Chief Ian CampbellOpening Ceremony with Chief Ian Campbell of the Squamish First Nation.

Retreat Sessions for Saturday & Sunday. Download a copy of the Retreat Agenda for specific times, meals, and breaks.

Cultural Sensitivity, Safety, and Competency from an Indigenous Perspective
Facilitator: Dr. Terri Aldred
Utilizing story, videos, and short exercises I have the lofty goal of both raising participants’ knowledge on the historical and present context of Indigenous peoples’ health and well-being, as well as, practicing self-reflection which is a vital cultural competency skill. In this session, we will define Cultural Sensitivity, Safety, and Competency; discuss the 3 R’s of Cultural Competency: Respect, Responsibility, Reciprocity; and practice self-reflection and narrative medicine as tools to cultivate cultural sensitivity in ourselves.

Clinical Reasoning
Facilitator: Dr. Rose Hatala
During this session, we will explore practical strategies to assess and teach clinical reasoning to our students and residents.  We will focus on using common tools like SNAPPS as a way to diagnose where are our learners are at with respect to their clinical reasoning.  Having identified some of the common presentations of clinical reasoning difficulties in our learners, we will work through a framework to guide our teaching of clinical reasoning.

Two-Way Street: Providing Preceptors with Effective Feedback
Facilitators: Dr. Dean Brown & Jacqueline Ashby, Ed.D.
One the challenges in our UBC Residency Program is providing Preceptors with timely and constructive feedback on their teaching and learning environment. Preceptors constitute the largest demographic of learners within our program and yet are unable to obtain Residents’ survey feedback for 3 years. In this session, we will work together in teams to design alternative solutions in providing Preceptors the assessment they require to further develop their teaching and hone their coaching skills. Furthermore, we will discover and discuss what other site programs have in place to address this issue.

Wilderness Rapture: Health Benefits of the Great Outdoors
Facilitator: Jacqueline Ashby, Ed.D.
Evolutionary biologist E.O. Wilson coined the term biophilia to describe “humans innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life.” The benefits of our connection with nature include reducing stress, fostering creativity, and bolstering the immune system. From forest bathing to office walk-in-talk meetings, there is a cultural shift to incorporate activities that put us into touch with the natural environment. Our session begins with a mindful walk in the Cheakamus forest. Participants will identify the ways in which we connect with our ecosystems (i.e., knowing, perceiving, interacting with, and living within) and their impact on our wellbeing (e.g., mental, physical, and spiritual health; learning; identity; connectedness; sense of control and security) (Russell, 2013). Participants will then brainstorm and plan how they can implement nature as both a health promotion strategy and a component in their teaching.

Evidence Based Medicine: Why it’s Important and How to Teach it
Facilitator: Dr. Iris Liu
Evidence Informed Health Care (EIHC) is the integration of 1) Patient / Family goals and preferences 2) Research evidence and 3) Clinical Evidence and Expertise. It is an integral part of medicine, as the lack of EIHC historically has produced disastrous results.  As preceptors, we need to facilitate an environment that encourages curiosity and humility. In this session, we will explore the 5 A’s of EIHC (Ask, Acquire, Appraise, Apply and Assess) and learn how to integrate this in daily teaching.

Experience & Reflection: Transitioning Residents to Family Physicians
Facilitator: Dr. Holden Chow
We, as healers, are influenced by the stories of our patients, our own life experiences, and our reflections on how our patient interactions impact their healing. Residents, who often come from well-rounded backgrounds, tend to have a primary focus on the medical part; i.e., history, physical, differential diagnosis, and management. For some, it may take the course of a residency and many years following to meaningfully integrate life and patient experience in practice. In this session, we will explore what makes each one of us a unique healer. We will learn from our own expertise how physician preceptors integrate medical knowledge with experience and how the depth of our experiences influences our understanding of patient situations as well as how it helps us communicate with them. Finally, we will develop techniques for preceptors to help residents further develop this skill.

Closing Keynote Address
Shifting Practice – Increasing Understanding Through Cultural Literacy:
Facilitator: Dr. Sarah Bainbridge

During this informal session, we will engage in conversation highlighting opportunities for improved patient-centric care with the integration of cultural literacy skills.  Drawing on examples of community-driven initiatives related to indigenous arts, culture, and environmental education connections to health and well-being will emerge.  Frank discussion about institutional and professional tensions will provide for a springboard to collectively identify immediate actions to overcome barriers end enrich practice.