Rural Virtual Conference (RVC) Series

September 8, 2020 - May 18, 2021

Tuesdays from 8:00 A.M. - 9:00 A.M. MT

This is a series of weekly high quality one-hour continuing medical education sessions, presented by clinical experts. Each presentation is focused on evidence-based information that is directly applicable to rural primary care and hospital environments.

For more information, please contact ruralcme@ucalgary.ca

Registration

If you are an AHS employee, and you practice in rural Alberta, you may be eligible for complimentary registration. Please contact your previous Rural Videoconference site-coordinator for registration details.

Grants

This program has received an educational grant from Alberta Health Services.

Alberta Health Services

Series objectives:

Learners will be equipped to,

  • develop and enhance their assessment, investigation and treatment skills for patients presenting to the rural primary care office or emergency department
  • determine which patients can be optimally managed in the rural setting and those who require referral to a specialist
  • build a community of practice through discussion and collective learning in their rural community

Pricing - Fall Semester

If you are an AHS employee, and you practice in rural Alberta, you may be eligible for complimentary registration. Please send an email from your AHS email account to ruralcme@ucalgary.ca to verify your eligibility. If you do not belong to both categories, please see the fees below.

Physicians  $299
Other Healthcare Professionals   $279 
Students/Residents  $50

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COVID update – The Science, MOH South Zone and Lessons Learned

September 8, 2020

Speakers: Vanessa Meier-Stephenson, Vivien Suttorp, Adam Vyse

  • Describe the scientific update of COVID since March
  • Explain MOH rural related COVID update
  • Apply lessons learned from High River outbreak in your local context

Microvascular Angina

September 15

Speaker: Todd Anderson

  • Differentiate diagnosis of ischemic chest pain and non-obstructive coronary disease (INOCA)
  • Articulate diagnostic options for patients with INOCA
  • Apply prognosis and treatment for INOCA

Clinical Event Debriefing in Rural Context

September 22, 2020

Speaker: Stuart Rose

  • Articulate the value and principles of Clinical Event Debriefing
  • Apply Clinical Event Debriefing strategies and describe appropriate tools for your local rural context

Common Dermatology Issues

September 29, 2020

Speaker: Ken Alanen

  • Differentiate and manage common types of skin rashes in adult and pediatric patients
  • Apply strategies for skin cancer management in a rural doctor’s office/hospital setting
  • Identify when it is appropriate for referral

Otologic Disease

October 6, 2020

Speaker: Devon Livingstone

  • Describe common external and middle ear conditions 
  • List Common Misdiagnosis in ear disease
  • Explain pathophysiology and treatment of tinnitus
  • Interpret audiograms and identify atypical hearing loss
  • Apply emerging technologies for telehealth referral of ear disease

Cardiac Amyloidosis: An Under-recognized Cause of Heart Failure

October 20, 2020

Speaker: Nowell Fine

  • Describe the pathophysiology, causes and different types of cardiac amyloidosis.
  • Recognize 'red flag' symptoms and signs that raise the clinical index of suspicion for cardiac amyloidosis.
  • Apply current diagnostic approaches for evaluating a patient with suspected cardiac amyloidosis.
  • Manage cardiac amyloidosis using conventional and novel (emerging) therapies

Swallowing Difficulties

October 27, 2020

Speaker: Tina De Souza

  • Describe how the oropharyngeal swallow function generally works
  • Identify possible deficits with the oropharyngeal swallow function
  • Recognize when to refer a patient for a swallow assessment to an SLP (or an OT - depending on who covers this in your zone)

Family Medicine Approach to Transgender Medicine

November 3, 2020

Speaker: Jillian (Jill) Demontigny

  • Identify and manage transgender patients in the charts
  • Manage other health issues in presence of hormonal treatment
  • Summarize key relevant messages from April 2019 TOP guideline

Orthopaedic Pearls for the Family Physician

November 10, 2020

Speaker: Lance Anderson

  • Describe common Orthopaedic scenarios and what a GP should do before referring to a surgeon
  • Specify which diagnostic tests to order, and which treatments to employ
  • Draft the perfect referral letter, what an Orthopaedic surgeon likes to see in a letter
  • Identify which conditions/patients to refer to a surgeon or which can/should be sent elsewhere; which conditions are more urgent than others and how to obtain an expedited referral

Breaking Bad News

November 17, 2020

Speaker: Jennifer Burke

  • Describe what is considered to be “bad news”
  • Articulate why breaking bad news can be so difficult 
  • Prepare ahead of time for this type of conversation 
  • Take the appropriate approach in order to communicate bad news “well”

What’s new in MS

November 24, 2020

Speaker: Tyson Brust

  • Describe the monitoring requirements for different treatment choices 
  • Describe what is new for progressive disease
  • Identify steps to manage MS relapses in the rural environment 
  • Identify steps to manage symptoms of MS

Approach to abdominal pain

December 1, 2020

Speaker: Tara Chalmers-Nixon

  • Recognize alarm symptoms that need urgent endoscopic assessment
  • Apply strategies to manage situations when endoscopy not readily available
  • Approach IBS associated abdominal pain with new perspectives

Common Overdoses or Unique Disasters

December 8, 2020

Speaker: Matt Mink

  • Identify critical examination elements in the assessment of the poisoned patient
  • Describe the role of PADIS in the management of poisonings
  • Explain PADIS’ approach to risk assessment of the poisoned patient
  • List the most frequently encountered QT prolonging medications encountered in poisoning

COVID 19 Outbreak Research Findings

December 15, 2020

Speakers: Gabriel Fabreau & Adam Vyse

  • Research findings from The Anatomy, Determinants, and Impacts of Alberta’s Meat Processing Plant COVID-19 Outbreaks Among Newcomers and their Families in Canada.

