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    • 13-Sep-2022
    • 16-May-2023
    • Virtual - Weekly until May 16th 2023

    Rural Virtual Conference (RVC) Series 2022-2023

    ONLINE September 13th, 2022 - May 16th, 2023

    Tuesdays from 08:00 A.M. - 9:00 A.M. MST 

    Rural Virtual Conference (RVC) Series will be starting on September 13th, 2022 and runs weekly until May 16th 2023 on ​Tuesday mornings 8:00am-9:00am MT via Zoom. Preliminary program and registration link are on the RVC series page  https://cumming.ucalgary.ca/cme/rvc

    This series is complimentary for Alberta Health Professionals.

    • 16-Sep-2022
    • (PDT)
    • 12-May-2023
    • (PDT)
    • Virtual


    Our unique and award-winning series of the 6-half-day short snapper style-focused CME on the Run! 2022-2023 is now delivered online only.  UBC Department of Family Practice and UBC CPD are excited to introduce our next series of lectures and incredible speakers.

    Don't miss these next CME on the Run sessions! Each session will only take up to 4.0 hours (up to 3.50 Mainpro+ credits) on a Friday afternoon!

    Sep 2022–May 2023 (Fridays) | 1300–1700 Pacific Time

    Audience: family physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, residents and students

    Dates & Topics:
    Sep 16, 2022 — Internal Medicine
    Oct 21, 2022 — Gynecology & Urology
    Dec 2, 2022 — Ophthalmology & ENT
    Jan 27, 2023 — Diagnostics & Radiology
    Mar 3, 2023 — Therapeutics
    May 12, 2023 — Geriatrics & Palliative Care
    Up to 3.5 Mainpro+ credits per session

    • 25-Oct-2022
    • (PDT)
    • 11-Mar-2023
    • (PST)
    • In-Community CPD or Virtual

    For a full list of ongoing events please visit the Rural CPD page.


    At UBC Rural Continuing Professional Development (UBC Rural CPD), we know that responsive, flexible, and practical community-based learning opportunities support you to thrive as a health practitioner in rural British Columbia. Our multi-modal and diverse offerings provide you with opportunities to learn and improve across a broad scope of practice. We stay connected to the latest rural trends through timely research activities from which we evolve our new and existing programming. Our goal is to cultivate strong relationships with our partners, project stakeholders, and rural health care practitioners to ensure we are meeting your needs. Through our shared commitment to improve the health of people and communities in rural BC, we operate in partnership with the Rural Coordination Centre of BC to deliver impactful education opportunities.

    Rural Learning

    We offer learning activities that meet your needs as a rural healthcare provider. View our offerings on this page and connect with us to learn more about how we can meet your unique needs!


    UBC Rural CPD was established in 2008 and is operated by the UBC Faculty of Medicine’s Division of Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD) in partnership with the Rural Coordination Centre of BC. Funding for the program is provided by the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues, a joint committee of the Doctors of BC and BC Ministry of Health.

    • 07-Dec-2022
    • Virtual Event

    Dysthymia: Hope for chronic depression—and suicidality

    Date: December 7, 2022

    Times: 12:00 PM-3:30 PM Eastern

    Website: http://cbt.ca/topics/dysthymia/

    Speaker: Greg Dubord, MD

    Accreditation: 9.0 Mainpro+ Credits

    Workshop overview 

    The Dysthymia module covers three related topics: brief CBT for dysthymia (assumes ten-minute appointments), victimhood culture (an exacerbant on the rise), and brief CBT for suicidality (focusing on what to say in the moment).


    NOTE: The new DSM-5-TR (released on March 18) refers to dysthymia as persistent depressive disorder.

    1. DYSTHYMIA.  The persistently depressed deserve great compassion. After faring poorly in the genetic lottery, many proceed to experience worse day-to-day luck than your average bear. 


    May 18, 2000 was a historic & happy day in psychiatry. That morning the New England Journal of Medicine published the results of a landmark dysthymia treatment study. The large NIMH investigation found that with "CBT 2.0", over 85% of the chronically depressed improved 50% or more. Notably, the 681 patients in the multicentre trial were “real-life” dysthymics: they’d been depressed more-days-than-not for over 23 years (with an average “double depression” duration of over 8 years), over 59% had a personality disorder, and over 33% had a substance abuse history.


