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December 2022

This month, we’re excited to open registration for  Nawh whu'nus'en — We See in Two Worlds: Trauma Sensitive Practices for Collectively Healing in Relationship and the Hot Topics in Mental Health conference in a new format. We’re pleased to offer the latest on COVID-19, Influenza and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) management on Dec. 8. We also invite you to read the latest TCMP article  about polycystic ovary syndrome.

For more support to the Island Medical Program Physician Education Program, we’re welcoming a new Education Manager to our Strategic Projects and Partnerships (SPP) team. We also continue to grow our list of learning activities, so check out what’s available for the new year.

Please note two December deadlines: The residents grant application deadline has been extended to Dec. 6 and we will accept accreditation applications until Dec.9.  

As 2022 comes to a close, we hope you find time to unwind over the festive season and look forward to connecting and collaborating with you in 2023. 



From all of us to all of you 

2022 has been another extraordinary year. While there’s no doubt the challenges of the health-care system have affected us all, we’ve responded to those difficulties through learning together and supporting one another.

We happily welcomed nearly 60,000 participants to our learning activities this year, some with an in-person return. With 48 conferences, a library of more than 50 eLearning activities, the latest in webinars, rounds, workshops and mentoring opportunities, we’ve brought the health-care community together – a community we’re proud to be part of.  

This is possible with thanks to our growing list of partners provincially and nationwide. Our UBC partnerships in the Faculty of Medicine continue to help contribute to the strength of our medical programs. Partners from government agencies, health authorities, communities of practice and non-profit health organizations (to name only a few) bring solutions for accreditation, research, and course and program development to life. Thank you for collaborating with us.

From all of us at UBC CPD, we wish you a safe and healthy festive season and warm wishes for the new year. 

Highly anticipated new course opens registration: Nawh whu'nus'en— We See in Two Worlds: Trauma Sensitive Practices for Collectively Healing in Relationship

Registration opens this month for the first session of this three-part series: Nawh whu'nus'en— We See in Two Worlds: Trauma Sensitive Practices for Collectively Healing in Relationship.  

The learning invites rural health professionals to learn new approaches to practice and about themselves by reflecting on their own experiences of trauma and ways to support their own wellness.  

This learning activity is based on a widely accepted understanding that trauma-sensitive practices are the basis for offering culturally-safe and respectful health services for Indigenous relatives. 

Learn tangible trauma-sensitive practices to offer health care that is rooted in cultural understanding and safety for Indigenous peoples. 

Read more about Nawh whu'nus'en and get notified when registration opens for the Jan. 17 session.

New webinar addresses COVID-19, Influenza and RSV management  

Public health and medical experts will answer questions, share their experiences and recommend best practices in managing COVID-19, Influenza and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). We encourage you to send your questions in advance or ask our experts in real-time.  

Don’t miss this important update on Dec. 8.  

CPD Updates

Hot Topics in Mental Health returns in a new format     

We are thrilled to be bringing back Hot Topics in Mental Health, one of our most popular conferences. Revamped and even more accessible, this conference is delivered in a convenient virtual, half-day format. 

Designed in partnership with the UBC’s Department of Family Practice, Department of Psychiatry and UBC CPD, update will cover important psychiatric topics, feature prominent experts in the field of mental health, and share practical tips and resources relevant to your daily medical practice. 

Join us on March 31 for our “consistently engaging curriculum!” as one of our past participants says.  

New member joins Strategic Projects and Partnerships portfolio at UBC CPD 

The UBC CPD’s Strategic Projects and Partnerships (SPP) portfolio welcomes Nicole Esligar as Education Manager. Her work will include supporting the Island Medical Program Physician Education Program (IMP PEP) in bringing CPD programs to the Island and managing several projects within the SPP portfolio including CBT Skills and public health webinars. Meet the UBC CPD team. 

