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Continuing Education

SAVE THE DATE: The next TGMISC will be held May 8-12, 2023 in virtual format.

To be notified when course registration opens, please complete this form:


Click here to view the 2022 course brochure [for information only].


The annual Tropical and Geographic Medicine course aims to provide health practitioners an important update and overview of key tropical diseases with a focus on providing care in resource-limited settings as well as in Canada. This course is the first of its kind in western Canada. Over 300 physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals have successfully completed this course.

Target Audience: Physicians, medical trainees, public health practitioners, nurses and other healthcare workers who intend to practice in the tropics, resource-limited settings or who require an update on infectious, parasitic and other major tropical diseases.

Course Objectives

Attendees will learn:

  • A clinical approach to the evaluation and management of tropical diseases;
  • Practical laboratory skills, with a focus on the identification of parasites important for the diagnosis of tropical diseases;
  • Public health principles and applications including outbreak management.

The course emphasizes three broad areas: (1) Clinical Tropical Medicine; (2) Parasitology; (3) Public Health. Participants will gain knowledge and skills in:

Clinical Tropical Medicine

  • Understanding the epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical presentation, and complications of major tropical diseases;
  • Clinical approaches to evaluating patients presenting with diseases acquired in the tropics;
  • Diagnosing and treating important tropical diseases.


  • Understanding of the lifecycles of clinically important parasites with respect to transmission and control;
  • Understanding of the development of parasites within the human body and the corresponding clinical symptoms and pathophysiology;
  • Laboratory diagnosis of various blood and gastrointestinal parasites.

Public Health 

  • Understanding the approach to outbreak investigation through an interactive case-based session;
  • Preventing and controlling infections within a community using modalities such as immunization and environmental health intervention.

Sample (2019) course lecture – Schistomiasis


Information displayed is for reference only. Accreditation information for the 2023 course is not yet available.

College of Family Physicians of Canada

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada


Accreditation/Certification statement:

The University of British Columbia Division of Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD) is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME) to provide study credits for continuing medical education for physicians. This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and has been approved by UBC CPD for up to 33.5 MOC Section 1 Group Learning credits. This program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by UBC CPD for up to 33.5 Mainpro+ Group Learning credits. Each physician should claim only those credits accrued through participation in the activity.

This UBC School of Population and Public Health program was co-developed with the UBC Department of Infectious Diseases and was planned to achieve scientific integrity, objectivity, and balance.

CFPC Session ID#: 196590-001

American Medical Association (AMA)

European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS)

Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners

Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)

The Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada has four international agreements in place for continuing professional development (CPD) and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program credits.

Detailed information, including agreement expiration dates, is available here

College of Pharmacists of British Columbia Completion of this course qualifies for 33.5 hours toward CE-Plus and one or more of your 6 Learning Records. Please check College of Pharmacists of BC website for PDAP criteria.


Canadian Nurses Association

As part of their activities to maintain continued competency to practice, registered nurses may report participation in this course and the application of learning outcomes in their learning plan section of their annual self-assessment. In addition, RNs considering using this course as part of their continuous learning (CL) activities for CNA Certification Renewal should consult the CNA Certification Program renewal CL guidelines to ensure that this course meets the CL.
2023 Planning Committee
(in alphabetical order of last name)
David Goldfarb, MD, FRCPC Medical Microbiologist, Dept. of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, UBC; BC Children’s & Women’s Hospitals; Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, Dept of Paediatrics, McMaster University
Jan Hajek, MD, FRCPC, DTMH Course Co-Director; Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, UBC, Vancouver BC
Susan Hollenberg, MD, MCFP, Certificate in Travel Health Family Physician, Clinical Assistant Professor, Dept. of Family Practice, UBC, Vancouver BC
Miguel Imperial, MD, MHSc, D(ABMM), FRCPC Course Laboratory Coordinator, Medical Microbiologist, Provincial Health Services Authority; LifeLabs; Clinical Instructor, Dept. of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UBC, Vancouver BC
Mary Kestler, MD, DTMH Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, UBC; Oak Tree Clinic, BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre, St. Paul’s Hospital, Infectious Diseases Division, Vancouver BC
Shazia Masud, MD, FRCPC Medical Microbiologist, Fraser Health Authority, Surrey Memorial Hospital, Surrey BC
Yazdan Mirzanejad, MD, DTMH, FRCPC, FACP Associate Professor, Division of Infectious Disease, UBC, Vancouver BC; Chair, Tropical Medicine Expert Group of BC
Gina Ogilvie, MD, MSc, FCFP, DrPH Professor,Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Global Control of HPV related diseases and prevention, School of Population and Public Health (SPPH), UBC; Senior Public Health Scientist, BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC); Senior Research Advisor, BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre, Vancouver BC
David M. Patrick, MD, FRCPC, MHSc Professor, School of Population and Public Health (SPPH), UBC; Director of Research, BCCDC, Provincial Health Services Authority, Vancouver BC
Katherine Plewes, BSc, MSc, MD, DTMH, DPhil, FRCPC Course Co-Director, Clinical Assistant Professor, Oak Tree Clinic, BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre, Div. of Infectious Diseases, Dept. of Medicine, UBC, Vancouver BC
Laura Sauve, MD, MPH, DTMH, FRCPC, FAAP Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Specialist, BC Children’s Hospital & Oak Tree Clinic (BC Women’s Health Centre), Dept. of Pediatrics, UBC Faculty of Medicine, Vancouver BC
Inna Sekirov, MD, PhD, D(ABMM), FRCPC

Medical Microbiologist and Program Head, TB/Mycobacteriology Laboratory, BCCDC Public Health Laboratory, Provincial Health Services Authority, Vancouver BC


Dr. Lydia Ma
Continuing Education Director

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