Letter from the editor

*Please note: no credits for this posting*

As the holidays are upon us and we end another great year, I wanted to take an opportunity to once again thank our readers for their ongoing support and active participation in voting, commenting and claiming CPD credits.

Of course, thanks must be extended to our authors, editors and the great efforts of Ms Nina Zoric, our Educational Manager at UBC CPD.

Basically through word of mouth, we now have over 10,000 biweekly readers.  With each posting, we often have more comments than large, international, commercially-based medical news websites.

Our concurrence rate remains high: 74% of the time readers stated the would “likely” or “definitely” change their practice.

This year’s top 5 articles for concurrence:

  1. Diabetes and exercise, Dr. Andrew Farquhar
  2. Role of inhaled steroids in acute asthma exacerbations, Dr. Julian Marsden
  3. Active video games and child’s physical activity, Dr. Ran Goldman
  4. Screening for depression in pregnancy using the Edinburgh Depression Scale, Dr. Karen Buhler
  5. Rotavirus vaccine, Dr. Laura Sauvé

Our crowning achievement this year was having the honor of receiving the 2012 Royal College Accredited CPD Provider Innovation Award. This was a great validation of our efforts and will serve as an additional inspiration to keep pushing forward.

In the coming year, we anticipate a few more changes at This Changed My Practice as we continue to evolve:

  1. We’ve partnered with UBC Faculty Development to bring new articles on innovative teaching strategies, with a subset of articles called “This Changed My Teaching” https://thischangedmypractice.com/category/teaching/.
  2. Expansion of content to include other universities and provinces.  We are working on ways to address regional resources for readers outside of BC.  Where possible, we try to link BC-based guidelines and resources to article — given our expanding readership, we’re exploring ways of doing this for other provinces.  We may also be featuring content from other universities (but always in the TCMP style of article).
  3. For our Royal College fellows (specialists), we are working with the Royal College on a mechanism for automated transfer of CPD credits to your Mainport account.

Of course, if you have suggestions, or want to contribute to This Changed My Practice, please feel free to contact me at editor@thischangedmypractice.com.

On behalf of all of us at TCMP, best wishes for a safe, happy and healthy holiday season.

Steve Wong, MD, FRCPC
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, UBC
Medical Director, Clinical Practice Reviews, UBC CPD
Medical Director, This Changed My Practice, UBC CPD



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