Bringing Best Evidence to Clinicians: Combining Evidence and Clinical Pharmacology to Improve Drug Therapy

Bringing Best Evidence to Clinicians: Combining Evidence and Clinical Pharmacology to Improve Drug Therapy

UBC Therapeutics Initiative

Target Audience:

Family Physicians, Specialists, Community and Hospital Pharmacists, Nurses/Nurse Practitioners, and Allied Health Professionals

Course Format: Plenary sessions and interactive workshops
Surrey Memorial Hospital
13750 96 Ave
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Online Syllabus:

Password provided to participants on site.


***This course sold out. On site registrations will not be available.

Join us for this popular conference designed to provide physicians, pharmacists, and other health professionals with up-to-date, evidence-based, practical information on prescription drug therapy.

Although primarily aimed at prescribers (MD's, NP's) and pharmacists, this course will appeal to any health professional who wants to learn and think about the scientific evidence behind what we should or should not be doing with prescription drugs.

Note that this conference is not supported by industry funding.

Comments from previous years:

  • "Excellent, thought-provoking, evidence-based content."
  • "Unbiased speakers who strongly believe in practicing evidence-based medicine."
  • "Promotes critical thinking and provides powerful messages that will stick with me."
  • "Probing questions make you examine your beliefs and how you practice."
  • "The only conference that I have been to that helps me to critically question results of clinical trials and guideline recommendations."
  • "Probably the most relevant and well-presented talks of any medical conference I've been to."
  • "Bring Dr. Finucane back again!"

7.25 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits will be available.
The College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia has also approved this course for 7.0 CE credits (Category F).

Full agenda below!

Guest Faculty



     Thomas Finucane, MD. Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine & Gerontology, Co-Director, John Hopkins
     Home-Based Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore MD


     Robin McKenzie, MD. Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Johns Hopkins University School
     of Medicine, Baltimore MD





     Nav Persaud, MD, MSc. Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto;
     Associate Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto ON


Local Faculty

Ruth Campbell, BSc(Pharm). BC Provincial Academic Detailing Service (Interior Health)

Rita McCracken, MD, CCFP. Associate Head & Clinician Scholar, Department of Family Practice, Providence Health Care, Vancouver BC

Vijaya Musini, MD, MSc. Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics, UBC; Manager, Drug Assessment Working Group, UBC TI

Cait O’Sullivan, BSc(Pharm), PharmD. Island Health Clinical Pharmacy Programs; BC Provincial Academic Detailing Service; Researcher, Drug Assessment Working Group, UBC TI

Thomas L. Perry, MD, FRCPC. Chair, Education Working Group, UBC TI, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics and Department of Medicine, UBC

Lorri Puil, MD, PhD. Editor, Cochrane Hypertension Group, UBC TI; Drug Assessment Working Group, UBC TI

Aaron M. Tejani, BSc(Pharm), PharmD. Co-Chair, Drug Assessment Working Group, UBC TI; Clinical Pharmacist/Drug Utilization Evaluation, Lower Mainland Pharmacy Services, Vancouver

James M. Wright, MD, PhD, FRCPC. Managing Director and Chair, UBC TI; Coordinating Editor, Cochrane Hypertension Group, UBC TI; Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics, UBC


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8:00     Breakfast & Registration Open

830     Essential Medicines: Should We Have a National Formulary or Drug Benefit Plan? | Nav Persaud
915     Depression, Dementia, Delirium in Older Patients | Tom Finucane

  • Do antidepressants work in the elderly?
  • If a dementia drug is stopped, will the patient get worse?
  • When/how is it OK to use antipsychotics in nursing homes?

1015     Refreshment Break

1035     Diabetes 2 | Tom Finucane & Cait O'Sullivan

  • What have we learned about DM2 since last year?
  • What outcomes are we trying to achieve?

1135     The Story of Diclectin: We Often Don't Know the Real Story | Nav Persaud
1200     Q&A and Discussion Period

1215     Lunch

Digestifs: short presentations to aid digestion!

1315     Why is Domperidone So Heavily Used for Breastfeeding in BC? Is it Safe or Effective? | Lorri Puil
1330     Hepatitis C: Does SVR = Cure? | Robin McKenzie
1345     Searching for Evidence for Atorvastatin 80mg Post Stroke | Ruth Campbell & Cait O'Sullivan
1400     Short-Course Treatment for Common Infections | Robin McKenzie
1440     Don't Rush to Triple Therapy for COPD | Aaron Tejani
1500     Is Evolucumab or Ezetimibe Indicated? | Jim Wright
1515     Q&A and Discussion Period

1530     Refreshment Break

1545     Workshops - select 1
             A) Practical Deprescribing - case-based | Tom Perry & Rita McCracken
             B) Stopping PPI and Other Specific Drugs | Tom Finucane
             C) Learning to Read a Cochrane Systematic Review - Bring your own example! | Vijaya Musini & Aaron Tejani 
             D) New Perspective on CV Risk Assessment and Statins | Jim Wright
             E) Understanding Hazard Ratios and Kaplan-Meier Curves in Clinical Trial Reports - cancelled

1715     Conference Ends


Early bird registration: Mon. Aug 21, 2017 | Add to calendar +

Save $10 by registering online! Aug 22 - Oct 5  After Oct 5
Physicians $319 $339
Pharmacists $269 $289
Allied Health Professionals $179 $199
Residents/Students*/Public $59 $59

*A limited number of scholarship registrations for students may be available. Please email by Sep 1, 2017 for details.

Cancellations and Refunds

Public Transportation

  • Take the Expo Line (King George) to Surrey Central Station and then a 5 min bus ride:

-96 Newton Exchange from Bay 11, to King George Blvd @ 96 Ave
-325 Newton Exchange from Bay 9, to 140 St @ 96 Ave 

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  • Ride your bike!

-Information on Surrey Bike Routes:

-Wondering about bike storage? Email for more info.

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