Victoria Division of Family Practice


Note: Please log into Pathways for CME events and view the Pathways Community Services Directory, also accessible from within Pathways, for events and opportunities for your patients. Not yet on Pathways? Contact your Pathways administrator to get your free access key.

Listings on this page focus on events that are not shared with members through other channels/updates* and that are local, non-CME, and/or highly relevant to current context. 
*e.g. UBC, GPSC/DoBC, CMA, PLI, HDC, TI events are not listed here

VDFP Dine & Learn events are shared by direct member email.

Recordings of past webinars can be viewed here

Upcoming events

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Several or regular dates:

New physician-only CBT Skills Group open for registration

Sign up for this new physician-only CBT Skills Group exclusively for members of the Victoria and South Island Divisions of Family Practice! The 8-week virtual course is facilitated by CBT Skills Society physicians Drs. Laura Spratt and Trish Snozyk, and sponsored by the Victoria Division of Family Practice.

Learn concepts and strategies that will enhance your capacity to: 

Practice resiliency amidst the complexities of these uncertain times
Understand and manage unhelpful patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving – yours and your patients'! 
Choose how you respond to stressors rather than react.  
Share these pertinent and practical skills with your patients. 
Connect with your peers in an authentic and supportive way.

Date: TBA - new dates in the New Year 
Time:  TBA
Location: Via Zoom for Healthcare (log on details will be shared after registration)
CME credits: Mainpro+ credits available 
Cost: Covered by VDFP

Space is limited. Please be available to commit to at least 7 of the 8 sessions. 

Registration information will be posted and shared when available.

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Physician Learning Project on Psychedelics and Complimentary Techniques


Want to learn more about emerging and alternative mental health therapies, while earning CME? The Rural CME Community Program is funding this new physician learning project through the Specialist, Sub-specialty, Indigenous and Funding for Innovation (SPIFI) fund as it has now moved from a community project to a project with provincial scope. This program was sponsored by the Division in Campbell River for the initial accreditation.  

7 virtually delivered sessions, with a focus on Psychedelic Psychotherapy, will be held throughout the year. Please see the poster and presentation schedule.

GPs or specialists interested in attending can register for the first session (each session will receive a separate registration link). Please note that registration will be capped at 200 participants.

See previous sessions on their website (scroll down for the links) or on Youtube

Once you’ve registered, an outlook calendar invite will be sent to you with the Zoom line details. Individual registration links will be sent for future sessions in the series.

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PHP Drop-in and Share: COVID-19 Physician Peer Support Sessions

Date: Wednesdays (2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month only)

Time: 12:00-1:00 pm (PST)

During this challenging time, physicians are working hard to care for patients, their families and communities. The burden of this responsibility is taking its toll, with increased stress, anxiety, and risk of burnout. Talking to other physicians can help. 

Join your colleagues, Psychiatrist Dr Jennifer Russel, and PHP’s Roxanne Joyce, to talk about the issues and challenges you’re facing. Sessions will focus on peer support not psychiatric care. Click here for more information or register by emailing for the link.

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Virtual Mindful Mondays / every other Monday, from Sept 20 - Dec 6

Time: 8 - 9 pm

Take an hour for yourself to slow down, reconnect, and restore.

Join physician colleagues and a skillful facilitator for an hour of mindfulness practice, organized by the South Island Medical Staff Association.

Interested in joining?  Please email by 5 pm on the day of the session (every other Monday starting Sep 20), or log into our member-only area for all the dates and zoom links.

No experience or registration needed – join if you’re interested and available!

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South Island Physicians Walking Group (drop in)

Join the South Island Physicians Walking Group to connect with fellow physicians while getting some exercise at various locations around our region the third Saturday of every month. The groups are organized by the South Island Medical Staff Association’s (SIMSA) Physician Wellness and Social Committee.

Families and dogs welcome!  Please model good COVID-friendly behavior.

Third Saturday of the month – Meet at 1:00pm for departure at 1:10pm:

For other SIMSA events check out their events calendar.

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Advanced gender-affirming primary care

Registration is now open for Trans Care BC’s next ‘Advanced gender-affirming primary care’ training. The training will be ran over three sessions. Each session will focus on a different area of gender affirming care; care planning for gender-affirming interventions (readiness assessments), gender-affirming hormone therapy and gender-affirming surgery.

These trainings are aimed at physicians and nurses looking to provide gender affirming primary care. Before attending the course we advise folks to complete our free online modules Intro to gender diversity - expanded and Gender-Affirming Primary Care. There is no fee associated with this course.

Next dates:

More for information or to register, please visit their website.

