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Shuswap North Okanagan Division of Family Practice
Shuswap North Okanagan Flyer Spyer
July 31, 2018

Find the latest news from the Shuswap North Okanagan Division and complementary organizations in this issue of the Flyer Spyer.


  1. SNO AGM - September 26, 2018
  2. Trans Care BC Training Session - September 29, 2018
  3. Residential Care Refresher - October 19-21 - Registration is now open!
  4. IH Substance Use Services and Supports Survey
  5. Revised CPSBC opioid and sedative prescribing standard
  6. Green Office Toolkit
  7. GP Experiences: Understanding patient panels
  8. Doctors of BC offers financial information and guidance
  9. Healthy By Nature initiative seeks family doctors to lead walks around the province
  10. Save the Date - September 14 - Surgery Half Day CME Event - Kelowna
  11. Clinical resources available to support ER and generalist physicians

SNO AGM - September 26, 2018

Laughter IS the best medicine!

Be it resolved that The Debaters Live comedy show will entertain and liven up our eighth Annual General Meeting on September 26th. Award-winning comedian and hilarious host Steve Patterson and two stand-up comics will entertain us with an exhilarating exchange of razor-sharp wit and meticulously crafted, up-to-the-moment social commentary.

The Debaters Live features some of the popular format heard on The Debaters radio program, a program created and produced by Richard Side, which has been entertaining its large and loyal audience on CBC Radio One for over 12 years.

We invite you and a guest to join us for a social and fun-filled evening as we enjoy our time together and overdose on the best possible medicine - laughter.

Date:  Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Time:  5:30 p.m. - Appies and cash bar
           6:00 p.m. - AGM
           7:00 p.m. - Dinner with the show to follow

Location:  Prestige Hotel, Vernon, BC

Group transportation will be provided from Salmon Arm to Vernon.  Let us know if you will be joining us on the bus.

RSVP to no later than September 12, 2018.

Trans Care BC Training Session - September 29, 2018

** Please note that this date has changed **

Trans Care BC is offering a training session in the Vernon region for Physicians and Nurse Practitioners seeking to increase competencies providing care for transgender individuals.

The Shuswap North Okanagan Division of Family Practice has provided funding support for this important initiative. We are seeking CME Accreditation for this training - to be confirmed.

Saturday, September 29, 2018
9 am - 4:30 pm
Vernon Prestige Hotel
Lunch, coffee, tea and snacks provided

There is no fee for this training; sessional time will be paid.

To Register:
Please register no later than Monday, September 24.

Learning Objectives:

Introduction to Gender Affirming Practice (Part 1)

  • Trans and gender diverse key concepts, terminology, and unique considerations
  • Trans Care BC overview
  • Best practices and policies in creating trans inclusive services
  • Non-binary practice
  • Local resource mapping

Advanced Primary Care for Trans and Gender Diverse People (Part 2)

  • Basics of trans competent primary care including historical context, current best practices and the gender affirming approach to care
  • Hormone readiness assessment
  • Hormone therapy - initiation/titration, monitoring, managing side effects
  • Screening and preventative care
  • Supporting patients seeking gender-affirming surgery
  • Resources, support

Residential Care Refresher - October 19-21 - Registration is now open!

Registration is now open for the 2nd Residential Care Refresher Conference, taking place October 19 – 21, 2018. Bring your family and enjoy the amenities at our new location; the Predator Ridge Resort in Vernon, BC!

Residential Care Refresher
Oct 19-21 (Fri-Sun) | Predator Ridge Resort | Vernon BC
Target audience:
family physicians, geriatric psychiatrists, nurse managers, nurse practitioners, allied health, social workers, pharmacists, administrators/managers, recreational therapists, occupational therapists, anyone involved with and interested in residential care
Up to 15.25 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1


  • Patient voices in residential care – perspectives to share
  • Senior-friendly ER with a residential focus
  • Managing infections and traumatic brain injury in long-term care
  • PANEL: Medical assistance in dying in residential care
  • Practical approaches to deprescribing
  • Influenza management


Thursday night Keynote Dinner Presentation:

  • Using Managed Risk to Deliver Patient-Centred Care
    Dr. Keren Wilson Brown, Founder and Senior Advisor, Concepts in Community Living

Predator Ridge Resort
301 Village Centre Place
Vernon, British Columbia  V1H 1T2
Discount room rates start at $142/night + taxes. Rates do not include parking. Group Code: “Residential Care Refresher.” Group rate available until Aug 27, 2018.

