Victoria Division of Family Practice


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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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Several or regular dates:

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One Date/Time:

Burnout & the Road Back to Resilience - Two part workshop

Date: Saturday, May 7th, 2022 & Saturday, June 18, 2022

Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Location: Brentwood Bay Resort

In the two part workshop Dr. Mark Sherman will teach about burnout - its origins and effects - and will introduce a framework of self compassion, mindfulness, and the science of happiness in order to transform our challenge in growth, meaning, and connection.

Snack, coffee, & tea will be provided. This event is open to VDFP & SIDFP members.

RSVP to to register.

You can see the invite here.

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In Plain Sight Report and the Implications for Health Leadership

Date: May 26th, 2022

Time: 12:30pm - 1:45pm

In this webinar, Harmony Johnson will reflect on the In Plain Sight Report: Addressing Indigenous-specific Racism and Discrimination in B.C. Health Care nearly two years since its release. She will explore the key meta-findings from the report and consider the implications for human beings and leaders working in the health sector. Although the In Plain Sight Report focuses on the B.C. health care system, the lessons shared are relevant and applicable for all leaders working in Canada. 

Harmony is of Tla’amin First Nation (Coast Salish) ancestry and was raised in Tla’amin territory where most of her family resides. Harmony also operates a consulting business providing strategy and advisory services in Indigenous health, governance, and human rights, as well as teaches on these same matters. She has served in senior roles with the In Plain Sight review in BC health care, and with the First Nations Health Authority, First Nations Summit, and First Nations Forestry Council. She is the co-author of a number of publications, including print and digital books about her grandmother’s life history and Tla’amin teachings.

Read more about this and future events here.

You can register here.

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Physician Welcome & Thank you event

Date: June 9th  2022

Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Location: Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort - Harbour Room & Patio

After a long two and half years of virtual meetings and events, this is an opportunity to mingle with your colleagues in-person! Doctors of BC President, Dr. Ramneek Dosanjh will join us to welcome new physicians and thank retiring colleagues and celebrate our medical community.

This event is jointly hosted  by SIMSA, VDFP, SIDFP, and SPPS.

View invitation

Click here to register by May 27, 2022 

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Island Medicine Conference: Updates, Skills, Simulation & Networking

Hosted by Island Health and in collaboration with the Island Medical Program, UBC Faculty of Medicine, and the University of Victoria.

Date: Friday, June 10 - Saturday, June 11, 2022 

Time: 7am-4:30pm (Fri) & 7:30am-3:30pm (Sat)

Location: Victoria Convention Centre, BC

Up to 12.0 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits

Friday's agenda includes topics based on the recent CPD island-based needs assessment and covers the most desired learning needs. Some topics include:

  • Caring for Indigenous Patients
  • Violence Preventions/De-escalation techniques in a Clinical Environment
  • Caring for Older Patients Update
  • Navigating Mental Health Care on Vancouver Island
  • And much more!

Saturday will be focused on Skills and simulations. You can sign up to participate in small group simulation workshops. 

View the full agenda and register today! 
Early bird rate until May 16th!

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Health Data Coalition Discover Data Party for SIDFP & VDFP Members

Date: May 26th, 2022

Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: Via Zoom -

This event is for existing HDC Discover users as well as for those who have not yet signed up with HDC.

Learn how HDC Discover can support your practice and your community, supporting practice improvement and resource allocation.

There will be opportunity to register for HDC Discover for those not signed up but interested in becoming a member.

No need to register, simply join the event through the link above.

See the poster here.

Questions? Please email

About HDC Discover

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BC ECHO for Post-COVID-19 Recovery – Session 11

Date: June 14, 2022

Time: 12-1pm

Location: Virtual - Register here.

Based on the global ECHO model, the BC ECHO for Post-COVID-19 Recovery is a free virtual learning community of specialists and community health care providers who use instructive and case-based learning to improve care for patients recovering from symptoms post COVID-19.

Each monthly ECHO session is an hour, and starts with a 30-minute presentation from specialists on participant-identified topics, followed by a case presentation submitted by any participant. Each session will wrap up with resources and recommendations. Sessions will be recorded and made available to all registered attendees.

The eleventh session, “Post-COVID-19 – A Cardiology Perspective”, will be held on Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at 12-1pm. A presentation will be provided by Dr. Krishnan Ramanathan, Cardiologist at Providence Health Care.

