External Links for PRA-BC Candidates

CLINICAL PRACTICE GUIDELINES  TOOLS by topic  I  MEDICAL ORGANIZATIONS

The following is a collection of online resources for family physicians new to practice in British Columbia as compiled by the staff at UBC CPD. This list is by no means exhaustive and represents only some of the many excellent resources available locally, provincially and nationally. UBC CPD does not have any commercial affiliation or endorse any products.

This collection is reviewed on an annual basis; as such, it may not reflect recent updates from the original source(s). Please report broken links or updates to the following pra.orientation@ubc.ca.

CLINICAL PRACTICE GUIDELINES

Provincial Guidelines

  • BC Guidelines General practice guidelines developed by the Guidelines and Protocols Advisory Committee on behalf of the Medical Services Commission. The Guidelines are intended to give an understanding of a clinical problem, and outline one or more preferred approaches to the investigation and management of the problem.
  • BC Cancer Agency This site provides brief, practical cancer care guidelines for family physicians on the following topics: Breast Cancer, Colorectal Cancer, Female Genital Tract Cancers, Palliative Care, and Upper Gastrointestinal Cancers.
  • BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) This site provides treatment guidelines for sexually transmitted infections in adolescents and adults, communicable disease control, tuberculosis, and immunizations.
  • BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS’s (BC-CfE's) This site provides information on therapeutic guidelines for patients with HIV/AIDS, including specific information for primary care, adults, pediatrics, pregnant women, and more.
  • Lifetime Prevention Schedule (LPS) The Lifetime Prevention Schedule (LPS) looks at clinical prevention services for people in B.C. These include screening, behavioral interventions (advice) and preventive medications provided by a health care provider, based on age and sex. The LPS Reports show priorities for these services in B.C. by examining each service’s clinical effectiveness, population health impact and cost effectiveness. It covers the government recommendations for prevention. As such it is one place where learners from all the health professions can see an overview and detail of an harmonized, evidence–based, clinically and cost effective, approach to prevention for our population. 
  • Perinatal Services of British Columbia (PSBC) Perinatal Services BC develops evidence-based, clinical practice guidelines that include recommendations for care of the woman during pregnancy, labour/birth, and after birth for the mother and newborn in British Columbia.

National Guidelines

TOOLS by topic

Addiction and Mental Health

  • Transition to DSM V Medical Council of Canada (MCC) information on how the transition from DSM IV to DSM V will be addressed in their examinations including the MCCQE Part II and NAC examination.
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine This site contains guidelines and consensus documents, plus tools and resources for providers of care.
  • BC Methadone Program Located on the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia website, this link provides information and training/education related to methadone prescribing.
  • Suboxone Online Education Module This is an online education module for prescribers of opioid substitution treatment. Please note this program is sponsored by Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals and UBC CPD in no way endorses this program or products of Reckitt Benckiser Inc.
  • Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine CSAM offers scientific and medical information about Addiction, for professionals and the general public. Bulletin articles with news and views, Definitions, Policy Statements, and networking are available to improve the understanding, assessment, treatment, prevention and research related to Addiction Medicine in Canada and around the world. Membership is required to access these materials.
  • PSP Mental health learning modules  The Practice Support Program (PSP) is a quality improvement-focused initiative that provides a suite of evidence-based educational services and in-practice supports to improve patient care and doctor experience. As an initiative of the General Practice Services Committee (GPSC), PSP supports doctors to work towards realizing the attributes of the patient medical home and primary care home. 
  • The Adult Mental Health and Child & Youth Mental Health These learning modules offer a comprehensive list of materials to assist physicians in developing skills and confidence to diagnose and treat patients with mental health needs. 

 

Canadian Healthcare System & Structure

Continuing Professional Development

  • UBC CPD The University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine - Division of Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD) is an official academic unit of UBC that is aligned with provincial, national, and international best practices. UBC CPD provides a variety of educational programs for physicians including in-person and online modules, journal clubs and more.
  • UBC Rural CPD (RCPD) Program The UBC Rural Continuing Professional Development (RCPD) Program aims to provide accessible and relevant education to physicians and other health care providers who live in rural and remote areas of British Columbia (BC).  Offerings include travelling workshops (ultrasound and other clinical skills), online education, mentoring programs, and more.
  • The College of Family Physicians of Canada – Maintenance of Proficiency (MAINPRO) The CFPC administers the MAINPRO program which is recognized in most provinces as the standard for continuing professional development for Canadian family physicians. Participation in MAINPRO is tracked online over a five-year cycle with minimum requirements based upon activity type (self-directed, online, assessment-based, etc.).