    More happy news: If you're selective & strategic, you can incorporate many key elements of the "CBT 2.0" treatment package into the ten-minute appointments typical of primary care. And if you do, your dysthymic patients will thank you—thereby lifting a heavy weight off your shoulders. 

    2. VICTIMHOOD CULTURE.  Victimhood culture is on the rise, and its impacts are becoming very widespread. Although victimhood culture is a short topic in the Dysthymia module, it's undoutedly the spiciest one.  


    Historically, we had an honor culture (e.g., “Offend my house, and we shall duel with pistols at noon”). When the smoke cleared, honor culture was largely replaced by the dignity culture in which most of us were raised (e.g., “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me”). Today victimhood culture is ascending. Victimhood culture is characterized by an external locus of control, a sensitivity to slight, and a heavy reliance on compentation mediated by third parties.


    Where did victimhood culture originate, and why is it growing so fast? What is its impact on the prognosis of our dysthymic patients? Where might victimhood culture lead, and what solutions are at hand?  

    3. SUICIDALITY. Most physicians have a sense of despair regarding suicidality. There is a widespread lack of confidence in screening, a deep uncertainty about how to manage the risk, and often a feeling of shame (accompanied by nasty self-criticism) when Something Bad happens.


    In this highly anxiolytic conclusion to the Dysthymia module, we begin with a review of the science and CPGs regarding suicide risk factors, suicide screening, and suicide-prevention interventions.


    We then focus on what really matters: precisely what to say (and how to say it) in the here & now with the suicidal patient to reduce their motivation to act. Several dozen strategies are reviewed and practiced within the workshop.

    Please do join us! After completing the Dysthymia module, many physicians report they wish they’d taken it at the start of their careers, asserting that they could have spared themselves a significant amount of stress & heartache.

    See also Depression: CBT's Pathway Out

    • 08-Dec-2022
    • Virtual Event

    GriefWork:Growing from life's inevitable losses (c/o McGill; via Zoom)

    Date: Dec 8, 2022

    Times: 1:00 PM-4:30 PM Eastern

    Website: http://cbt.ca/uni/mcgill/

    Speaker: Greg Dubord, MD

    Accreditation: 9.0 Mainpro+ Credits

    Virtual Event; via Zoom

    Losses happen. That's always been true, but it's more salient in these dreadful Days of COVID.  


    Historically, it was the wisdom traditions—religion and philosophy—that provided us with comfort. Today psychology helps too: the utterly universal experience of loss has spawned much excellent scientific research.   


    This workshop assumes your appointments are brief, averaging only 5–7 minutes. With that in mind, we teach the CBT tools that are highest in impact and practicality. The goal is to efficiently help patients copeat least a little betterwith the pain of some of life’s inevitable losses. 


    1. What are the criteria for DSM-5-TR's new Prolonged Grief Disorder?
    2. Kübler-Ross’s DABDA is dead. What new recovery model is both evidence-based and empowering?
    3. Is it bereavement or is it depression? If it’s “just” bereavement, how should the management differ?   
    4. Reassurance is helpful—but goodness gracious, only to a point. What concrete tools help the bereaved? And what tricks can we use to boost compliance? 
    5. People persist to prevent the pain of loss; e.g., with relationships beyond their “best before” dates, and with careers that suck their souls. How can one escape the “sunk cost trance” underlying such maladaptive behaviors?
    6. Beyond reducing suffering, there’s the tantalizing prospect of “post-traumatic growth” (PTG). PTG is real—what are non-klutzy ways of facilitating it? 
    7. Forgiveness (in some form) is often required to overcome a loss. How does the research suggest we define and facilitate that which sounds so godawfully churchy?
    8. How prevalent are the so-called “moral injuries”? How can we help those genuinely suffering from them?  
    9. For some patients, the fear of death is overwhelming. How can we help them overcome that common cause of suffering?
    • 08-Dec-2022
    • Virtual Event