Education Day and Annual General Meeting 2019

Friday, September 20, 2019
Space available
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Check-in begins at 8 a.m.
Vancouver Convention Centre (West)
1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC, V6C 0C3

Non nocere: useful ideas and initiatives in the cause of patient safety

The 1999 publication of To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System prompted the advent of “patient safety” as a scholarly and practical discipline and movement. Two decades on, many physicians describe a mixed experience: a whirlwind of changes with patient safety as the stated goal, but also a weary sense that, at the level of patient-physician relationships, it often doesn’t seem as productive as it could be.

This year’s Education Day will focus on ideas, initiatives and practical tools that are effectively addressing a shared commitment to avoid harm at the bedside. The day will feature the perspective of a well-informed patient navigating the system and expert insights for physicians on how to thrive despite the seemingly overwhelming demands of present-day practice. Join colleagues for plenary sessions, case studies and interactive workshops to explore these and other compelling topics on how physicians can contribute to the cause of safety in the course of their daily work with patients.


  • Thriving vs. surviving during times of change: the science of enhancing resilience
    J. Bryan Sexton, PhD
    Director, Duke Center for Healthcare Safety and Quality
  • The patient is a person, not a disease: a personal journey through the health system
    Judith John
    Patient Advocate, Communications Specialist


  • Caring for patients with substance-use disorders: strategies for success
    Annabel Mead, MBBS, FAChAM, DABAM
    Director, St. Paul's Hospital Goldcorp Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program
  • So you think you've got consent? Going beyond the signature
    Tino D. Piscione, MD, PhD, FRCPC 
    Physician Advisor, Safe Medical Care, CMPA
  • Antibiotic resistance: what physicians can do about it
    David Patrick, MD, FRCPC, MHSc
    Interim Executive Lead, British Columbia Centre for Disease Control
  • Can on-demand virtual health solutions in the rural ER influence health equity? Calling CODI!
    John Pawlovich, MD, FCFP
    Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Practice, UBC

Full speaker profiles are available here.

Annual General Meeting:


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 event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and has been approved by UBC CPD for up to 5.0 MOC Section 1 Group Learning credits. This program 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+ Group Learning credits. Each physician should claim only those credits accrued through participation in the activity.

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