Caring for Rural Indigenous Patients, Taking Good Care and Helping It Become Better

January 12, 2021

Speaker: Alika Lafontaine

  • Understand unconscious bias and how it can impact care
  • Discuss racialized experiences of care through a colonial lens
  • Recognize how reflective practice can deepen empathy and improve Indigenous patient experiences
  • Describe existing initiatives that support rural care within AHS, University of Calgary and University of Alberta

Paediatric Fractures

January 19, 2021

Speaker: Elaine Joughin

  • Identify and manage paediatric fractures, including pitfalls in diagnosis
  • Describe principles of Fracture Management in Children

Palliative Care post COVID 19

January 26, 2021

Speaker: Paul Humphries

  • Describe how palliative care are different due to COVID 19 impact
  • Apply best practice tips to connect with patients during remote/virtual palliative care, home care and home palliative care

Transport Questions Answered

February 2, 2021

Speakers: Jamin Mulvey & Renee Paul

  • Estimate the wait time for STARs to arrive and best prepare for transfer
  • Prepare and stabilize sick babies born in a rural hospital while waiting for neonatal transfer

Evaluation of Evidence 101

February 9, 2021

Speaker: Tina Korownyk

  • Recognize some deception in research through COVID 19, and the value of evidence evaluation
  • Apply rapid assessment of evidences skills

Managing Common Complex Psychiatric Presentations in Rural

February 23, 2020

Speaker: Dr. Tim Ayas

  • Manage common complex psychiatric presentations such as psychosis, treatment refractory depression, addictions, etc. in the rural office setting
  • Identify the appropriate time and referral process to refer to psychiatrists
  • Describe how COVID 19 impacted the management strategies and apply tips during remote / virtual consultation

Allergy

March 2, 2021

Speaker: Dr Arjun Rash

  • Manage and treat common allergies for both adults and pediatric patients
  • Identify when and how to refer
  • Care for chronic allergies

Chronic Diarrhea vs. IBS-D: How primary care pathways can support your management

March 9, 2021

Speaker: Dr. Julia Carter and Dr. Kerri Novak

  •  Articulate the key diagnostic and therapeutic differences between chronic diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome (diarrhea subtype)
  • Use the Chronic Diarrhea and IBS primary care pathways to support their management

 

ADHD Diagnosis and Management in Rural

March 16, 2021

Speakers: Tina Nicholson & Rosanne Swiegers

  • Articulate a pragmatic view of how to help patients in rural and remote settings
  • Explain strategies for accurate diagnosis
  • Use a holistic approach to patient management including behavioural, psychosocial and medication

 


Boundaries and challenging patient behaviours

March 23, 2021

Speaker: Jeff Feist

  • Describe the safety boundaries for rural clinical staff and healthcare providers
  • Manage challenging patients and potentially threatening patient encounters proactively 
  • Identify appropriate timing to involve police force when encountering violent patient behaviour

Common Fractures and Dislocations in Adults

March 30, 2021

Speaker: Dawne Smith-Lewis

  • determine what injuries should be treated in the rural emergency department
  • order appropriate x-rays according to injury presentation
  • evaluate when to transport and refer the at-risk patient

Common Eye Disorders

April 13, 2021

Speaker: David Anderson

  • Manage common eye disorders in rural clinics where resources are limited 

Improving your documentation: Lessons from the CMPA

April 20, 2021

Speakers: Keleigh James & Janet Nuth

  • Outline 5 documentation deficiencies identified in CMPA cases involving family medicine
  • Describe 3 best practices when documenting using an EMR
  • Develop 2 documentation strategies that you can implement to improve patient safety

 

Case Study of Team Approach to Multi-trauma Management in Rural

April 27, 2021

Speaker: Brady Bouchard

  • Explain the critical role teamwork plays in managing trauma in rural and remote communities
  • Articulate key pieces of a team-based Emergency Disaster Plan in rural and remote communities
  • Describe key stakeholders and roles for an effective team debrief after a traumatic experience

 

Evidence Based Medicine for Pain Management

May 4, 2021

Speaker: Tina Korownyk

  • Articulate strategies for critical review of evidence and data
  • Describe key clinical evidence in pain management including osteoarthritis, neuropathic and back pain

International travel health concerns during and following COVID-19

May 11, 2021

Speaker: Rudy Zimmer

  • Describe new issues to consider for travelling during and following the pandemic
  • Provide travel advice in light of the pandemic including changing international public health requirements

TBD

May 18, 2021

Speaker: TBD

  • TBD

Previous RVC COVID-19 Sessions

March 31, 2020 - COVID-19 Rural Update

April 7, 2020 - COVID-19 Rural Management Update

April 21, 2020 - Alcohol and Substance Abuse in the Time of COVID-19

April 28, 2020 - Safe Intubation and Ventilation in the Time of COVID-19 in Rural Areas

May 5, 2020 - Rural OBGYN Management in the Time of COVID-19

May 12, 2020 - Rural ER Management in the Time of COVID-19

May 26, 2020 - Rural ER Patient Management and Disaster Planning

June 2, 2020 - Managing Anxiety and Stress Virtually during COVID-19: Rural Patients and Practitioners