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Pathways Greatest Hits Webinar

Date: Monday, December 6th, 2021

Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Open to Physicians, NPs, PCN Team members, and Pathways Administrators the Pathways Resource Committee invites you to learn about:

  • The most popular patient handouts
  • Quick medication references
  • Mental health care pathways

See the full invitation here.

Register for this event here.

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Mental Health Act Information Session

Date: Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

This is an alternative to the established Mental Health Act – Island Health (online) e-module (LearningHub 11716) and is considered completion of baseline MHA training when verified by answering a short, password-protected quiz on the LearningHub. (The password is provided at the close of the Zoom Webinar.)

Register on the LearningHub (course 24237) 

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Not just Naloxone, advancing an Indigenous perspective

Date: Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Time: 5:30 - 6:30 PM

Presented by the BC Centre on Substance Use, the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council, and UBC CPD, this session in the series about enhancing opioid use disorder care in the emergency department focuses on the roots of the disproportionate impact that the toxic drug crisis has had on Indigenous populations.

Register here (no cost).

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BC ECHO for post-COVID-19 recovery – Session 6

Date: Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Time: 12:00 - 1:00 PM

“Post-COVID-19 – A mental health perspective.”

In this session of BC ECHO for Post-COVID-19 Recovery, Dr Grant Millar (psychiatrist, Providence Health Care) discusses the mental health impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Register here (no cost).

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Victoria Gynecology Update 

Date: Saturday, January 22, 2022

Time: 9:00 AM - 3:45 PM

Target Audience: family physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, midwives, pelvic floor physiotherapists, allied health professionals, residents & students.

Up to 5.5 Mainpro+ credits

Learn More & Register

The Victoria Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is once again hosting its annual Gynecology Update as a virtual one-day conference for primary care and allied health providers, with updates on a wide range of topics.

Practitioners from the Victoria and South Island Divisions of Family Practice get an exclusive discounted rate of $75!
When registering, be sure to use the following promotional code: vguvet22  *case sensitive*

Clinical experts will share their knowledge on a variety of topics, including:

  • Chronic/Recurrent Vaginitis with Negative Swabs
  • Overactive Bladder and Urge Incontinence
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
  • Female Sexual Dysfunction
  • Fibroids and Fertility
  • Etonogestrel Implants
  • Colposcopy Counselling
  • To Ablate or Not to Ablate?
  • And Much More!

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PHSA Course Highlights Pediatric COVID-19 Collection Resources

A Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) course covers saline gargle and nasopharyngeal (NP) swab testing, and a presentation on positioning and holding a child for an NP swab.

For more information visit Pediatric COVID-19 Collection Resources or contact

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BC Cancer Primary Care Learning Sessions

For primary care professionals practicing in B.C. who are interested in learning more about colorectal, breast, and prostate cancer care. Each interactive module explores the role of primary care providers in supporting patients through their journey, as well a best practices in screening, treatment, and surveillance. 

Location: Online (FREE)

Includes resources and real-life case studies.

Register here

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Pain Foundations for Primary Care Providers

Pain Foundations for Primary Care Providers is an online, self-paced pain science and chronic pain management course for doctors and other health professionals. Offered by Pain BC and provided to doctors with funding from the BC government, the course introduces participants to the experience of chronic pain patients, and addresses pain physiology, assessment strategies, pain management, and safe opioid prescribing. Participants are eligible for up to 15 Mainpro+ credits.

“Pain Foundations for Primary Care Providers.” 12-15 hours (online, self-paced).

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Pearls for Immunization Practice (Webinar)

An online self-learning course for all interested immunization providers. It takes approximately 90 minutes to compete. It is especially useful for those physicians new to immunization practice in BC. This course is also suitable as a refresher course for physicians who already have a theoretical and clinical understanding of immunization practice and would like to update their knowledge.

The course was developed by the British Columbia Immunization Committee Professional Education Working Group and UBC Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD). 

When: Ongoing

Access the course here

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Online Opioid Self-Assessment Program (Webinar)

This self-assessment module, accredited by both the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the College of Family Physicians of Canada, will enable participants to improve their opioid prescribing practices by engaging with the most current and updated 2017 Canadian Opioid Guideline and literature. 

This course was designed to meet the educational needs of:

  1. opioid prescribers: physicians, dentists and nurse practitioners;
  2. learners: students, residents and fellows; and
  3. educators, teachers, medical colleges, and professional associations across Canada.

To read more about the program and to register, see here

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Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction: Addiction Medicine Education

The Sting of Stigma: Recognizing Stigma and its Impacts

Online Learning Module (ongoing)

Learning Objectives:

  1. What stigma is and the different types of stigma
  2. The impacts of stigma on people with substance use disorder
  3. That substance use disorder is a medically recognized health condition
  4. Replacing stigmatizing language with person-first language is a simple step you can take towards reducing the harms of stigma

Website/Register: HERE

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