LGBTQ+ Workshop

To create more awareness and better prepare early-career physicians to care for LGBTQ+ patients, a team from the University of Toronto have developed a new LGBTQ+ health workshop for resident physicians. 

Drs. Tehmina AhmadMichael Scott and Jacqueline James, a professor with the Department of Medicine, alongside Wilson Center Researcher Miranda Schreiber, developed this workshop as a way of calling attention to the unique needs and health disparities faced by LGBTQ+ people.  

The workshop supports the following objectives: 

  • Recognize the intersecting historical and present-day barriers that exist for 2SLGBTQ+ persons affecting health promotion and healthcare access and how to apply this understanding to patient care
  • Recognize 2SLGBTQ+ people are at increased risk for multiple adverse health outcomes and are at heightened risk for COVID-19 infection as well as being harmed by the negative consequences of social distancing 
  • Apply practical tips on how to provide safe and respectful care for the diverse needs of 2SLGBTQ+ patients, especially those who are Black and Indigenous
  • Learn about community and other resources to support and improve care

If you are interested to learn more, please contact Miranda Schreiber at or visit here.

CAME Webinar: Bias and the Educator

The Office of Faculty Development and the Centre for Health Education Scholarship are pleased to co-facilitate the CAME Webinar Series at UBC. Designed to bring practical, evidence and experience-based advice to Canadian health educators, the webinars offer the opportunity to engage online with an expert and with colleagues in a live discussion on a key topic in health professions education.

*Please note that while these sessions are free to attend, registration is required. See registration link below.

Bias and the Educator: Exploring Implicit, Explicit, and Structural Bias in Medical Education

Presenter: Dr. Javeed Sukhera, Western University
Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Time: 9:00 to 10:00 am

Register here.

Child Abuse & Neglect: In the COVID-19 Era

“Children are widely recognized as a vulnerable population during disasters and emergencies. In BC there are growing concerns that children may be at higher risk of abuse and neglect as a consequence of the current COVID-19 pandemic and the public health measures to limit its spread. Increased family and financial stress, disrupted routines, and lack of access to community supports can all contribute to child maltreatment. At the same time, physical distancing has restricted contact between children and the protective adults, such as teachers, who most commonly report cases of suspected child maltreatment. Despite the pandemic, physicians continue to interact with children and families and are uniquely situated to identify cases of suspected child maltreatment. All physicians have a role to play in ensuring the safety and protection of children. Specific approaches to clinical practice in the pandemic era and resources adapted for the pandemic can help physicians assess risk of child maltreatment, support children and families, and recognize and respond to child abuse and neglect.”

Learn more on Child Abuse and Neglect in the COVID-19 Era: A Primer for Front-Line Physicians in British Columbia by Kristopher T. Kang, MD & Nita Jain, MD, FRCPC via BCMJ.

The Climate Emergency: Diagnosis and Management

Why is this conference important and why is it relevant to you?

The World Health Organization has stated that the climate crisis is the biggest health concern of the 21st century–and the Lancet has said that fighting climate change could be the greatest global health opportunity. If we do not make major changes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the next 10 years, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicts catastrophic effects on the environment and human health. This conference will inspire us all in our health care roles to better understand these issues and advocate for necessary systemic change.

Register here for the October 30, 2020 event.

I also want to encourage you to check out the Virtual Showcase which is accepting submissions until September 25.

UBC: Masks are Mandatory

UBC Vancouver Campus

“Students, staff, and visitors at UBC will be required to wear non-medical masks when indoors on campus as of Wednesday, September 16.

The school’s previous policy ‘strongly recommended’ the use of masks.

‘UBC is implementing a new measure to help limit COVID-19,’ Santa J. Ono, president and vice-chancellor, says in a release.

‘The health and safety of the UBC community is our first priority, and we continue to monitor COVID-19 and follow effective safety practices as understanding of the virus evolves. The requirement to wear non-medical masks indoors recognizes that transmission is reduced when face masks are worn in conjunction with physical distancing and other safety practices.'”

Read more here.

#UBC #WearAMask

Best Materials & Styles for Face Masks

“Most scientists and health authorities support wearing non-medical face masks in public to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. A team of UBC researchers led by Steven Rogak, a professor of mechanical engineering who studies aerosols, and Dr. Jane Wang, a clinical instructor in the faculty of medicine, decided to test the most popular types of mask fabrics to find out how well they filtered particles while remaining breathable.

How do DIY masks stack up against commercial non-medical masks?

Rogak: Our results showed that a mask with two layers of low-thread-count quilting cotton is both comfortable and breathable. In fact, such a mask with an added three-ply dried baby wipe filter was as effective as a commercial non-surgical mask at stopping particles, and almost as breathable. It filtered out up to 80 per cent of 3-micron particles, and more than 90 per cent of 10-micron particles.

Wang: The COVID-19 particle is only around 0.1 micron in size, but it is always attached to something larger, like the droplets produced by breathing, talking and coughing, which are typically larger than 5 microns. An N95 mask can filter most particles 0.3 microns or larger, but even an N95 mask is going to take in large, massive droplets with lots of viruses if it does not seal against the face. A well-fitted, well-designed cloth mask with a baby-wipe filter will be more effective at filtering 5- or 10-micron particles than a poorly fitted N95 mask.”

Learn more about their findings here on UBC researchers run tests to find best materials and styles for face masks via UBC News.

Return to School

Source: BC Centre for Disease Control COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 School Settings

“Help children understand that by doing these things, they can help keep everyone safe.”

As our children return back to school, here are a couple of great resources you may want to peruse:

Preparing children for back-to-school during the COVID-19 pandemic by Dr. Laura Sauvé Paediatric Infectious Diseases Specialist via BC Children’s Hospital.

COVID-19 and children prepared by the BC Centre for Disease Control.