Transition Tuesdays (August 2021 - May 2022)

The Transition Tuesday seminars are frequent one-hour workshops that cover a wide range of subjects from financial planning, investing, job searching, mentoring, billing and auditing, and to many more important and interesting topics.  These seminars were designed to assist residents with the necessary tools to successfully transition from residency to medical practice.

As the name implies, these seminars are held on most Tuesday evenings of every month from 6:00 – 7:00 PM virtually.  Residents of all levels and specialties are welcome to attend.  Registration is required.  Due to proprietary reasons and continuous updates of the contents of our topics, these sessions are not recorded.

Due to its tremendous success, Transition into Practice (TIP) will continue with the Academic Half Day program partnership.  This is a collaboration with various programs within PGME and TIP.  During each academic year, one of your Academic Half Day seminars will be hosted by TIP and will focus on four core topics that residents need to know about:  financial literacy, investments, tax planning and insurance planning.  A fall and spring TIP AHDs will now be scheduled annually.

August 10, 2021

Physician Heal Thyself” 4 Supports to know about at the beginning of Residency:  Doctors of BC Disability Insurance, Resident Wellness Office & The Physician Health Program of BC
Speakers:  Ms. Lisa Fincaryk, Felicia Phan, Asmae ElBouhali, and Mr. Gordon Dufresne
Organizations:  UBC PGME, DoBC, PHPBC, LifeWorks (VCH)

Timely introduction to supports available to UBC residents on wellness and mental health as well as a time-limited disability insurance opportunity.


September 21, 2021

Navigating the New Normal:  Incorporating Virtual Care into Clinical Practice
Speaker:  Richard Wang, Director
Organization:  Elicare Medical, Inc.

This seminar will provide details of practicing virtual health applications during the pandemic and beyond.  Explore and compare well-known programs to determine which are best for one’s practice and what to expect when joining a practice with telehealth.  Will also go over key tips when working with telemedicine to ensure you and your staff are providing the best care without being overburdened.


September 28, 2021

Doctors of BC Negotiated Benefits
Speaker: Tu Anh Lemckert, BA
Organization:  Doctors of BC

The session will be an overview of BC government paid benefits available to all MSP billing physicians (including service contract, sessional, and fee-for-service).  Benefits include CRPSP, CME, CMPA, REAP, PDI.  Discusses how to access or apply for these valuable benefits.


October 5, 2021

How to get ahead quick: Tips for using Pathways
Speaker: Dr. Tracy Monk
Organization: UBC

A guided tour to Pathways’ online directory.  Learn how to streamline referrals, access specialist/specialty clinic info (e.g., current wait times, sub- expertise, pre-consultation blood work, and imaging requirements) and search patient and physician resources.

October 19, 2021

Transition into Practice (TIP) Academic Half Day (AHD)
Time: 12:45-5:30 PM
Speakers:  Various
Organizations:  UBC, Financial Literacy Counsel, Inc., MDFM, Doctors of BC

This academic half day will cover core topics on financial literary & debt management, Pathways referral program, billing & audit, insurance planning, and tax planning.

October 27, 2021

Transition into Practice (TIP) Academic Half Day (AHD)
Time: 12:45-5:30 PM
Speakers:  Various
Organizations:  UBC, Financial Literacy Counsel, Inc., MDFM, Doctors of BC

This academic half day will cover core topics on financial literary & debt management, insurance planning, tax planning, and MSP Fees, billing and audit.


November 2, 2021

Business of Medicine 101
Speaker: Dr. Kevin Lee, Vascular Surgeon
Organization: UBC

An overview of non-clinical topics including select business aspects of medicine, establishing a practice, evaluating practice options, etc.

November 9, 2021

Safe medical care
Speaker:  Dr. Katherine Lariviere, MSc, MD, CCFP FCFP, Physician Advisor, CMPA
Organization:  CMPA

Communication skills for challenging patient encounters. Medico-legal issues related to electronic communication with patients.  Health information privacy issues.  Accepting new patients. Locum work and physician obligations for handover and test follow-up.


November 16, 2021

6:00 – 7:30 PM
It Starts with Me
Speakers: Tom Scholte, Roslyn Goldner & Robyn Campol
Organization: UBC Conflict Theatre & UBC Equity & Inclusion Office

REDI has partnered with UBC Conflict Theatre to present a special TIP session to explore and embrace conflict in the workplace using tools of theatre. We will employ exercises from the group’s repertoire, “Cops in the Head”/”Rainbow of Desire” , adapted specifically for residents/junior faculty to address conflict situations in which there is an imbalance of power and fear of reprisals.

In the session the audience will be invited to participate in scenes in a low risk, safe environment. Individuals are encouraged to expand their comfort zone and to rehearse and apply new strategies to familiar situations. Participants will also be provided with a model tool for conflict engagement.

These sessions are fun and engaging and present opportunities for rich discussion amongst participants.


