53rd Annual Post Graduate Review in Family Medicine

53rd Annual Post Graduate Review in Family Medicine


Target Audience:

Family Physicians, Nurse Pracitioners, Residents/Students

Course Format: Group lectures and elective interactive workshops.
The Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel
1128 West Hastings Street
Vancouver BC
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This comprehensive three-day review course (Thu-Sat) offers an update of knowledge central to the practice of family medicine in both rural and urban settings. Committed to addressing everyday practical issues, speakers present equally on current and special areas of concern to the primary health care professional.

To complement a morning of group lectures, afternoons include a series of elective interactive workshops which allow conference attendees to customize their learning experience.


Click on each day to expand the program content.

Thu Feb 22, 2018 Pediatrics & Women's Health

Moderators: Dr. Simon Moore & Dr. Laura Knebel

0700 Continental Breakfast, Registration Opens       
0815 Welcome & Opening Remarks - Dr. David Hall
0830 Top Pediatric Articles That Changed My Practice - Dr. Paul Thiessen
0855 Childhood Vaccination Update - Dr. Meena Dawar
0920 Pediatric Allergies: Who Really Needs Allergy Testing? - Dr. Edmond Chan
0945 Intermission       
1015 Managing Constipation In Children - Dr. Mark Kovacs
1040 IUDs - An Update (Including the Mirena Controversy) - Dr. Nicole Todd
1105 Menopause Management: Best Practices - Dr. Omolayo Famuyide
1130 Medical Abortion: Practicing In the Mifepristone Era - Dr. Renee Hall
1200 Lunch Buffet
1300 Ballroom walls close to prepare for the workshops 
1315 Small Group Workshops I (Choose 2)
    A    Commonly-Missed Gynecology Concerns - Dr. Hanna Ezzat
    B    Not Just a Sprain - Red Flags for MSK Injuries in Children - Dr. Badri Narayan
    C    Infant Sleep - A Review of Current Thinking - Dr. Keyvan Hadad
    D    Common Pediatric Rashes - Dr. James Bergman
    E    Workup of Chest Pain in Women - Dr. Tara Sedlak
    F    Osteoporosis: Screening and Managment - Dr. Iman Hemmati
    G    Nutrition and Exercise in Children & Adolescents With Obesity - Dr. Mary Hichliffe
    H    *Troubleshooting IUD Insertions - New Guidelines & Endometrial Biopsies (2.5 hours - DOES NOT REPEAT) - Dr. Renee Hall & Dr. Mei-Ling Wiedmeyer
1415 Intermission       
1430 Repeat of Small Group Workshops I (Except H)
1530 Time for Evaluations & Adjourn        

*Troubleshooting IUD Insertions - New Guidelines and Endometrial Biopsies
6.0 Mainpro+ (3 credits/hr: 2.5 hrs in class + Pre-Workshop Needs Assessment, Post Workshop Test and Reflective Exercise)
Additional Cost: $200.00
Any physician who can insert an IUD can also do an endometrial biopsy. This will allow you to investigate your patients with suspicious peri-menopausal or post-menopausal bleeding and quickly rule out endometrial cancer.
Learning Objectives:

  • Use an intra-cervical block
  • Troubleshoot difficult insertions
  • Provide endometrial biopsies

Fri Feb 23, 2018 Internal Medicine & Geriatrics

Moderators: Dr. Marla Gordon & Dr. Sarah Stone

**Earlier start**

0700 Continental Breakfast, Registration Opens       
**0800 Welcome & Housekeeping  

0805 New Diabetes Drugs: Which Ones Actually Prevent Cardiovascular Events? - Dr. Breay Paty
0830 Numbness & Tingling: What Not to Miss &How to Manage - Dr. Kristine Chapman
0855 2018 Update on Hepatitis B – Screening & New Therapies - Dr. Eric Yoshida
0920 A Plethora of Puffers: Which of the New Inhalers Should I Be Prescribing? - Dr. Pearce Wilcox
0945 Intermission
1015 "My Top Pearls of The Year” for Family Practice - Dr. Simon Moore
1040 De-prescribing PPIs - New Guidelines - Dr. James Gray
1105 Top 5 Articles That Changed My Practice - Dr. Steve Wong
1130 Lunch Buffet
1200 Lunch Presentation: Physician Health - Reducing Burnout - Self Care - Dr. Andrew Clarke
1245 Ballroom walls close to prepare for the workshops
1300 Small Group Workshops II (Choose 2)
     I    Anticoagulation – Evidence Based Review of New Agents - Dr. Aaron Tejani
    J    The Latest For Lipids: PCSK9 Inhibitors - Dr. Cait O’Sullivan
    K   Geriatric Rashes - Dr. Simon Se Mang Wong
    L    Biologics - What Family Doctors Need to Know - Dr. Jennifer Corpuz
    M   De-prescribing For the Elderly: How to Reduce Physician & Patient Hesitations - Dr. Maria Chung
    N   Treatment Resistant Hypertension - Dr. Laura Kuyper
    O   Geriatrics: Frailty Assessment in Family Practice - Dr. Amanda Hill
    P    *Finding Medical Evidence - Computer Workshop (3.0 hours - DOES NOT REPEAT) - Ms. Karen MacDonell & Ms. Niki Baumann
1400 Intermission
1415 Repeat of Small Group Workshops II  (Except P)
1515 Time for Evaluations & Adjourn

