Victoria Divisions of Family Practice


Note: Please log into Pathways or UBC CPD 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 VDFP members through other channels/updates* and that are local, non-CME, and/or highly relevant to current context. 
*e.g. UBC, FPSC/DoBC, CMA, PLI, HDC, TI events are not listed here

Recordings of past webinars can be viewed here

Upcoming events


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PCN | Indigenous Cultural Conversations

Date: Friday, March 24

Time: 12-1 pm

Location: Zoom

Join us for the third session of a lunchtime Zoom series designed to support you on the journey to Truth & Reconciliation.

Through his storytelling and experiences, Andrew Bird will facilitate an open forum for participants to ask questions and work through everyday opportunities and challenges they face in regard to their Cultural Safety Learning Journey.

About the facilitator: Andre Bird / Len Pierre Consulting

Andrew Bird (he/him) is Cree, originally from Saskatchewan, now living in British Columbia and is in his early thirties.

He’s lived in over 25 homes, attended several different schools, was homeless at age 14+ and was raised by his single mother. He chased and achieved a childhood dream of becoming a professional wrestler which led to meeting his wife, having their son, and speaking twice on a TEDx stage.

Now, with his stories and experiences, he shares the tools that helped him get to where he is and spreads gratitude along the way.

Register here by Fri, March 17

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VDFP | Beer & Banter with the Board

Date: Friday, March 24

Time: 4-6 pm

NEW Location: Penny Farthing Public House, 2228 Oak Bay Avenue

Please join us for our next Beer Banter with the Board, hosted by Drs Melissa Duff and Sarah Chritchley. Come chat and catch up over happy hour.

Non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. You are responsible to buy your own brew

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Register here by Tues, March 21. 

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Transitions in Care | Managing Heart Failure in Family Practice

Date: Monday, April 3rd

Time: 5:00pm 

Location: Hotel Grand Pacific, 463 Bellville Street, Victoria

Join your colleagues for an in-person roundtable session to hear from service providers as they share how they can help you optimize patient care. 

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Register here.  

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GVLIP | Newcomers Navigating Healthcare: A Community Dialogue for Health Practitioners

Date: Friday, April 14th 

Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm 

Location: Windsor Pavilion, 2451 Windsor Road

On behalf of the Greater Victoria Local Immigration Partnership, please join us on April 14th for ‘Newcomers Navigating Healthcare: A Community Dialogue for Health Practitioners’. This will be an opportunity to learn more about newcomer experiences with our medical system.

In addition to hearing from panelists who work in these fields, attendees will have the chance to workshop newcomer medical scenarios. We will also get the opportunity to learn about interpretation and translation tools with the Provincial Language Services.

Complementary lunch is included.


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CHI | Technology in Dementia Care

Date: Wednesday, April 19th 

Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm 

Location: Microsoft Teams

The Neil and Susan Manning Cognitive Health Initiative​, and the Seniors Outpatient Clinic, are proud to announce the next, fully accredited CHI Lunch & Learn Series

Topic: "Technology in Dementia Care"

Presenter:​ Dr. Lauren Cuthbertson

Who:  All disciplines welcome!

Learning Objectives:   

By the end of the session, attendees will be able to…

  1. E​xplore applications of emerging technologies to enhance dementia care
  2. Consider barriers to uptake and potential ethical concerns

Register: Please email​ to be sent the Team link invitation  

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Island Medicine Conference | Updates, Skills and Networking

Date: Friday, June 2 - Saturday, June 3

Location: The Victoria Conference Centre & the Centre for Interprofessional Clinical Simulation Learning

The conference will focus on topics that health professionals encounter in their daily practice. You can expect a mix of plenary, breakout and panel discussions. Get ready for a hands-on learning experience at our Skills Day, held at the Centre for Interprofessional Clinical Simulation Learning (CICSL). The conference is designed for family physicians, emergency physicians, geriatricians, hospitalists, midwives, nurse practitioners, pediatricians, residents and students. Earn up to 10.5 MOC Section 1/Mainpro+. 

For detailed conference agenda, and accommodation options, please visit:… 

Register: Note that early bird registration ends May 2nd. Visit to register. 

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CBT4MD's Coaching Session - for MD Alumni of a CBT Skills Group or CBT course via UBC or the Physician Health Program

Please join Lauren Dake and Trish Snozyk on the last Friday of each month at 8am for a CBT Skills Coaching Session. (Please note these drop-in sessions will continue until December) 

We look forward to creating a safe and supportive space where we can revisit the tools you learned in your CBTSkills course. In some cases, you may be resurrecting your skills – which is totally okay. You’re welcome to come whether you’ve practiced a little, a lot or not at all.  

Come out once a month to connect, to get motivated and to be reminded that you can learn to respond, instead of react to your life!  

To receive the calendar invite and Zoom details, please email the Victoria Division at

Upcoming dates:

  • 2023 dates will be posted soon!

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Help with PowerChart and other clinical information access: Ask Dr. Ian Bekker

Would you like access to patient information to be easier? 

Dr. Ian Bekker is working to improve community physician’s access to patient health information (Island Health and other sources).

He is offering 1:1 support for physicians to get help with problems you are having connecting to clinical resources such as PowerChart or frustrations with how clinical information is reaching you (consults or VIHA email). 

Please contact Dr. Bekker at

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

Date: every Wednesday

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

Upcoming Dates: 

  • March 13 (Marisa)
  • April 3 (Mark)
  • April 17 (Marisa)
  • May 1 (Trish)
  • May 15 (Mark)
  • June 5 (Marisa)
  • June 19 (Trish)

Time: 8 - 9 pm

Modality: hybrid (in-person and virtual) or virtual

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 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.

The walks are scheduled monthly.

Please bring or wear something YELLOW to identify yourself as a South Island physician…and look for others wearing yellow too!

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For future walking groups and other SIMSA events check out their events calendar.

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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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