The MCC suspends the delivery of the MCCQE Part II

The Medical Council of Canada (MCC) is announcing that, effective immediately, we will discontinue the delivery of the virtual Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part II for candidates currently registered.

The decision was taken this morning by the MCC Council who approved the following motion:

“Whereas the MCC is committed to providing a standardized and valid exam experience to candidates, be it resolved that due to the impact of the pandemic on the MCC’s ability to deliver the exam and, as an exceptional circumstance, the administration of the MCCQE Part II is suspended effective immediately. All registered candidates will receive an apology and a full refund of exam fees.”

Read the full statement here via MCC.

UBC Medicine Invitation

Dear colleagues,

Please join Dermot Kelleher, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Vice-President of Health, and the Office of Respectful Environments, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, for the next It Starts with Us virtual event.

This two-part event starting tomorrow, June 1 and next week, June 8 will use an active and engaging approach to discuss and learn about conflict engagement. You are invited to attend one or both of the events.

Topic: Conflict Engagement

  • Part 1: Audience members will watch “Department Discipline”—a community-created play developed by UBC’s Conflict Theatre team—while having the opportunity to actively participate and try out different conflict engagement strategies to see how the outcome of the interaction can be changed. No acting experience required and no pressureeveryone is welcome to attend and participate in a way that’s most comfortable for themRegistration for Part 1 is limited on a first-come first-served basis
  • Part 2: Fundamentals of conflict engagement. 


  • Part 1: June 1, 2021, 12:00-1:30 pm 
  • Part 2: June 8, 2021, 12:00-1:30 pm 

What will I learn? The essentials of conflict engagement – an important tool in standing up to injustice and supporting our commitments and values.

What will I learn? The essentials of conflict engagement – an important tool in standing up to injustice and supporting our commitments and values.



Registration closes at 11:00 am tomorrow, June 1, 2021.

This event is hosted in partnership with UBC’s Equity & Inclusion Office and Conflict Theatre team. Please note both events will be recorded.


Roslyn Goldner
Executive Director 
Office of Respectful Environments, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Faculty of Medicine | The University of British Columbia

Join the National Forum on Anti-Asian Racism

I am pleased to invite all our students, faculty and staff to participate in UBC’s National Forum on Anti-Asian Racism — a two-day virtual event on June 10 and 11, 2021, to address the ongoing crisis of escalating anti-Asian racism in Canada.

We are convening a diverse group of people to support a robust national conversation about this ongoing crisis, including community organizers, scholars, and public intellectuals, along with key figures in government, health care, media, journalism, the private and not-for-profit sectors.

This national forum will include open discussions about anti-Asian racism in our country with the aim of articulating bold and concrete recommendations for action. We will also discuss anti-Asian racism within the broader context of racism against Indigenous, Black and other racialized communities.

The first day of the Forum will be open to the public, with sessions focusing on issues impacting Asian Canadians, coalition building across Asian Canadian communities, and advocating for systemic change.

The second day will be a closed working session to start, with sector leaders, informed by the outcomes of day one. The Forum will culminate in a public session; this will be an opportunity to share bold actions and key priorities as next steps.

RSVP before June 7

We all have a role to play in the fight against pervasive and enduring anti-Asian racism. I hope you will join me for these crucial discussions.

Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor

COVID-19 & The Overdose Crisis in BC

A snapshot of the overdose crisis since COVID-19 via BCCDC.

“The overdose crisis in BC has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite BC reporting over 1300 overdose deaths since the onset of the pandemic, progress in managing the overdose crisis has been ineffectual. To save the lives of people who use drugs affected by these dual public health emergencies, policy makers must work toward developing pandemic guidelines that are both conducive to the needs of people who use drugs, and reflective of COVID-19 control strategies in BC.”

At the Crossroads: The intersecting Public Health Emergencies of COVID-19 and the Overdose Crisit in BC via BCMJ.

Tackling Youth Substance Abuse

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

In this session, our panel will answer your questions and share their experiences, resources, and recommendations to support and manage youth with substance use issues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 16 (Wed) | 1830–2000 PDT +Add to Calendar
Target Audience: Physicians and other health care providers.
Up to 1.5 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits
Course Webpage | Registration Form

Meet our panel: Dr. Hayley Broker, Family Physician at Foundry Northshore, Mountainside Alternative School, 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.
Moderator: Dr. David Smith, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist & Addiction Specialist and Medical Director for C&A Psychiatry, IHA.

