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November 2022 News

November is a month of celebrations for UBC CPD. We start the month celebrating the 20th anniversary of the UBC Faculty of Medicine’s Indigenous Pathway program and recognize the recipients of the recently announced Awards for Innovation and Service in CPD. Big congratulations to UBC’s Rural CPD Coaching and Mentoring Program (CAMP) team for receiving the 2022 CFPC Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program Award.   

We’re also excited about the launch of a new lunch and learn session — Raising Resilient Kids. We have a great line-up of upcoming winter conferences and events and encourage you to save the dates. If you’re looking for community-based small-group learning sessions, we’ve linked a list of opportunities for you to invite us.  



Celebrating 20 years of the UBC Faculty of Medicine’s Indigenous Pathway program

In honour of the 20th anniversary, we will gather online on Nov. 3 to celebrate Indigenous Physicians in BC and learn about cultural safety from elders and program graduates. This celebratory webinar is open to a broader UBC community and general public. On Nov. 8, we’ll host an in-person workshop for Indigenous alumni and students to connect with their peers, learn about traditional plant-based knowledge and share experiences as Indigenous physicians.

Awards for Innovation and Service in CPD announced—Congratulations to the 2022 recipients 

2022 continuing professional development awards recipients Dr. Carol Ward and Dr. Kyla Hildebrand are known contributors to the advancement of medical education in their fields, program development and for responding to immediate needs in their communities. 

Each year, the Faculty of Medicine recognizes faculty and staff members for excellence in teaching, research, administration, innovation and public service. Two continuing professional development awards recognize outstanding contributions to continuing medical education in the categories of distinguished service and innovation.

Award for Distinguished Service to CME/CPD

Dr. Carol Ward, Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, is recognized for substantial long-term contributions to Continuing Professional Development/Continuing Medical Education in the Faculty of Medicine. 

Dr. Ward’s implementation of the PIECES™ model, education for health professionals providing care for dementia and other chronic conditions, is noted for helping to advance a person-centered model to support the care of older adults living with complex chronic disease, including neurocognitive disorders, mental health needs, and associated behavioural changes. 

After the 2017 Williams Lake wildfires, Dr. Ward led the development and implementation of a CPD series, Project ECHO MHSU, for family physicians and nurse practitioners in rural BC focusing on issues relevant to survivors of the fire in support of health professionals who care for older adults with complex mental health and substance use conditions. The project continues to this day. 

In 2021 she was appointed as the Geriatric Psychiatric Consultant for the Health Standards Organization National Long-Term Care Technical Committee and is known for her leadership and active participation on several UBC Department of Psychiatry committees.  

Award for Innovation in CME/CPD

Dr. Kyla Hildebrand, Clinical Assistant Professor, Allergy & Immunology, Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, is recognized for outstanding innovation and/or creativity with original work in the area of Continuing Professional Development/Continuing Medical Education programming.  

Dr. Hildebrand successfully lead the development of a UBC CPD eLearning module, Preventing Food Allergies in Infants: Early Introduction to Allergenic Solids and review of the Reducing Risk of Food Allergy in Your Baby, a key resource for health professionals. 

Ongoing leadership at the Clinical Immunology & Allergy Distributed Academic Half-day (DAHD) has benefitted that program’s fellows-in-training due to Dr. Hildebrand's support and innovation — significantly impacting training during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Dr. Hildebrand’s role in leading and directing virtual teaching at the onset of the pandemic and her expertise in vaccine immunology has made her a leader in teaching in the virtual setting. She is known for her effective facilitation of evidence-based information and best epidemiological data in decision-making conversations with patients. 

Dr. Hildebrand has lead dozens of provincial and national workshops, conference discussions and keynote lectures since 2016, including being awarded presenter of the year (2016–17) from the University of Manitoba Department of Pediatrics.  

Thank you to Drs Ward and Hildebrand for their commitment to lifelong learning, medical education and mentorship. Congratulations on this well-earned recognition.  

