Updates on Exams

Greetings Residents!

Lots of updates on the MCC and Prometric/CFPC websites: 

Mindset in Feedback & Coaching

BEI Global Med Ed Café
Culture, Credibility and Mindset in Feedback and Coaching
April 13th, 2021, 12:30PM to 1:30PM EDT
Register for free here.

Grab a cup of coffee and Zoom with us to discuss an active Med Ed topic with international perspectives.

Led By Chris Watling MD, MMEd, PhD, FRCP(C)
Vice Dean (Acting), Education Scholarship and Strategy
Director, Centre for Education Research and Innovation
Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University

Sweeping New Restrictions

“B.C. is implementing a three-week ‘circuit breaker’-style lockdown, introducing sweeping new restrictions on indoor dining in restaurants, group fitness and worship services.

The province recorded 2,518 new cases of COVID-19 over the last three days, including a record high 936 on Saturday. Six more people have died.

The province announced on Monday that all food and liquor-serving premises must pivot to takeout or delivery service. Indoor dining is suspended, though patios will remain open.

People dining on patios should do so with their immediate household or core bubble only.

Indoor, adult group fitness activities of any kind are paused. Gyms and fitness centres are restricted to individual or one-on-one activities.

A previous announcement allowing for limited indoor worship services has been suspended. 

Public health guidance for schools has also been amended and now encourages students down to Grade 4 to wear masks while at school.

The Whistler-Blackcomb ski resort will also be closed.

B.C. also announced on Monday that, like many provinces, it is suspending use of the AstraZeneca vaccine for people under 55.”

More on B.C. implements sweeping restrictions on indoor dining, group fitness for 3-week ‘circuit breaker’ via CBC.


Apply to be a Chief Resident

Residents: Make your mark on ICRE 2022 – Apply to be a Chief Resident 

Are you an International or Canadian trainee who is passionate about advancing training and enhancing patient care? Want the opportunity to share your ideas and expertise with a diverse group of clinician educators and physicians from around the world? 

Apply to be an ICRE 2022 Chief Resident! We’re starting ICRE Chief Resident recruitment early this year to set you up for success by giving you a behind-the-scenes look at the role of an ICRE Chief Resident during the planning and production of our 2021 virtual conference. Visit the ICRE Resident webpage for submission details.

Deadline for applications is April 30, 2021.

Bellypaint Project

Image: Leonie Versantvoort fotografie
Painter: Marieke Crone
Model: Kristine Smits

“A Dutch photographer’s painted belly project helps moms-to-be visualize the way their babies fit inside their pregnant bodies. Leonie Versantvoort specializes in maternity and newborn photography. She told The Huffington Post that she came up with the idea for an anatomy-themed ‘bellypaint’ project and teamed up with body and face painter Marieke van den Dungen-Crone to help bring her vision to life.”

More on Remarkable Visual of What Happens When You’re Pregnant via HuffPost.


Interview: Dr. Sumaila on Sustainable Ocean Management

Why should everyone care about the ocean, even people who don’t live near the coast?

Our lives depend on the ocean – it offers us so much. Half of Earth’s oxygen is generated by the ocean. It moderates the temperature, even inland. The ocean takes up 70 percent of the surface of Earth. (I tell my students, if you mess up 70 percent of your exams, you’re not going anywhere!) Then there’s the fish. Trade makes it possible for everyone on the planet to benefit from the amazing food, protein and micronutrients we get from the ocean. So the ocean really is important for everyone.

What are some of the most pressing issues?

Three come to mind. The first is the amount of fish we’re taking out of the ocean. We’re fishing down the marine food web – taking the biggest fish, then the next biggest, then the next. We have an overfishing problem. We also have climate change, which is warming the oceans and causing acidification and deoxygenation. The Pacific is known as a hotspot of deoxygenation: the oxygen content is already low, and if it continues to decline, it could reduce biodiversity and have major impacts on ocean ecosystems. Then we have the pollution problem: plastic and other debris going into the ocean.

How does your work combat these global problems?

By using economics, integrated with other disciplines, to find solutions and insights for the world to better manage the ocean and its resources sustainably; not only for us, but for future generations. Specifically, I look at the high seas. The ocean is split into two areas: country waters, the area within 200 nautical miles of the coast, and the high seas, which is the rest. The high seas make up two-thirds of the surface of the ocean – that’s half the Earth’s surface.

Read more on A deep dive: Dr. Sumaila on sustainable ocean management in global partnership via UBC.

Soaring: Anti-Asian hate incidents reported in Canada

“Last July, Statistics Canada reported that more than 30% of Chinese Canadians perceive themselves to be at a higher risk of possible violence or harassment. In February, data released by Vancouver police showed a 717% increase in anti-Asian hate crimes. Notably, youth under 18 and adults age 55 and older were 233% and 250% more likely to be coughed and spat upon during a hate incident. Attacks described in the report range from a young child being thrown off a bicycle to an older woman being punched.”

“Spitting or coughing on someone deliberately is done not only to infect Asian Canadians, but also to follow through on a warped sense of vengeance that feeds into long-standing stereotypes around Asian people and disease,” said Kennes Lin of @ccncto.

More on Physical assaults, spitting on older people and children among soaring number of anti-Asian hate incidents reported in Canada via Toronto Star.

Tracking COVID-19 transmission in Vancouver schools

The study, funded by Canada’s COVID-19 Immunity Task Force (CITF), aims to determine how many teachers and support staff in Vancouver schools have acquired SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, by checking their blood samples for antibodies. The study will also examine the risk of exposure to COVID-19 cases in schools and assess the impact of the pandemic on the mental health of teachers.

“Education and social interactions are essential for our youth to thrive, and to support their psychological and physical well-being,” says lead researcher Dr. Pascal Lavoie, associate professor in the department of pediatrics at UBC and an investigator at BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute. “Our study will help inform policies that further safeguard our kids at schools and make for a more supportive environment for the entire school community.”

Read more on New study to track COVID-19 transmission in Vancouver schools via UBC Medicine.