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Divisions of Family Practice
Divisions Dispatch
July 19, 2019


ICYMI: PMH/PCN Infosheets

To help communicate about PMHs and PCNs, the GPSC created four information sheets for doctors and divisions to download:

PMH & PCN: The Big Picture
Patient Medical Homes
Primary Care Networks
PMH & PCN: The Difference

In simple terms, patient medical homes are the cornerstone of primary care networks. PMHs are community-based practices—typically family doctors’ practices—where patients get the majority of their care. PMHs build on the work family physicians already do in their practices, and support them to take their practice to the next level by incorporating better use of data, more support from teams and clinical networks, and stronger links to community services.  Within a PMH, doctors can more easily provide comprehensive care for their patients and participate in teams and primary care networks in their communities.

PCNs are geographical networks of health care professionals working together to plan for the health needs of the population, and deliver services in a coordinated way. Through PCNs, teams of professionals will work together to provide the full range of health care services to patients.Teams can mean groups of providers who are located together within the same full-service primary care clinic, or who work together across multiple locations. Team members ensure that patients receive wrap-around services that are tailored to their own individual needs.

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Physician Burdens: What We Heard Report now available

Earlier this year, Doctors of BC engaged with members to learn more about the frustrations and mounting demands that physicians are facing in BC. For many, the volume and pace of these demands has become burdensome, and this can have serious consequences for physicians and the health care system. A dedicated, long-term approach that focuses on systemic change is needed.

Through online engagement, Doctors of BC gathered details about what the demands and impacts are in order to advocate for policy solutions that reflect member experience and meet their needs.
Member feedback indicated that key demands include, paperwork, patient loads, increasing regulations and system-wide resource constraints, amongst other challenges.

View the report to learn more about what was learned from physicians and how Doctors of BC is advocating for its members.

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ICYMI: PSP's learning series guides the path to practice teams

In case you missed it, PSP’s new seven-part learning series is available to doctors and practice teams across the province.

No matter the type or size of teams, sessions can help develop key competencies for building successful team-based care in practice. Sessions are interactive, adaptable, and compensated.

Dr Hayley Broker of North Vancouver facilitated the first session in the province. Working as part of a multi-disciplinary teams for more than 20 years, Dr Broker knows how “team-based care can offer patients a one-stop shop for their primary care needs.”

Read more about why Dr Broker is encouraging doctors to participate in the new learning series with all members of a team.

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Call for Division representation at Family Medicine Forum

Health Match BC is currently recruiting interested Division members to represent their division at the Jobs for Doctors in BC collaborative booth during this year's Family Medicine Forum (FMF). 

The Family Medicine Forum (FMF) is being held in Vancouver, BC from October 30 to November 2, 2019. 

Any interested members can review Health Match BC's participation proposal and contact Racheal Do by Wednesday, July 31th. Health Match BC will try to accommodate as many groups as possible.

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Doctors of BC Board Report available

Doctors of BC's Board of Directors has released the latest Board Report.

Topics include:

  • A new draft Code of Conduct for members of RA, Board, and Committees 
  • Board elections and appointments
  • New ICBC Working Group
  • Office overhead study
  • Response to the Cayton Report
  • Physician trust and reputation
  • New RA agenda planning process

Click here to read the report.

The next Board meeting will be held on September 20, 2019.

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Physician Engagement: Parent Education on the Period of PURPLE Crying

The BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit requests physician participation in completing a short, five-minute online survey. Attending or resident general practitioners, pediatricians, or obstetrician/gynecologists can provide input to help gain a better understanding of physicians’ perceptions of the Period of PURPLE Crying as it relates to abusive head trauma/shaken baby syndrome (AHT/SBS).

The survey will be open until August 31, 2019. For any questions or concerns, please contact Kiran Mann at

Click here to take the survey.

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Breastfeeding webinar open for registration

UBC’s Therapeutic Initiative is hosting a CME-certified webinar that discusses issues around breastfeeding. Topics include Domperidone for lactation, and a primary care approach to supporting women with low milk supply. The webinar will take place on Thursday July 25 from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. and it is certified for 1.0 MainPro+/MOC Section 1 credits.

Click here to register.

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Sharing Divisions Dispatch with members

To minimize emails sent directly to divisions, the provincial communications team produces Divisons Dispatch to keep divisions up-to-date with Divisions initiative. It is sent to local division executive directors, administration, physician leads, and board members. Divisions are encouraged to share it with division members at large.

If you have a story you would like to submit for consideration, please contact Caroline McGechaen at

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Registration for the 2019 Be Active Every Day challenge opens in August

Be Active Every Day is an annual event organized by Doctors of BC that helps gets kids moving by pairing doctors to an elementary schools in their community. Physicians visit their school to challenge kids to be active for 60 minutes every day in October.

Registration for this public health campaign opens in August. For more information, visit

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New member of CPI team

Katrina Stein is the new Senior Project Coordinator, Community Development and Learning. She will be working to promote a culture of learning and collaboration for Divisions of Family Practice across BC.

Katrina has been part of Doctors of BC for 13 years, having started with the Negotiations Department in 2006 and then joining the Specialist Services Committee in 2017.

Katrina will start her new role on July 29.

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Divisions in the news

July 17, 2019 Vancouver Vancouver Courier B.C. announces new urgent care centre for East Vancouver
July 17, 2019 Vancouver Global News New healthcare hub coming to East Vancouver’s Commercial Drive
July 11, 2019 Fraser Northwest TriCity News Coquitlam drug deaths slowing but still almost 2 a month
July 10, 2019 South Okanagan Similkameen Global News ‘Lives will be lost’: Oliver town council to address ER closures at UBCM
July 8, 2019 Fraser Northwest TriCity News Need help? Let your fingers do the walking with new health care resource
July 7, 2019 South Island Times Colonist Doctors, staff team up for better care
July 1, 2019 Burnaby Burnaby Now This Burnaby doctor takes you behind the scenes of his practice

The provincial communications team produces a twice-monthly newsletter designed to keep divisions up-to-date with the Divisions initiative. It is sent to local division executive directors, administration, physician leads, and board members. In order to minimize emails being sent these groups, we try to include as much in these newsletters as possible. We encourage you to share it with your division members at large. If you have a story you would like to submit for consideration, please contact Caroline McGechaen at

Media coverage is monitored by the Divisions of Family Practice provincial communications team and compiled on the Divisions in the News page.

This issue can also be found on the Divisions of Family Practice website.

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