Diagnostics and Therapeutics

  • Bugs and Drugs In its fifth edition, the Bugs & Drugs book is a comprehensive, evidence-based reference for physicians, dentists, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and other health care professionals in Canada. It provides health care practitioners with the latest recommendations for the appropriate use of antimicrobials and the optimal treatment and prevention of infectious diseases. *Requires purchase*
  • LifeLabs LifeLabs is an independent provider of laboratory services and tests with clinics located throughout the province. This link is for providers of care and includes access to lab supplies order forms, requisitions, information on services and costs, access to lab reports and more.
  • Compendium of Therapeutic Choices The Compendium of Therapeutic Choices, formerly Therapeutic Choices, is a trusted Canadian source for evidence-based treatment information for all health care practitioners involved in therapeutic decision-making.  Practical, bottom-line, clinical information covering more than 200 common medical conditions is referenced and organized in a concise format by therapeutic condition. More than 72 chapters cover drug therapy during pregnancy and breastfeeding. The content is based on the best available evidence, subject to a rigorous peer review process. *Requires purchase*
  • RxFiles.ca RxFiles is an academic detailing program providing objective, comparative drug information to clinicians through newsletter reviews, Q&As, Trial Summaries, and up-to-date drug comparison charts. 

Geriatrics/Elderly

  • Public Guardian and Trustee of BC - Substitute Healthcare Decision Making
  • Frailty in Older Adults: Early Identification and Management
  • PSP Chronic Disease Management learning module Optimizing care for chronic disease patients can be challenging in a busy practice. In this module, you will learn how patient registries and an automated recall system can streamline care and improve health outcomes.
  • PSP COPD/Heart Failure learning module Learn techniques for early identification and optimal management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder and heart failure. Tools and approaches for providing seamless care in collaboration with specialists and community-based partners are also covered in this module. 
  • PSP End-of-Life learning module Improve care for patients nearing the end of their lives. Learn how to identify patients who will benefit from palliative care, increase your confidence in having advance care planning conversations, and improve collaboration with palliative and non-palliative specialist services, families and caregivers.

Driving Assessments

Licensing Examinations

Maternity and Perinatal Care

  • Pregnancy Vancouver This website, offered by the Vancouver Division of Family Practice (VDoFP), contains a number of resources and tools for public and professions on topics such as exercise and nutrition during pregnancy, breastfeeding, delivery and prenatal education, as well as a “find a doctor” tool. Specific to care providers is a referral to family doctors and public health, as well as  pre-natal and post-partum checklists.

Pediatrics

Periodic Health Examinations

  • College of Family Physicians This page on the College website provides information, publications and resources on periodic health examinations in Canada.

Practice Management

Billing and BC Medical Service Plan

Financial and Office Management

Public Health

  • BC Centre for Disease Control for Health Professionals This site includes clinical practice guidelines, surveillance guidelines for communicable diseases, forms and templates (immunizations, etc.), posters and educational materials for patients, and more.
  • Public Health Agency of Canada The PHAC website contains information for providers and patients on a variety of topics including immunizations, health promotion and prevention, chronic and infectious diseases and more.

Rural Medicine

  • Rural Coordination Centre of BC The Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc), in conjunction with the Rural Education Action Plan (REAP), seeks to improve rural health education and advocates for rural health in British Columbia. RCCbc works on behalf of the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues (JSC), an entity that advises the BC government and the Doctors of BC (formerly the BCMA) on matters pertaining to rural medical practice.
  • Rural Education Action Plan (REAP) provides coordination and funding to attract, prepare, recruit and retain physicians for BC’s rural communities; use educationally-based strategies to support rural physicians through their careers; and focus primarily on education, recruitment and retention of physicians.

MEDICAL ORGANIZATIONS

Provincial

  • BC College of Family Physicians The BCCFP is a provincial independent organization for family physicians in BC providing continuing education, advocacy and networking; the BCCFP is a chapter of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (see below).  Membership is voluntary.
  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia CPSBC is the provincial body regulating the practice of medicine in BC under the authority of provincial law.  All practicing physicians in BC must be registrants of the College. Registrants of the College have access to a number of resources including the College Library.
  • Division of Family Practice Community-based groups of family physicians organized across the province. Membership is voluntary. Click here to be directed to the Divisions resources page.
  • Doctors of BC Doctors of BC is the provincial association of physicians; membership is voluntary. Click here to be directed to the Doctors of BC resources page.

National

  • Canadian Medical Association The CMA is the national association of physicians in Canada; membership is voluntary. Click here to be directed to the CMA resources page.
  • College of Family Physicians of Canada The CFPC is the national professional organization for the training, accreditation, certifications and containing professional development of family physicians in Canada. Participation in the CFPC Maintenance of Proficiency (MAINPRO) program is mandatory for practicing family physicians in British Columbia. Of specific interest to new-to-BC physicians is the College’s First Five Years of Practice group.
  • Society of Rural Physicians of Canada SRCP is the national voice of Canadian rural physicians with over 3,000 members representing rural physicians in Canada's 5 regional divisions spanning the country. SRCP promotes and provides leadership, advocacy, research, continuing education and communication among rural physicians and other groups with an interest in rural health care. The SRPC is a voluntary professional organization.
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