If you’d like to nominate a colleague for the 2023 awards, stay-tuned for upcoming nomination deadlines.  

Coaching and Mentoring Program (CAMP) recipient of CFPC award  

The Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine (FAFM) and the College of Family Physicians of Canada™ (CFPC) has awarded UBC’s Rural CPD Coaching and Mentoring Program (CAMP) with the 2022 CFPC Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program Award.  

CAMP’s aim is to positively influence physician retention, resilience and patient care in rural communities by providing physician-to-physicians connections to individuals who may feel isolated or unsupported. Engaging in coaching/mentoring relationships as a direct practice improvement activity is an innovative way to support rural physicians, and CAMP has implemented this model to great success. Learn more about this innovative way to support rural physicians.

New lunch and learn — Raising Resilient Kids

Newly launched virtual lunch and learn session with Dr. Joanna Cheek introduces one of Shared Care’s most recent projects — Raising Resilient Kids. 

Raising Resilient Kids is an evidence-based preventative care program designed to strengthen caregiver-child relationships and support caregivers in raising secure, resilient children. Participants will explore the content and process of the Raising Resilient Kids program and learn about referring patients. Join this lunch & learn virtual session on Nov. 2.

CPD Updates

Save the dates for the upcoming winter conferences and events     

Plan your winter CPD in advance — save the dates for the upcoming winter conferences and events.

Visit our learning activities page often as more events open registration. 

Invite us to you — In-community CPD

UBC CPD offers responsive, flexible and practical community-based learning opportunities to support you to thrive as a health professional in British Columbia.  

This month we host virtual, community-based small group session for primary care providers and cancer care specialists in Kamloops and West Kootenays communities. Also this month, we are delivering a free webinar for Surrey-North Delta practitioners, exploring topics on engaging with patients with complex non-cancer pain. 

View all our in-community learning opportunities and invite us to you!  

This Changed My Practice

Until recently, female presentations of ADHD have been largely overlooked in both clinical and research settings. With increasing awareness and media attention to women and ADHD, adult women are asking if ADHD could explain their longstanding challenges. 
Read the latest This Changed My Practice article Women with ADHD — Practice Tips by Dr. Elisabeth Baerg Hall and earn 0.25 credits. 

Can’t miss learning activities

Nov. 1 | Discussing MAiD: Compassionate Conversations in End-of-Life Care  

Discussing goals of care with patients can be challenging to navigate. Join our highly experienced and knowledgeable medical experts as they answer your questions, share their experiences and recommend best practices in discussing medical assistance in dying (MAiD). 


Nov. 5 | Hot Topics in Internal Medicine (Virtual half day conference)  

Join us for a half-day virtual conference covering hot topics seen in practice. Dr. Steven Wong will share his summary of internal medicine articles that changed his practice, then cover topics such as chronic fatigue, PAD, obesity, thrombosis, heart failure and perioperative medicine in the elderly.   


Nov. 8 | Midwifery Documentation: Practice Tips from the Experts  

Discuss documentation and communication tips and strategies for midwives. This webinar will include a panel of presenters from the Midwives Protection Program and the BC College of Nurses and Midwives. 


Nov. 10  | Rural Rounds: The Occasional Airway Emergency - An Interactive, Case-Based Review 

Rural Rounds provides rural health professionals with up-to-date and relevant medical education through interactive Zoom presentations. If you practice or support rural communities in British Columbia, we encourage you to join these engaging sessions. 


Nov. 18-20 | Refresher Course for Family Physician Anesthetists   

The FPA Refresher Course is specifically designed for Family Physician Anesthetists (FPAs) and other primary care physicians practicing anesthesia skills in their rural communities.  


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.

Did you know? February is Heart Month. Join the annual 19th Hot Topics in Cardiology for the most recent updates on the treatment of cardiovascular illness and more.

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