30 Sept 2016
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What's Happening in Sea to Sky...

Your Division Update!

Staff & Membership Updates
  • Dr. Christina Botros is excited to be formally joining Squamish's Elaho Medicial Clinic in early October. Christina has a special interest in complimentary and alternative medicine, as well as obstetrics and emergency medicine. She takes a holistic approach in her practice as well as her own life, balancing work with fitness and adventure.
  • Drs. Lynzie Taylor and Kristen Siemens began their shared general practice at Diamond Head Medical Clinic on September 1st 2016. They have a special interest in palliative and maternity care, and will be a part of the Mountain Maternity Group.
  • Welcome back Kari Mancer!  We're happy to have Kari Mancer back with us part time, following her maternity leave.  Starting in September, and working towards an increasing return in the new year, Kari will focus primarily on the management of the Pathways program, getting up to speed on the various Division projects underway, and on financial administration.  Welcome back Kari!

Up to Date
Up To Date has agreed to extend the physician re-authentication period from 90 to 180 days. Effective August 17, users only have to log in through their division’s website and open UpToDate once every 180 days (6 months). If you need assistance with logging into Up To Date, please contact the Up To Date Support Team at: 1-800-998-6374 or

Mountain Maternity Group Launch
A group of seven Squamish family physicians is pleased to announce the formation of the new Mountain Maternity Group.  This group is comprised of Drs. Meghan Illingworth, Rachel Kelly, Lorraine Pelser, Carin Strydom, Grace Tavares, Kristen Siemens and Lynzie Taylor. This hard-call group will look after their mutual obstetrical patients and newborns and are accepting new intakes. Please refer pregnant Sea to Sky patients requiring maternal care to any of the above-listed physicians.
The Mountain Maternity Group will be holding an "open house" style information session on October 4th 2016 at 6:30pm at Diamond Head Medical Clinic. A website with more details will be live within the month. Stay tuned!

MEND Program: Mind, Exercise, Nutrition...Do it!
Sea to Sky Community Services Society
October 11th-December 1st 2016

MEND is a fun program for families with children ages 7-13. As a family, parents and children work together to become healthier and more active. In this supportive, positive program, parents learn from program leaders and each other how to make lasting improvements in their health. Twice-weekly sessions are a mix of family activities where participants learn how small changes can make a big difference. The program also includes practical demonstrations, games and tips about healthy foods, label reading and portion sizes, and fun physical activity sessions for children in a non-judgmental environment. To view or print the poster, please click here.  To refer a family or enquire about the program, please contact Niki Hurst, MEND Coordinator: or call 604.848.9735

Patient Medical Home/Primary Care Home Information Night
On Wednesday, 19th October immediately following the AGM, the Division will host a Dine & Learn event about the Patient Medical Home model. We're delighted to have Dr. Garey Mazowita on hand to lead the presentation and answer  questions about how the Patient Medical Home model might look in Squamish and Whistler. For a brief overview please check out the GPSC link here.

Child Youth Mental Health Substance Use Collaborative
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The Sea to Sky Child & Youth Mental Health & Substance Use Collaborative Local Action Team has been hard at work this summer.  We have focused on two initiatives:  Patient Journey Mapping to determine our priorities for system improvements based on information shared by families and youth, and First Nations Cultural Competency and Safety

For the Patient Journey Mapping initiative, we have interviewed 7 families and youth this summer and are in the process of putting together a composite patient journey map based on their stories.  We are looking forward to sharing this composite map with community stakeholders this fall.  Watch for upcoming details. 
Our second big project will be a First Nations Cultural Competency Workshop called “Building Bridges Through Understanding the Village” hosted at Totem Hall in Squamish on October 27, 2016

Please RSVP to Kari Chambers and note that there is an online CC course also available to GPs.

