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A partnership of Doctors of BC
and Ministry of Health
December 2016

Learning Links

Learning Links is a new online resource created to help BC general psychiatrists and pediatricians better diagnose, treat and manage children and youth with mental health disorders. Featuring 15 distinct care modules, they address anxiety, depression, self-harm, OCD, psychotic and more. Section 2 "self guided learning" CMA credits are available to specialists who work through the modules. Learning Links was created by an expert team led by Dr. Jana Davidson, psychiatrist in chief at BC Children's Hospital, as part of the Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Collaborative funded by Doctors of BC and the BC government. Visit to view the modules.

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BCPSQ Annual Forum 2017

The BC Patient Safety and Quality Council Annual Forum and the JCC Pre-forum event happens on March 1 to 3, 2017 – please mark your calendars. Registration opens in early November.  Specialists interested in attending may be sponsored through SSC for costs of registration, accommodation and travel.  Contact for more information.  To learn more about the JCC’s work – go to

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Setting a Course for the Future

The SSC’s mandate is to facilitate collaboration with Doctors of BC, the BC government and BC’s Health Authorities on the delivery of specialist-physician services to British Columbians and supports the improvement of the specialist care system. But the big question is “how”?

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Managing Diabetes Care - Planning for the 21st Century

About 400,000 people in BC suffer from diabetes. While the disease sounds simple – high blood sugar – the long-term complications are not. Those complications include heart disease, chronic kidney failure, eye damage and circulation issues, and have a major impact on BC’s health care system.

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Spotlight on a Specialty – Geriatric Medicine

In the words of Sophocles, “no one longs to live more than someone growing old.” Thanks to medical advances over the last decade, nowadays it seems living longer is inevitable. But with longevity comes an aging population – one that encounters health problems typically specific to older adults. That’s where Geriatricians come in.

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New Bridge Funding for Enhanced Recovery

The SSC has approved a short-term Enhanced Recovery Bridge Fund of $221,000 to boost or supplement a BC site’s current resources and strategies during this transition phase up to March 2017.The SSC Enhanced Recovery Bridge Fund aims to help:

  • Maintain the Enhanced Recovery infrastructures already in place;
  • Support the launch of Enhanced Recovery in new sites and service lines; and
  • Keeps momentum going while conversations about a provincial approach to Enhanced Recovery take place.

Funds will support activities in elective colorectal surgery, emergency general surgery, hepatobiliary, gynecology, and urology procedures. New pathways and accompanying tools across all sites will be shared on

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SSC Annual Report

The latest SSC Annual Report is posted here.

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About Us

SSC supports specialists’ work and professional growth. Formed in 2006 under the Physician Master Agreement to help the Doctors of BC, BC government and health authorities collaborate on the delivery of specialist services and support improvement of the specialist care system in BC.

Sharing your knowledge is important - if you have stories to tell, information to share or feedback to give, please send us an email:

Specialist Services Committee
115-1665 West Broadway Vancouver, BC V6J 5A4

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