Transition to Practice: Learning Opportunities

The Practice Survival Skills Conference is put on by the UBC Continuing Professional Development (CPD) unit and covers a broad range of topics essential to starting your medical practice.
Date:  June 27, 2020
Time:  12:00 – 4:00 PM
Location:  VIRTUAL
Course content
Register here.
Topics covered:
o What Family Physicians and Specialists Need to Know About the RACE Line
o Practice Pitfalls: Privacy and Electronic Communication with Patients
o Dollars and Sense: Preparing for an MSP Audit
o Specialist Billing
o Rural Locums – How They Work and Why You Need to Do One
o Licensing, Billing, and Credentialing in BC – Essentials for Residents

UBC Scholar Project: Evaluating the Impact of Sports Outreach


Over the next few weeks, I’m showcasing our #UBC Scholar Evening: Pub & Papers presentations. Dr. Tracey’s project was the audience pick for “Best Presentation”. Her research delves into the sports outreach program she co-founded and currently co-directs that’s designed to address health disparities, engage disadvantaged youth in lifestyle promotion, and to make a difference in the world.

Evaluating the Impact of a Sports Outreach Program in Urban Youth Living in Poverty in Kampala, Uganda through Documentary Film
Dr. Danae Tracey
When looking at the increasing prevalence of non-communicable diseases in developing nations, there is little information on the promotion of lifestyle prevention in the youth population. To address this current gap, a global health project promoting sports in impoverished youth living in Uganda was initiated and evaluated through the use of a logic model, qualitative interviews, and film. Download the
powerpoint and view the project’s video.

Enjoy the read and thank you to Dr. Danae Tracey for sharing her work with the global community.

~ Jacqueline

Education Research Grants

Each year UBC CPD awards two research grants to UBC residents: one (1) for Family Practice residents and one (1) for residents in a specialty area. Grant recipients receive an honorarium of $500.00 to support educational research projects. UBC residents conducting and presenting research as part of graduation requirements are eligible and invited to apply.

Educational Research Grants for Residents
UBC residents: apply today for research grants in the field of Continuing Professional Development/Continuing Medical Education (CPD/CME) research.
Due: Friday May 29, 2020 *deadline has been extended*

Two grants are available:

Specialty practice
Family practice

Requirements and application:

Dermatology Online

For those wanting to bolster their Derm, please see this upcoming course:
What’s New? Practical Dermatology Online
June 3 (Wed) |1700–1830 PDT
Target audience: Family physicians, pediatricians, dermatologists, registered nurses, residents and students.
What’s New in Adult Dermatology? with Dr. Vincent Richer
What’s New in Pediatric Dermatology? with Dr. Wingfield Rehmus
Up to 1.5 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1

Biodegradable medical mask: COVID-19

UBC_2020-05-15_PJ_7727-768x511Researchers in the BioProducts Institute at the University of British Columbia have stepped up to the challenge, designing what could be the very first N95 mask that can be sourced and made entirely in Canada. It’s also possibly the world’s first fully compostable and biodegradable medical mask.
The mask frame is made entirely from B.C. wood fibres from sources such as pine, spruce, cedar and other softwoods. One prototype uses a commercial N95 filter on the front of the mask, the other uses a filter specially designed by the UBC team from wood-based products. Both prototypes are currently being tested to ensure they meet health industry specifications for fit and permeability, with plans to apply for Health Canada certification in the near future.
The researchers believe the mask is a good alternative to the synthetic masks currently in use. “With millions of disposable masks and gloves already polluting city sidewalks and potentially entering our rivers and oceans, we urgently need a biodegradable option to avoid making a massive impact on our environment,” says Foster.

More here on UBC researchers develop biodegradable medical mask for COVID-19 via UBC News.

Ideas: Restarting the Economy

“Researchers in Israel have formulated a new workweek model that they say would allow workers to return to offices, but help mitigate a resurgence of COVID-19 cases.

The 10-4 plan entails a four-day workweek followed by 10 days in quarantine, which Eran Yashiv, a professor of economics at Tel Aviv University and London School of Economics Centre for Macroeconomics, says is contingent on COVID-19’s perceived window of infectiousness.

The model hinges on research conducted by his collaborators — professors Uri Alon and Ron Milo at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel — which estimates that a patient is not contagious to others for “three days, possibly longer” after they are infected, he said. Models created by the researchers predict that the two-week cycle could reduce the virus’s reproduction number to below one.”

More on “4 days at work, 10 days in lockdown would restart economy amid fears of COVID-19 resurgence, says economist” here via CBC.