Global Solutions

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“What I found is that in the Smallpox Eradication Programme people of all colors, all religions, all races, so many countries, came together. And it took working as a global community to conquer a global pandemic. Now, I feel that we have become victims of centrifugal forces. We’re in our nationalistic kind of barricades. We will not be able to conquer a pandemic unless we believe we’re all in it together. This is not some Age of Aquarius, or Kumbaya statement, this is what a pandemic forces us to realize. We are all in it together, we need a global solution to a global problem. Anything less than that is unthinkable.” ~ Dr. Larry Brilliant

Watch his recent TED Talk on A Global Pandemic Calls for Global Solutions here.

Teaching & Learning Online


Great visual above highlighting key points for those transitioning their teaching and content to an online format (via Arizona State University). For those teaching in the clinic and adapting to delivering virtual care, check out McGill University’s Telemedicine site for video modules and resources (Thanks Bill for sharing). Our Abbotsford-Mission site also has links to a variety of UBC learning opportunities.

For those preparing Academic Half Day sessions, learn a few strategies to bolster engagement and refine your powerpoint for online presentations.

Want to chat more on the topic? Feel free to email me at



Virtual Pub & Papers 2020!


Virtual Pub & Papers 2020: Scholar Event
Wednesday, May 13
7:00 – 9:15 p.m.
Zoom link (provided via email, closer to date)

Join our UBC Abbotsford-Mission Family Practice Residency Program as we recognize our Residents’ scholarly achievements and the contributions of our fantastic Preceptors and Rotation Leads.

This engagement is an opportunity for our Residents to share their research with our surrounding community and for our program to continue to network, collaborate, and build upon the ideas and insights emerging from our Residents’ work.

Check out our Pub & Papers 2020 Agenda & Scholar Project Summaries to learn more about what we have in store!

UPDATE: This event has been accredited by UBC CPD
Certification statement
The University of British Columbia Division of Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD) is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME) to provide study credits for continuing medical education for physicians.  This program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by UBC CPD for up to 2.0 Mainpro+ Group Learning credits. Each physician should claim only those credits accrued through participation in the activity. CFPC Session ID#: 192505-001

Warm regards, 

Drs. Iris Liu, Jennafer Wilson, & Jacqueline Ashby

The Canadian Stroke & Best Practices

Guidance on Stroke Best Practices During the COVID-19 PandemicThe COVID-19 pandemic has emerged as one of the biggest public health crises of our timeHealth systems are responding – and shifting their approaches to stroke care in light of personal precaution, physical isolation, and other community measures.

The Canadian Stroke and Best Practices recently updated their guidelines. Learn more here.

Living on Earth

“There is a lot of fear in this current story, and until recently, the stories that seemed to have the most power are those of bitterness, of how it had all gone wrong for us individually and collectively. It has been inspiring to watch how the best comes from the worst. How people are waking up in this time of global reckoning to the realization that our connections with each other are some of the most important things we have.

But stepping back. For all we’ve had to lament, we spend very little time relishing the single biggest thing that has ever gone right for us. That we are here in the first place, that we are alive at all. That we are still alive. A million and a half years after finding a box of matches, we haven’t totally burned the house down. Yet. The chances of being here are infinitesimal. Yet here we are. Perils and all.” ~ Oliver Jeffers

Enjoy more of Oliver’s observations on how our ‘beautiful, fragile drama of human civilization’ is evolving here.

Innovation and Change in Family Practice arising from COVID-19 Pandemic

UBC Faculty of Medicine CPDCOVID-19 Update: Innovation and Change in Family Practice arising from COVID-19 Pandemic

This upcoming webinar will include a panel of presenters and participants will be prompted to ask their questions in real time using webinar technology. We encourage you to send your questions in early.

Key Speakers: Dr. Jaron Easterbrook, Dr. Daniel Ngui, & Dr. Richard Welsh

Date: Thursday, April 30, 2020
Broadcast starts: 7:00 PM PDT Online
Register here.

Department of Family Practice: Special Educational Symposium

Join the Department of Family Practice for a Special Educational Symposium

Title: Building Community and Connection in Clinical Learning During COVID: Collectively Rethinking the Paradigm

Date: Wednesday, April 29, 8-9am (PST) via Zoom (virtual connection details to follow)

During this first meeting, we will engage participants in dialogue around the following questions related to the community-based clinical learning environment:

  • What is the current state of clinical learning in the virtual environment?
  • How might the clinical learning environment change in the future? (eg see the four curves figure)
  • What is needed to support clinical learning now and in the near future?
  • What resources can we draw on (human and other) and how do we collaborate on  various topics and ideas?

Please contact Dr. Maria Michelle Hubinette at to learn more and participate.

Maria Michelle Hubinette  MD CCFP MMEd FCFP (she/her/hers)
Clinical Professor
Scholar, Centre for Health Education Scholarship
UBC Faculty of Medicine | Department of Family Practice