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Divisions of Family Practice
Divisions Dispatch
October 7, 2019


Ridge Meadows Division announces local PCNs and UPCC

Congratulations to the physicians and staff of the Ridge Meadows Division - along with Fraser Health and community partners - for the recent announcement of the launch of two primary care networks and an urgent an primary care centre (UPCC). This announcement reflects months of hard work and effort in planning to address service gaps in the Division’s local communities.

More announcements about primary care networks are expected in the near future. Read the Ridge Meadows announcement.

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ISA Team Charting Principles

The GPSC Information Sharing Task Group has created a set of Team Charting Principles for use in a PCN. These principles are intended to provide guidance to primary care practices, new care teams and health authorities on where team members will chart within PCNs. This guidance will be included in the Information Sharing Agreement that the group is currently developing. The group recognizes that providers within a PCN are looking for direction now and therefore, this guidance will take effect immediately. The principles are as follows:

  1. Chart once: Whenever possible, care team members should only chart in one system.
  2. Chart in the clinic EMR: Care team members should chart in the EMR of the primary care practice in which they are working either directly, or indirectly via integrated chart notes.
  3. Patient-centric: The  primary  care  practice  manages  the  most  complete  longitudinal  patient  record  in  the community.
  4. Information  accessibility: Information  will  be  made  accessible  to  care  team  members  (and  organizations) when  needed  for  patient  care. Information  for  other  required  purposes  will  be  made  accessible  under mutually agreeable governance, privacy and security provisions.
  5. Brief and Actionable: Care team members consider brevity in charting actions and encounter summaries.
  6. Maintain  Data  Standards: Charting  should  be  optimized  for  team  performance,  patient  safety,  clinical decision support and reporting and should meet minimum charting requirements of the primary care clinic in which they are working.

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GPSC Summit changes

Due to the ongoing strike at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver, the GPSC Summit will be offered exclusively through webinars on the originally scheduled days of October 10 and 11, 2019.

The program still meets the certification criteria for the College of Family Physician of Canada and has been certified by UBC CPD for up to 6.25 Mainpro+ Group Learning credits. Each physician should claim only those credits accrued through participation in the activity. CFPC Session ID#: 190831-001

Though not an ideal solution, it is a way to honour the hard work that partners and stakeholders have put into preparing the GPSC Summit sessions, and still provide a venue for those that are interested to share and learn from one another. The keynote speaker, Tim Magwood, will be presenting virtually, as well as a number of other speakers and panelists on topics that are critical to ongoing work. In-person learning, sharing, and networking are of critical importance, and opportunities for this will be explored at a future date.

For any guest who booked a hotel room at the Hyatt Regency, please contact them immediately to cancel the room reservation. The hotel can be reached directly at 1-604-683-1234. To avoid being billed, please ensure you cancel 48 hours prior to the start of your scheduled stay.

For those attending as part of a Division of Family Practice, please submit any cancellation fees back to the division to be covered through the Provincial Collaboration funding attached to the division’s annual infrastructure funding. Those that were pre-approved for travel costs were being covered by GPSC directly, please email to receive a form for reimbursement.

Click here to register for the webinars.

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Divisions benefit package

Many divisions have expressed an interest in an employee group benefits package for divisions’ staff.  With the Doctors of BC insurance department, the provincial office has been looking into the feasibility of creating a joint Divisions of Family Practice benefit package to support recruitment and retention of staff at the division level. In order to obtain accurate quotes, the provincial office asks that interested divisions fill out the information gathering spreadsheet and return it to no later than November 15, 2019. 

Please be advised, that this information will be anonymized and held in strictest confidence. 

Please contact Allison Breunig or Mary Prodanovic if you have any questions.

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GPSC membership changes

Dr Khati Hendry has come to the end of her six year term on GPSC, and will be transitioning out of her role in the next few weeks. The GPSC thanks Dr Hendry for her thoughtful and strategic support to the committee and the work over the past few years. 

The GPSC welcomes Dr Sari Cooper to the committee. Dr Cooper comes from Victoria, and the committee looks forward to her contributions and input.

Dr Shelley Ross has also come to the end of her six year term as the GPSC co-chair, and there is currently a call out for applications for this position.

The applications close at midnight on Thursday October 10. For details or to apply, please visit the Doctors of BC website

Please note, member login is required.

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GPSC Meeting Summary

Click here to read the summary from the latest GPSC meeting on September 12.