November 23, 2021

Incorporate or not…that is the question
Speaker: Aimee King, Early Career Education Specialist
Organization: MDFM

Incorporating your practice can be highly complex. If you choose to incorporate, the company will become the owner of your practice, and you will own shares of the corporation and remain personally responsible for your professional actions. Professional incorporation is a long-term commitment and you must be willing to undertake all the necessary steps to ensure that you can enjoy the tax and wealth enhancement benefits that this strategy is designed to achieve.

This talk will provide the groundwork on what it means to incorporate and why. Walk through a few examples, discuss advantages of different structures and review the proposed changes to corporate taxation on private businesses in Canada.


December 7, 2021

Let’s talk about debt:  Building your financial dream and team
Speaker: Alphil Guilaran
Organization: Financial Literacy Counsel Inc.

Physicians lead busy lives and don’t have time to manage every aspect of their finances including how to pay off debt. Hiring a team of professionals (accountant, lawyer, financial advisor, banker) will save you time and money so you can focus on what you do best. In this session, learn strategies for paying off debt as well as how a team of professionals can help you achieve your financial goals sooner. We will also cover what questions to ask these professionals, how they get paid and how to avoid common new to practice financial planning mistakes.


December 14, 2021

The Basics of Understanding Contractual Agreements and Terms in Medical Practice
Speaker: Dr. Robert Russo
Organization: UBC Peter A. Allard School of Law

Contractual options and arrangements are growing for B.C. physicians and it’s important for residents to have a basic understanding of their contracts. Residents should be familiar with both how a contract works and how the unique medical-legal aspects of their agreements may impact them. This session will provide an introduction and overview of a contract and how it affects your professional life. The session will provide a general introduction to how contractual arrangements and contractual terms operate. The focus will be on practice arrangements pursuant to contracts, using the example of a locum contract and reviewing how to assess contractual rights and obligations before signing. The session will also review how to understand contractual terms using the examples of indemnification, liability and confidentiality clauses. Residents should have a good understanding and ability to carefully consider the terms of a contract which help them make informed decisions about the legal risks and benefits before signing.


January 11, 2022

Investing 101, show me the money!
Speaker: Aimee King, Early Career Education Specialist
Organization: MDFM

Make your money work for you. And the sooner you begin investing, the greater the effect of compounding growth.

This presentation will cover the essentials for starting out and beginning to save for different purposes, types of investment vehicles available, accounts accessible to you, how investments are taxed, how to determine the approach to investing for each purpose, i.e home purchase, education, retirement, etc. Comparison of active versus passive investment management will also be discussed (mutual funds vs. ETFs).


January 18, 2022

MSP Fees, billing & audit
Speaker:  Janet Evans, MD
Organization:  Doctors of BC

A brief introduction to the Fee for Service Guide and Preamble; Why Audits Happen and How Not to Trigger Them; What are the steps and scope of an Audit and what not to do.


January 25, 2022

Financial Literacy
Speaker:  Alphil Guilaran
Organization:  Financial Literacy Council

As you approach the completion of residency training, financial planning, incorporation and getting trusted financial advice become top of mind.

This session will focus on what a financial plan should look like as a new to practice doctor and when does incorporation make sense for you. We will also review what to expect from your financial team (financial planner, banker, accountant and lawyer), how they get paid and how they work together to create a comprehensive financial plan for you.

You will learn:

1. Cash flow, tax and investment planning for your first 2 years of practice
2. Determining the costs and potential drawbacks of incorporation.
3. Understand the three benefits of being incorporated.


February 1, 2022

The job landscape for new grads:  Help for Family Medicine Residents
Speakers: Panel speakers, Drs. Aaron Childs, Cathy Clelland and Tessa MacDougall
Organization: UBC, Vancouver Divisions of Family Practice

This panel, in collaboration with Vancouver Divisions of Family Practice, will welcome your questions and discuss different practice options available to GPs, how to decide where to practice and different payment options available to GPs in B.C.

February 8, 2022

Are there any jobs out there?  Help for Specialty Residents
Speaker: Dr. Nicole Todd
Organization: UBC

Worried about your career prospects? Join this talk where we discuss the results of the RDoc and Royal College Reports on New Grad Employment, formulate a job seeking strategy and prepare a job application, and discuss strategies to maintain and increase skills in a challenging job market.

February 21, 2022

“How to pick your first locum clinic” How to finally start making $$$, New Physician Resources and Tips
Speakers: Mr. Richard Wang
Organization: Elicare Medical, Inc.

An overview of where to look, what to look for, and how to set up your first locum clinic.


March 1, 2022

Alternative payment plans in BC
Speaker:  TBD
Organization: Doctors of BC

Exploring beyond Fee-for-Service, an introduction to the various alternative sources of funding for physicians in BC, negotiated under the Physician Master Agreement. Case examples provided.


March 8, 2022

Tax Planning
Speaker: Mr. Don Nicholson
Organization: Grant Thorton

Early tax planning for end of residency expenses deductible post residency, allowable deductions for self-employed versus corporate returns. Also covers when and how you should expect to pay income taxes, or corporate taxes.

