The International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE) has launched a video contest for their upcoming conference to celebrate diversity in residency education. Participants are encouraged to submit a short 15 seconds or less video. Feel free to record the video with a colleague.

What to say in the video:

  • State your name, your profession and the name of the country you are from in English or French;
  • End your video with the contest’s hashtag: “#WeAreResidencyEducation” in the language of your choice.

Submission: To submit your video, include the contest’s hashtags: #WeAreResidencyEducation and #ICRE2019 in your post and share it on Twitter. If you don’t have a Twitter account, please upload your video through this link.  If you have any questions, contact Angelita Aboukassam, ICRE Conference Administrator at T 613 260 4176 or  T 1 800 668 3740 / 176.

Clinical Decision Support

“Doctors are constantly being told that they overdiagnose and overtreat their patients. They are told that they overdiagnose and overtreat a range of conditions—but one simple example is the overdiagnosis of bacterial upper respiratory tract infections. We urge doctors not to overmedicalise and not to overprescribe antibiotics. But then when a diagnosis is missed or a patient develops complications from an untreated infection, doctors are the first to be blamed. Is it any wonder that they feel they are in a no-win situation?

Until now most of our efforts to help doctors have focused on education to help them get their diagnosis and management strategies just right—without under or overdoing it. Clinical decision support aims largely to do the same thing. But Islam et al have suggested an interesting new direction in their study that seeks to understand complex clinical reasoning in infectious diseases—with the aim of improving clinical decision support design.”

More on Too much medicine—practical tools that could help by Kieran Walsh via TheBMJ.

Webinar: Primary Care in British Columbia

“As part of the Patient Engagement Learning Series, the second webinar in the series will provide an overview of the work being done in primary care, specifically with the launch of Primary Care Networks in communities throughout the province.

Laura Heinze, director of stakeholder engagement with the Ministry of Health, and Layton Engwer, a patient representative on the Primary and Community Care Advisory Forum, will provide a recap of the work done to date, highlight what the Ministry’s Primary and Community Care Strategy is all about, and talk about the benefits to patients accessing care as well as providers who are struggling to find the right work-life balance. They’ll also provide some information about the vital role patients have in this work to ensure patient-centred care is top of mind as BC’s health care transformation is underway.”

Topic: Keeping You Informed: Primary Care in British Columbia
Host: BCPSQC – 1
Date: Wednesday, September 4
Time: 12:00 p.m.

To learn more or join, visit here.

Gender, Parenthood, & Practice

“Our results underscore the need for flexibility in work arrangements, parental leave, and access to childcare to ensure that doctors who are parents can contribute to the primary care workforce. Intentions for office-based and group physician practice models among female parents may reflect the desire to have control over hours worked to protect time for household and caregiving responsibilities. This is consistent with other reports that physicians planning to have families choose to pursue FM compared to hospital specialties due to the flexibility it affords and also that over the course of their career female physician parents spend significantly more time on childcare and other work at home than their male counterparts.”

The relationship between gender, parenthood and practice intentions among family medicine residents: cross-sectional analysis of national Canadian survey data (2019) by Lavergne, Gonzalez, Ahuja, Hedden & McCracken via Human Resources for Health.


Anatomical Artist Isabelle Dalle

“To transform the world, we must begin with ourselves; and what is important in beginning with ourselves is the intention. The intention must be to understand ourselves and not to leave it to others to transform themselves or to bring about a modified change through revolution, either of the left or of the right. It is important to understand that this is our responsibility, yours and mine…”
~ Jiddu Krishnamurti, Indian philosopher and author

Solvitur ambulando

“For many years, I have wondered how, in the frantic pace of this age we call our time, I might keep my focus on what nourishes me. I decided that, like many creative walkers before me, I had to disrupt habits that neither fed or sustained me by radically and literally walking away from them.”

~ Bonnie Smith Whitehouse, English professor at Belmont University in Tennessee

*Solvitur ambulando, loosely translated means, “It is solved by walking.”

More on This Latin Phrase Will Change the Way You Manage Problems by Ephrat Livni via Quartzy.

Climate Change & Human Health

Smoke from the Eagle Bluff fire has spread throughout B.C.’s Okanagan Valley. (Rhianna Schmunk/CBC)

“The first-ever national survey on the human impacts of climate change, released last week by Greenland, revealed over three-quarters of respondents had personally experienced the effects of global warming in their everyday lives. Human health implications are occurring at only 1 C of global warming since pre-industrial times — underlining the importance of limiting it to no more than 1.5 C. Indeed, several major health-care organizations in Canada issued a unified call to action on climate change this year, echoed by others worldwide.
As family doctors who have worked in communities across British Columbia and built relationships with our patients at home, we understand how vital meaningful employment is for our health, and a thriving economy for our health-care system. Climate change threatens both. On top of almost $800 million spent managing wildfires and floods in 2018, subsequent economic losses in our timber, farming and tourism industries took a major toll on families and the province. As former Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney recently said, ‘the enormous human and financial costs of climate change are having a devastating effect on our collective well-being.'”

Learn more on Climate change is the 21st century’s greatest threat to human health by Drs. Melissa Lem & Alan Ruddiman via Canada’s National Observer.

Dementia & Housing

silviabo-boklok-ikea-skanska-queen-silvia-sweden-housing-elderly-architecture_dezeen_2364_hero-1233x694.jpg“IKEA and Skanska are collaborating with the Queen of Sweden on an offshoot of their modular BoKlok housing that will meet the needs of the elderly and people with dementia.
There will also be features tailored more specifically for people affected by dementia, including clear and enlarged wayfinding and signage, low shower-walls for assisted bathing, heat sensors for stoves and calming interior finishes for all rooms.
It is hoped that this will enable the elderly – specifically those with memory loss – to live independently and at home for as long as possible, and ultimately help the government save money it would otherwise spend on care.”

More on IKEA and Queen of Sweden adapt modular BoKlok housing for the elderly by Lizzie Crook via dezeen.