The SIDFP e-Bulletin gives members and partners a heads-up about upcoming events and new resources. We use it to introduce new people to the Division and talk about some of our accomplishments. The e-Bulletin is distributed every second Thursday. The deadline for submission is the previous Thursday. To submit and item or should you wish to be added to the mailing list please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 17, 2020 South Island Division E-Bulletin
SOUTH ISLAND PCN PHYSICIAN FORUM MEETINGS
**NEXT MEETING – to be determined **
Once a meeting has been scheduled, documents will be made available on the PCN Physician Forum Meeting Information page.
SOUTH ISLAND DIVISION ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
2020-2021 BOARD ELECTION RESULTS
The 2020-2021 Board Election came to an end on September 11th, 2020. Thank you to all the Nominees who ran for election, and thank you to all the members who cast their votes and continue to engage in the activities of the Division. With 100 votes cast, representing 38.5% of eligible ballots, the following Nominees were elected to the SIDFP Board of Directors for the next 2 years:
• Dr. Jane McGregor
• Dr. Laura Ritonja
• Dr. Vanessa Young
Their terms officially began at the close of the AGM on September 16th, 2020.
RESULTS OF THE BYLAW AMENDMENT PROPOSAL
The proposed changes to Bylaw 2.3 Eligibility for Membership were not passed by a vote of the membership. A 2/3rds majority was required to make this change and only a 60% positive vote was received.
RECIPIENT OF THE DR. THOMAS M. BAILEY MEMORIAL AWARD
Dr. Margaret Manville has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Dr. Thomas M. Bailey Memorial Award. This award has been defined to reflect:
- Outstanding leadership in areas of advocacy, community service, and/or education;
- A keen ability to build consensus across peers and organizations;
- Excellence in family medicine through activities that go beyond direct patient care in areas such as contributions to the broader health field and/or communities at large; and
- Kindness, compassion and excellence in their daily service
IN THE NEWS
NEW - TIME SENSITIVE: Practice Ready Assessment (PRA)-BC
PRA-BC is an assessment program for internationally educated family physicians who have completed family medicine residencies outside of Canada. PRA-BC provides these physicians with an alternative pathway to licensure at a time when many BC communities are experiencing physician shortages. Candidates undergo a 9-day Centralized Orientation followed by a 12-week Clinical Field Assessment (CFA) where their clinical skills are rigorously assessed. Those who successfully complete program requirements go on to fulfill a 3-year Return of Service (ROS) in a BC community of need.
Four candidate placements are available for the Spring 2021 intake. Candidates from this intake will be practice ready in Fall 2021.
The deadline for receipt of applications to email@example.com is noon on September 24, 2020.
If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or Christal Lawson at 250-755-7691 ext. 53902.
NEW – THE DIVISION OFFICE IS MOVING!
The South Island Division office is re-locating within the same shopping centre at the beginning of October. The office will be closed from noon on Thursday, October 1stand re-open in the new space at 8:30am on Monday, October 5th. Phone and email will not be answered during this time.
The new address is: 201-4480 West Saanich Rd, Victoria BC V8Z 3E9.
As a reminder, the office is still closed to membership and the general public, but we are happy to support you virtually in any way we can.
NEW - GRANT FROM JOINT COLLABORATIVE COMMITTEES AVAILABLE FOR COMMUNITY PHYSICIANS
Physicians with a community practice can apply for a $1,000 grant by the Joint Collaborative Committees (Doctors of BC and MoH) to help offset costs in the development and implementation of their COVID-19 Safety Plans. Fill out and submit this application form (bottom of page) by December 31, 2020. View the Q&A here.
NEW – ACCREDITATION STANDARDS FOR COMMUNITY-BASED PROCEDURAL PAIN MANAGEMENT
Please see the attached correspondence from Sharon Parkes and Dr. Al Buckley regarding accreditation standards for community-based procedural pain management offices, practices and clinics.
HEALTH AUTHORITY PHYSICIAN ENGAGEMENT SURVEY
On Monday, September 14th, the Health Authority Physician Engagement Survey was released to all Doctors of BC members. As you may know, the Health Authority Engagement Survey seeks physician views regarding their level of engagement and interaction with their health authority and the results provide Doctors of BC with important insights on how we can better advocate for you, not only within your health authorities, but also more broadly in your communities.
For further details please see the attached.
Check each bulletin for the most recent edition(s) of the Divisions Dispatch newsletter.
MEDICAL HEALTH OFFICER UPDATES
For any health updates, please click through to the Island Health website – this will include any measles status updates.
NEW – VIRTUAL MINDFUL MONDAYS FOR PHYSICIANS
Join fellow physicians from across Vancouver Island for an hour of mindfulness practice. This is a safe space for you to join from the comfort of your own home or office.
One hour sessions will take place virtually on the following Mondays, for the remainder of 2020:
- 14 September at 8:00pm, facilitated by Dr. Mark Sherman
- 28 September at 8:00pm, facilitated by Dr. Marisa Collins
- 5 October at 8:30pm, facilitated by Dr. Anne Nguyen *note 8:30pm start time on this date only*
- 26 October at 8:00pm, facilitated by Dr. Anne Nguyen
- 9 November at 8:00pm, facilitated by Dr. Mark Sherman
- 30 November at 8:00pm, facilitated by Dr. Marisa Collins
- 14 December at 8:00pm, facilitated by Dr. Marisa Collins
** To receive the Zoom link for a session, please email Gary Clarke no later than 4pm on the date of a session at email@example.com **
- No meditation experience needed.
- Join as you are and even if you’re on-call (ringing phones become part of the meditation field).
