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June 2022 News

This June, UBC CPD is celebrating the launch of several new learning activities, including a new webinar for midwives, new cancer care education and ultrasound sessions. Plus, a few of our biggest events of the year will wrap up a busy conference season this month — Island Medicine 2022 and the 7th Annual BC Infectious Disease Symposium. Rural Rounds will also host their last sessions of the summer over the next few weeks.

A few important deadlines are quickly approaching, too. Nominations for CPD awards are due by June 10 and the reporting cycle for Mainpro+ credits ends June 30.

We are pleased to release our 2021–2022 Rural Annual Report, highlighting another impactful year in BC’s rural and remote communities, and excited to welcome a new member of the UBC CPD to help stay connected with you.

There are plenty of ways to connect with us this month and we hope to see you online or in person at an upcoming learning activity.



BC Cancer Primary Care learning sessions connect community physicians

The first tailored BC Cancer Primary Care learning session on breast cancer for the East Kootenays has been a success. The pilot, a small-group virtual forum connecting community physicians to their local general practitioners in oncology and regional cancer centre, will strengthen local relationships by addressing clinical and system questions while exploring community-based solutions.

“A huge thank you for having welcomed us with all of our questions in a very supportive and non-judgmental way,” one participant said.

The positive feedback means more opportunities for this type of free programming in the future. Learn more about cancer care education from UBC CPD.

New series launches June 24 teaching ultrasound for shock

A series of five Rural POCUS Rounds sessions focused on topics related to ultrasound for shock starts this month. The highly anticipated series will run through November 2022. Read more about Intro to POCUS for Shock with Dr. Tracy Morton.

How COVID-19 affects pregnancy — a new webinar for midwives

Just launched, learn about COVID-19, how it affects pregnancy, public health measures and management options in this webinar designed for midwives. All interested professionals are welcome to attend. Read more and register to save your spot for this new learning opportunity.

CPD Updates

Deadline to nominate colleagues for CPD awards fast approaching

The deadline to nominate a colleague for the Awards for Innovation & Service in CPD/CME is June 10. Submit a nomination package to recognize excellence among your peers for recognition at the Faculty of Medicine awards reception. Nominate for awards today.

Access a record of your CPD credits before June 30 cycle deadline

As a reminder, the College of Family Physicians of Canada’s current cycle year runs from July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022, for reporting continuing professional development (CPD) credits.

To help you prepare, we’ve created a Registration and Certificates FAQ web page to guide you through the process of logging into your account to access your UBC CPD course history.

Virtual rural rounds wrap-up for summer

The June 9 Rural Rounds session will be the last of this popular series this summer, so make sure you register for rural and virtual rounds before it’s too late.

June 3 — Virtual Health Grand Rounds: Augmented Reality as a Medical Learning Tool
June 9 — Rural Rounds: Pediatric Airways

View all upcoming Rural and Virtual Health Grand Rounds.

UBC CPD’s rural team releases annual report

While the pandemic changed our work, it did not slow us down. The rural team, focused specifically on the needs of health-care professionals outside of urban centres, met the needs of the community virtually and met or exceeded learner expectations.

“This is an amazing approach for those of us not near academic centres. Keep up the excellent work,” a participant in the Cultural Safety and Humility series said.

Special thanks to our partners, the Rural Coordination Centre of BC and Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues (JSC), for another amazing year. Read the full 2021-2022 rural report.

New marketing team member joins UBC CPD

We are excited to welcome Lili Sabirova to our marketing and communications team. Lili will create content (like this webpage), prepare email updates and share activities on social media. She’s behind the scenes keeping us connected with you. Meet the UBC CPD team.

Tip! You can get the latest from UBC CPD on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn. Helpful reminders, program launches and TCMP articles are shared to help you stay connected — without having to stay on top of your email. Follow us on social media.

This changed my practice

Inflammatory back pain: distinguishing it from common mechanical back pain
by Drs. Angela Hu, Jon Chan and Neda Amiri

Low back pain is a common complaint. In fact, about two-thirds of adults suffer from low back pain at some point in their life, and it is second only to upper respiratory problems as a reason for visits to a physician. Axial spondyloarthritis is an autoimmune disease that results in inflammation in the spine. A number of therapies exist for this condition and early therapy may prevent progressive spinal fusion. Given the sheer prevalence of low back pain, identifying patients with axial spondyloarthritis can be challenging. Read the This Changed my Practice article.

Can’t miss learning activities

June 6 and 13 | Not Just a Prescription Pad: A Multimodal Approach to Chronic Non-Cancer Pain Management

Island health practitioners are invited to participate in a free webinar to learn more about engaging with patients with complex non-cancer pain, and identifying appropriate evidence-based treatments through integrating non-pharmacological and pharmacological treatments.


June 10–11 | Island Medicine 2022: Updates, Skills, Simulation & Networking Conference

We are excited to finally get together and share this learning experience which is tailor-made for island front-line clinicians. This is such a great opportunity to make some connections with providers across the island.


June 17–18 | 7th Annual BC Infectious Diseases Symposium

This virtual program will review up-to-date and timely information about a wide range of infectious disease topics over two half-days.


June 21 | Webinar on COVID-19 Infection: Assessing and Managing the Long-Term Sequelae

COVID-19 infections can cause chronic symptoms often referred to as Long COVID or Post-COVID-19 symptoms. Join us for this free webinar where highly experienced primary care experts will answer your COVID-19 questions and share their experiences and best practices in managing chronic post-COVID-19 symptoms and recovery care.


June 29 | Webinar: COVID-19 in Pregnancy: Information for Midwives

Learn about the impact of COVID-19 on pregnancy, the role of public health measures, including vaccination, and how to manage it in your patients.


Get even more

We serve our communities with a variety of accredited professional development to meet the needs of rural and urban physicians across British Columbia and beyond. Learning activities are designed for family and specialist physicians, resident doctors, physical therapists, midwives, nurses, nurse practitioners and specialized health care professionals.

Find eLearning, webinars, conferences and more available on the learning activities page.

Did you know? June is men’s health month. For family physicians and and primary care providers in Canada, we offer the online course, Optimizing Care for Gay, Bisexual, and other Men who have Sex with Men (gbMSM), at no cost.

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