Professional Development

Chronic Pain Continuing Professional Development Courses:  Upcoming Course Dates!   February 5, 2020

Wise Prescribing and Deprescribing: Opioid Skills for the Front-line Clinician

Self-Paced Online Modules and Small Group Workshops

This course is a blend of online learning and paired with two, four-hour workshops to help determine if an opioid taper is appropriate, troubleshooting challenges and implementation of a plan.

  • Credits for Online Modules → Mainpro+ Self-Learning: 7.0 credits and MOC Section 3 Self-Assessment: 7.0 hours
  • Credits for Workshops → Mainpro+ Group Learning: 18.0 credits (six hours at three credits per hour) and MOC Section 3 Self-Assessment: 6.0 hours

Essential Strategies for Chronic Pain Management: April 20 & 21 and June 8 & 9

This two-day course in a classroom setting will provide an overview of the key issues and an opportunity for small group interaction to formulate a plan for your most troubling dilemmas.

On Day 1, members of the Calgary Pain Program multidisciplinary team will share the evidence that informs current guidelines for chronic pain management, and discuss practical considerations.

Class size is limited to 16 to allow easy interaction with facilitators and other participants.

On Day 2, participants will have an opportunity to break into even smaller groups to share common practice challenges and work with a member of the course teaching team to create practical treatment plans.

  • Credits → Mainpro+ Group Learning – 37.5 credits as well as for RSCPC (Day 1 MOC Section 3 Self-Assessment – 7.25 hours, Day 2 MOC Section 1 – 5.5 hours) if all course obligations are met.

University of Calgary - CME&PD Newsletter for November  November 1, 2019

Welcome to the CME&PD November Newsletter!


JANUARY - Registration is Open

Click here to get notifications when registration opens for:

  • Paediatric Fractures Course, Jan 16, 2020
  • Common Fractures and Dislocations, Jan 17, 2020
  • Ultrasound Guidance for Peripheral Vascular Access and Fascia Iliaca Block, Jan 17, 2020


Ongoing Blended

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FREE Ongoing Online Self-Learning Courses

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New addiction education webinar on cannabis available for review  October 31, 2019

Physicians who want to learn more about addiction and mental health can now stream the October Alberta Addiction Education Sessions episode on cannabis or one of the many others in the archive.

A new three-hour education session is live streamed each month, and the recordings are also made available for busy physicians to review as their schedule permits.

The Alberta Addiction Education Sessions were formerly known as the Opioid Dependency Treatment Virtual Health Learning Sessions.

All sessions are live streamed and archived here on Vimeo.

Upcoming 2019-20 webinars

  • Methadone: Everything you need to know on Friday, November 22
  • Alternative Treatments for OUD: Naltrexone, iOAT, Cannabis, Heroin and Others on Friday, December 6
  • Psychotherapy for Concurrent Disorders and OUD on Friday, January 17
  • Concurrent Substance Use Disorders and OUD on Friday, February 21
  • Pain: Opioid Deprescribing and Identifying OUD in Chronic Pain on Friday, March 20
  • Trauma Informed Care and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder on Friday, April 17
  • Psychiatric Comorbidities and Addiction on Friday May 22
  • Pregnancy: Concurrent Disorders and OUD on June 19

Past 2019-20 webinars

  • Suboxone 101: How to Initiate, Maintain and End Treatment and New Prescribing in Alberta
  • Cannabis: Everything you need to know

Cancer care in the medical home - October 19  October 10, 2019

This interactive, practical CME program will bring you up-to-date information on how patients with common cancers are being managed, and the implications for primary care. Screening, approach to undifferentiated malignancy and survivorship will be also be covered.

Click here for details and to register.

This Group Learning program has been reviewed by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and is awaiting final certification by the College’s Alberta Chapter.

Essential Strategies for Chronic Pain Management – Oct. 28-29  October 7, 2019

Providers and patients consistently agree that chronic pain is one of the most challenging issues they face. Messages are conflicting and evidence is difficult to interpret. This two-day course in a classroom setting will provide an overview of the key issues and an opportunity for small group interaction to formulate a plan for your most troubling dilemmas.

This course is accredited for Mainpro+ Group Learning – 37.5 credits as well as for RSCPC (Day 1 MOC Section 3 Self-Assessment – 7.25 hours, Day 2 MOC Section 1 – 5.5 hours) if all course obligations are met.

Click here for details and to register

Endometriosis: A Team Approach - How we work together as primary and consulting care providers CME – September 12  August 19, 2019

Community Physician Education Program Workshop – Accredited May 25  May 10, 2019

Physicians and Nurse Practitioners are invited to join us for the Community Physician Education Program held on Saturday, May 25.

