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Tropical and Geographic Medicine 2023

Date: May 8-12, 2023

Time: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Pacific Time

May 8 only: 7:45 am start time.

May 12 only: 4:15 pm course adjournment)

Location (live sessions and labs): Online virtual platform

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First of its kind in western Canada and offered since 2014, we developed the Tropical and Geographic Medicine Intensive Short Course to provide health professionals with training on a clinical approach to the evaluation and management of tropical diseases. A laboratory component in the curriculum allows learners to acquire practical laboratory skills to identify parasites important for the diagnosis of tropical disease. An important element in this course is the inclusion of a public health focus on management of tropical diseases including outbreaks.

Purpose

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.

This 2023 offering is a live-streamed virtual course with a companion online course in the UBC learning management system, Canvas. Presentations will be recorded and made available to course participants for online viewing afterwards for a limited period.

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

Through live online interactive sessions, 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.

Parasitology

  • 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 Schistosomiasis

Accreditation

College of Family Physicians of Canada

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

To be updated – please check back soon.

American Medical Association (AMA)

European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS)

Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners

Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)

 

To be updated – please check back soon.

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)
Suni Boraston, MD, MHSc Director, Travel Clinic and Associate Medical Health Officer, Vancouver Coastal Health; Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Population & Public Health, UBC, Vancouver BC
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
2023 Course Faculty

List of 2023 course faculty*:

(in alphabetical order of last name)
Christina Coyle, MD, MS Professor, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases), Assistant Dean for Faculty Development, Albert
Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, USA
Wayne Ghesquiere, MD, FRCPC Infectious Diseases/Tropical Diseases and Internal Medicine Consultant; Clinical Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine, UBC, Vancouver BC; Consultant, Island Health, Victoria BC
Aniruddha Ghose, MD, FCPS
Professor, Department of Medicine, Chittagong Medical College, Bangladesh
David Goldfarb, MD, FRCPC Medical Microbiologist, Dept of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, BC Children’s & Women’s Hospitals; Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, Dept of Paediatrics, McMaster University
Jennifer Grant, MD, CM, FRCPC Medical Microbiologist and Infectious Diseases Physician, Vancouver General Hospital; Medical Director, ASPIRES, Quality and Patient Safety, Vancouver Coastal Health; Clinical Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, UBC, Vancouver BC
Jan Hajek, MD, FRCPC, DTMH Course Co-Director, Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, UBC, Vancouver BC
David Harris, BSc, MD, MHSc(c), FRCPC, DTMH Clinical Instructor, Division of Infectious Diseases, UBC, Vancouver BC
Miguel Imperial, MD, MHSc, D(ABMM), FRCPC Course Laboratory Coordinator, Medical Microbiologist, Provincial Health Services Authority; LifeLabs; Clinical Assistant Professor, Dept. of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UBC, Vancouver BC
Tania Keefe, MA Former Research Associate, Centre of International Relations, Liu Institute for Global Issues, UBC, Vancouver BC; International fieldworker, Médecins Sans Frontières (2015-18)
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
Rose McGready,  MBBS, PhD Professor of Tropical Maternal and Child Health, Shoko Malaria Research Unit, University of Oxford, Nuffield Dept of Medicine, Thailand
Yazdan Mirzanejad, MD, DTMH, FRCPC, FACP Associate Professor, Division of Infectious Disease, UBC, Vancouver BC; Chair, Tropical Medicine Expert Group of BC
Srinivas Murthy, MD CM, MHSc Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, UBC, Vancouver BC
Edwin Nuwagira, MBCh.B, MMed (Internal Medicine)
Lecturer MUST, Drug-resistant TB Treatment Co-ordinator, Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital, Mbarara, Uganda
Michael Payne, MD, FRCPC, DTMH Medical Microbiologist, London Health Sciences Centre; Clinical Assistant Professor, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, London, ON
David M. Patrick, MD, FRCPC, MHSc Professor, School of Population and Public Health (SPPH), UBC; Interim Executive Lead and Director of Research and Medical Epidemiology Lead for Antimicrobial Resistance, BC Centre for Disease Control, Provincial Health Services Authority, Vancouver BC
Katherine Plewes, MSc, MD, DTMH, DPhil, FRCPC Course Co-Director, Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, UBC, Vancouver BC
Wingfield Rehmus, MD, MPH, FAAD Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Pediatric Dermatology, BC Children’s Hospital, Vancouver BC
Manish Sadarangani, BM, BCh, MCPCH, DPhil Assistant Professor, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, UBC; Director, Vaccine Evaluation Center, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute; Sauder Family Chair in Pediatric Infectious Diseases, 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 & Program Head, TB/Mycobateriology Laboratory, BC Centre for Disease Control, Public Health Laboratory, Provincial Health Services Authority, Vancouver, BC
Marsha Taylor, MSc Communicable Disease Epidemiologist, BC Centre for Disease Control, Provincial Health Services Authority, Vancouver, BC

 

* This list reflects information as at November 14, 2022.

Contact

Dr. Lydia Ma
Continuing Education Director
Tel: 604 822 9599
Fax: 604 822 6207
lydia.ma@ubc.ca

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