54th Annual Post Graduate Review in Family Medicine

54th Annual Post Graduate Review in Family Medicine


Target Audience:

Family Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Residents/Students

Course Format: Group lectures and elective interactive workshops.
Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel
1128 West Hastings Street
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Pre-registration is now closed.  Onsite registration will be accpeted.

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 21, 2019 Pediatrics & Women's Health

Moderators: Dr. Simon Moore & Dr. Laura Knebel

0700 Continental Breakfast, Registration Opens       
0815 Welcome & Opening Remarks | Dr. James Lai
0830 Top Pediatric Articles That Changed My Practice | Dr. Erik Swartz
0855 Clinical Pearls for Well Baby Checks | Dr. Keyvan Hadad
0920 Primary Care Approach to Abnormal Uterine Bleeding | Dr. Jagdeep Ubhi
0945 Intermission       
1015 Pediatric Dermatology: Photo Cases | Dr. James Bergman
1040 "It's Not Going Away": Recurrent Vaginitis | Dr. Petra Selke
1105 "I Think My Child Has Anxiety" - Next Steps in Primary Care | Dr. Ashley Miller
1130 Before You Refer for Inferility | Dr. Jason Hitkari
1200 Lunch Buffet
1300 Ballroom walls close to prepare for the workshops 
1315 Small Group Workshops I (Choose 2)
    A    Infertility - Counselling Patients on the Options | Dr. Jason Hitkari
    B    "I Think My Teen is Using Drugs" - What's Next? | Dr. Elizabeth Kay
    C    Recurrent Early Pregnancy Loss | Dr. Beth Taylor
    D    Pre-Conception Health - Optimizing Pre-Existing Medical Conditions | Dr. Wee-Shian Chan
    E    Autoimmune Stuff in Kids: Juvenile Arthiritis - What a GP Needs to Know | Dr. Kristin Houghton
    F    Vulvar Disease: What to Manage, What Not to Miss | Dr. Melanie Atlas
   G    Pediatric, Refugees, Immigrants - Caring for Kids New to Canada | Dr. Mei-Ling Weidmeyer
1415 Intermission       
1430 Repeat of Small Group Workshops I
1530 Time for Evaluations & Adjourn  

Fri Feb 22, 2019 Internal Medicine & Geriatrics

Moderators: Dr. Marla Gordon & Dr. Steven Yau

0730 Continental Breakfast, Registration Opens       
0825 Welcome & Housekeeping  

0830 Top 5 Articles That Changed My Practice | Dr. Mike Allan
0855 Review of Cardiac Diagnostics - Indications for What to Use When | Dr. Graham Wong
0920 New Insulins & New Guidelines: Need-To-Know from the 2018 Diabetes Guidelines | Dr. Marshall Dahl
0945 Intermission
1015 Send to ER? What Your Emergency Room Colleagues Want You to Know First | Dr. Dan Kim
1040 Dementia Update | Dr. Harpreet Chauhan
1105 Fatty Liver Disease: Diagnosis and Treatment | Dr. Eric Yoshida
1130 HIV PrEP: Everythign You Need to Know | Dr. Mark Hull
1200 Lunch Buffet
1230 Lunch Presentation: From White Coat to Gold Metal: Lessons Learned in High Performance | Dr. Meghan Grant
1245 Ballroom walls close to prepare for the workshops
1300 Small Group Workshops II (Choose 2)
    H  Heart Failure - What's New in Management | Dr. Gil Kimel
     I   Managing Chronic Kidney Disease | Dr. Adeera Levin
    J   Spinal Stenosis - Management Options | Dr. Maria Chung
    K  Urinary Incontinence in Elderly | Dr. Martha Spencer
    L   Is My Patient Competent? Adult Guardianship and Protection: Assessment Tools and Resources | Ms. Larissa Sandeve
    M  Assessment and Management of Falls in the Elderly | Dr. Janet Kushner-Kow
    N  Migraine Management in Primary Care | Dr. Jilian Reardon & Mr. Jamie Yuen
1400 Intermission
1415 Repeat of Small Group Workshops II
1515 Time for Evaluations & Adjourn

Sat Feb 23, 2019 Potpourri

Moderators: Dr. David Hall

0730 Continental Breakfast, Registration Opens       
0825 Welcome & Housekeeping     
0830 Medical Marijuana: What Is the Evidence | Dr. James McCormack
0855 Suboxone - Practical Tips for Using Suboxone in the Office - Inductions, Micro-Inductions | Dr. Christy Sutherland
0920 Common Oral Lesions - What Not to Miss | Dr. Bertrand Chan
0945 Intermission       
1015 Skin Care Tips - Approach to Retinoid, Vitamin C and Other Anti-Aging Skin Care Routines | Dr. Alison Sutton
1040 Sleep Apnea - What's New | Dr. John Fleetham
1105 STI - Diagnosis and Treatment | Ms. Stacy Barry
1130 LCHF (Low Carb Healthy Fat) Diets - Fad or the Future? | Dr. Michael Lyons
1200 Lunch Buffet      
1230 Lunch Presentation:
Artificial Intelligence, Voice Technology and Applications for Family Medicine | Dr. Teri Fisher
1300 Ballroom walls close to prepare for the workshops       
1315 Small Group Workshops III (Choose 2)
    O   Medical Legal Reports - Improving Your Quality and Efficiency | Dr. Gurdeep Parhar
    P   Beyond Opioids: Practical Tips for Chronic Pain | Dr. Brenda Lau
    Q   Joint Injections | Dr. Rhonda Shuckett
    R   CBT-I: Congitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomina | Dr. Rob Comey
    S   Effective Teaching of Medical Students and Residents in my Family Practice Clinic | Dr. Brenda Hardie
    T   MSK Exam/Injection - Shoulder/Wrist/Knee | Dr. Max Sun
    U   Adult Dermatology Cases | Dr. Pamela O'Connor
    V    *IUD Insertions - Review of Guidelines, Basic Insertion & Troubleshooting | Dr. Beata Byczko & Dr. Renee Hall
           (2.5 hours - DOES NOT REPEAT)
1415 Intermission       
1430 Repeat of Small Group Workshops III  (Except V)       
1530 Time for Evaluations & Conference Ends

*IUD Insertions - Review of Guidelines, Basic Insertion and Troubleshooting
6.0 Mainpro+ (2.5 hours in class + Pre-Workshop Needs Assessment, Post Workshop Test and Reflective Exercise)
Additional Cost: $200.00
This course will review the current SOGC IUD Guidelines, review basic insertion of all Canadian IUDs as well as provide tips and tricks for difficult insertions.

Key Speakers

G Michael Allan, MD, CCFP.  Director of Programs and Practice Support, College of Family Physicians of Canada; Professor, Dept of Family Medicine, University of Alberta.


Early bird registration: Mon. Jan 21, 2019 | Add to calendar +

Registration Fee

By Jan 21 Jan 22 - Feb 11 After Feb 11
Full Conference $709 $795 $855
Two Days $509 $549 $589
One Day $324 $334 $355


Additional Fee for the Optional Workshop

Sat Feb 23 - IUD Insertions - $200.00

Cancellations and Refunds


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

Special conference rates: starting at $205 CDN/night for attendees has been extended until Monday January 28, 2019. Quote the "Annual Post Graduate Review for Family Physicians" to receive the rate. Taxes and parking are extra. Complimentary high speed internet and local phone calls in all guestrooms. Please note that rooms sell out quickly, and you may not get the conference rate if you book late.

T: 1.800.207.4150

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