Events

Transition Tuesdays (September 2020 - June 2021)

The Transition Tuesday seminars are frequent one-hour workshops that cover a wide range of subjects from financial planning, to investing, to job searching, mentoring, billing and auditing, and 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.

Now in our sixth year of seminars, Transition into Practice is unrolling a special Academic Half Day program partnership.  This is a collaboration with various programs within PGME and TiP.  In the coming 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.


September 1, 2020

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. Rebecca Turnbull, Julie Kwan, Roxanne Joyce and Simone Riml
Organizations:  UBC PGME, DoBC, PHPBC, EFAP (VCH)

General overview of supports available to residents on wellness and mental health.

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September 15, 2020

Navigating the New Normal:  Incorporating Virtual Care into Clinical Practice
Speaker:  Kaitlyn Shaw, Health Technology Advisor
Organization:  Doctors of BC

In this session, the Doctors Technology Office will provide an overview of the foundational information needed to enable a physician/clinic to get up and running with offering virtual care services, how to prepare and plan for a virtual workflow, how to communicate with and prepare your patients, and the resources and supports that are available to help optimize your virtual care services.

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September 29, 2020

Conflict Resolution:  How to respect, respond and resolve conflict
Speaker: Joanna Shea
Organization:  UBC

Whether in the workplace or your day-to-day life, conflict is inevitable. It occurs between individuals who care about a particular matter, but have opposing views. As health care leaders and professionals, it is your job to get to the root cause of a conflict and negotiate the post possible solution for all parties. Speaking frankly, to avoid conflict is to fail.

The objective of this one-hour workshop is to provide you with the necessary tools to:

  • Respect conflict
  • Identify the source of the conflict
  • Respond to conflict
  • Resolve the conflict

Attendees will walk away with an elevated level of respect for conflict along with an armory of tools and techniques required to resolve it.

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October 14, 2020

Multi-program/Transition into Practice Academic Half Day (AHD)
Time: 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Speakers:  Various
Organizations:  UBC, Financial Literacy Counsel, Inc,, DoBC, MDFM

This multi-program/TiP partnership AHD will present core topics on financial literary, investment, tax planning and insurance planning.
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October 20, 2020

Multi-program/Transition into Practice Academic Half Day (AHD)
Time: 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Speakers: Various
Organizations:  UBC, Financial Literacy Counsel, Inc,, DoBC, MDFM

This multi-program/TiP partnership AHD will present core topics on financial literary, investment, tax planning and insurance planning.

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October 27, 2020

Licensing, enrolment & credentialing in BC: Checklist you need
Speaker: Dr. Noa Mallek
Organization: UBC

This seminar will go over the process of licensing and discuss steps to prepare for licensing. We will review the process of credentialing and how to become enrolled in MSP. We will also identify programs to use for billing and discuss the best tips and tricks to use and learn in order to improve our billing.


November 3, 2020

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

Pathways’ online directory connects GPs and specialist to streamline referrals. GPs can access specialist/specialty clinic info (e.g., current wait times, sub- expertise, pre-consultation blood work, and imaging requirements). It includes searchable patient and physician resources. Access to Pathways for GPs, NPs, and specialists is arranged by the geographic boundaries of the Divisions of Family Practice.

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November 17, 2020

Safe medical care
Speaker:  Dr. Katherine Lariviere
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.

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November 24, 2020

Driver Medical Fitness: know what you need to know
Speaker: Catherine Douglas, RN, Sr. Nurse Case Manager
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.

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December 1, 2020

Corporate and Family Law (Wills, POAS, etc.)
Speaker:  Cheyenne Reese
Organization:  MDFM

Legal considerations before entering practice.

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December 15, 2020

Business of Medicine
Speaker:  Dr. Kevin Lee
Organization: UBC

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

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January 12, 2021

Investing 101, show me the money!
Speaker: Stephanie Laliberte-Baril
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).

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January 19, 2021

MSP Fees, billing & audit
Speaker:  Dr. Nick Szpakowicz
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.

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February 2, 2021

So many jobs, so many choices:  Help for Family Medicine Residents
Speakers: Panel speakers
Organization: UBC

This panel 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 16, 2021

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.

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February 23, 2021

How to estimate clinic start-up costs: Clinic Financial Forecast Model
Speaker: Omid Toub
Organization: Vancouver Division of Family Practice

Clinic Financial Forecast/Performance model has been developed to help providers with forecasting expenses and revenues for new clinics or analyze finances of existing clinics. This tool requires clinic specific modifications and helps physicians organize their thoughts around clinic finances and help them identify metrics for financial health of their clinic.

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March 2, 2021

Tax Planning
Speaker: Mr. Don Nicholson
Organization: MDFM

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.

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March 16, 2021

Alternative payment plans in BC
Speaker:  Dereck Eby
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.

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April 6, 2021

CME credits post-graduation
Speaker:  Dr. Rod McFadyen
Organization: UBC

A guided tour to the post graduate CME credit systems: CCFP maintenance of proficiency (Mainpro+) and the Royal College’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC).

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April 29, 2021

Multi-program/Transition into Practice Academic Half Day (AHD)
Time: 8:00 – 5:00 PM
Speakers: Various
Organizations:  UBC, Financial Literacy Counsel, Inc,, DoBC, MDFM

This multi-program/TiP partnership AHD will present core topics on financial literary, investment, tax planning and insurance planning plus topics on clinical skills tutor recruitment, wills & POAs, Pathways, MSP fees, billing & audit.

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April 30, 2021

Multi-program/Transition into Practice Academic Half Day (AHD)
Time: 8:00 – 5:00 PM
Speakers: Various
Organizations:  UBC, Financial Literacy Counsel, Inc,, DoBC, MDFM

This multi-program/TiP partnership AHD will present core topics on financial literary, investment, tax planning and insurance planning plus topics on negotiated benefits, alternative payment plans, etc.

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May 4, 2021

“How to pick your first locum clinic” How to finally start making $$$, New Physician Resources and Tips
Speakers: Mr. Richard Wang with Dr. Pavel Glaze
Organization: UBC

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

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May 18, 2021

Incorporate or not…that is the question
Speaker: Stephanie Laliberte-Baril
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.

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June 1, 2021

Navigating physician-clinic contracts:  Understanding your Physician Services Agreement
Speakers:  Mr. Jason Jakubec, LLB with Mr. Richard Wang
Organization:  UBC & Elicare, Medical, Inc.

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

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June 8, 2021

Negotiated benefits of DoBC
Speaker:  Julie Kwan
Organization:  Doctors of BC

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.

 

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 2021
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.