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August 2022 News

In August, we are celebrating the launch of Autism and Neurodiversity in Primary Care — Management module. A few deadlines are fast approaching, applications for the Clinical Faculty Mentoring program were extended until Aug. 8 and early bird rate for Pacific Psychopharmacology Conference expires on Aug. 29. Second topic of Rural POCUS Rounds: Heart & Lung Ultrasound is scheduled this month. 

We are also thrilled to announce that the new position, titled Senior Manager, Health Equity and Engagement was created to oversee a new suite of work. As another HR update, we are welcoming two new members to UBC CPD team this month. 

Finally, we are encouraging our learners to plan their fall conferences along with their overall CPD learning goals.



New module release: Autism and Neurodiversity in Primary Care — Management

Registration is now open for the online module Autism and Neurodiversity in Primary Care — Management. During this course you will learn foundational knowledge to better serve your autistic and neurodivergent patients to ensure that every interaction is productive and effective. This module will cover issues from childhood to adulthood by giving you the flexibility to concentrate on the sections that are most pertinent to your practice. Learn more and register for ASD and Neurodiversity in Primary Care — Management course. 

Clinical Faculty Mentoring — Application deadline extended to Aug. 8

Applications are now open for UBC Faculty of Medicine Clinical Faculty to apply to our popular mentoring program. This fourth cohort will run September 2022 to April 2023. Read more about the Clinical Faculty Mentoring program and apply by Aug. 8

Save the dates to popular fall conferences

Registration for our popular fall conferences has begun — mark these dates in your calendar and take advantage of early bird rates. Familiarize yourself with specific details of each upcoming conference below:

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Pacific Psychopharmacology Conference is returning to in-person learning

16th Annual Pacific Psychopharmacology Conference returns to in-person learning on Friday, Sept. 23 in downtown Vancouver. This conference is for any clinician or health-care professional who works with individuals with psychiatric or mental health disorders. We will also be relaunching a pre-conference half-day workshop on Thursday, Sept. 22: Understanding Concurrent Disorders to Improve Treatment Outcomes: A Focus on Practical Care

For our learners who cannot make it in person we are offering a virtual option with access to all of Friday's plenary lectures and two workshops. Read the full agenda and register by Aug. 29 to take advantage of the early bird rate.

Rural POCUS Rounds: Heart & Lung Ultrasound — taking place this August

This month the Rural POCUS Rounds will focus on the second topic in our series — Ultrasound for Shock: Heart & Lung Ultrasound. Dr. Virginia Robinson will present on when, why and how to scan the heart and lung for shock, by providing relevant case studies on the topic and hosting a Q&A session at the end. For your convenience we keep recordings of our previous session, so you can review any of the material. 

I love POCUS. Nothing more impactful to my effectiveness than this technology,” one participant says about this webinar. 

Register to Rural POCUS Rounds: Heart & Lung Ultrasound this month.

Set your CPD learning goals with Personal Learning Plans (PLP)

Are you in your first five years of rural practice as a physician? Personal Learning Plans program is designed to help you define your learning goals, curate resources and provide follow-up support to maximize your professional development. Our experienced physician advisor and concierge will work as a team to support you throughout the program while you will be earning Mainpro+ credits. August is a great time to plan your CPD learning goals. Read more and sign up to the PLP program

CPD Updates

Dr. Alisa Harrison – inaugural Senior Manager of Health Equity and Engagement

The exciting news was shared in email communication with CPD by Andrea Keesey and Leslie Carty – “The new position, titled Senior Manager, Health Equity and Engagement, was created to oversee a new suite of work happening across both our offices and will involve a high degree of ongoing collaboration. Dr. Alisa Harrison will be working closely with the UBC CPD team and the UBC Faculty of Medicine’s office of Respectful Environments, Diversity and Inclusion to ensure CPD is enabling and forwarding the faculty’s commitment to developing health education that is accessible, equitable, effective, culturally-safe and free of racism and discrimination.” Congratulations, Dr. Alisa Harrison

Welcome to Charlotte Humphries, Project Manager, SPP

Charlotte Humphries has joined UBC CPD as a Project Manager overseeing the International Medical Graduate programs with the Strategic Projects and Partnerships team. Charlotte brings with her a passion for health equity and health care system change and looks forward to her new role to support these improvements through work in continuing education for health-care providers. Welcome to the team, Charlotte! 

New Senior Program Assistant, Tanya Glafenhein, joins the Rural CPD team

Tanya Glafenhein joins UBC CPD this month to support the Rural Peer Support Network, including the Coaching and Mentoring program and the coaching pillars of the Rural Surgical and Obstetrical Networks and the Rural Obstetrical and Maternity Sustainability program. Tanya graduated from King’s College London with an MA in International Peace and Security. We extend a warm welcome to Tanya!

Hiring Marketing Assistant for fall 2022 term 

The marketing assistant (co-op) helps to promote our outstanding educational programs for health-care providers across British Columbia and is responsible for supporting the creation of marketing tactics to reach our learners. The marketing assistant is primarily responsible for supporting content creation and distribution via email and social media campaigns. Read the position description and apply by Aug.5.

This Changed My Practice

It’s not the ear — how TMD can confound clinicians by Dr. Arman Abdalkhani

TMD (Temporal Mandibular Disorders) is a collective term for different types of conditions and symptoms of the jaw and surrounding structures. It includes various diagnoses with different backgrounds and pathophysiology. The symptoms of orofacial pain and dysfunction are quite common, being reported by about 10% of the population, with the highest frequency among women 20–60 years of age. Read the full TCMP article.

Can’t miss learning activities

Anytime | BC Pediatric Early Warning System (PEWS) for Inpatient and Emergency/Urgent Care Settings

This is a short online continuing medical education course designed for BC health care providers who care for children. This course will introduce you to the Pediatric Early Warning System (PEWS), with the intent to provide you with the knowledge and skills to improve the care of your patients.


Anytime | Transitioning to Adult Care for Youth with Chronic Health Conditions and Disabilities

Learn to better facilitate the continuity of care for youth with chronic health conditions and disabilities who are transitioning from paediatric care to the adult care system. Learn about barriers, risks at transition, practical strategies and tools, common concerns, building rapport, barriers to adherence to medical care, methods for promoting adherence and motivation in adolescent and young adult patients, and resources for addressing specific issues.


Anytime | Pediatric Asthma Management

This online continuing medical education course will introduce you to pediatric asthma management with the intent to provide you with the knowledge and skills to improve the care of your patients.


Anytime | Provincial Opioid Addiction Treatment Support Program

Designed with busy professionals in mind, the POATSP course articulates the BCCSU’s Provincial Guidelines for the Clinical Management of Opioid Use Disorder with evidence-based education on the full range of treatment options available for adults and youth with varying presentations of opioid use disorder through interactive content, videos and case studies.



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Did you know? Aug. 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day. We offer a comprehensive 22-module Addiction Care and Treatment online course for health care providers who diagnose and treat patients with substance use disorders.

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