Topics include:

  • Ministry of Health Announces New GPSC Members
  • Doctors of BC Organizational Update 
  • Primary Care Network Governance and Implementation
  • GPSC Information Sharing Task Group PCN Team Charting 
  • Incentive Working Group Update
  • Bridging Cancer Care with Primary Care
  • Feedback from the Profession 

The next GPSC meeting will take place on November 15, 2019.

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MRI Central Intake Office survey

Lower Mainland Medical Imaging (LMMI) is seeking feedback from referring physicians regarding the use of the MRI appropriateness checklist since the launch of the MRI Central Intake Office (CIO) in October 2018. 

Initial data shows that CIO is processing on average 3200 MRI referrals per week and compliance has grown to > 95%. Data is showing a significant downward trend in referrals for knee, hip and lumbar spine MRI exams as well.

Click here to complete the short survey.

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Registration open for 2019 Medical Legal Conference

The 2019 Medical Legal Conference is being held in Vancouver on October 21, 2019. There is also an online option for this conference.

Attendees can earn up to 6.5 Mainpro+ or 6.5 MOC Section 1 Group Learning credits, while learning about an array of issues relevant to physicians, lawyers, nurses, and legal support staff.
Doctors of BC partnered with the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC to develop this conference to achieve scientific integrity, objectivity, and balance.

Topics include:

  • Regulation of the Medical and Legal professions
  • Medico-Legal Reports: Bridging Medicine and Law
  • Cannabis in Canada: a Medicine and Law Update
  • Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID): The Patient's Journey
  • Concussion and MTBI: Best Practices and Return to Work/Play

Click here to register.

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Physician Perspectives on Return to Work

The Doctors of BC/WorkSafeBC Liaison committee would like to get feedback about physician needs for helping injured workers return to work fully or on a modified basis. Specifically, physician opinion is requested on how to improve an existing fee code designed to help physicians with return-to-work.

Feedback will inform the development of new return-to-work resources and potential modifications to the existing RTW fee code. Responses are anonymous and will only be used for the purpose described above.

Click here to take the survey. It should take 5-10 minutes to complete.

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Call for applications to the Clinician Scholar Program

The UBC Department of Family Practice is offering Clinician Scholar positions for family physicians in family practice scholarship starting July 1, 2020.

These positions are Category 1, Enhanced Skills residency positions, accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC).

The Clinician Scholar Program (CSP) offers two-year, part-time positions for BC family physicians to pursue family practice scholarship. We are accepting applicants for the 2020-22 cohort with a start date of July 1, 2020. The application deadline is November 30, 2019.

For more information, visit the website or contact

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Free Pain Support and Wellness Groups

Pain BC is launching Pain Support and Wellness Groups in communities across BC so people with pain can meet regularly to build a community of support while learning about pain, pain management and coping strategies. Patients with persistent pain need supportive communities and self-management education to learn to manage pain.

Pain Support and Wellness Groups are free to attend and do not require a referral. The groups meet in communities around BC on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month.

Groups are available in the following communities:

  • Chilliwack
  • Fort St John
  • Kelowna
  • Maple Ridge
  • New Westminster
  • Quesnel
  • Salmon Arm
  • Trail
  • Vancouver
  • Vernon
  • Victoria

Pain Support and Wellness Group posters and patient brochures can be ordered for free here.

For more information, dates, times and free online registration, visit the website

For questions, please email or call 1-844-430-0818.

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Patients as Partners Online events calendar

Patients as Partners has launched a new online activity calendar.

The Patients as Partners Initiative funds and helps coordinate a range of self-management programs, training and education sessions, peer supports, and resources for patients, families, and caregivers. All of these services are free and open to the public and are listed in the online activity calendar.

The new online activity calendar includes several new features:

  • Ability to search events or sort events by date, organizer, or health authority.
  • Integration with Google Maps.
  • Information about the Patients as Partners Initiative.
  • Profiles of our community partner organizations.
  • An overview of services for patients, families and caregivers and services for health care providers.

The new online activity calendar will replace the PDF activity guide.

Please submit any comments or questions about the new calendar to

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Divisions in the news

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Sept 25, 2019 Provincial Castanet Pushing for 2nd power line
Sept 25, 2019 Thompson Region Castanet West Kelowna gets new cop
Sept 27, 2019 Provincial Bowen Island Undercurrent The Health Centre Foundation answers some of your burning questions
Sept 30, 2019 Kootenay Boundary Interior Health New physicians start in New Denver in October
Oct 1, 2019 Provincial Northern Health making changes at Chetwynd Primary Care Clinic to ensure efficiencies

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.

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