Residents Grants deadline extended to Dec. 6  

UBC CPD offers two annual research grants in the area of medical education. All UBC family medicine and specialty medicine residents are invited to apply. Grant recipients receive an honorarium of $500.00 to support educational research projects.

Apply by Dec. 6.

Accreditation applications accepted until Dec. 9 

We will be accepting accreditation applications until Fri., Dec. 9, 2022. We will reopen accreditation reviews on Wed., Jan. 3, 2023.  

This Changed My Practice

Diagnosis and treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) using virtual health 

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrinopathy in women of reproductive age. It affects 8–13% of young women and its symptoms are some of the most prevalent concerns that community physicians encounter. In many cases, diagnosis and management can be carried out in a virtual health setting using clinical criteria and judicious use of laboratory investigations. Read the latest TCMP article by Caitlin Dunne, MD, FRCSC and earn credits. Read the latest article.

Can’t miss learning activities

Dec. 1 | Rural Rounds: Deprescribing and Polypharmacy   

Join Dr. Mike Allan and Dr. James McCormack for up-to-date and relevant medical education through interactive Zoom presentations. If you practice or support rural communities in BC, you are encouraged to join these engaging sessions. 


Dec. 2 | CME On the Run: Ophthalmology & ENT   

Designed for health professionals who prefer short and focused sessions to stay up-to-date on the latest evidence and best practices in patient care. Our upcoming session will focus on Ophthalmology and ENT topics — don’t miss out!   


Dec. 2 | Rural POCUS Rounds for Shock: DVT / PE   

Don’t miss Dr. Tracy Morton’s talk on POCUS for Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism (DVT/PE). 


Any Time | Latching On: How Family Physicians Can Support Breastfeeding Patients  

Check out our redesigned and updated online modules to learn more about how you can best support breastfeeding families. 


Any Time | BC Cancer Primary Care Learning Sessions: Colorectal Cancer    

This online module is for primary care providers practicing in British Columbia who are interested in learning more about colorectal cancer care, and their role in supporting patients through their journey.  


Get even more

We offer a variety of accredited learning activities to serve the needs of rural and urban physicians across British Columbia and beyond. Specialist topics and learning designed for resident doctors, physical therapists, midwives, nurses and nurse practitioners serve our communities with continuing professional development.

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

November 2022 News

November is a month of celebrations for UBC CPD. We start the month celebrating the 20th anniversary of the UBC Faculty of Medicine’s Indigenous Pathway program and recognize the recipients of the recognize the recipients of the recently announced Awards for Innovation and Service in CPD. Big congratulations to UBC’s Rural CPD Coaching and Mentoring Program (CAMP) team for receiving the 2022 CFPC Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program Award.
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October 2022 News

We kick-off the month with a return to Haida Gwaii during a two-day course Oct. 1 and 2, when we’ll revisit where the HOUSE program was piloted. We’re excited to share the launch of two new webinars on the topics of trauma-informed care, and child and youth mental health and substance use, plus an online COVID-19 update you don’t want to miss this month. You’ll also want to take advantage of the early-bird deadline fast approaching for a new virtual conference — Hot Topics in Internal Medicine. The deadline to submit applications to the Residents Grants is also upcoming, so make sure you get those in. Looking ahead, we’re celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Faculty of Medicine’s Indigenous Pathway program with a webinar on Nov. 3, so be sure to register now.
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September 2022 News

This September is a dynamic month for UBC CPD as many of our popular events and series return for the fall. This month we feel honored to be awarded the first prize for the physical poster at Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) 2022 conference. We are also preparing to launch a brand-new eLearning course – Sexually Transmitted and Blood-borne Infections: Barriers to Screening. Finally, we are excited to have two new co-op students join us this fall.
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Did you know? Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day and it also marks the beginning of Indigenous AIDS Awareness Week Dec. 1–7. Explore the current Guidelines for HIV Testing in BC. Join our free eLearning — HIV Testing in Primary Care.

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