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

Recordings of past webinars can be viewed here

Upcoming events


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Beer Banter with the Board

Date: Friday, November 25th, 2022

Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

LocationMcRae’s Bistro (1652 McRae Ave)

Your hosts Drs. Melissa Duff & David Harrison look forward to seeing you at the next ‘Beer Banter’ with the Board at McRae’s Bistro.

VDFP members are invited to join them to chat, catch up over happy hour, and enjoy some appetizers with colleagues. Non-alcoholic drinks and appies are included - please purchase your own brew.

You can RSVP here.

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VDFP Dine & Learn: Cardiometabolic Health roundtable

Date: Wednesday, November 30th, 2022

Dinner: 5:30 pm

Program start: 6:00 pm

Location: Victoria Marriott - 728 Humboldt Street, Victoria

Join local specialists and a bariatric counsellor for their talks on Cardiometabolic Health and an update around the new pharmacotherapy guidelines.

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RSVP by November 18th to

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2022 VDFP Family Holiday Party

Date: Sunday, December 4th, 2022

Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: Windsor Park Pavilion - 2451 Windsor Rd, Victoria

Bring your whole family to our VDFP Holiday Party for a fun event filled with crafts, food, and holiday cheer.

This drop-in event will have face painting, a photo booth, yummy food, treats, and crafts!

Once again we are collecting donations of non-perishable food items for the Mustard Seed food bank and sock for Anawim House. Thank you for your generosity.

You can see the invite here.

Please RSVP with the number of adults and children as well as any dietary or accessibility requirements by Friday, November 25th, 2022.

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Implants and IUDs: Comparing and Inserting Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARC)

Date: Saturday, November 26th, 2022

Time: 8:45 am - 3:00 pm

Location: UBC Robson Square; 800 Robson Street, Vancouver

Join this in-person event at UBC Robson Square in Vancouver, BC to discover the contraceptive landscape and unmet needs for contraception as well the benefits and risks of contraceptive options in Canada. Limited spots available for small group hands-on implants and IUD workshops hosted by local and experienced providers. 

Early bird pricing available until October 14th for both the lecture and workshop portions of this event.

Learn more about the event and register here.

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Webinar Series: Elements of Indigenous Health and Healing - Session 2: Hearing our history and stories

Date: Thursday, December 8, 2022

Time: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Location: Virtual

The Joint Collaborative Committees invite you to register for session 2, Hearing our history and stories.. Click here to register.

This five-part series is being hosted by Indigenous Culture Safety facilitator, Harley Eagle. Session 2 will include keynote speaker, N’alaga, Avis O’Brien as she shares her personal journey as a Haida and Kwakwaka’wakw woman, highlighting the intersectionality of colonial genocide, systemic separation from Indigenous identity, land and culture, and the mental health and addiction struggles that come as a result. She will also discuss how Indigenous Peoples can heal through a connection to land and culture. Physicians will be offered tangible tools for offering health care that is rooted in belonging and cultural safety.

Please note that registration for each separate webinar is required for this province-wide event, and although the sessions are connected, physicians do not need to attend all five.

For more information on key speakers, resources, sessional payments, registration and to listen to Session 1, go to collaborateonhealthbc/
Questions about this event? Email

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Victoria Gynecology Update

Date: Saturday, January 28, 2022

Time: 9:00 am - 3:45 pm PST

Location: Virtual

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

Up to 5.5 Mainpro+ credits


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: island23 *case sensitive*

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

  • Postcoital Bleeding
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain in Adolescents
  • Retained Products of Conception: Medical vs. Surgical Management
  • Liquid-based Cytology and HPV Testing: BC Updates
  • Premalignant Conditions of the Vulva
  • Management of Incidental Endometrial Abnormalities on Imaging
  • Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy for Stress Urinary Incontinence and Pelvic Organ Prolapse
  • And much more — see the full agenda here


New social event!
Jan. 28 (Sat) | 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Venue: Victoria Golf Club, 1110 Beach Drive, Victoria, BC.
Following the conference, the planning committee is hosting an evening social. Join us for this casual networking event if you plan to be in Victoria that day!
Cost: $30/ticket (purchase up to 2 tickets) | Tickets include a selection of appetizers, canapes and one drink ticket + unlimited non-alcoholic beverages.

We hope you'll be able to join us in January from the comfort of your home or office.

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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 starting September 30, 2022 at 0800 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 are:

  • Friday, November 25, 2022 at 8:00 am | Topic: Pitfalls of Perfectionism
  • Friday, December 30, 2022 at 8:00 am | Topic: Self-Compassion in Times of Stress

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Pharmacotherapy Grand Rounds Series: The Opioid Crisis - BC Public Health Emergency

Join Island Health's Pharmacy Team as they talk about B.C.'s ongoing health emergency, the Opioid Crisis. In this notable 3-week Grand Rounds Series, we'll hear from speakers from multiple backgrounds. The goal is to educate the audience about what supports are available for patients and community (in hospital setting and after discharge):

  • How to identify which patients may need additional support 
  • When and how the healthcare team can offer that support

WEEK 1 - NOVEMBER 2nd: Focus on the Current Conditions of B.C.'s Public Health Emergency

WEEK 2 - NOVEMBER 9th: Focus on the Clinical and Inpatient Supports

WEEK 3 - NOVEMBER 16th: Focus on the Community Supports Post-Discharge

Learn more about the various talks and times for each of the three dates here.

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Indigenous Healing and Medicines: An Introduction for Primary Care Providers

The Victoria Native Friendship Centre in partnership with the Doctors of BC are pleased to present a series of teachings on traditional medicines.

This is an opportunity to share learnings with primary care providers about Indigenous approaches to plant based medicine and healing.

All events will be hosted at the VNFC: 231 Regina St.
Dinner will be provided.

  1. Guided Tour of the VNFC garden - October 5 @ 5:45-7:45pm
  2. Teachings from Elder Jean Smith with a focus on Devil's Club - November 9 @ 6:00-8:00pm
  3. Teachings about the importance of cedar in ceremony, culture, and healing - December 7 @ 6:00-8:00pm

See the poster here

Space is limited. Please RSVP to  

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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: 

  • September 19, 2022
  • October 3, 2022
  • October 24, 2022
  • November 7, 2022
  • November 21, 2022
  • December 5, 2022

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.

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!

Upcoming dates are:

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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