Do You Have a Bright Idea?

The BCCFP is offering a unique funding opportunity to enable members to create or modify tools/resources that will help BC family physicians address the social determinants of health (SDH).

The one-time SDH Grants Program will award up to eight grants of up to $5,000 each to the successful applicants. It’s easy to apply, and applications are due on December 17, 2018.

To learn more, review the SDH Grants Application Guide.

Clinical Educator Fellowship Program

The Centre for Health Education Scholarship (CHES) is offering funded fellowship opportunities for senior residents (R3-R5), residents in enhanced skills programs (PGY3 family medicine), or established clinicians interested in health education scholarship.

The two year fellowship is based at CHES and includes a master’s degree, completion of a research project, specialized academic half-days and teaching opportunities. An option for part time participation is available with the approval of the fellowship director.

If you’re interested in learning more and want to apply, click here.

Application Deadline – Friday December 14

ICRE 2018

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Point Pleasant Park, Halifax, Nova Scotia


Hope you are well! I recently returned from the International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE). This year it was held in Halifax, Nova Scotia! I had the opportunity to connect with Residents and Faculty across Canada to celebrate the work and research in residency education as well as tackle some of the challenges that we’re confronting. I’ve gathered a series of resources and have posted them below for you to peruse.

  • Resident Doctors of Canada released the 2018 National Resident Survey in April. I encourage you to review the report’s findings. RDoC is also in the throes of creating an extensive toolkit offering strategies on topics including implementing technology, understanding allied healthcare roles, and the psychological safety in our learning and working environments.
  • Fatigue Risk Management Toolkit for Residents, Leaders, and Policy Makers in Canadian Postgraduate Medical Education. Located in the Appendix and References, are a series of assessment tools including the Karolinska Sleep Questionnaire, a Fatigue List Checklist, and Epworth Sleepiness Scale.
  • I attended an interesting session on the TGROW (Topic, Goal, Reality, Options, and Wrap-Up) model of coaching developed by Sir John Whitmore. You can learn more about this method in his book Coaching for Performance: Growing Human Potential and Purpose: The Principles and Practice of Coaching and Leadership.

Articles, Books, & Talks

I want to highly recommend attending ICRE 2020 as it will be held in Vancouver! Residents and Faculty may want to consider submitting abstracts to present.

Many of you have also shared resources with me over the past few weeks. Thank you for participating in the exchange!

Canada’s Digital Health Hub
Do Words Matter? Stigmatizing Language and the Transmission of Bias in the Medical Record.
Future Crunch
G18 General Practice Conference
Kids Brains Health
SFU’s Pain Studies Lab
The Virtues of Cold Blood: A Conversation with Paul Bloom