Education Day and Annual General Meeting 2017

Friday, September 29, 2017
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Check-in begins at 8 a.m.
Space available
Physicians C$89.25 ($85 + $ 4.25 GST)
Residents and medical students (educational class only) C$30.45 ($29 + $1.45 GST)
Vancouver Convention Centre (West)
1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC, V6C 0C3

Twenty-first century challenges: informing medical practice in an era of increasing complexity and rising expectations

Managing expectations that medical practice can be error free. Employing potentially addictive medications selectively to relieve patients’ suffering without causing harm. Responding compassionately to requests for medical assistance in dying. Medical practice in the early twenty-first century means balancing the need to acquire a deep understanding of complex issues in a context of relentless time pressures, and a yearning for perfection on the part of patients and providers alike.

With guidance and insight from experienced, engaging experts, this year’s program will provide an opportunity for deep reflection on some major challenges, which are often brought to the College.


Avoiding diagnostic error by understanding how physicians think

Dr. Patrick Croskerry
Professor and Director, Critical Thinking Program, Division of Medical Education, Dalhousie University

Dr. Patrick Croskerry draws from his scholarly and applied expertise in cognitive psychology to explain how physicians think in order to inform strategies to avoid diagnostic errors. Health-care provision is increasingly a team-based activity. Making the right diagnosis is an enduring role of a physician, which patients, families and colleagues in other health professions depend on. Dr. Croskerry will review the role of cognitive biases in diagnostic error, identify some of the common ones, and share insight into how to overcome them.

The story of life, end of life and dignity – medical assistance in dying (MAiD), a Quebec perspective

Dr. Alain Naud
CHU de Quebec, Universite Laval

Dr. Alain Naud of the Université Laval will share a deeply personal perspective on the evolution of MAiD in Quebec, based on his own experience as a palliative care physician in Quebec City. The law permitting terminally ill patients to access medical assistance in dying went into effect in Quebec in December 2015, six months before amendments to the Criminal Code extended MAiD to the rest of Canada. MAiD was operationalized in Quebec City as part of the comprehensive palliative care service where Dr. Naud practises. His account is eloquent and inspiring and contains practical insights for BC physicians. 

The opioid crisis – a deeper understanding between exam rooms and ivory towers

Dr. Hakique Virani
Medical Director, Metro City Medical Clinic
Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Preventive Medicince, University of Alberta

Dr. Hakique Virani is a passionate advocate for a more urgent and comprehensive approach to the opioid crisis. A combination of well-resourced systems of care, and effectively engaging people with substance use disorders in treatments that work is required. Dr. Virani’s extensive training and experience in both public health and addiction medicine provide an important perspective. He argues forcefully for real-time surveillance data to inform a dynamic response to an evolving epidemic of suffering and death. 


Operationalizing the College standard on cannabis for medical purposes

Dr. Rashmi Chadha
Medical Consultant, Prescription Review Program, College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC

Dr. Launette Rieb
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Practice, University of British Columbia

Managing the obligation to put patients first with the reality of scarce resources

Dr. Guylaine Lefebvre
Director, Safe Medical Care, Practice Improvement, Canadian Medical Protective Association

The do-it-yourself practice tune-up – tips from the Physician Practice Enhancement Program experience

Dr. Robert Hirzer
Medical Advisor, Physician Practice Enhancement Program, College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC

Psychiatry since Riverview Hospital closed – what’s going on?

Dr. Paul Dagg
Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia
Program Medical Director, Mental Health and Substance Use Program, Interior Health Authority

Full speaker profiles are available here.

Annual General Meeting:


The following hotels offer College registrants a preferred corporate rate. Please call the hotel directly for inquiries or reservations.
Note: Preferred rates are subject to availability.


The University of British Columbia Division of Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD) is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME) to provide study credits for continuing medical education for physicians. This course has been reviewed and approved by the UBC Division of Continuing Professional Development. This Group Learning course meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by UBC CPD for up to 5.0 Mainpro+ credits. This course is an Accredited Group Learning Activity eligible for up to 5.0 MOC Section 1 credits as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Each physician should claim only those credits he/she actually spent in the activity.

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