This program will improve physician ability and confidence in providing care to injured workers. Participants can expect a half-day of discussion, interaction and workshops geared towards the family physicians' role in the care of patients with work-related injuries.

Learning objectives

  • Provide the participants with the opportunity to learn and discuss current and emerging occupational medicine topics with clinical practitioners and subject matter experts.
  • Address issues on work relatedness of injury and return to work issues.
  • Update physicians on changing and current concepts in occupationally related health and compensation issues.

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Decision-Making Capacity Assessment Model Toolkit and adaption of Clinical Pathway for use in Primary Care – Accredited Group Learning Apr. 16  April 10, 2019

Presented by:

Lesley Charles MBChB, CCFP COE, Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine

Learning objectives:

  • Be informed of the evidenced based resource the DMCA Model Toolkit
  • Learn of research adapting the DMCA pathway for primary care

Click here for more details and to register

ACFP presents CPD Day - May 4  April 4, 2019

A Clinical Approach to Obtaining and Managing Glycemic Control CME – April 11  March 20, 2019

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Banff workshop – July 8 -10    March 11, 2019

CBT Banff will be held Monday, July 8 to Wednesday, July 10 at the beautiful Rimrock Resort. Workshop hours are 8:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. leaving you free during afternoons and evenings to explore Banff townsite and Banff National Park. 

The CME is the acclaimed "triple strength" CBT for Anxiety module - you'll earn 36.0 Mainpro+ credits from just 12.0 workshop hours. Join us and learn a marvellous set of ultra-brief techniques to help patients overcome shyness, worry, panic and other common anxiety disorders.

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Family Physicians and CancerControl: Strengthening Linkages Workshop – Accredited Apr. 13  February 28, 2019

Alberta Health Services CancerControl is pleased to announce the ninth Family Physicians and CancerControl: Strengthening Linkages Workshop held on Saturday, April 13.

Learning objectives

  • Acquire and translate information and updates to better navigate the cancer system.
  • Support and participate in the improvement of integration of care through dialogue, networking, and teamwork.
  • Recognize and explain services and programs enhancing patient-centred care.

Click here for details and to register

Advances in Dermatology – Healthcare Professionals Symposium Ltd. Mar. 9  February 12, 2019

Knowledge Transfer to Action: A Multi-Therapeutic Symposium – Accredited Group Learning Mar. 2  February 12, 2019

Presentations include:

  • Many More Faces of T2DM-A Case-Based Collaborative Approach for Healthcare Practitioners
    Dr. Buki  Ajala, MD FRCPC | Endocrinology, LMC Calgary
  • TIME- When and How to Intensify  Anti-hyperglycemic Therapy in Type 2 Diabetes
    Dr. Louis Girard, MD, MBT, FRCP(C) | Nephrologist, Division of Nephrology, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Calgary
  • Target: Targeting Asthma Control to Augment Patient Outcomes
    Dr. Bao Dang, MD, FRCP, FCCP | Internal Medicine/Respirology
  • HPV & Vaccination: Translating Knowledge into Action
    Dr. Brain Hauck M.D, FRCPC, OBGYN | Colposcopist, Foothills Hospital

Click here for more details and to register

Safer Opioid Prescribing Workshop – Accredited Group Learning Apr. 6  February 7, 2019

The CWC PCN is partnering with Saegis, a subsidiary of the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA), to host a workshop on safer opioid prescribing on Saturday, April 6, at the CWC PCN Main Office.

Click here for event details and how to register

Calgary Zone Primary Care Accredited Eating Disorder CME – Feb. 7  January 8, 2019

Identifying and Treating Opioid Use Disorder in Primary Care Workshop – Accredited Group Learning Feb. 8 or 9  January 2, 2019

For all family physicians and clinic teams, after this free workshop, you can immediately apply the following in your practice:

  • Identify patients with, or at risk of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD)
  • Engage in a conversation with your patients about OUD and treatment options
  • Initiate Opioid Agonist Therapy (OAT) like buprenorphine/naloxone (and know what to do if/when it goes wrong)
  • Prepare for and respond to relapse

Click here for more details and to register

43rd Annual Family Practice Review and Update Course: Pearls for Practice - Accredited Group Learning Nov. 19 - 22  October 4, 2018

This program provides an updated focus on information pearls pertinent to practice in primary care. Topics covered include a wide variety of the diagnoses typically seen in both urban and rural settings.

learning objectives

  • Apply current knowledge and evidence-based management for optimal patient outcomes, both in urban settings with access to specialists and in rural settings where services and resources may be limited
  • Facilitate the exchange of information and develop informal networks with other healthcare providers
  • Identify new services and clinical resources for patients

 Click here for details and to register