Thank you for registering for the 2020 Family Medicine Conference. We look forward to welcoming you! Below are some resources and information to support you in having the best conference experience possible.

Conference package

Technical support

Contact or call the BCCFP office at 604-736-1877 for additional technical support.

Conference agenda

8:30 am: Morning wellness sessions

Get the day off to an energizing start with one of these optional wellness sessions.


9:00 am: Welcome and opening address

9:10 am: Keynote: Maintaining Wellness in Times of Change
Dr. Mamta Gautam
Dr. Gautam is a pioneer in the field of physician health and well-being. An Assistant Professor at the University Of Ottawa Faculty Of Medicine, she has worked as a psychiatrist in Ottawa, Canada for over 25 years. With our world changing, Dr. Gautam will explore the psychological and physiological impact of COVID-19 on both physicians and patients. She will provide strategies for managing grief and discuss approaches to dealing with change and uncertainty, whether it be adapting to parenting through the pandemic or adjusting to delivering virtual care from home. Attendees will leave with fresh ideas for maintaining resilience no matter what the future holds.

9:55 am: Top Three Articles That Changed My Family Practice
Dr. Steve Wong
Some articles are not to be missed. In this review, hear about new data on the prevention of end-stage renal failure in diabetes and the prevention of heart failure outcomes. Gain a new perspective on the role of optimal medical therapy, versus early intervention strategies, in coronary artery disease.

10:30 am: Break

11:00 am: Breakout Session A

11:50 am: Winter Dermatoses and Which Conditions to Treat with Cryosurgery
Dr. Nathan Teegee
With colder months closing in, this session will help you diagnose and manage five of the most common dermatological conditions that present in the winter. You will also hear about LN2 treatment and its risks.

12:30 pm: Annual General Meeting

1:15 pm: Lunch

1:25 pm – Lunch conversation groups and wellness session
Join our informal video conversation groups to connect with colleagues, or hear from Dr. Daniel Dodek about resources to support your wellness as a physician.

Conversation Group: Share What You Love About Family Medicine

Conversation Group: Practising Kindly: Gratitude in the Time of the Pandemic

Physician Wellness Resources with Dr. Daniel Dodek

1:45 pm: Racism in Medicine: What Does it All Mean and What are the Implications for Practice?
Dr. Danièle Behn Smith
Family physicians are in a position to combat systemic racism. In order to do so, we must first understand what it means to practise cultural safety and humility. Dr. Behn Smith will explain and define white fragility, white privilege, white immunity and structural racism and how these mechanisms lead to health inequities. Attendees will leave with new strategies that can be used to enhance cultural safety and anti-racism in medical practice.

2:45 pm: Breakout Session B


3:30 pm: Break

3:50 pm Child and Youth Mental Health
Dr. Ingrid Douziech
Children and teens have had their lives upturned by school closures, changes to schedules, and different types of losses this year. This session will help you recognize and assess childhood mental illness and treat childhood anxiety, including in the context of the pandemic. You will also receive practical suggestions on how to help children and parents deal with bullying.

4:25 pm: Envisioning the Future Together
Dr. Terri Aldred
This year has opened people’s minds to the possibility for change and improvement. Dr. Aldred will lead us in thinking about current and future primary care strategies and how to increase accessibility and strive for excellence and equity. Attendees will leave with new ideas for self-care and inspiration on how to partner with patients to improve their care and the wider health care system.

5:00 pm: Concluding Remarks