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Divisions of Family Practice
Divisions Dispatch
November 22, 2019


New Doctors of BC podcast features discussion about PMHs and PCNs

Doctors of BC is pleased to introduce the first podcast in a new multimedia series called DocTalks. In the series, featuring podcasts and videos, physicians’ offer presentations and promote dialogue on timely, relevant topics impacting the BC medical community—and the patients and families they care for.   

In the first episode of the DocTalks podcast, discussion centres around the new direction for BC’s primary health care system – patient medical homes and primary care networks. Host, and Doctors of BC President-Elect, Dr Matthew Chow, with guests Dr Brenda Hefford and GPSC Co-Chair Dr Shelley Ross, take a deep dive into the current primary care landscape to unpack ideas about:

  • how patient medical homes and primary care networks relate to and work with one another
  • what it means to adapt to system-wide change
  • the benefits of a multidisciplinary, team-based care model of care
  • how UPCCs enhance PCNs and increase access

Click here to listen on Apple Podcasts. For links to all other podcast platforms, click here.

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GPSC’s Residential Care Initiative renamed as Long-term Care Initiative

The GPSC has renamed its Residential Care Initiative to Long-term Care Initiative (LTCI) effective November 2019. The name change reflects the Truth and Reconciliation process in Canada and with BC’s Indigenous peoples, and the importance of supporting the provision of patient-centred culturally safe care.

Read stories about how local divisions and doctors are making a difference in the quality of care provided to seniors living in long-term care facilities.

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Fall edition of the GPSC Newsletter now available

The latest edition of GP Update, the GPSC’s quarterly newsletter, has been sent to subscribed family physicians and is also available online. 

The fall 2019 issue features:

  • Information on primary care networks available in new online toolkit
  • New Patient Experience Tool
  • PSP updates compensation policy and certification process
  • Billing education webinar: fees that support working in teams
  • The Fraser Northwest Nurse Debbie Initiative featured in the BC Medical Journal

Click here to read the newsletter.

To subscribe to the GPSC newsletter, members can log into their account on the Doctors of BC website and adjust subscription preferences accordingly.

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Reminder: Billing education webinar - fees that support working in teams

The GPSC is offering a billing education webinar focused on both MSP fees and GPSC incentives that support doctors to work in team-based care environments.

All family doctors are invited to the 90-minute webinar on: Tuesday, Nov 26 at 6pm | Register

The webinar will cover details about:

  • The GPSC Preamble and the MSC General Preamble for MSP fees
  • Delegation
  • Communication

Click here for details.

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GPSC Summit Event Summary

The event summary from the GPSC Virtual Summit, which took place October 10-11, 2019, is now available.

The Virtual Summit provided a venue for learning and knowledge sharing about collaborative approaches to primary health care system transformation. The Event Summary captures the highlights of the event. A resource section on the last page of this summary includes links to the webinar recordings along with presentation materials.

GPSC thanks those who participated and provided feedback.

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GPSC and Health Data Coalition partnership

In 2016, GPSC entered into a partnership with the Health Data Coalition (HDC). HDC's goal is to support a network of physicians in the collaborative use of clinical data in order to facilitate practice improvement and improved patient outcomes.

HDC is now the largest primary care data-sharing network in BC, and is offered at no cost to physicians.

Data analysis and sharing is being enabled through HDC DISCOVER, a web based application that provides means for physicians to engage in individual reflective practice and quality improvement as well as collaboratively with trusted colleagues. Divisions of Family Practice can use HDC DISCOVER to understand important issues within their community informed by aggregate views of attachment, prevalence of chronic diseases, and care gaps where allied health or additional physicians could be deployed.

For more information, or to join HDC, click here.

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Invitation to participate in BC Guidelines External Review

The Urinary Tract Infections in the Primary Care Setting – Investigation protocol is available for External Review until January 3rd, 2020. This protocol provides guidance on appropriate testing for suspected urinary tract infection (UTI) in adults ≥ 19 years.

Visit the BC Guidelines External Review page to download the draft guideline and submit feedback via the online questionnaire

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Cannabis Use During Pregnancy and Lactation: A Practice Resource

Perinatal Services BC has released a new practice resource to guide health care providers in discussing cannabis use during pregnancy and lactation with pregnant patients. The purpose of this practice resource is to help health care providers facilitate conversations on cannabis use during pregnancy and lactation using a harm reduction approach that is women and person-centered, trauma informed, and culturally safe.

This practice resource was developed in collaboration with a variety of different stakeholders, including midwives, family physicians, nurses, lactation consultants, and substance use experts.

Click here to access the guide. For more information, visit the Perinatal Services BC website.

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Invitation to participate in study about routine growth monitoring in infancy

Family physicians are invited to participate in a study to better understand the risks and benefits of growth monitoring in infancy which could have implications for practitioners, policy makers, and patients. This survey will focus on the current use of growth monitoring methods in British Infant Growth Monitoring.

Click here for more information and to take the survey. For any questions please contact Ilona Hale at or Stephanie Obara at

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Updated Concussion E-Learning Course for Medical Professionals

The Concussion Awareness Training Tool for Medical Professionals (CATT MP) launched this June and an updated e-learning course is now available. The course will cover how to effectively assess a patient’s concussion situation within the initial hours post-injury, how to optimally manage concussion care during the first two to four weeks post-injury, and how to identify when referral to specialty care is required.

The course is free-of-charge, available in both English and French, and is eligible for credits with the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program through the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

For more information, resources, or to take the course, click here.

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Divisions in the news

Nov 12, 2019 Shuswap North Okanagan Vernon Morning Star New urgent and primary care centre to open in Vernon
Nov 12, 2019 Shuswap North Okanagan Global News New urgent and primary care centre opens in Vernon

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