UBC Faculty of Medicine: CPD

COVID-19 Impacts: Addressing Mental Health Issues in Adults

May 11 (Tue) | 1830–2000 PDT +Add to Calendar
Target Audience: Physicians and other health care providers.
Overview: Register now for this free webinar where highly experienced and knowledgeable specialists and family physicians will answer your questions and share their expertise, experiences, resources, and recommendations in assessing and managing adults with mental health issues during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Panel: Dr. Ashnoor Nagji: MD, CCFP, Family Physician, Clinical Associate Professor, UBC; Vancouver Division of Family Practice Primary Maternity Care Network Committee Chair, Dr. Grant Millar: MD, FRCPC; Physician Lead – Consultation Liaison Psychiatry, St. Paul’s Hospital; Clinical Instructor, University of British Columbia, Dr. Daniel Vigo: MD, Lic. Psych, DrPH; Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia; Scientist, Centre for Health Evaluation & Outcome Sciences, Dr. Kathryn Fung: MD, FRCPC, Psychiatrist; Clinical Associate Professor, UBC; UBC Program Director – Undergraduate Psychiatry; Medical Lead – BC Medical Quality Initiative – Medical Staff Practice Enhancement Panels, and Dr. Steven Taylor: Ph.D., R.Psych; Professor & Clinical Psychologist, University of British Columbia
Moderator: Dr. Christie Newton: MD, CCFP, FCFP, Associate Professor, Associate Head Education and Engagement, Medical Director UBC Health Clinic, UBC
Skills Gained:

  1. Assess the mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on your adult patients.
  2. Apply best practices and respond to the mental health impacts of the pandemic on your adult patients.
  3. Identify available resources to support your patient care.

Up to 1.5 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits
Course Webpage | Registration Form

COVID-19 Impacts: Tackling Youth Substance Use Challenges During the Pandemic

Jun 16 (Wed) | 1830–2000 PDT +Add to Calendar
Target Audience: Physicians and other health care providers.
Overview: Free webinar where our panel will answer your questions and share their experiences, resources, and recommendations in supporting and managing youth with substance use issues during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Panel: Dr. Hayley Broker: Family Physician at Foundry, Dr. Steve Mathias: Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Addiction Specialist, Executive Director of Foundry, Dr. Carol-Ann Saari: Medical Lead and Division Head, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, VIHA, Dr. Tom Warshawski: Pediatrician, Medical Director for Child and Youth Health, IHA, and Dr. David Smith: Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist & Addiction Specialist and Medical Director for C&A Psychiatry, IHA.
Skills Gained:

  1. Describe evidence informed prevention and screening processes for children and youth at risk for substance use.
  2. Apply early intervention best practices when encountering children and youth with substance use issues.
  3. Identify available resources and current work on developing clinical care pathways.

Up to 1.5 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits
Course Webpage | Registration Form

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COVID Long-Haulers

“There are a few current theories related to the immune system and the manifestations of long COVID that we’re seeing. All are unproven at this point, and I think ultimately there may be several explanations for the different constellations of symptoms. We’re seeing long COVID most often in people who did not have severe COVID initially, and there may be clues that the robustness of the immune response and subsequent persistent immune activation could drive symptoms. Some have wondered if there could be low-level virus still present, although there isn’t evidence to prove that among our patients so far. Then there’s the possibility that there was initial damage from the virus — such as damage to nerve pathways that are then very slow to recover. This could explain some of the profound neurologic symptoms and pain patients experience even after mild COVID, which can take many months to improve.”

More on A pandemic that endures for COVID long-haulers via The Harvard Gazette.

In Her Circle

“The BC Women’s Health Foundation and eciprocal Consulting are honoured to partner to uplift the voices of Indigenous women across BC who shared their experiences about the state of their health and their shifting health priorities during the COVID-19 pandemic within the pages of this report,  In Her Circle.

