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Douglas Cave, PhD
August 3, 2015

Recognizing the Potential Influence of the Interpersonal Gap in Teaching

I was frustrated at times that the students and residents did not always follow the instructions I gave. Their work was sometimes incomplete, off topic, or plainly wrong. While this was not true for most students, it was consistently true for a few each year. Teaching about empathy for example, I would invite residents to practice doing an interview with each other using empathic reflections and they would do it incorrectly. read more...

Dr. Clara van Karnebeek and Dr. Sylvia Stockler
July 29, 2015

This app changed my practice – Treatable Intellectual Disability Endeavor in B.C. (TIDE) – Treatable ID App

Affecting 2-3% of Canadians, intellectual disability (ID) is a lifelong, devastating condition defined by deficits in cognitive functioning (IQ<70) and adaptive skills. It is called global developmental disability (GDD) in children less than 5 years of age; it is defined as deficits in 2 or more developmental domains. In Canada, approximately 7,600-11,500 children are born annually with GDD. Identification of GDD or ID in children is the essential first step and often a task for the primary care practitioner. read more...

Dr. Randall White
July 8, 2015

Measurement of depressive symptoms improves outcomes in primary care

Simple use of a self-rated symptom checklist can double the odds of response to antidepressant medication in primary-care patients. read more...

Dr. Sue Murphy
July 3, 2015

Open book exams – something to consider?

One of the topics examined in my initial “professionalism” course are the bylaws and Standards of Practice of the licensing body. Bearing in mind that the end goal is that students should be able to apply these standards to practice, not just memorise them, the multiple choice question (MCQ) exam format I have used contained a typical practice scenario with a variety of possible options for action, with instructions for the student to select the “best” option. read more...

Dr. Jane Buxton and Erica Tsang
June 24, 2015

BC Take Home Naloxone Program

Opioid overdose is a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide, and constitutes a serious public health issue. Throughout British Columbia (BC), the landscape of opioid overdose has evolved, first with oxycodone and more recently, illicit fentanyl. read more...

Dr. Kourosh Afshar
June 10, 2015

Role of imaging in management of undescended testis (UDT)

UDT is one of the common causes for referral to Pediatric Urologists. 1-2% of boys have UDT at age of 12 months. UDT is associated with increased risk of malignancy (relative risk 2.75-8). read more...

Dr. Mustafa Toma and Dr. Christopher Cheung
May 27, 2015

Mineralocorticoid Receptor Antagonists in Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction: The TOPCAT and ALDO-DHF trials

There are approximately 500,000 Canadians living with heart failure, and more than 10% in patients older than 65. Up to 50% of patients presenting with signs and symptoms of heart failure will have a preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF or diastolic dysfunction). However, there is a lack of evidence for effective therapies in the management of HFpEF. read more...

Dr. Hamidreza Abdi and Dr. Peter Black
May 13, 2015

Evolving use of multi parametric MRI in prostate cancer detection

The prostate is the only organ in the body that is routinely biopsied blindly without visualization of a specific suspected tumour. MRI before prostate biopsy may become routine practice, which should reduce the number of unnecessary biopsies. read more...

Andrea Warnick
April 29, 2015

The unvoiced questions of children experiencing an illness, dying, or death in their family

Serious illness, dying, or death of a family member is one of the most significant life events a child will ever experience. I no longer wait for them to share their concerns and questions with me. I invite questions and address the grief. read more...

Dr. Susan Hollenberg
April 15, 2015

Meningococcal Serogroup B Vaccine

In December, 2013, Health Canada approved a 4- component Meningitis type B (4CMenB) vaccine. The vaccine approved in Canada utilizes technology based on ‘outer membrane vesicles. These are unique capsular identifiers that comprise fingerprints for a serogroup B strain. The challenge has been that over 8000 MenB strains exist! read more...

Dr. Deborah Altow
April 1, 2015

Why Am I Talking?

Deborah Altow MD (biography and disclosures) No disclosures. What I did before Like many teachers, I was seduced by the imperative to make sure my students gained the benefit of my experience, and thus I talked too much. I had always told my students that the two 4-letter words they needed most were KIND and […] read more...

Drs. Kam Shojania and Neda Amiri
March 31, 2015

Part 1: Diagnosing Gout in Primary Care Settings: Do we have to tap?

Gout is one of the most common forms of arthritis, affecting 1.4% of the population. Primary care physicians diagnose and manage most patients with gout. While the gold standard for diagnosing gout is visualization of monosodium urate crystals (MSU) in joint fluid under polarization microscopy, this is not always the case. read more...

Dr. Daniel Dodek
March 18, 2015

This app changed my practice: Mindshift App

Mental health problems including anxiety, depression and stress make up a large proportion of a typical day in primary care medicine. They also contribute a huge comorbid burden in specialty care. These conditions all require an intense amount of time to help and manage patients. read more...

Dr. Amin Kanani
March 2, 2015

Does my patient have a food allergy?

Patients are often referred to determine if they have a food allergy. The prevalence of food allergy in Canada is 6.7%, however more than 20% on the population modifies their diet because of perceived food allergy. Approximately 85% of all food allergies are to peanut, tree nut, cow’s milk, egg, wheat, soy, sesame and seafood. read more...

Dr. Breay Paty
February 18, 2015

Incretin Safety: What is the Evidence?

Nausea can be a common side effect of GLP-1 receptor agonist, which can sometimes be dose limiting. However, this usually improves with time. As a new class of agents, evidence for the long-term safety of incretins is still emerging. Most of the safety questions involve cardiovascular (CV) risk, as well as pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer. read more...

Dr. Suren Sanmugasunderam
February 3, 2015

Age-Related Macular Degeneration: New treatments that changed my practice

There are 2 major forms of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD). The dry form is characterized by drusen, pigmentary mottling and retinal and retinal pigment epithelial atrophy. The wet form is characterized by choroidal neovascular membranes (CNVM). read more...

Dr. Richard Kendall
January 20, 2015

Knee arthroscopy for conditions of the degenerative knee

Arthroscopy is often thought of as an effective, low morbidity procedure for the treatment of arthritis, symptomatic meniscus tears, or possible intra-articular loose bodies. The question is however, “Is arthroscopy effective in the treatment of arthritis or degenerative meniscus tears?” read more...

Dr. Alexander Chapman
January 6, 2015

Non-suicidal self-injury

Often, self-injury is managed and treated in the context of therapy work with a psychologist or psychiatrist. Family physicians, however, are in an excellent position to be first responders, to offer helpful suggestions, and to help refer the patient to appropriate care. read more...