March 15, 2022

Rural Education Action Plan (REAP) Updates: Support all UBC Residents including those transitioning to Rural Practice
Speakers: Dr. John Pawlovich
Organization: Rural Coordination Centre of BC

Learn how this program can support all UBC Residents including those transitioning to rural practice!

March 22, 2022

Maintenance Certification of New to Practice Physicians:  A First Time User’s Guide for Specialty Residents
Speaker:  Dr. Rod McFadyen
Organization: UBC

A guided tour to the post graduate CME credit system:  Royal College’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC).


April 21, 2022

Transition into Practice (TIP) Academic Half Day (AHD)
Time: 8:00 – 5:00 PM
Speakers: Various
Organizations:  UBC, Financial Literacy Counsel, Inc., DoBC, MDFM, CMPA, Grant Thornton

We will cover core topics on financial literacy, investment, tax planning, licensing, credentialing & enrolment, CMPA, and insurance planning plus topics on MSP fees, billing & audit and Business of Medicine 101.


April 22, 2022

Transition into Practice (TIP) Academic Half Day (AHD)
Time: 8:00 – 5:00 PM
Speakers: Various
Organizations:  UBC, Financial Literacy Counsel, Inc., DoBC, MDFM, Grant Thorton

We will cover core topics on debt management, investment, tax planning, and insurance planning plus topics on Pathways, Alternative payment plans and licensing, credentialing and enrolment.


May 3, 2022

Driver Medical Fitness: know what you need to know
Speaker: Catherine Douglas, RN, Sr. Nurse Case Manager & Peter Harris, Adjudication Team Lead
Organization: RoadSafetyBC

RoadSafetyBC (RSBC) is the government authority responsible for driver licensing decisions in BC. One component of RoadSafetyBC’s responsibilities is making licensing decisions for individuals who have medical conditions that may negatively impact driving outcomes. These decisions are made by staff in the Driver Medical Fitness Program who have given the legislated authority to make these decisions under the Motor Vehicle Act. This one hour session will cover the relevant resources available to health care professionals, the role physicians play in the process of making medical fitness determinations, a look at the forms physicians need to be aware of (how, when, why to fill these out and submit them to RSBC), a review of a high level schematic about the flow of information to RSBC through to the point of decision, and an opportunity for open discussion.

May 10, 2022

Maintenance Certification of New to Practice Physicians:  A First Time User’s Guide for Family Practice Residents
Speaker:  Dr. Simon Moore (TBC)
Organization: UBC

A guided tour to the post graduate CME credit system:


May 17, 2022

Navigating physician-clinic contracts:  Understanding your Physician Services Agreement
Speakers:  Dr. Robert Russo
Organization:  UBC School of Law

Speaker will provide a basic understanding of a physician services or locum agreement; identify issues and equip residents with knowledge on hiring physicians or clinic.


Practice Survival Skills Conference

The Practice Survival Skills Conference is put on by the UBC Continuing Professional Development (CPD) unit and covers a broad range of topics essential to starting your medical practice.
Date:  June 2022
Time:  8:00 AM – 12:15 PM
Location:  VIRTUAL
Agenda:  Learn practical tips voted on by your peers: Getting Started in Practice, Mixing Business with Medicine, Incorporation, Locums, Contracts, Financial Aspects, Tips for Avoiding Medicolegal Risk in Practice, Evaluating Practice Opportunities Before It’s Too Late.

CMA/Joule Practice Management Workshops

Summer Practice Management Webinars

CMA/Joule has lined up webinars for the summer specifically designed for those who are unable to join our May offerings, recently graduated and senior residents.  Check out these dates and topics of interest:

July 27, 2021 6:00 – 8:30 PM ‘What to expect in Year 1, pitfalls to avoid, and how to set yourself up for success’

July 29, 2021 6:00 – 8:30 PM ‘Finances, taxes, and insurance’

To register,  please sign-up here:

July 27, 6-8:30 PM

July 29, 6-8:30 PM

CMPA Live virtual Educational Workshop


Covering all medical-legal essentials to reduce your medical-legal risk and keep patients safe

This live, interactive and virtual workshop has been developed specifically for residents. Delivered by highly experienced CMPA physician advisors, the workshop covers topics representing medical-legal issues frequently encountered by residents in CMPA case files: informed consent, documentation, disclosure of harm, and teamwork.

“This was a fantastic, well-run session that should be a model for how future virtual seminars should be done.” – University of Calgary resident (2020)

About the workshop

When will the workshop take place? Beginning in January 2021, the workshop will be offered multiple times throughout the year. Click on the Register Now link to see all available dates.
Who should register? Subject matter is targeted to PGY1 Family Medicine and PGY2 specialty program residents.
When should I register? SPACE IS LIMITED so residents are encouraged to register for their preferred event as soon as possible.
Is there pre-work? Yes. The pre-work activities should only take about one hour. Completion of all pre-work is essential to your full participation in the live virtual event. Residents will be expected to apply what they learned in the pre-work to scenarios and discussions throughout the live event.

You will receive a Certificate of Attendance after completing the pre-work and participating in the workshop.

Learn more about Prepped for Practice: Medical-legal essentials for residents

Please contact if you require any additional information.