December 2018
Upcoming CME Events
Primary Care Rounds in Elgin (in conjunction with PCA Meeting) are the 3rd Wednesday of the month at Southwestern Public Health from 1230-2. Please block this time in your calendars to participate. Please RSVP each month so we don't waste food! We'll be trying out options to participate virtually if you need this.
Free Child and Youth Mental Health Special Interest Topic Video conference Sessions


Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST

After this session, participants will be able to:
• Describe the potential impact of cannabis use on the adolescent brain;
• Respond with evidence to common myths about cannabis use;
• Distinguish between recreational use and problematic use.
• Summarize steps for talking with your patients about cannabis use, including harm reduction strategies.

Thursday, January 31, 2019, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST

After this session, participants will be able to:
• Identify the risks involved in binge drinking;
• Discuss strategies for moderating drinking with your patients and avoiding harmful drinking; and
• Use brief interventions to motivate young patients to drink responsibly and safely.

Project Echo: Epilepsy Across the Lifespan
A technology-enabled, collaborative, learning program that partner's community health providers and epilepsy specialists to enhance for children, adolescents and adults living with epilepsy

Easy to use, free to participate, meets certification criteria for: CFPC MainPro+, RCPSC Section 1

Topics Include:
  • Seizure Overview and Classification
  • Geralized Versus Focal Epilepsies
  • Drugs and Basic Managemnt
  • Personal Safety Considerations
  • Cannabidiol and Cannabinoids
  • Basic EEG Concepts
  • Referring for Epilepsy Surgery
  • Special Population Considerations
  • Common Epilepsy Comorbidities

To register, email or visit
Pharmacology of Cannabis: The Endocannabinoid System and the Role of Cannabinoids in the Body with consideration to aging

Learning Objectives:
1. Review the basics: cannabis, active cannabinoids, dosage forms and routes of administration
2. Explore the latest evidence for therapeutic efficacy of cannabis, specifically in geriatric populations
3. Explore the latest evidence for adverse effects of cannabis, specifically in geriatric populations
4. Identify current gaps in knowledge with respect to cannabis in geriatric populations
Keynote: Dr. Michael
Bazely, BSP, PhD

When: January 8th, 2019 from noon - 1PM
Where: Via OTN and WEbcast, live and archived
OTN Info: OTN Event # 101934490 . Webcast is available here
Who: Addiction counsellors, addiction outreach workers, IGSWs, SGS, social workers, hospital
& community, RN’s, GEM nurses, NPs, BSO, PRCs, care coordinators, family physician

Options to register:
1) Connect with your organizations OTN Coordinator and provide them with this event ID # 101934490
2) Call OTN directly at 1-855-654-0888 and ask their customer service representative set you up. They need to know YOUR OTN camera number and the Event ID.

3) Connect LIVE on the day of the session via webcasting, using the following link;
mywebcast?id=101934490 You MUST have Silverlight on your personal computer in order to view this live.
Contraception: It's a Plan!
This online course from SOGC will give you the opportunity to evaluate twenty cases of women seeking contraception. These will present common and not-so-common situations that may face health care providers. 
This event is a Self-Assessment (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada. You may claim a maximum of 3 hours.
This Assessment program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 3 Mainpro+ credits. Available until June 2019.

Not your 2002 Menopause!

This SOGC program supports physicians with the individualized management of menopause-related symptoms and conditions, in accordance with SOGC clinical practice guidelines, for improved patient outcomes. Available until August 2019.

Looking for evidence and information on prescribing medical cannabis?

OMA has put together this 1 hour module - watch here
This fall CAMH is launching a self-directed online course on immigrant and refugee mental health. This free course has been developed with experts in the field and responds to the needs of front-line service providers in the settlement, social service, and health care sectors. It aims to provide service providers with the knowledge, skills, and networks they require to provide excellent care and support to the immigrants and refugees they serve.

Dr. Kellie Scott & Dr. Melissa Tenbergen | Elgin Primary Care Alliance Co-Chairs