to benefit community based family physicians in BC, this online module from UBC CPD will review the respective risks and benefits of breastfeeding and formula use, how to recognize and respond to challenges a parent may encounter while breastfeeding, and resources and services for support.
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. >