BC Rural Health Conference: Webinar Series

BC Rural Health Conference: Webinar Series

Hosted by RCCbc

Target Audience:

Family Physicians, Rural Practitioners, Allied Health Professionals, Residents and Medical Students

Course Format: Online webinar 1900-2030 PDT: presentations with Q&A
  • May 13, 2020
  • May 20, 2020
  • May 27, 2020
Broadcast starts: 7:00PM PDT

Online from Vancouver BC


Although we’re unable to gather together in Penticton this year as a rural healthcare community, RCCbc is committed to supporting you and your teams in the rapidly evolving Covid-19 pandemic landscape. We are launching a free rural CME webinar series featuring rural speakers who will present the latest rurally-relevant CME, pearls, and tips to aid you as you care for your communities.




Acute Respiratory Distress: Approach and Management in the Suspected COVID-19 Patient
Dr. Matt Petrie, Dr. Ryan Foster, Dr. Nick Kuzak


Delivering Culturally Safe Care During a Pandemic - Rural BC Success Stories
Elder Roberta Price, Dr. Terri Aldred, Dr. Kelsey Louie, Dr. John Pavlovich, Mr. Luma Dumont

 Webinar Resources 

Ask Anything: COVID-19 for Rural Practitioners
Dr. Matt Petrie, Dr. Mike Kenyon, Dr. Joseph Finkler, Dr. Jared Bullard

Webinar Resources:

 A Guide for Serious Illness Conversations with High-Risk COVID-19 Patients (PHA)
 Unproven Therapies for COVID-19 (BCCDC)
 History in a Crisis — Lessons for Covid-19 (NEJM Apr 2020)
 Management of Critically Ill Adults With COVID-19 (JAMA Mar 2020)
 Pharmacologic Treatments for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (JAMA Apr 2020)
 Staying Ahead of the Wave (NEJM Apr 2020)
 Translating Science on COVID-19 to Improve Clinical Care and Support the Public Health Response (JAMA May 2020)


Recordings can be used for self-directed learning.
How to claim self-learning credits: 
For family physicians (Mainpro+ Certified Self Learning)

Join the conversation online: #RHCwebinars



**Subject to change**

May 13, 2020 - Acute Respiratory Distress: Approach and Management in the Suspected COVID-19 Patient

  • Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm PDT
  • Description: 
    This panel discussion webinar will cover the approach and management of patients presenting to the ER with acute respiratory distress and suspected COVID-19. Please join Dr. Matt Petrie (ER), Dr. Ryan Foster (ICU), and Dr. Nick Kuzak (Anaesthesia/Critical Care) for a case-based discussion of the management of these patients from a respiratory care standpoint. Audience participation is encouraged during the presentation with dedicated time for Q&A.
  • Learning Objectives:
    Develop a diagnostic approach to suspected COVID-19 patients presenting respiratory distress
    Establish a stepwise approach to hypoxia management in suspected COVID-19 patients utilizing non-invasive ventilation strategies
    Recognize the indications for intubation in COVID-19 patients in respiratory distress
  • Audience Questions: 
    Submit your questions live, or in advance here: https://app.sli.do/event/987q9fzi 
  • Faculty Panel:
    Dr. Matt Petrie, EM, Kelowna General Hospital
    Dr. Ryan Foster, ICU, Kelowna General Hospital
    Dr. Nick Kuzak, Anesthesia/Cardiac Critical Care, Kelowna General Hospital 

May 20, 2020 - Delivering Culturally Safe Care During a Pandemic - Rural BC Success Stories

  • Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm PDT
  • Description:
    Join us for this timely and Elder-led overview of why cultural safety is an important issue during a pandemic. We’ll examine historic considerations pertinent to Indigenous people during pandemics and how those factors can activate trauma. We plan to highlight a practitioner and patient who are using virtually-enhanced patient care to ensure continuity continues even in remote areas. And lastly, we will review some of the good work being done by FNHA, RCCbc, UBC CPD, etc. all around the province to help provide the best care for BC First Nations during this time.
  • Learning Objectives:
    Examine why cultural safety is an imperative part of patient care during a pandemic
    Highlight examples of virtually-enhanced care to remote First Nations communities from a patient perspective
    Discuss how to build new virtual relationships in a culturally-sensitive way, including examples of how ceremony can be supported virtually
    Review local success stories and innovations that are happening that help address health disparities during a pandemic
  • Audience Questions: 
    Submit your questions live, or in advance here: https://app.sli.do/event/xrl7i4al 
  • Faculty Panel:
    Elder Roberta Price, Elder in Residence, VCH Aboriginal Wellness Program
    Dr. Terri Aldred, FP, Prince George; Site Director, UBC Indigenous Family Practice Program
    Dr. Kelsey Louie, FP, Medical Officer, First Nations Health Authority
    Dr. John Pawlovich, FP, Abbotsford; Telehealth Lead, RCCbc
    Featuring Mr. Luma Dumont, a Carrier Sekani Family Services (CSFS) Patient

May 27, 2020 - Ask Anything: COVID-19 for Rural Practitioners

  • Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm PDT
  • Description:
    Join us for this online accredited session where highly experienced clinicians will answer your COVID-19 questions and share their experiences diagnosing and managing COVID-19 patients, both in the ER and the acute care setting. The webinar will include a panel of experts including an urban emergency physician who contracted COVID-19, a rural intensivist, a rural centre emergency physician, and a pediatric infectious disease specialist. Participants will be prompted to ask their questions in real-time. We also encourage you to send your questions in early!
  • Learning Objectives:
    Become updated on suggested best practices for diagnosing and caring for your COVID-19 patients.
    Discuss COVID-19 emergency & critical care topics such as ventilation, cardiac failure, stroke protocols, and PPE/containment.
    Review the latest data on pediatric manifestations of COVID-19.
    Review the most up-to-date evidence around PCR testing and serology and it’s implications for public health.
  • Audience Questions: 
    Submit your questions live, or in advance here: https://app.sli.do/event/vazfzhey
  • Faculty Panel:
    Dr. Matt Petrie, EM, Kelowna General Hospital
    Dr. Mike Kenyon, Internist, Nanaimo General Hospital
    Dr. Joseph Finkler, EM, St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver
    Dr. Jared Bullard, Pediatric Infectious Diseases & Medical Microbiology, Cadham Provincial Laboratory, Winnipeg


Hosted by:


Free, but space is limited.
Email cpd.info@ubc.ca if you register but later decide you cannot attend.

Cancellations and Refunds

How to ask questions

  • Our Q&A platform will be hosted on Sli.do.
  • ​Type out your question in the ‘type your question’ field and click ‘SEND. You will see your question posted and you will be able to review questions that others have asked. Your questions can be asked anonymously, just leave your name out when posting your questions.
  • ​Up-vote: feel free to click the thumbs up icon beside the questions you like as this will move those questions to the top of the queue.
  • ​Questions will be reviewed by the moderator and relayed to the presenters before the session and during the Q&A period.
  • Note that the actual Sli.do event link will be emailed to you on the morning of the event.


This webinar will be recorded and will be available online within a few days of the event. If you register for the webinar, you will receive a post-webinar email with the recording link.

Connection Details

Prior to the webinar, you will receive an email from UBC CPD with connection details (a second reminder will be sent again the day of the webinar). If you do not receive this email, please check your spam folders. You should add "@ubc.ca" to your safe sender list. If you do not receive the connection email, please contact us at cpd.info@ubc.ca.


  • Live broadcast starts at 7:00pm PDT via Zoom.
  • Moderator and presenters will be visible via webcam.
  • Any presentation slides will be visible in the webinar.
  • Audio will be live through your computer speakers.
  • Your questions to be sent via Sli.do.

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