In 2012 UBC CPD received the Royal College Accredited CPD Provider Innovation Award for This Changed My Practice.
Drs. Val Stoynova and Celia Culley
By Drs. Val Stoynova and Celia Culley on June 28, 2022
I have changed my practice to optimize patient care and planetary health by considering the climate impact of my prescribing choices while continuing to provide high-quality, evidence-based, lower cost, patient-centred asthma care.
Practice tip (for BC practitioners) utilizing PathwaysBC beyond specialist lookups — finding patient handouts, requisitions, point-of-care tools
By Drs. Tracy Monk, Nick Graham, Karin Kausky, Michele Thomasse, and Ryan Gallagher on March 22, 2022
We all used PathwaysBC.ca to help us find specialists for our patients, to look up wait times and what information to include in a referral, but we learned that Pathways could help streamline our clinical work in so many more ways.
By Brendan McNeely and Dr. Amanda Hu on February 9, 2022
Recent evidence has emerged that shows cannabis smoking is related to significant patient morbidity. Namely, cannabis smoke exposure increased the risk of oropharyngeal cancer in a dose-dependent manner. Cannabis use may also be associated with hearing loss, vestibular dysfunction, tinnitus, and sinusitis.
By Drs. Lauren Hughes and Heather L. O'Donnell on September 15, 2021
Acute onset of monocular flashes and/or floaters is a common presentation to primary care providers. Most often, this represents a posterior vitreous detachment (PVD), an age-related condition with a prevalence that increases from 24% in adults aged 50 to 59 to 87% among those aged 80 to 89 years.
Can we identify patients at risk for Opioid Use Disorder when beginning opioid analgesics for pain from new or ongoing non-cancer causes?
There is growing recognition that opioid prescribing can lead to prescription opioid use disorder (OUD). It is estimated that nearly 115,000 British Columbians have become addicted to opioids. There is a need to safely reduce the volume of new opioid prescriptions for opioid naïve patients.
By Shirley Jiang, Edward Tam, and Hin Hin Ko on August 4, 2021
Primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) is the most common autoimmune liver disease with an incidence of 1 in 1000 in women over age 40. For decades, the only evidence-based treatment was ursodeoxycholic acid. Unfortunately, the rate of inadequate response to UDCA is up to 40%. In 2017, Health Canada approved the use of obeticholic acid (OCA) for the treatment of PBC. UDCA remains first-line therapy for PBC with a long record of use and generic preparations but in non-responders, OCA treatment should be considered.
Curing Through Connection: A 3-part series on attachment, resilience, and health. Article 3: The Importance of Attachment Theory in Healthcare
By Dr. Linda Uyeda and Dr. Ashley Miller on July 7, 2021
The ingredients needed to create a happy workplace also largely reflect the principles of secure attachment. Across all levels within organizations, if people do not feel “safe, seen, soothed, and secure” they are more likely to make errors, breach safety protocols, and struggle working together as a team.
By Drs. Charles Au, Tristen Gilchrist, and Agnes Lee on June 16, 2021
The IMPROVE VTE score is an externally validated tool that can be used to identify low-risk medical patients who do not warrant VTE prophylaxis.
By Drs. Raymond Mak and Tiffany Wong on January 27, 2021
Between 5% to 10% of the population reports an allergy to penicillin. After careful assessment, over 90% of these individuals are found to carry a false allergy label. Having a penicillin allergy label carries many potential harms, including prolonged hospital stays, increased patient costs, risk of more side effects, and an increase in resistant organisms. As such, penicillin allergy has become a major public health concern.
Sodium Glucose Cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) Inhibitors: New drug class in the treatment of Heart Failure with Reduced Ejection Fraction — DAPA-HF and EMPEROR-Reduced trials
Heart failure (HF) is a clinical syndrome associated with significant morbidity and mortality. In 2020, the prevalence of HF was approximately 64.34 million cases (8.52 per 1,000 inhabitants) worldwide and this number has been steadily increasing over time. There is compelling evidence to suggest that in individuals with HFrEF in the presence or absence of T2DM, both dapagliflozin and empagliflozin have profound effects on reduction of HF hospitalizations and possibly CV mortality.
By Dr. Jeff Harries on December 7, 2020
Editor’s note: Here is the revised article on AUD by Dr. Harries, which more prominently emphasizes the stepwise approach in the BC AUD guidelines. We appreciate the patience of our readership and special thanks to Dr. Harries for his passion and commitment to treating AUD. We would also like to thank Dr. Keith Ahamad (co-chair […]
By Drs. Philip Lee and Stefanie Falz Mclellan on September 30, 2020
The integration of point of care ultrasound (PoCUS) in the emergency department workflow is not always easy, and these challenges have been amplified in the time of COVID-19. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increased interest in the use of handheld ultrasound devices as they simplify infection control procedures and take up little space in emergency rooms crowded with critical care equipment.
By Omid Kiamanesh, MD, FRCPC on August 26, 2020
Despite intensive lowering of LDL-C using lipid-modifying therapy, residual ASCVD risk persists, particularly in those with hypertriglyceridemia. Icosapent ethyl has been shown to reduce residual ASCVD risk and cardiovascular death in select patients with hypertriglyceridemia while on statin therapy.
By Drs. Lawrence Chow and Rose Hatala on May 6, 2020
In the era of the COVID-19 pandemic, our most vulnerable patients (the elderly and those with chronic illnesses) are disproportionately at the highest risk of mortality. In this difficult and chaotic time, it’s more important than ever that we maintain a humanistic approach to care. This involves keeping the patient, and their values and preferences, front and center in our care.
By Tandi Wilkinson MD CCFP-EM on April 1, 2020
I conducted a study examining effective peer support in rural Canadian physicians. (Spoiler alert: those who have had good peer support say it is essential to their career in medicine.) Here is what I am doing now to ensure I, and my team, can manage through this unprecedented time at work.
By Mark W. Hull MD MHSc on November 13, 2018
Over the last five years, on an ongoing basis, we have seen new HIV infections occurring in young gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM). The majority of these individuals had had a prior negative HIV test within the last year, or were presenting with signs or symptoms supportive of an acute HIV infection, suggesting recent exposure and transmission of HIV infection, highlighting the need for novel HIV prevention strategies.
By Dr. Maia Love on July 4, 2018
Defining yourself as a person first, and your role as a professional second, has benefits in preventing burnout and creating more personal energy. Put your own oxygen mask on first.
By Julianne Yeager on September 14, 2016
If you employ people, you should have professionally drafted and implemented employment contracts. The time and cost of having contracts drafted and implemented are minor, in comparison to the time and cost of dealing with a wrongfully dismissed employee and their lawyer.
By Alison Hoens and Dr. Alex Scott on January 7, 2014
Tendinopathy of the lateral epicondyle can be a difficult problem to resolve. The Lateral Epicondyle Tendinopathy Toolkit is an excellent resource for physicians looking to quickly advise patients on interventions to manage both acute and chronic tennis elbow.
By Dr. Andrew Howard on September 10, 2013
Somatoform and conversion disorders are common psychiatric presentations in general practice. When chronic, like most psychiatric conditions, they commonly cause leave from work, poor quality of life for patients and supports, and heavy burden on medical practices.
By Kristin Turner, MSc, CGC, CCGC on August 27, 2013
Identification of hereditary cancer families in BC is important to provide individuals at elevated cancer risk with appropriate screening and risk management recommendations.
By Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose on August 6, 2013
Falls are a common geriatric syndrome and are the third leading cause of chronic disability worldwide. Improved cognitive function, in particular executive functions, is an important mechanism by which the exercise reduces falls and improves overall mobility.