IMG Orientation Conference - Spring 2019 (BC-PIP)

IMG Orientation Conference - Spring 2019 (BC-PIP)

A component of BC Physician Integration Program (BC-PIP)

Target Audience:

Physicians registered in the provisional class with the College of Physicians & Surgeons of BC (CPBSC)

Course Format: One day in-person course in Surrey, BC with distributed videoconference sites in Kamloops, Prince George, & Victoria
Surrey Memorial Hospital
Lecture Theatre 110
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This one-day seminar covers the following topics:

  • Ethics, liability, communication and professionalism
  • Cultural considerations of communicating with patients in Canada
  • Introduction to indigenous health
  • Physician self-care and resilience

Please note: this one-day seminar is for physicians registered in the provisional class with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (CPSBC)


Surrey Memorial Hospital, UBC Lecture Room M-B.110 LT. (13750 96 Ave) and videoconference sites in Kamloops (Royal Inland Hospital), Prince George (University Hospital of Northern BC), and Victoria (Victoria General Hospital) - expand link below for full details.


Royal Inland Hospital | 311 Columbia Street, Kamloops, BC V2C 2T1
Room: Main Tower East Conference Room 9

University Hospital of Northern British Columbia | 1475 Edmonton St, Prince George, BC V2M 1S2
Room: LDC 0514

Victoria General Hospital | 1 Hospital Way, Victoria, BC V8Z 6R5
Room: 1916

If you are a physician who wishes to register for this seminar and you are not currently registered in the provisional class with the College, please email Kathryn Young, UBC CPD Project Manager.

Key Speakers

Dr. Andrew Clarke

Dr. Andrew Clarke grew up in Vancouver, studied chemistry at Stanford University, and medicine at the University of British Columbia. He did his post-graduate medical training in Ontario, and practised Occupational Medicine privately in Toronto for 22 years. In 2008, he moved back to Vancouver to lead the Physician Health Program and has held that position since then. He completed a Master of Education degree at Simon Fraser University in 2013. His research interests are in the field of organizational (workplace) interventions to facilitate return to work and reduce conflict in the workplace. In particular, his focus has been on the effects of common mental health issues both on those diagnosed and on their colleagues.

Dr. Shirley Lee

Dr. Shirley Lee completed her medical degree at Western University, followed by her certification in family and emergency medicine at the University of Ottawa, and a masters in education at the University of Toronto. She is an associate professor at the University of Toronto and has served in many capacities in medical education at the undergraduate, postgraduate and faculty development level.
Nationally, she has served with organizations such as the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP), the Canadian Association of Medical Education (CAME), the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) and the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC).
She continues to practice emergency medicine part-time at the University of Ottawa.
She joined the CMPA in 2016.

Dr. James Liu

James is a primary care physician with a focus on social medicine and health equity. He is part of an interdisciplinary team composed of nurse practitioners, nurses, physicians, and allied health professionals who deliver full service primary care to a group of First Nations communities in central northern BC. 

Dr. Paul Mohapel

Paul Mohapel began his career as a neuroscientist, and while working in Sweden he had an epiphany that inspired him to leave science and move towards leadership. Today, he uses his knowledge of the brain, psychology and leadership to consult, facilitate and educate with organizations. Mohapel believes that effective leadership requires a holistic approach that requires emotional, spiritual, social and systemic thinking skills. His research interests include the biological and social underpinnings of leadership. Both, as an educator and a facilitator, he takes this holistic approach so that learners can connect more deeply with the content.

Dr. Galt Wilson

Dr. Galt Wilson was a family physician in Prince George for 29 years, where his practice also included Emergency, Anesthesia, clinical teaching and founding direction of both the residency and clinical clerkship programs. About 40% of his colleagues were internationally trained.

A major theme of Dr. Wilson’s professional life has been the nurturing and promotion of generalist medical practice, particularly in smaller communities and hospitals.

Galt is currently Senior Deputy Registrar at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C. and a Clinical Professor in the UBC Department of Family Practice. His College responsibilities include competence, clinical performance and conduct issues.

Skills Gained

Upon completion of the orientation, participants will be able to:

  • Identify features of medical practice unique to British Columbia (BC) and Canada, including issues related to culture and diversity
  • Identify and access clinical and educational resources and supports (local, provincial and national), including those related to ethical and/or medico-legal questions or concerns
  • Recognize how one’s own cultural beliefs and attitudes impact relationships with patients
  • Discuss the determinants affecting health status of Indigenous people
  • Consider how trauma-informed practice may help improve care provision for Indigenous patients in BC
  • Review practices that can promote resilience and wellbeing for health care providers
  • Recognize the signs, symptoms, and causal factors of physician burnout
  • Create a personalized physician burnout prevention plan



The Joint Collaborative Committees (JCCs), a partnership of the Ministry of Health and Doctors of BC, has generously approved funding to cover tuition fees for BC-PIP participants to attend the IMG Orientation Conference from April 13, 2019 through March 31, 2022.

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