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 

SAVE THE DATE: Scholar Day 2021

Scholar Day: Jackpot June 2021
Thursday, June 10
0900 – 1115
Zoom link (provided via email, closer to date)

Join our UBC Abbotsford-Mission Family Practice Residency Program as we recognize our Residents’ scholarly achievements.

This engagement is an opportunity for our Residents to share their research with our surrounding community and for our program to continue to network, collaborate, and build upon the ideas and insights emerging from their work.

Scholar Day 2021 is CPD accredited. Certification 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 program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by UBC CPD for up to 1.75 Mainpro+ Group Learning credits. Each physician should claim only those credits accrued through participation in the activity. CFPC Session ID#: 194630-002

UBC Faculty of Medicine Colouring Book


To celebrate the artistic talents of our UBC Faculty of Medicine community, we asked our creative students, faculty, and alumni to create colouring pages for our first UBC Faculty of Medicine Colouring Book. From illustrations of health care and wellness to UBC-landmarks, biology, and cartoons, there is something for all ages and colouring prowess!

Download the digital version here.