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December 2023

This December, we announce several exciting events to take place in the new year. Discover more this month through our learning activities about new challenges and best practices for managing syphilis and other STIs, and Rounds dedicated to managing young febrile infants in the rural setting. 

UBC CPD welcomes a new member to our administrative team and congratulates the recipients of the 2023 Faculty of Medicine awards. 

Don’t miss the new guidelines for our Provincial Opioid Addiction Treatment Support Program and our final call to apply for UBC CPD Resident Grant applications. 

Health professionals are encouraged to participate in the development of new education on Alcohol Use Disorder by completing a short, anonymous survey by Jan. 3, 2024. Get involved and take the survey.  



Updated course addresses new guidelines for Provincial Opioid Addiction Treatment 

The Provincial Opioid Addiction Treatment Support Program (POATSP) approaches how to navigate opioid use disorder treatment as a family physician, specialist, nurse practitioner or pharmacist.  

If you were registered in the previous version of POATSP, you will need to re-enroll based on latest updates in A Guideline for the Clinical Management of Opioid Use Disorder (2023).  

Physicians and nurse practitioners – learn more.

Registered nurses – learn more.

Final call to apply for UBC CPD Residents Grants 

The deadline to apply for the Educational Research Grants for Residents has been extended. UBC residents conducting and presenting research as part of graduation requirements are eligible and invited to apply. Grant recipients receive an honorarium of $500 to support educational research projects.

Apply by Dec. 17.

Brand new conference series to tackle work-life balance for practicing physicians 

The new Practice Foundations: Surviving to Thriving virtual conference series, co-sponsored by UBC CPD and UBC Postgraduate Medical Education, will take place on Feb. 7 and Mar. 5, where practiced physicians will speak on improving work-life balance through all stages of practice. UBC medical residents are eligible for a discounted rate.

Learn more about the conference.

New webinar offers long-term care strategies for patients affected by pregnancy complications 

Primary care providers are invited to participate in this new accredited webinar, What All Primary Care Providers Should Know: Managing Lifelong Cardiovascular and Metabolic Health Risks After Pregnancy Complications, offered by UBC CPD and the Perinatal Community of Practice.

Experts will discuss increased health risks from pregnancy complications and share practical strategies on lifelong care. Register to attend on Jan. 16 – questions are encouraged. 

Learn more about the webinar.

UBC CPD Personal Learning Plans now open to new learners – Don't miss this opportunity! 

Registration for the Personal Learning Plans (PLP) is now open to new learners. New to rural practice physicians and International Medical Graduate (IMG) physicians are eligible and invited to participate in this program. 

Learn more about PLP.

New education for Alcohol Use Management in Primary Care  

In partnership with the BC Ministry of Health, UBC CPD will create education for health professionals to implement evidence-based prevention, harm reduction and treatment interventions for high-risk drinking and Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) in their scope of practice. 

Health professionals are encouraged to participate in the development of new education about Alcohol Use Disorder by completing a short, anonymous survey by Jan. 3, 2024.

Get involved and take the survey. 

CPD Updates

2023 Faculty of Medicine CPD Awards recipients

In case you missed the 2023 Faculty of Medicine CPD Awards Reception, we were pleased to recognize Dr. Ray Markham for earning the Award for Distinguished Service to CPD/CME and Patricia Birch as the recipient of the 2023 Award for Innovation in CPD/CME. Nominations for the 2024 CPD/CME Awards will open next summer – stay tuned with us on social media or sign up for our newsletter! 

“It is a true honour to publicly recognize these individuals for their impactful contributions to the field in long-term Distinguished Service and outstanding Innovation to Continuing Professional Development/Continuing Medical Education.” – Dr. Brenna Lynn, Associate Dean of Continuing Professional Development

Read more about the awards recipients.

UBC CPD welcomes new Administrative Manager 

Sunny Lee, Administrative Manager, will join UBC CPD this month to oversee the administrative team and support business operations. 

Meet the UBC CPD team.

Save the Date for the 18th Annual Pacific Psychopharmacology Conference

This year’s Pacific Psychopharmacology Conference, organized by UBC CPD and the UBC Department of Psychiatry, took place Sept. 28-29 and featured topics like new treatments for psychosis, mental health and Indigenous community care, ADHD across the age spectrum and more. Stay tuned for the next Pacific Psychopharmacology Conference to take place on Sept. 19-20, 2024. 

Read more about the conference.

This changed my practice

Palliative approach to care and serious illness conversations 

A palliative approach to care and serious illness addresses and manages patients' and families' psychological, practical, social, spiritual and physical issues in line with their goals of care and helps prepare them for eventual life closure. Download the handout to help guide your serious illness conversations and read practical tips on how to implement this in your practice. 

Read the TCMP article by Dr. Shirley Samuel-Haynes and earn credits.

Can’t miss learning activities

Dec. 5 | Managing Syphilis and Other STIs: New Challenges and Best Practices

Join us for this accredited education session that brings together highly experienced public health and medical experts to address best practices for managing sexually transmitted infections. 


Dec. 7 | Rural Rounds: Managing Young Febrile Infants in the Rural Setting 

Join us for the next Rural Rounds session on managing young febrile infants in the rural setting with Dr. Navid Dehghani, aiming to engage rural healthcare providers in interactive Zoom presentations.  


Get even more

We offer a variety of accredited learning activities to serve the needs of rural and urban physicians across British Columbia and beyond. Specialist topics and learning designed for resident doctors, physical therapists, midwives, nurses and nurse practitioners serve our communities with continuing professional development.

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

November 2023 News

November is a busy month for continuing professional development — several new learning activities have been announced and many popular events are just around the corner. It’s also a month when we celebrate the achievements of our colleagues.
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September 2023 news

Welcome back to the fall season of learning. We’ve prepared an incredible lineup of conferences, workshops, webinars and eLearning modules for you, including two just announced webinars and an additional winter session of Rural Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Rounds. In recognition of Childhood, Ovarian and Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in September, we’re highlighting learning on cancer screening and care developed in partnership with BC Cancer. We look forward to seeing you at some of our incredible learning activities in the coming weeks.
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October News 2023

This month we encourage you to take part in Occupational Therapy Month and World Hospice and Palliative Care Day with learning that focuses on these topics. In addition to some popular annual events, October also launches several new learning activities related to adult mental health, ophthalmic emergencies, virtual geriatric exams, and rounds dedicated to rural settings, including a new option for dedicated support with office hours.
Read more about October News 2023

August 2023 news

In August, we’re celebrating the many collaborative partnerships we share with health organizations, authorities and committees to bring CPD solutions to life. Climate change and extreme heat are top of mind this time of year. Visit our resources related to climate action, a shared focus this month with stories from the Faculty of Medicine Pathways.
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Did you know? Dec. 1 was World AIDS Day and marks the start of Indigenous AIDS Awareness Week (IAAW) from Dec. 1-7. Take part in AIDS awareness by exploring our related eLearning courses.

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