- Join even if you’re late (this is a great mindfulness exercise: noticing thoughts, body sensations, emotions associated with the experience of arriving…); and just quietly joining.
- Finally, definitely join if you don’t feel like it!
NEW – HDC: INTERACTIVE WEBINAR
This is the first in a series of interactive accredited webinars being offered by the HDC. These programs are designed to help increase understanding of the practical clinical use of the HDC Discover application. Each of these webinars will focus on a different disease area or clinical problem, and can also serve as a ‘primer’ for participation in PSP practice improvement activities. The first will focus on diabetes.
Interactive Webinar: The use of data to assist in proactive care of populations at risk
Sept 22nd 12:00 - 1:00 pm or Sept 23rd 8:00 - 9:00 am
SPEAKERS: Dr. Bruce Hobson & Dr. Bill Clifford
LOCATION: Virtual meeting - link to be sent
CREDIT: 1 MAINPRO+ Group Learning Credit
- To understand how to utilize HDC Discover in a clinical case-based quality improvement project within your practice.
- Be able to interpret your own practice patterns, for instance in diabetes, and relate to your peers and provincial trends.
- Be able to undertake QI projects either with PSP (supported by a PSP coach or peer mentor), or independently using a tool such as HDC Discover.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to see you there!
NEW – HEAL THE STEPS – A RESOURCE FOR YOUR PATIENTS
You can now refer patients to HealtheSteps, a 6-month, evidence-based, and virtual lifestyle program by the UBC Faculty of Family Medicine. HeS is offered free-of-charge to eligible participants interested in improving their lifestyle (i.e. sit less, move more, achieve a healthy weight, improve eating habits, improve overall health and wellbeing). More: www.healthesteps.ca
WELCOME FIRST YEAR STUDENTS TO OBSERVE YOU IN FAMILY PRACTICE!
The Island Medical Program is seeking family medicine preceptors for new first year medical students. Preceptors are asked to host these students for four to eight, two-hour observation experiences over the Fall term. Students would observe you either in-clinic or virtually, to get their first introduction to clinical medicine in family practice. Virtual medical appointments would be satisfactory for these observation experiences if an in-person experience is not possible. Click here for more information.
NOTE: There are no assignments or evaluations required. Students will be provided appropriate PPE by Island Health for in-person clinic sessions.
If interested, or if you have questions about the program, please contact Program Coordinator, Eleanor Good, at 250-634-4681 (cell), email: email@example.com, or 250-519-1549 (fax).
DENNIS McELGUNN SCHOLARSHIP & ROUNDS
You are invited to take part in an initiative to honor and preserve the memory of Dr. Dennis McElgunn. A fund has been established to create the “Dennis McElgunn Scholarship and Rounds in Clinical Emergency Medicine”. Please see the letter attached from the Victoria Emergency Physicians Associates (VEPA) for details and information about making a donation.
SOUTH ISLAND PHYSICIANS WALKING GROUP
It’s always great to get outside – so here’s a chance to connect with fellow physicians, safely, and get some exercise as well!
Join the South Island Physicians Walking Group, meeting at various locations around our region on the third Saturday of every month, rain or shine so dress appropriately for the weather.
Families and dogs welcome!
**September 19, 2020 - Thetis Lake**
October 17, 2020 - Island View Beach
November 21, 2020 - Royal Roads
December 19, 2020 - Elk/Beaver Lake
UPDATED - SPECIAL ONLINE SCREENING FOR PHYSICIANS OF “US & THEM”
The South Island Medical Staff Association & Divisions of Family Practice are pleased to announce a special online screening for physicians of "Us & Them", a locally produced documentary exploring homelessness. **29 Sept 2020, 6:30pm-8:30pm**
Under the guidance of Director Krista Loughton, a post-screening discussion will also be facilitated.
The trailer can be viewed here.
Reserve your virtual seat, for what is expected to be a very impactful session, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by 18 September, 2020, visiting https://forms.gle/MgPDpvqN73jWLaZa8 or for more information: https://www.southislandmsa.ca/?p=3915
ENCOURAGE YOUR COLLEAGUES TO JOIN THE DIVISION
We encourage all members to promote the Division with their colleagues and encourage them to join us. The closer we are to 100% enrollment, the more we ensure we're representing the family practice community. Applications can be submitted online via this link.
PATHWAYS VIRTUAL CARE DIRECTORY
View the directory and see how your listing looks.
Check out these options for additional information that can be added to your listing, click the link at the bottom of your listing and tell us what you want added!
If you do not already have a listing and would like to, please complete the survey: Family Physician
Read more about the directory and the benefits for patients and providers.
Questions? Pathways access? Email: email@example.com
ER Tips & Tricks
Courtesy of Victoria Division of Family Practice, ER Tips and Tricks are a series of hands-on, focused guidelines intended to assist community GPs. Click here to view ER Tips & Tricks.
Tips for accessing Community Health Services: Looking for the best ways to access support from Island Health’s CHS team? We’ve picked up a few great tips and tricks to share with you: check the MOA Resources page of our website for helpful information!
Please visit our Resources section of the website for patient related resources.
Don’t forget about the Self-Management courses offered through Self-Management BC found here
Please see the Division's Calendar of Events
To view the most current employment postings please see the links below:
If you would like to post a position please download the appropriate form and email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 250-658-3304. We strive to keep our information current, so if any of the postings have been filled, please notify the office.
Succession Planning Guide
Are you looking to make a change to your practice? The Succession Planning Guide (.PDF) will lead you through the critical steps in your decision making process. For support or questions, contact email@example.com.
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