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Vancouver Division Collaborations

The Vancouver Division of Family Practice (VDoFP) is a not-for-profit society established by and for Vancouver family physicians. Sharing the same underlying goals of improving primary care for patients and supporting family physicians in their levels of well-being, professional development, and professional satisfaction, UBC CPD and the VDoFP have fostered a collaborative partnership for shared learning in the standardized use of continuing professional development/ continuing medical education (CPD/CME) tools and approaches. To date, UBC CPD and the VDoFP have collaborated on over forty certified educational events as part of various initiatives including:

  • Advanced Billing: Updates, Pitfalls and Tips to Get Paid for What You Do
  • Vancouver Attachment (A GP for Me) Initiative
  • Primary Maternity Care Network
  • Residential Care Initiative
  • Recreating the Doctor's Lounge: Reconnecting Family Physicians for Practice Success
  • Residents and New-to-Practice Program

To learn more about the VDoFP or to become a member, please visit their website.


UBC CPD has collaborated with the VDoFP on a variety of initiatives, including the Advanced Billing, Vancouver Attachment (A GP for Me), Primary Maternity Care Network, Residential Care, Recreating the Doctor's Lounge, and Residents and New-to-Practice initiatives. 

Currently, UBC CPD is leading the design of Team-Based Care Education Series tailored for VDoFP members and their teams. The series is expected to be delivered in Fall 2021.

But I don’t do maternity care! Workshops

Most family physicians do not provide full spectrum maternity care. However, nearly all see pregnant women, if only for a few visits, and provide some degree of prenatal and postpartum care as a result. But I don't do maternity care! is an educational series aimed to cultivate an improved and viable referral process among family physicians and maternity care physicians. Interactive workshop topics included:

  1. Preconception Care 
  2. Early Prenatal Care
  3. Prenatal Genetic Screening
  4. Pregnancy Weight Gain
  5. Initial Postpartum Care
  6. Hot Topics in the First Year of Life
  7. Perinatal Mental Health
Doctor’s Lounge Series

With changes in practice habits, many family physicians no longer have hospital privileges and are faced with decreasing opportunities for collegial interaction and discussion of day-to-day practice questions. The Doctor’s Lounge Series brought together relevant, practical education with an opportunity for family physicians to build collegial relationships with the aim of supporting family physicians for practice success. Interactive workshop topics included:

  1. Tech Tips for Family Practice
  2. Internal Medicine
  3. Cultivating a Mode of Non-Doing: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy to Prevent Physician Burnout
  4. Enhancing Patient Care and Practice Life through Optimized Chronic Disease Management and Expanded Services
  5. Maintaining Work-life Balance
Residential Care Initiative

From 2003-2013, the number of family physicians delivering residential care services in BC dropped 13% with Vancouver Coastal Health seeing a decline of 27%. Additionally, 4% of British Columbians aged 85 or older take 10+ drugs and 31% take at least 5 drugs with higher percentages for long term care. The Polypharmacy Risk Reduction (PRR) Initiative, implemented by the VDoFP Residential Care Committee in collaboration with UBC CPD, aimed to raise awareness of polypharmacy risks in elderly care and fostering a community of support for involved family physicians. Interactive workshop topics included:

  1. Polypharmacy Risk Reduction for our Growing Frail Elderly Community
  2. Serious Illness Conversations: Engaging Patients and Families
Residents and New-to-Practice Workshops

The Residents and New-to-Practice Workshops were designed to support residents and new-to-practice family physicians in their transition to practice by providing information on key resources and tools for managing the first years of practice. Interactive workshops created opportunities for networking and informal mentoring. Topics included:

  1. Help Me Help Myself
  2. Help Me Help My Patients
  3. Help Me Fill This Out
NEW! Team-Based Care Education Series

The Team-Based Care Education Series is a tailored team-based care CPD initiative for Vancouver family physicians and their teams. Through collaboration with key organizations including the Practice Support Program and Vancouver Coastal Health, this initiative aims to enable learning and ongoing supports to sustain successful team-based care in Vancouver Primary Care Networks. 

The interactive series is scheduled to be delivered in Fall 2021 and will provide learners with practical tools and resources to support the integration of team-based care principles into practice. Topics include:

  1. Team-based care foundations
  2. Scope of practice and roles
  3. Building relationships, trust, and psychological safety
  4. Optimizing communication
  5. Collaborative leadership
  6. Workflow integration


Vancouver Division of Family Practice