Narratives of Indigenous women are rooted in nature, as is this report, which weaves in metaphors of seeds, stones and cement. In reflection of these shared experiences and those shared for the BC Women’s Health Foundation In Her Words report (2019) and the In Plain Sight report (2020), clear recommendations are articulated in a Gift Bundle of recommendations (on page 26) that represent actions we need to take to enable the cement to be broken, the stones to instead create space for seeds, and Indigenous women to flourish.

The BC Women’s Health Foundation, in partnership with Reciprocal Consulting, released their newest report, In Her Circle. Grounded in the stories and narratives of Indigenous women across BC, this report shares the experiences of Indigenous women throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. It conveys their experiences of barriers accessing healthcare as well as experienced racism—facets that are already well known, yet amplified during the pandemic. The report also, however, tells of stories of resilience and community among this group of women and in their communities.”

Artist: Margaret August

BC Rural Health Conference 2021

The Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc) will host its BC Rural Health Conference (RHC) on May 29–30, 2021. (See links to the RHC webpagebrochure, and registration page.). The event, which is being held virtually this year, is designed for rural physicians, nurse practitioners, allied health professionals, residents, and medical students. It offers a dynamic and unique “rural medicine” program with plenaries, breakout sessions, options for small-group workshops, wellness activities, and Saturday night social events.

BC: Overdose Calls

“As B.C. health officials reported more grim COVID-19 numbers Thursday, paramedics released sobering data showing the province’s other health crisis shows no signs of slowing down. According to BC Emergency Health Services, paramedics responded to the province’s highest single-day number of overdose calls in B.C.’s history on Wednesday. Crews were tasked to 138 potential overdoses, 45 of them in Vancouver, 17 of them in Surrey, 10 in Victoria and 66 across the rest of the province.”

“Earlier this month, the B.C. government said it would seek a federal exemption from Health Canada to decriminalize the personal possession of drugs. The province has also taken steps to allow some health-care workers to prescribe pharmaceutical alternatives to street drugs, but advocates say the process has been far too slow to roll out.”

More here on B.C. paramedics respond to highest-ever number of overdose calls in a single day via Global News.

UBC’s Planetary Healthcare Lab

“A new lab at UBC is bringing together a team of researchers, ranging from doctors and health economists to business experts, to combat the growing environmental impacts of the healthcare industry.

The Planetary Healthcare Lab—representing the first of its kind in Canada—will not only examine the environmental effects of healthcare delivery and services in B.C., but generate solutions to chart a path forward to net zero emissions.

‘The health of our communities is inextricably linked to the health of the environment, which is why every industry needs to take a critical look at its activities, including healthcare,’ says the lab’s founder and principal investigator Dr. Andrea MacNeill, a clinical associate professor in UBC faculty of medicine’s department of surgery.

In Canada, the healthcare industry is responsible for more than four and a half per cent of greenhouse gas emissions—equivalent to the aviation industry.”

Learn more here on UBC launches new lab to combat healthcare’s environmental impact via UBC Faculty of Medicine.

COVID-19 vaccination at a glance

Army Spc. Angel Laureano holds a vial of the COVID-19 vaccine, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., Dec. 14, 2020. (DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando)

What is the COVID-19 vaccine? 

When will I be able to get the vaccine?

How can I register to get a vaccine? 

What do I need to know about the decision to pause the use of AstraZeneca and COVISHIELD vaccines in people under 55?

I am pregnant or breastfeeding, have an allergy or a medical condition, can I get the vaccine? 

What are the side effects?

All these questions above and more are answered via the BC Centre for Disease Control found here.

Call for proposals: UBC Anti-Racism Initiatives Fund

UBC’s Anti-Racism Initiatives Fund, established in 2021, supports initiatives that seek to celebrate and elevate diverse communities and advance anti-racism efforts at our UBC Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to apply for funds in support of anti-racism initiatives, including those that celebrate, elevate, and build greater awareness and understanding of diverse cultures that make up our UBC community. Funds may be used to host speakers, showcase cultural performances, and/or celebrate cultural months (e.g., Black History Month, Lunar New Year).

Submit your proposal by 11:59 pm on May 31, 2021. Learn more here.