Notification of 2015 Education Day and Annual General Meeting

Getting the script right: communications challenges in medical practice

Date: Friday, September 25, 2015
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre, 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
Event registration: Register now

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Plenary topics and presenters

Timothy Caulfield, BSc, LLB, LLM
Celebrity spin: what’s driving (and how to deal with) health myths and pseudoscience?

Mr. Caulfield is a Canada research chair in health law and policy and a professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta. He writes frequently on a range of health and science policy issues and is the author of The Cure for Everything: Untangling the Twisted Messages about Health, Fitness and Happiness (Penguin 2012) and Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?: When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash (Penguin 2015).

Angelo Volandes, MD, MPH
The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-Life Care

Dr. Volandes is a physician, writer and patients’ rights advocate. He practises internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and is on faculty at Harvard Medical School. He is co-founder and president of Advance Care Planning Decisions, a non-profit foundation implementing systems and technologies to improve the quality of care delivered to patients in the health-care system. Dr. Volandes will present on his new book The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-Life Care, about how people can empower themselves to get the right medical care at the right time and on their terms.

Workshop topics and presenters

Janet Nuth, MD, CCFP(EM)
Effective advocacy—how to negotiate on behalf of patients professionally and effectively
Dr. Nuth has been recognized as an accomplished educator by a wide spectrum of learners from medical students, residents, medical faculty, and allied health personnel. She currently serves as the physician risk manager, safe medical care at the Canadian Medical Protective Association and continues to practise part-time in the department of emergency medicine at the Ottawa Hospital where she has worked for more than 20 years.

Andrew Clarke, MD, DOHS
How to engage other physicians when you have concerns about their health

Dr. Clarke has been the executive director of the Physician Health Program of BC since 2008. Prior to that he practised occupational medicine for more than 20 years in Toronto, where his research interests focused on the social psychology of the workplace. He is a graduate of UBC's Faculty of Medicine, and is currently completing a master of arts in education at Simon Fraser University focusing his thesis on physicians’ understanding and practice of empathy.

Heather Buckley, MD, CCFP
Difficult office conversations? Pushed for time? Strategies and tips
Dr. Buckley has been a leader in the development of communication skills for medical practice for more than 10 years. She has been the faculty development coordinator in the Vancouver Fraser Medical Program at UBC since 2012. In this capacity, she enjoys working with faculty members to further their teaching and assessment abilities.

Sharon Salloum, MD, MEd, CCFP, FCFP
Difficult office conversations? Pushed for time? Strategies and tips
BC physicians who experience difficulties in communication with patients regularly turn to Dr. Salloum for advice and guidance. From 2000 to 2006, she was the course director for Clinical Skills Year 1 in the UBC MD Undergraduate Program and worked to develop a communication skills program for year 1 students. She and her colleagues also worked to include communication skills training across the four years of the MDUP curriculum.

Ailve M. McNestry, MB, CCFP
Respectful refusal when patients demand opioids and/or sedatives

Dr. McNestry has been a deputy registrar at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC since 2011. Prior to that, she practised as a family physician and worked as a medical advisor for WorkSafeBC. At the College, she is responsible for the BC Methadone and Prescription Review Programs, and monitoring.