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Bees, Mindfulness, & Medicine: Exploring Opportunities for Convergence
What can we learn from bees to help us become better physicians? How can we improve the care we provide patients while developing our ideal practice? How does our practice of self-care contribute to mutually healing relationships with patients? This one-day workshop explores these questions by introducing and experiencing new paradigms that intersect bees, mindfulness-based approaches, and medicine.
Location: The Reach Gallery Museum
32388 Veterans Way, Abbotsford
Saturday, April 8, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Lunch and beverages provided.
Questions about the event: Please contact Jacqueline P. Ashby at

Event Registration: Registration Form
Registration now open to Family Physicians, Specialists, and Residents! To register for the event, please download and submit the registration form by Friday, March 24, 2017. Seating is limited.

Registration Fee (after March 10): Physician $65 / Resident $35
(*Early Bird Registration Fee before March 10: Physician $40/Resident $20).

Please make your cheque payable to “UBC” and bring your cheque with you the day of the event. We will be collecting payment at our Registration Desk.

Workshop Objectives
1. Provide a forum through which physicians and residents are able to identify and discuss the qualities that contribute to their delivery of care and ability to foster the ideal practice.
2. Facilitate an open dialogue and discussion of issues related to physicians’ self-care and well-being.
3. Share insights and network with physicians and residents engaged in residency education.

Accreditation statement
The University of British Columbia Division of Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD) is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME) to provide study credits for continuing medical education for physicians.  This course has been reviewed and approved by the UBC Division of Continuing Professional Development.  This Group Learning course meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by UBC CPD for up to 4.5 Mainpro+ credits. This course is an Accredited Group Learning Activity eligible for up to 4.5 MOC Section 1 credits as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Each physician should claim only those credits he/she actually spent in the activity.

Saturday, April 8, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. 
Welcome from the Abbotsford-Mission Family Practice Residency Program
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Bees, Health, and the Practice of Medicine with Dr. Mark Winston
12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
1:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. 
Art Gallery Tour of Exhibits
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Exploring Mindfulness: Physician Self-Care with Randy Persad, M.Ed.
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Questions, Comments, & Closing Remarks

Experience: Bees, Health, and the Practice of Medicine
Facilitator: Dr. Mark Winston
Our focus will be on how to become a better physician through how you interact with patients as well as how you structure your practice. We’ll begin by using bees as a way into the discussion, learning about how their focus, sense of presence, and social behaviour can provide important insights into the practice of medicine. You’ll develop ideas for how to improve care for your patients by enhancing interpersonal skills, reflect on how you practice medicine today, and imagine the ideal practice you hope to develop in the future.

Learning Objectives:
·      Develop interpersonal skills that will improve the care you provide to your patients.
·      Design the elements of your ideal practice and discuss how to implement your ideas.

Bio: Mark L. Winston is the recipient of the 2015 Governor General’s Literary Award for Nonfiction for his book Bee Time: Lessons From the Hive. One of the world’s leading experts on bees and pollination, Dr. Winston is also an internationally recognized researcher, teacher and writer. He directed Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue for 12 years, where he founded the Centre’s Semester in Dialogue, a program that creates leadership development opportunities that equip and empower students contribute to social change in communities.

As a consultant and thought leader, Dr. Winston partners with universities, corporations, NGOs, governments and communities to advance communication skills, engage public audiences with controversial issues through dialogue, and implement experiential learning and community engagement in educational institutions. He recently authored the report Physician Heal Thyself: An Inquiry into Physician Satisfaction and the Structure of Family Practice in British Columbia. As an award-winning writer and editor, he works with students, scientists, other professionals and writers to develop compelling non-fiction, from proposals and newspaper opinion pieces to manuscripts and books.

He currently is a Professor and Senior Fellow in Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue, and a Professor of Biological Sciences. Learn more about Dr. Winston here:

Experience: Exploring Mindfulness: Physician Self-Care
Facilitator: Randy Persad, M.Ed., RMT
In this session, we examine the research on mindfulness and its benefits to physicians’ well-being and practice as well as experience the art and science of self-care through exercises aimed at awareness of breath. We will also explore how a mindfulness-based approach can increase job satisfaction and “empathetic and mutually healing relationships with patients.”  In Physician Self-Care, Kirby and Lück (2014) indicate that “Doctors who engage in regular self-care and mindful practice tend to be invigorated rather than depleted by their daily interactions with their patients.” We will also address seating posture, nutrition, daily routine activities, and walking meditation to enhance breath awareness.

Learning Objectives:
·      Examine the research on mindfulness and its benefits to physicians’ well-being and practice.
·      Identify specific distractors to breath awareness.
·      Practice various methods of breath awareness.
·      Experience the deep relaxation effects of breath awareness practices.

Bio: Randy Persad, M.Ed., RMT, is a health care educator that brings three decades of an eclectic mix of education and clinical experience in health care. While he continues his education in many areas, he maintains advanced education in manual therapies, anatomy & physiology, practitioner mentoring and development, and has a special interest in the science and physiology of breath awareness and relaxation modalities.

Kirby, J. and Luck, P. (2014). Physician self-care. South African Medical Journal, 104(7).