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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. Congrats to the recipients of the 2023 CPD Awards. Also, we welcome new applications for the CPD Resident Grants.

Don’t miss the new guidelines for cervical cancer screening and we invite you to check-out the latest online tool to help rural health professionals hone their coaching and mentoring skills.



2023 Faculty of Medicine CPD Awards recipients announced

Congratulations Dr. Ray Markham for earning the Award for Distinguished Service to CME/CPD in recognition of outstanding contributions to Continuing Professional Development and to Patricia Birch in recognition of outstanding innovation in CME/CPD programming as recipient of the 2023 Award for Innovation in CME/CPD.

Dr. Ray Markham, Family Medicine 

Born in Zimbabwe and trained in South Africa, Dr. Ray Markham first immigrated to Canada in 1992, where he practiced for three years in rural Newfoundland. In 1995, he began a seven-year career in General Practice with the British Army in the UK completing his General Practice Vocational Training and his Membership in the Royal College of General Practitioners. During that time, Ray was awarded the Sydney Herbert Medal and Prize for achievement in post-graduate medical officer training, and the Queen Mother Prize for GP vocational training.

In 2002, Ray returned to Canada and settled with his family in Valemount, BC to practice rural generalist family medicine. He was named to the Order of British Columbia in 2009 for his service in Valemount.

Ray served as the Medical Director for UBC Rural Continuing Professional Development from 2013-2019 and became Executive Director of the Rural Coordination Centre of BC in Jan 2016. He currently serves as the Health Systems advisor to VPHealth at UBC Health. He participates at several rural medical tables, and regularly leads multidisciplinary volunteer teams from Canada to Zimbabwe through UBC Global Health aiming at bi-directional capacity building.

Patricia Birch, Medical Genetics 

Patricia’s career has ranged from arctic nursing to clinical genetic research and education. Her skill is to identify gaps in medical genetics clinical education and then to obtain grants to create novel programs to fill these gaps.

Patricia instigated a seminar series to support research excellence in UBC’s MSc Genetic Counselling program; developed the highly successful online Graduate Certificate in Genomic Counselling and Variant Interpretation; and most recently initiated a pilot project to integrate genetics and genomics education into the new Nurse Practitioner’s Master’s program at Thompson Rivers University.

She consistently uses ingenuity and creativity in course design and organization, often forming collaborative teams of experts across faculties and institutions. Her innovative and determined efforts develop tools to strengthen the capacity of genetic counsellors and nurses to use their knowledge to improve health outcomes.

Patricia credits Dr. J.M. Friedman for the unique space, freedom, and support he has provided over her many years as his lab manager.


Read about all the 2023 Faculty of Medicine Awards recipients.  

UBC CPD Resident Grants applications now open

Applications for the Educational Research Grants for Residents are now open. 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. 1.

New Guidelines for Cervical Cancer Screening in Primary Care

With new screening guidelines coming in 2024, this recently launched webinar will help you prepare.

Get the latest information from BC Cancer experts. 

Coaching Simulation Tool now available for CAMP participants

Family physicians, specialists, nurses, nurse practitioners and midwives enrolled in any UBC Rural CPD Coaching and Mentoring Programs (CAMP, RSON & ROAM-SP) can now access a new online Coaching Simulation Tool designed to simulate conversations between coach and coachee. The tool will help put your coaching and mentoring skills into practice.

Learn more about CAMP.  

Webinars, eLearning and new rural event announced to address hot topics in primary care

Take part in the latest CPD offerings with these four brand-new learning opportunities.

Improved Workshops on Postpartum Care for members of the Vancouver Division     

New and improved, the But I Don't Do Maternity Care! educational series for family physicians who don't do deliveries is back. Registration is open to members of the Vancouver Division.

Attend our in-person session on February 7 or online session on February 13.

CPD Updates

UBC CPD welcomes three new team members 

Caldon Saunders, Research & Events Assistant, and Luke Wu, Program Coordinator, have joined the Strategic Projects and Partnerships team. Joining the Marketing and Communications portfolio, Avani Dhunna starts this month as Digital Marketing Specialist and Writer.

Meet the UBC CPD team.  

This Changed My Practice

Daily eyedrops for presbyopia 

In December 2021, pilocarpine hydrochloride 1.25% eye drops became the first drug approved by the FDA for the medical management of presbyopia. Pilocarpine is a miotic agent that uses the eyes’ natural ability to constrict the pupil via parasympathetic innervation. It has been shown to improve near-intermediate vision without impacting distance vision. Long-term side effects of these drugs are under investigation for this indication. In Canada, pilocarpine 1.25% would be an off-label use for presbyopia and would need to be compounded by request. Pilocarpine hydrochloride 2% is readily available to treat high pressure inside the eye due to glaucoma or other eye diseases (such as ocular hypertension). 

Read the TCMP article by Dr. Nawaaz Nathoo and Sorayya Seddigh and earn credits.

Can’t miss learning activities

Nov. 16 | FPON Webinar: Female Sexual Health & Cancer Survivorship

Join us for the next talk in the Family Practice Oncology Network (FPON) Webinar Series on female sexual health & cancer survivorship with Dr. Melanie Altas.


Nov. 17 | UBC Division of Palliative Care CME Day 2023

The UBC Division of Palliative Care invites you to this year's virtual CME Day, "Palliative Care and the Mind", aiming to enhance your practice when caring for patients with palliative care needs.


Nov. 17 | Ophthalmology for Emergency Physicians - A Seminar and Skills Course

The program brings together a broad range of ophthalmic experts from around the province and is designed to provide a detailed review of ophthalmic emergencies with both didactic and hands on components to allow participants to hone skills in diagnosis and management of ocular and visual presentations in the acute setting.


Nov. 18 | BC Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting and AGM 2023

Gain insights and knowledge from experts in the field of psychiatry. From cutting-edge research to innovative treatments, our speakers will cover diverse topics on physician wellness and burnout, concurrent disorders, psychosis, reconciliation in psychiatry, plus more.


Nov. 22 | BC Virtual Health Grand Rounds: Virtual Geriatric Exams

Virtual Health Grand Rounds is a quarterly provincial rounds series for health-care professionals, health administrators, and IT colleagues to explore transformative, technology-enabled health-care delivery. The rounds spark discussion about the risks, benefits, and considerations for adopting technology to support patient-centered care.


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.

Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases affecting people in Canada. Take part in Diabetes Month with diabetes-related CPD.

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