How to Ask Questions:

  1. Go to
  2. Enter the event ID #COVID-16June or go directly to
  3. Type out your question in the ‘type your question’ field and click ‘SEND’
  4. Up-voting: we encourage you to click the “thumbs up” icon beside the questions you like. It will move those questions to the top of the queue and increase the chances of a response

Ovarian Cancer Screening & Mortality

Micrograph of a mucinous ovarian carcinoma stained by H&E.

A decades-long study on ovarian cancer has produced disappointing results, says a British researcher. Following more than 200,000 women for an average of 16 years, the randomized trial found that annual screening for the cancer did not ultimately reduce the number of deaths from the disease. The results were published this week in the journal The Lancet. “Our aim was to try and establish a screening programme for ovarian cancer like we have for cervical and breast cancer,” said Usha Menon, lead investigator of the UK Collaborative Trial of Ovarian Cancer Screening (UKCTOCS) and a professor of gynecological cancer at University College London. 

More on Ovarian cancer researchers disappointed after trial finds regular screenings fail to reduce deaths via CBC News.

How to Save 1.3 Million Vaccine Doses in Canada

“The current Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine injection methods are simple: withdraw from the vial 0.30 mL of fluid, insert the needle into the deltoid muscle, inject, withdraw the needle, discard the syringe/needle into the disposal bin—done. However, this discards about 0.08 mL of fluid left in the dead space of the standard 25 g 1.5 inch syringe/needle.

When you draw up 0.30 mL of fluid into a syringe, you are actually drawing up 0.38 mL; the extra 0.08 mL in the dead space amounts to about 20% of vaccine material being discarded. If using the new high-efficiency low dead space syringe recommended by Pfizer-BioNTech, which has a dead space volume of 0.035 mL, that is still about an 11% loss for a 0.30 mL injection [Figure 1].

The Moderna vaccine is injected in 0.5 mL increments using the standard injection syringes/needles and methods, which requires drawing up 0.58 mL of fluid (this includes 0.08 mL in the dead space). The fluid left in the dead space amounts to about 14% being discarded.

The loss of vaccine material due to an inefficient injection technique is enormous, but a simple remedy exists. How can you use that 0.08 mL of fluid from the dead space?”

Learn more on Dead Volume Air Flush: How To Save 1.3 million vaccine doses in Canada via BCMJ.

Technologies in Emergency Care 2021


Join us for our new virtual conference where we will celebrate the unexpected innovations that were born out of necessity from this devastating pandemic. We want you to be inspired by sharing experiences that have improved patient care across the continuum. The COVID-19 pandemic presents us with a powerful lens to look at our health system and services in fresh ways, resulting in innovations that transform individual care and health system service delivery. Please join us and also bring your own inspirations to share.

Why attend and what can I takeaway?

  • Learn tips and pearls to apply digital health in your practice today.
  • Explore innovations in emergency care delivery and education which you can use tomorrow.
  • Discuss with peers how digital health will impact the future of healthcare delivery and health professionals.
  • Hear what health leaders are thinking and acting in using digital health to shape the future.


  • Watch the lectures and have everything in one place: access to the slides, handouts, bios, etc.
  • Virtually network with colleagues via text or video messaging. 
  • Access group video chat rooms for networking where up to 5 people can connect at once.
  • Visit the virtual exhibit hall to interact with organizations that are typically present during the in-person conference. 
  • Registration includes access to the live virtual event, all available materials, and access to the post-event recording.

To learn more and register, please visit UBC CPD.

Hack the Hospital: 5G Transatlantic Lab 2021

B5G Transatlantic Lab is a project created by Garage Stories and the Mobile World Capital Barcelona to explore the potential of 5G and XR technologies applied to paediatric healthcare. We aim at fostering new connections between creatives and technologists based in Barcelona and Boston to develop innovative projects that can reduce the negative impact of long term paediatric patients (and families) experience at the hospital. In short: Make children’s stay at the hospital as enjoyable and less traumatic as possible!
Technologists, healthcare experts, educators, storytellers, designers, creative minds:

JOIN the innovation lab teams that will improve the lives of chronically ill children who spend much of their lives in pediatric hospitals!  

May 21-23, 2021