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May 2022 News

Spring has ushered in a host of revamped programming — conferences, workshops and webinars that focus on local and skills-specific learning. You’ll find options for those on Vancouver Island, important learning for residents and hands-on simulation offerings. We also tackle the social and physiological impacts of racism in Canada with a new webinar early in May.

We are also excited to share our recent report on physicians new to rural practice in BC, highlighting our commitment to advancing rural practice and our work in mobilizing research.

Excellence in continuing professional development abounds in our community, so we encourage you to nominate a colleague for our annual CPD awards. Get those nomination packages in!

And finally, we begin May welcoming three summer student interns to the UBC CPD team. It’s a busy month with plenty to take in. We look forward to seeing you at one of our learning activities.



Nominate a colleague for CPD awards

Nominations are now open for the 2022 UBC Faculty of Medicine Distinguished Achievement Award. Recognize and celebrate a colleague for excellence in continuing professional development in two categories: distinguished service to CME-CPD and innovation in CME-CPD. Award recipients will receive a $1,000 honorarium and recognition at the Annual Faculty of Medicine Awards Reception. Read more and nominate by June 10, 2022.

New report:
Transition Experiences for Physicians New to Rural Practice in BC

Physicians who practice in rural communities in BC enjoy unique career advantages, such as: diversity of practice, high-level of independence, broad scope of clinical exposure, positive relationships with patients, financial incentives, and opportunities to be part of highly collaborative care teams. Yet, many physicians choose not to stay in the same rural community long-term. This report synthesizes qualitative data to inform recommendations to facilitate future recruitment, retention and ongoing support for rural physicians. Visit our publications page to download this report.

Island Medicine conference addresses local needs

Returning in person this year, Island Medicine 2022: Updates, Skills, Simulation & Networking — a conference for collaborative clinicians, has been redesigned with Island health-care practitioners in mind. The program is based on an assessment completed in September 2020, which identified the desire for more skills workshops, simulations and a focus on island-specific needs.

“We may have forgotten just how valuable coming together in person is and so we hope to re-kindle those connections and friendships. We have just so much to share across our communities and there is so much expertise here — this conference will help make some people connections and hopefully address some of the cross-Island communications as well,” says Dr. Christopher Morrow, Island Medicine Conference Chair and Vancouver Island health care provider for over 20 years. Read more about this year's conference.

UBC CPD highlights national days of awareness with specialized eLearning activities

We’ll feature several eLearning courses in May to raise awareness about health-care related days of significance. Celebrate with us by taking a course designed to bring attention to specialized skills. Mark this month by joining us for:

Tip! You can search all our learning activities by area of interest. Use the drop-down menu to select from a wide range of topics. Filter all upcoming activities.  

CPD Updates

Two workshops relaunched after two-year hiatus

Popular workshops FAST Evidence and Optimizing Communication for Excellence have been re-launched for in-person learning in Vancouver this spring. Space is limited in these well-reviewed courses, so be sure to register before May 20 to hold your spot.

Read more about FAST Evidence and Optimizing Communication for Excellence workshops.

Now hiring Project Manager, UBC CPD Educational Programs

The Strategic Projects and Partnerships portfolio is hiring a project manager, responsible for developing innovative education programs and leading complex projects in collaboration with provincial and national stakeholder organizations. This is an exciting role for effective communicators with a reputation for building collaborative relationships. Read more and apply by May 8, 2022.

UBC CPD welcomes three interns for the summer 2022 term

Students play a vital role in advancing the mission of UBC CPD and we’re excited to welcome three interns to our team for the summer 2022 term. Joining the strategic projects and partnerships team is Maria Launeanu as the Student Research and Events Assistant. Juliana Aiello will join the creative learning team as Design Intern and Michelle Ngai joins the marketing and communications team as the Digital Marketing Assistant. We wish them success in this part of their academic and professional journey.

This changed my practice

Identifying Advanced Heart Failure in your patient
by Dr. Michael J. Diamant

The prevalence of ambulatory patients with advanced or end-stage heart failure (HF) is increasing over time, and now comprises as much as 14 per cent of all patients with HF. Patients may be eligible for advanced therapies, including durable mechanical circulatory support (MCS) and heart transplantation, that can change their trajectory and markedly improve long-term survival. Read the This Changed my Practice article.

Can’t miss learning activities

May 10 | Webinar: Systemic Racism in Healthcare — The Unspoken Bias and Its Impacts

Family physicians and specialists will share experiences, resources and information to expand your awareness of the social and physiological impacts of racism in Canada in this free accredited webinar. The panelists will recommend actions that you can take in your own practice and you will be able to ask your questions in real time.


May 16–17 | 4th Annual BC Substance Use Virtual Conference

This two-day virtual conference will include presentations and panels on research, education, and clinical care guidance related to our conference theme — All together: Advancing equity, sharing innovations.


May 25 | Webinar: Supporting Children and Youth Presenting with Challenging Behaviours Perceived as Aggression

Join us for this free, accredited webinar bringing together experts in child and youth health to share experiences, resources and information to advance your understanding of the underlying causes behind challenging behaviours. The panelists will provide guidance on how to support children and youth presenting with challenging behaviours, especially aggressive ones.


May 28 | 15th Annual Practice Survival Skills Virtual Conference

This annual conference will emphasize practical, non-clinical knowledge crucial for your career! We will cover reports, forms, real-time virtual support, medico-legal report writing, physician contracts and more. This conference is perfect for residents, who can enjoy a special registration rate.


Anytime | Addiction Care and Treatment Online Course

The Addiction Care and Treatment Online Course (ACTOC) is a comprehensive 22-module online course for health care providers who diagnose and treat patients with substance use disorders using evidence-based treatments along a continuum of care.


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We serve our communities with variety of accredited professional development to meet the needs of rural and urban physicians across British Columbia and beyond. Learning activities are designed for family and specialist physicians, resident doctors, physical therapists, midwives, nurses, nurse practitioners and specialized health care professionals.

Find eLearning, webinars, conferences and more available on the learning activities page.

Did you know? We design and administer needs assessments, focus groups, environmental scans and literature reviews to advance understanding of needs and inform the creation of CPD programs and activities.

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