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September 2022 News

This September is a dynamic month for UBC CPD as many of our popular events and series return for the fall. We feel honored to be awarded the first prize for the physical poster at the Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) 2022 conference: Connecting Hearts and Minds: A Relational Approach to Indigenous-Led Continuing Professional Development. Also, this month we are excited to launch a brand-new eLearning course — Sexually Transmitted and Blood-borne Infections: Barriers to Screening. Finally, we are looking forward to have two new co-op students join us this fall.  



UBC CPD awarded first prize for poster at TUFH 2022

Indigenous Patient Led CPD (IPL) is an Elder-led group from Indigenous and non-Indigenous backgrounds working together with a common aim to increase cultural safety and humility in rural BC by building relationships between First Nations and physician communities.  

A visual representation of IPL titled "Connecting Hearts and Minds: A Relational Approach to Indigenous-Led Continuing Professional Development" was recently awarded first prize for the poster at the Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) 2022 conference. 

Congratulations to the IPL team for this award-winning work!

September is a month for prostate and childhood cancer awareness 

To acknowledge prostate and childhood cancer awareness month, discover our courses on Prostate Cancer and Late Effects of Childhood Cancers.

Tip! Learners can filter through our learning activities using the “Oncology” filter to view all our cancer-related education. 

Highly anticipated new eLearning course launches this month  

We are celebrating the launch of our new eLearning course in mid-September — Sexually Transmitted and Blood-borne Infections: Barriers to Screening (STBBI) explores current STBBI trends in Canada, provides guidance on STBBI screening and offers strategies to reduce barriers and increase access to screening as part of routine care. This 90-minute accredited and self-paced course will be delivered both in English and French, becoming the fourth course in our francophone education library

More opportunities to network in person this September 

Hundreds of emergency health care workers will be in Whistler this month at the  St Paul’s Emergency Medicine Update from Sept. 22–25. The 16th Annual Pacific Psychopharmacology Conference is also back in person this month at the Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront in Vancouver, BC, on Friday, Sept. 23. 

View other upcoming in-person conferences.

CPD Updates

Webinar season is on – Rural Rounds: MAiD in the Rural Setting is back 

Rural Rounds is back again this fall bringing you relevant case-based presentations and discussions. In September, we welcome Dr. Jonathan Reggler, an expert in palliative care, to share how rural providers can prepare their patients for MAiD. If you practice or support rural communities in British Columbia, we encourage you to join these engaging sessions.

New Co-op students join us for the fall term

We are pleased to welcome two new co-op students to UBC CPD. Christina Yang joins us as a Marketing Assistant (co-op) to help promote our outstanding educational programs for health-care providers across British Columbia. Mannat Sidhu joins UBC CPD as a Research and Events Assistant (co-op) to support webinar and workshop evaluations, international medical graduate program events, This Changed My Practice and other programs. Welcome to the team! 

This Changed My Practice

Duration of antimicrobial therapy for common infections in primary care 

Health-care providers are increasingly aware of the importance of using antimicrobials wisely. We often see antibiotics prescribed for 7 to 14 days for routine, community-acquired infections. These treatment durations are based on historical practice. Shorter treatment durations are just as effective as longer durations for a wide range of common infections.  

Read the latest This Changed My Practice article by Dr. Kevin Afra, Maggie Wong, PharmD, Tim T.Y. Lau, PharmD and Dr. Victor Leung. 

Can’t miss learning activities

Sept. 15 | FPON Webinar: Understanding Mental Health in Our Patients with Cancer 

Get answers to the most common mental health concerns during this one-hour session. Participants will be able to describe the most common mental health concerns and identify risk factors for mental health diagnoses in patients with cancer. 


Sept. 16 Start | CME on the Run! 2022–2023 

The virtual CME on the Run! 2022–2023 is for health-care professionals who want short and focused sessions to keep updated on the latest evidence and best practices in patient care. Sessions run virtually over six Friday afternoons  


Sept. 17 | Allergy & Clinical Immunology Update 2022 

At the virtual Allergy and Clinical Immunology Update you will dive deep into the most common allergy and immunology issues faced by family physicians.   


Sept. 23  | 16th Annual Pacific Psychopharmacology Conference

Returns to in-person learning at the Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront in Vancouver, BC, on Fri., Sept. 23, and Thu., Sept. 22 for a pre-conference workshop. Can't make it in person? Register for the virtual option to participate online. 


Sept. 23 | Rural POCUS Rounds for Shock: Fast Pipes (IVC & Aorta) 

Join Dr. Kevin Fairbairn for a talk on IVC & Aorta Ultrasound for Shock.  



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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? Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day and it also marks the beginning of Indigenous AIDS Awareness Week Dec. 1–7. Explore the current Guidelines for HIV Testing in BC. Join our free eLearning — HIV Testing in Primary Care.

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