This experiential workshop is facilitated by Kathi Camelleri.  Kathi is an Aboriginal woman who has coordinated healing programs throughout BC for 19 years. She facilitates strategic planning sessions and experiential workshops like the one we are hosting on Canada's Policy of Assimilation and Colonization with social workers, physicians, foster parents, health care workers, church groups, students and educators, frontline workers in communities across Canada.
What you can expect to learn from the workshop:
  • A cognitive and emotional understanding of traditional First Nations values,
  • A deep and emotional insight into the depth and intergenerational effects of Colonization,
  • Methods for creating supportive relationships in a positive way.
If you are interested in learning more about these two projects please contactMargaret Forbes, Sea to Sky CYMHSU Local Action Team Lead or 604.902.3647

Ministry of Child & Family Development:
Child & Youth Mental Health Programs

Rob Smith, Team Lead for CYMH at MCFD and co-chair of our CYMHSU Collaborative, wishes to share the following programs running out of the MCFD offices in Squamish.
  • The Circle of Security is a relationship based early intervention program designed to enhance attachment security between parents and children.
  • The Connect Program is an evidence-based 10-week manualized group program for parents and alternate caregivers of pre-teens and teens who struggle with significant behaviour problems and mental health issues.
  • DBT Multi-Family Skills Group: Dialectical Behaviour Therapy is the most thoroughly researched treatment for people with self-harm and suicidal behaviors.
For more information on these programs, please contact Rob Smith at or (604) 892-1400.
The Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use (CYMHSU) Collaborative is funded by the Shared Care Committee in partnership with the General Practice Services and Specialist Services Committees; all are Joint Collaborative Committees of Doctors of BC and the BC government. The goal of the Collaborative is to increase timely access to integrated services and supports for children, youth and families struggling with mental health and substance use issues.

Changes to the Societies Act
As referenced in our August Newsletter, changes to the BC Societies Act will begin to take effect in November, 2016. As a not for profit society, the Division is obligated to begin working towards compliance with the new Act.  Step one of this process is for Division members to approve changes to the Division's bylaws.  To that end, on the evening of Wednesday, 19th October the Division will host its 2016 AGM, at which members will have an opportunity to vote on the revised bylaws.  Copies of the bylaws, with changes highlighted for reference, will be circulated to all members for review prior to the meeting. 

Residential Care Initiative
Dr. Ian Bekker and the Provincial Divisions office have been hosting webinars to support leadership and change in residential care provincially. We would like to know what topics to discuss in future webinars. Please let us know what topics will help you succeed with your Residential Care Initiative (RCI) by completing a short survey by October 7, 2016.    

Monthly IM/IT Webinars

The Doctors Technology Office (DTO), working in partnership with the Provincial Divisions Office, is starting an IM/IT Webinar series to establish a closer linkage with Divisions and to provide opportunities for Divisions to provide input and feedback on IM/IT related initiatives at a regional and provincial level.

The first webinar is planned for mid-October and the topic will be “Electronic Report Distribution:  Status, Issues and Opportunities in BC”
Please email Kari if you are interested in participating.

GPSC Fall Summit
November 28-29, 2016 the GPSC Fall Summit will be held in Richmond.  The Division will send two GP representatives to this event, which will feature two interconnected objectives:
  • Mon, Nov 28: A GP for Me celebration and learnings
  • Tues, Nov 29: Bridging & building to the Patient Medical Home/Primary Care Home model.


BC Cancer Agency Family Practice Oncology Network
The Network is holding two major oncology CME events this November. 
  • November 19, 2016: Family Practice Oncology CME Day at the Child & Family Research Institute at BC Children's/BC Women's Hospital. This is our annual, full-day conference focussing on the most in-demand oncology topics for primary care. Certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the BC Chapter for up to 6.5 Mainpro+ credits. Register today.
  • November 18, 2016: GPO Case Study Day also at the Child & Family Research Institute at BC Children's/BC Women's Hospital. This is the inaugural presentation of this interactive, case-based event for General Practitioners in Oncology. Topics to be addressed: venous thromboembolism in cancer patients, toxicities of new Checkpoint Inhibition Therapies, and breast cancer. Certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 4.5 Mainpro+ credits.​ Space is limited so register today. 
  • Ongoing Webcasts: Presented in partnership with UBC's Division of Continuing Professional Development, Webcasts are held 8-9:00 a.m. (Pacific time) the third Thursday of every month (except July, August and December).Our complimentary Webcasts provide opportunity to participate in topical, interactive oncology presentations from anywhere with Internet access. The upcoming schedule can be found here.
Fall Events / Member Engagement Sessions

2016 AGM & Patient Medical Home evening session.
Wednesday October 19th 2016
18:30-19:00: AGM
19:00-21:00: Patient Medical Home with Dr. Garey Mazowita presenting. Squamish

CYMHSU Cultural Competency Workshop
"Building Bridges Through Understanding the Village"
Thursday, October 27th 2016
Totem Hall, Squamish
**Online Course Available**
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