COVID-19 & Erectile Dysfunction

“Despite isolation measures, the number of affected patients is growing daily: as of June 12th, over 7.5 million cases have been confirmed worldwide, with more than 420,000 global deaths. Over 3.5 million patients have recovered from COVID-19; although this number is increasing by the day, great attention should be directed towards the possible long-term outcomes of the disease. Despite being a trivial matter for patients in intensive care units (ICUs), erectile dysfunction (ED) is a likely consequence of COVID-19 for survivors, and considering the high transmissibility of the infection and the higher contagion rates among elderly men, a worrying phenomenon for a large part of affected patients.”

Learn more on Addressing male sexual and reproductive health in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak via Journal of Endocrinological Investigation.

Orthopaedics Resource: Essentials of Musculoskeletal Care

Greetings Residents!

Hope you are well. In my recent conversation with Dr. Wickham (Orthopaedics Rotation Lead), he highly recommended reading Essentials of Musculoskeletal Care (AAOS) and to focus covering the shoulder, hip, and knee. You can access this book for free through our UBC Library using your UBC CWL account. The latest ebook edition is 2018. Author: AAOS Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning, LLC. ISBN: 1-284-16685-6, 978-1-284-16685-9.

Warm regards,


Just in Time Teaching Tools App

“Northwell Health’s Office of Academic Affairs announced that it has launched its Just in Time Teaching Tools app to aid in the advancement of medical education knowledge and teaching skills of students, trainees and faculty. The app is now available in the Apple Store and in Google Play.
The new App uses the Just-in-time teaching (JiTT) model – a pedagogical approach that involves close interaction between instructors and their classrooms – to better provide timely and relevant teaching tips to trainees and faculty who need to actively engage with their instructors, specifically for those in the patient care setting.
‘The Just in Time Teaching Tools App allows for a more robust teaching and learning environment for everyone in the classroom,’ said the app’s developer, Alice Fornari, EdD, RDN, the associate dean of educational skills development at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and vice president of faculty development at Northwell. ‘The use of technology-enhanced learning platforms are feasible and accessible to learners across the continuum of medical education and are especially useful in geographically dispersed academic health systems. This new App makes that model even stronger.'”

Learn more about the app here.
Listen to the JiTT podcast here.

#MedEd #FacultyDevelopment #ClinicalTeaching

Seniors Care

“Police say they are investigating reports that door handles were removed from the suites of residents at a retirement home in Courtice, Ont., amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Officers in Durham Region said the incident took place at White Cliffe Terrace Retirement Residence, and said someone came forward with information about the matter to police. In the letter, the company wrote that ‘a small’ number of door handles were removed within the assisted living household, where some of the home’s most vulnerable residents live.”

On Health Leadership, Advocacy, & Policy: It’s critical that family physicians responsible for overseeing the care of residents in these facilities periodically check in to determine the status of their patients. Forcible confinement is a crime.

More on Police investigate after door handles removed from suites of residents at Ontario retirement home amid pandemic via CTV News.

Where are Canada’s vaccines?

1808 cartoon showing Jenner, Thomas Dimsdale and George Rose seeing off anti-vaccination opponents.

“Professor Kohler says that instead of ‘hoarding’ vaccines, the Canadian government should have realized months ago that without any domestic manufacturing capability, it would be at the mercy of manufacturers and a fierce global competition for doses. ‘Having vaccine sovereignty is critical. Relying on exports for critical health needs doesn’t frankly make sense when we’re looking at trends of nationalism,’ she said. Canada signed a tentative agreement with US vaccine firm Novavax to produce millions of doses of its Covid-19 vaccine candidate at a facility in Montreal. But that production likely won’t begin until late this year at the earliest.”

Canada’s vaccine rollout stalls, confining seniors to their homes for months to come via CNN.

A Guide to Caring for Trans & Gender-Diverse Primary Care

The content of this illustrated guide is based on Sherbourne’s Guidelines for gender-affirming primary care with trans & non-binary patients authored by Dr. Amy Bourns, a family physician on Sherbourne’s LGBT2SQ Health Team.

Visit and learn more on My Guide to Caring for Trans and Gender-Diverse Patients via Rainbow Health Ontario.

Additional resources:
Improving gender-affirming care across BC via Trans Care BC.
Gender-affirming Care for Trans, Two-Spirit, and Gender Diverse Patient in BC: A Primary Care Toolkit via Trans Care BC.

Innovation UBC Research Impact Challenge

Explore how to generate impact from your research in Innovation UBC’s Research Impact Challenge.

Through a specialized series of education sessions, networking, and a set of mini-challenges you can leverage support from the Innovation UBC network to start moving your idea towards impact. Then pitch your idea at a networking event and compete to win a cash prize.

UBC researchers from all disciplines are invited to take part. Ideas might focus on offering solutions to key societal, health or economic challenges such as climate change, a post-pandemic society, digital security, food security or social justice. They could be technology-based, for example in artificial intelligence or advanced materials, community-focused or aimed at changing practice or policy.

Learn more and register here.

BC Infectious Diseases Symposium

Join us for this 6th annual conference, brought to you by Fraser Health, UBC, Surrey Memorial Hospital, and Vancouver Fraser Medical Program. Learn more here.

Dates: April 30, 2021 – May 1, 2021
April 30, 2021
Topics include: H. pylori: Who We Should Treat and Who We Shouldn’t; Pitfalls in Ordering Microbiology Tests; Updates in the Management of Community-Acquired Pneumonia in the Time of COVID; Updates on COVID-19; Update on HIV and Prep and PEP; Non-Pulmonary Tuberculosis; COVID-19 in Children.

May 1, 2021
Topic: In-depth case discussions of topics discussed on Day 1.