PH: 1-888-578-6688
T: 1-250-542-3436

Sparkling Hills Resort is also offering a discounted room rate of $279 per night plus taxes on a space-available basis for conference attendees. The rate is valid Oct 17 - 22 inclusive. Use Promo Code: UBC2018.

Toll-Free 1.877.275.1556

Upon completion, Salmon Arm SNO member registration fees only will be reimbursed through the Reverted CME funds.

Upon completion, Vernon SNO member registration fees only will be reimbursed with GPSC Residential Care Initiative CME funds.

IH Substance Use Services and Supports Survey

Interior Health is currently undergoing a comprehensive review of all substance use services and supports provided within the health authority, and they are seeking input regarding existing services from all family physicians. This input is important as it will help shape changes in the way services are provided to patients with substance use disorders.

Please complete this survey no later than August 13, 2018:

Revised CPSBC opioid and sedative prescribing standard

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (CPSBC) recently revised its standard Safe Prescribing of Opioids and Sedatives. The revisions are based on feedback heard during consultations with stakeholders and focus on providing clarity and reducing stigmas.

The fundamental purpose of the standard is the primary prevention of overdose, addiction, and other harms associated with the use of opioids and sedatives. The recent changes aim to better support physicians who prescribe opioids and sedatives and mitigate problematic prescription medication use.

The revised standard came into effect on June 1, 2018.

Click here to read the standard.

Green Office Toolkit

Medical offices can either contribute to environmental sustainability or impair it; most offices do some of both.

This link takes you to a Green Office Toolkit, designed by environmental scientists, health facility managers, and clinicians. It features a step by step process for making your office or clinic a model of future-oriented environmental practices.

Waste costs money -- either direct costs for disposal or recycling or indirect costs such as increasing pollution or worsening climate change.

We all want to work towards a better future for our children; it seems only sensible to have your workplace play a part of that effort.

GP Experiences: Understanding patient panels

As part of their move toward the patient medical home model, many family doctors are gaining a better understanding of both the patients they are taking care of and what those patients need, via the panel management process.

Click on the links below to hear directly from GPs who, with PSP support (e.g., in-practice coaching, EMR-based panel management tools), have completed this process and improved the accuracy and quality of their patient data.

Learn more about GPSC’s phases to panel management.

Learn more​ about the GPSC's supports currently available for panel management.

Doctors of BC offers financial information and guidance

As part of membership services, Doctors of BC provides complimentary educational seminars on Physicians’ Financial Health for doctors and their staff.

The Physicians’ Financial Health seminars are conducted by licensed, non-commissioned Insurance Advisors and their partners. Topics include negotiated benefits, insurance, and financial planning. Several of these sessions are CME accredited. Doctors of BC advisors also support physicians to make decisions that lead to financial wellness by providing free reviews of physicians’ insurance portfolios and neutral advice and recommendations.

For more information, click here. For any questions, please contact Julie Kwan.

Healthy By Nature initiative seeks family doctors to lead walks around the province

The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) and the BC Parks Foundation are seeking family doctors to lead walks in their community to celebrate the Healthy By Nature initiative, which promotes the health benefits of connecting to nature. The initiative will officially launch on July 21, 2018, with 100 one-hour, doctor-led walks in 100 parks across the province.

For more information, visit the website.

Save the Date - September 14 - Surgery Half Day CME Event - Kelowna

Half-day CME - Friday, September 14, 2018, Kelowna, BC

Medical Microbiology / Infectious diseases, Hepatobiliary surgery, vascular surgery, hand surgery, wound care principles.

Pre-conference courses also available:  UBC Hands-on Ultrasound Education (HOUSE): September 13.  ACLS Re-certification: Date to be confirmed.  

More information is available here.

Clinical resources available to support ER and generalist physicians

The BC Emergency Medicine Network website includes more than 267 online clinical resources to support physicians working in tertiary, large community, rural, and remote emergency departments across BC. Network membership is required to access these resources, which include:

  • 62 clinical summaries.
  • 66 patient info sheets in multiple languages.
  • 63 procedural videos.
  • 49 recommended apps and sites for providers and patients.
  • 27 ECGs.

Membership is free and open to full-time emergency physicians and generalists in small communities in BC. Click here to register.

For more information, visit the website, or email

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