Victoria Division of Family Practice


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Recordings of past webinars can be viewed here

Upcoming events

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Several or regular dates:

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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Free Online Pain Support and Wellness Groups

Date: Second and fourth Tuesday every month

Time: Alternating mid-day and evening sessions (90 mins)

Location: Online Participants can connect online or by phone. For more information or to register, visit the website or call 1-844-880-PAIN (7246)

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BC ECHO | Chronic Pain Education

Dates: Monthly, January to June 2021

Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Location: Online/webinar

You are invited to join the BC ECHO for Chronic Pain, a free virtual learning community comprised of specialists and community health care providers that aims to improve care for complex pain cases.  Offered by Pain BC with funding from SharedCare, the BC ECHO for Chronic Pain provides free, sustained mentorship and education in best-practice pain care to health care providers across BC.

ECO sessions are presented by videoconference and consist of an instructive presentation followed by case presentations from session participants.  This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the British Columbia Chapter for up to 2 Mainpro+ credits. 

Please see here for the dates, topics and to register for free  

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How will Artificial Intelligence (AI) affect the work of Canada's family doctors?

Dates: January to May 2021

Time: 9:00-10:00 am PST / 12:00-1:00 pm EST

Location: Webinar

The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) has partnered with Dr Andrew Pinto, Director of Upstream Lab, to provide a six-part monthly webinar series about the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on the medical practice in Canada. Session topics include an introduction to AI, how AI is being applied in primary care, ethics, research, and other technologies that could affect the future of medicine.

There is no charge for the series, which is certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) for 1 Mainpro+ credit per session.

Please see the Agenda for the topics, dates and to register. 

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Orthopaedics for Primary Care Weekly Series

Dates & Topics:

Jan 6, 2021 - Primary Care Management of Ankle Sprains
Jan 13, 2021 - Primary Care Management of Knee Injuries 
Jan 20, 2021 - Primary Care Management of Shoulder Injuries
Jan 27, 2021 - Top 5 RACE Line Calls for Foot & Ankle Conditions 

Time: 700 - 8:00 pm

Target Audience: Family Physicians, Specialty Physicians, Residents & Students

Learn about primary care management of orthopaedic injuries from experts in the field. 2 experts will cover the topic, with plenty of time for your questions.

Up to 1.0 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits per session

To review the agenda and to register, please see here

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CME on the Run!

Dates & Topics:

Jan 29, 2021: Therapeutics
Mar 5, 2021: Ophthalmology/ENT
May 7, 2021: Geriatrics
June 4, 2021: Internal Medicine

Time: 1:00 - 5:00 pm

Target Audience: Family Physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, residents and students

Up to 3.5 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits

Agenda  |  Registration Form

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Virtual Mindful Mondays / weekly January-June

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, or log into our member-only area for the zoom link (under Resources).

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

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Overview of the Mental Health Act: Mini Sessions

January 28th - 11:30-12:00pm - Review Panel

February 25th - 11:00-12:30pm - Form 5

To register for these mini sessions please select the session on the Island Health calendar and follow the prompts to their registration page. Please note: you will need a LearningHub account to register.

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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.

As outlined in the current restrictions, “You must make sure a walk does not turn into a group of people meeting outside.”

Families and dogs welcome!  Please model good COVID-friendly behavior and maintain 2m distance between non-bubble members.

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

  • January 16th - Witty's Lagoon Regional Park; meet in parking lot by nature house
  • February 20th– Durrance Lake; meet by picnic tables near parking lot
  • March 20th - John Dean Provincial Park; meet in parking lot
  • April 17th - Gowlland Tod Provincial Park – Holmes Peak; meet in parking lot on Caleb Pike Road
  • May 15th - Francis/King Regional Park – Centennial Trail; meet in parking lot by nature house
  • June 19th - Matheson Lake Regional Park; meet in parking lot

For other SIMSA events check out their events calendar.

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COVID-19 Update & Immunization: Primary Care Grand Rounds

Date: January 28, 2021

Time: 8-9am

Join Dr. Sandra Allison, MHO and other members of Public Health and Pandemic Planning Team for an update on COVID-19 epidemiology and an overview of currently approved and future vaccines.  Submit your questions in advance using Slido #IslandHealthPCrounds

Registration and more information

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Implants and IUDs: Comparing and Inserting Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARC) **workshops are sold out; lecture space available only**

Dates: January 23 OR January 30, 2021

Time: 9:00 am

Location: Online

Target audience: family physicians, nurse practitioners, residents and students

Up to 1.5 Mainpro+

Participants will be able to:
•    Describe the contraceptive landscape and unmet needs for contraception in Canada
•    Compare the benefits and risks of the etonogestrel subdermal implant and intrauterine contraception

Registration deadline: December 15, 2020. Please see here for the agenda, speakers and to register. 