*Finding Medical Evidence - Compmuter Workshop
(Registrant will require to bring his/her own computer for this workshop)
Additional Cost: $150
: This half-day, interactive workshop will teach physicians to conduct effective internet searches to find credible and evidence-based medical information.
Learning Objectives:

  • Conduct efficient and refined literature searches
  • Apply search tools to find reliable health information and evidence-based medical literature
  • Obtain the full text of journal articles through electronic resources or document delivery
  • Find authoritative patient and drug information.
  • Compile appropriate bibliographies in print and electronic form

    Sat Feb 24, 2018 Potpourri

    Moderators: Dr. Elise Balaisis & Dr. Steven Yau

    0730 Continental Breakfast, Registration Opens       
    0815 Welcome & Housekeeping     
    0830 Tips on Managing Personality Disorders in Family Practice - Dr. Carl Wiebe
    0855 Review of New Opioid Guidelines - Tapering Opioids: A Patient-Centred Appraoch - Dr. Karen Shklanka
    0920 CMPA Update: Top GP Medico-Legal Pitfalls - Dr. Shena Riff
    0945 Intermission       
    1015 MAID (Medical Assistance in Dying) - Guidelines & Common Cases - Dr. Shena Riff
    1040 Advanced Care Planning – How To Do This With Your Patients in Your Office - Dr. Martha Donnelly
    1105 MSK Under MSP: Interventional Options for Tendinopathies - Barbotage, Prolotherapy - Dr. Jason Crookham
    1130 Management of Common Anorectal Problems - Dr. Terry Phang
    1200 Lunch Buffet      
    1300 Ballroom walls close to prepare for the workshops     
    1315 Small Group Workshops III (Choose 2)
        Q    “But I Don't Do Addiction Medicine?!” - Addiction Basics - Dr. Annabel Mead
        R    Three CBT Tricks for Family Doctors - We Promise No Role Playing  :-) - Dr. Bruce Hobson
        S    Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines - Dr. Janice Leung
        T    Billing for Family Physicians (2 hours - DOES NOT REPEAT) - Dr. Tracy Monk
        U    Non-Pharmacologic Treatments For Chronic Low Back Pain - Is There Any Evidience For Effectiveness? - Dr. Hugh Anton
        V    Onychomycosis & Other Fungal Nail Disorders - Dr. Brian Kunimoto
        W   Visual Diagnosis in Emergency Medicine - Dr. Daniel Kim
        X     *Optimizing Communication for Excellence (3 hours - DOES NOT REPEAT) - Ms. Callie Bland
    1415 Intermission       
    1430 Repeat of Small Group Workshops III  (Except T & X)       
    1530 Time for Evaluations & Conference Ends

    *Optimizing Communication for Excellence

    13.5 Mainpro+ (3 hours in class + pre and post course activities - dyad check-in, coaching call, reflective activity)
    Additional Cost: $275
    : This half-day, interactive course provide tools necessary to succeed in the landscape of today’s healthcare system by using a simple 4-stage communication framework. To support ongoing learning and application, this program incorporates post-program activities, including check-in and coaching sessions following the live workshop. These activities provide opportunities to share - with trusted peers and program facilitator insights, successes, and challenges in a safe and positive learning environment.
    Learning Objectives:

    • Apply an evidence-based model to enhance communication-skills for healthcare providers
    • Recognize common challenging communication patterns that can arise in healthcare-related environments and relationships
    • Identify and apply the qualities of a learning conversation for the purpose of effective communication with patients and colleagues
    • Practice applying a structured communication approach to clinically relevant scenarios and cases, utilizing peer and facilitator feedback
    • Identify and commit to incorporating newly-honed communication skills in one’s own professional environment for the purpose of improved patient and physician/self-satisfaction


    Early bird registration: Wed. Jan 31, 2018 | Add to calendar +

    $10 Discount for Online Registration!

    By Jan 31 Feb 1 - Feb 15 Feb 16 & Onsite
    Full Conference $699 $749 $799
    Two Days $459 $489 $549
    One Day $309 $319 $339

    Additional Fee on Optional Workshops

    Thu Feb 22 - Troubleshooting IUD Insertions - $200.00
    Fri Feb 23 - Finding Medical Evidence - $150.00
    Sat Feb 24 - Optimizing Communication for Excellence - $275.00

    Cancellations and Refunds


    The Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel
    1128 West Hastings Street
    Vancouver  British Columbia  V6E 4R5

    T: 1.800.207.4150

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