The learning objectives for this session include:

  • The learner will understand the cardiac manifestations of Post-COVID-19.
  • The learner with be able to apply this knowledge to their clinical practice.
  • The learner will better understand how to assess, treat and advise patients with cardiac conditions post-COVID-19.
  • The learner will know where to access cardiology tools and resources to facilitate more effective clinical visits and optimize patient outcomes.

If you are interested in attending this session, please register using the link HERE.

For more details about the BC ECHO for Post-COVID-19 Recovery and future sessions, please visit their website.

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Physician Advocacy for Change

Doctors of BC and CMA PLI Joule are again offering the Physician Advocacy for Change course for doctors interested in learning how to advocate effectively in their day-to-day work, as well as how to prepare advocacy plans and frameworks which can help lead to meaningful change in the workplace.

All sessions are free for Doctors of BC members:

  • May 18, 2022 from 9:00am-12:15pm – deadline to register is Apr 18, 2022
  • Sept 14, 2022 from 9:00am-12:15pm – deadline to register is Aug 15, 2022

For more information and to register, please click here. It’s important to note that you will need a account to register, non-CMA members will be required to create an account by selecting the “physician” option from the drop-down menu. 

If you have questions about the course or how to register, please contact

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Physician Psychological Safety 2022 Webinar Series

Please join internationally renowned "Doctor's Doctor" Dr. Mamta Gautam, MD, MBA, FRCPC, CPDC, CCPE, CPE psychiatrist, in a series of five virtual psychological safety webinars for Island family physicians and specialists.

  1. Bullying in Healthcare - May 31 @ 5:30-6:30pm
  2. Owning Your Mistakes - June 21 @ 5:30-6:30pm
  3. Reaching out to Colleagues in Distress - September 27 @ 5:30-6:30pm
  4. Giving and Receiving Effective Feedback - October 25 @ 5:30-6:30pm
  5. Achieving Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - November 22 @ 5:30-6:30pm

The series is offered jointly by Doctors of BC and the Island Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) Physician Physical/Psychological Working Group. 

See the full poster here.

To register for the series or select sessions please RSVP to

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Physician Quality Improvement (PQI) 12-month Cohort Training Program

Cohort 7 dates: June 2022 - October 2023

The Island Health Physician Quality Improvement (PQI) team offers online learning, introductory workshops and a comprehensive 12-month Cohort training program to all medical staff including privileged GPs, Specialists, Midwives and Nurse Practitioners. It is the only QI education program that offers: 

  • CPD/CME accreditation (up to 50 MOC section 1 / Mainpro+ group learning credits pending approval)
  • Comprehensive funding for physicians for up to 168 hours of sessional time at the JCC-rate
  • Expert faculty teaching curriculum designed by medical staff, for medical staff
  • Virtual and in-person workshops (pending public health guidelines) across Vancouver Island
  • The opportunity to lead your own Quality Improvement project with the support of experienced physician mentors, staff coordinators, and data analyst support 

 Read more & learn how to apply.

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New physician-only CBT Skills Group open for registration

**Registration is now full but a waitlist is being taken. If you are interested in this group please join the waitlist and you will be given a spot should one come available.**

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 Dr. Marjon Blouw, 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: Every Wednesday evening from April 6, 2022 to May, 25, 2022 
Time:  7:00pm – 9:00pm
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. 

Register here.

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DoBC Human Safety Optimization

BC’s physicians are increasingly facing concerns about safety – including threats of physical violence, data breaches, and abuse on social media. To support our members to address these challenges, Doctors of BC will be offering several two-hour webinars that will provide information to help members:

  • Understand key vulnerabilities and how physical violence escalates.
  • Protect against data breaches.
  • Create safe online practices.

Hosts Carl Prophet and Julie Jones, who are experts in the field of personal and online security, will lead attendees through prevention planning and informed response strategies to ensure all doctors are equipped with a plan and the tools to increase personal and cyber security.

Upcoming DoBC Human Safety Optimization Webinar Dates

  • August 19, 2022 @ 5:30 – 7:30 pm – RSVP  
  • November 18, 2022 @ 7 – 9 am – RSVP

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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: 

Monday, May 16, 2022
Monday, May 30, 2022
Monday, June 13, 2022
Monday, June 27, 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 for the third Saturday of the month. 

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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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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