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Victoria Gynecology Update

Date: January 30, 2021

Time: 9:00-3:45 pm

Location: Virtual

The Victoria Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is hosting its annual Gynecology Update for primary care providers, with updates on a wide range of topics. Topics include chronic pelvic pain, cervical lesions, ectopic pregnancy, vulvar lichens, ovarian cancer, and many more! 

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

Up to 5.5 Mainpro+ credits

For the course webpage, agenda and to register, please click here

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VDFP | Zoom & Learn: Urology

Dates: February 3, 2021

Time:    6:50 pm online check-in
             7:00-8:30 pm

Location: Zoom


  • Dr. Nathan Hoag: Erectile Dysfunction
  • Dr. John Kinahan: Continent Diversion for Bladder Cancer & Prostheses in Urology
  • Dr. Ian McAuley: Hematuria

Members will receive up to 1.5 Mainpro-M1 credits for participation. 

Limited capacity, pre-registration required by Wed. Jan 27. See here

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Impact of COVID-19 on Child and Youth Mental Health

FEBRUARY 3, 2021

Physicians: The Child & Youth Mental Health & Substance Use (CYMHSU) Community of Practice has partnered with UBC CPD to offer the upcoming accredited webinar: COVID-19 Impacts: Child, Youth, and Family Mental Health on Wednesday, February 3rd, 18:30 – 20:00 (PST).

In this session, experienced physician experts and specialists will answer your questions and share their experiences and best practices on managing the impacts of the pandemic on our young people. You are encouraged to submit your questions early. Click HERE for a detailed overview with learning objectives and registration information.

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COVID-19 update: Everything you need to know about vaccines

Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Time: 6:30–8:00 p.m. PST.

Doctors and health care providers are invited to an accredited session where a panel of highly experienced public health experts will answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in BC. Participants are encouraged to submit their questions early.


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UBC Care of the Elderly Virtual Conference

Date: February 12, 2021

Time: 8:00-3:15 pm

Location: Virtual

Target audience: family physicians, geriatricians, nurse practitioners, nurses, residents and students

Overview: We have condensed our popular 3-day intensive course into 1-day virtual conference-participate in the safety and comfort of your own home or office!  Topics are tailored for primary care providers who work with elderly patients.  Participants will also have the opportunity to express their learning needs on each topic prior to the event. 

Up to 6.0 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits

For the agenda and registration, please see here. Please click here to email with any questions. 

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Intrinsic and extrinsic biases: Developing situational awareness

Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Time: 5:00-6:00 p.m. PST.

“The X-Change: A series of rounds to drive change” is a webinar series sponsored by the Canadian Medical Association and Interior Health. Open to all BC doctors, sessions are hosted on Zoom and accredited by University of British Columbia Continuing Professional Development (UBC-CPD).

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UBC Respiratory Medicine Update Virtual Conference

Dates & Times: 

February 19, 2021: 1:00 to 5:30 pm - Respirology Day
February 20, 2021: 8:00-11:30 am - Family Medicine Day

Location: Virtual

Overview: Please join us once again for this annual comprehensive update hosted by the UBC Division of Respiratory Medicine featuring respiratory updates with renowned local speakers. You are welcome to register for both.

Up to 7.0 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits

Target Audience: Family Physicians, Respirologists, Respiratory Therapists, General Internists, Respiratory Educators, Hospitalists, COPD Educators, Nurses, Residents & Students

For the agenda and registration, please see here. Please click here to email with any questions. 

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56th Annual Family Practice Review (formerly known as the Annual Post Graduate Review)

Date:  February 26, 2021

Time:  8:00-3:00 pm

Location: Virtual

Overview: This comprehensive review course offers an update of knowledge central to the practice of family medicine in both rural and urban settings. Committed to addressing everyday practical issues, speakers present equally on current and special areas of concern to the primary health care professionals. Topics include Top 10 Articles That Changed My Practice, Pediatric Anxiety, Contraceptive Update, Dermatology Cases, and many more!

Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits

Target Audience: family physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, residents and students

For the agenda and registration, please see here. Please click here to email with any questions. 

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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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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: The Sting of Stigma: Recognizing Stigma and its Impacts

Online Learning

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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What’s New in Addiction Medicine (Vol.80) – An update on management of acute AUD complications

Jan 26 (Tues) | 1200-1300 PDT
Presenter: Britt Bailey

Learning Objectives:

  1. Acute alcohol withdrawal literature update (risk stratification and pharmacologic agents)
  2. Alcoholic hallucinosis, seizure, DT management updates

Register: Here

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Save the Dates! 

  • Feb 9 (Tues) | What’s New in Addiction Nursing| Examining Secure Care: How do we support youth after overdose?
  • Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction Upcoming Events

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