Tropical and Geographic Medicine Intensive Short Course (2018)

 

Date: May 7-11. 2018

 

 

Time:

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

(7:45 am start on May 7, 2018)

 

 

Locations:

Main classroom:   

UBC Pharmaceutical Sciences Building, 2405 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver BC

Laboratory:

UBC Life Sciences Centre

Multi-Purpose Lab – 2350 Health Sciences Mall, Vancouver BC

 

 
Purpose

The main purpose of this tropical medicine course is to train health professionals to learn an approach to preventing, diagnosing, evaluating, treating and managing people with tropical diseases. This course is the first of its kind in Western Canada.  Nearly 250 physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals have successfully completed this course.

Course objectives

Through didactic lectures, interactive problem-solving discussions and practical laboratory teaching, 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 disease;
  • 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 of epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical presentation, complications of major tropical diseases;
  • A clinical approach to evaluating patients presenting with diseases acquired in the tropics;
  • Skills in the diagnosis and treatment of important tropical diseases.
  • Emphasis will be placed on communicable tropical diseases with global burden of disease.

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;
  • Microscopy skills to diagnose various blood and gastrointestinal parasites.

Public Health 

  • Understanding of tools for health assessment and surveillance in resource-limited settings;
  • Understand the importance of identifying and working with stakeholders and governments overseas;
  • Review an approach to outbreak investigation;
  • General approach to preventing and controlling infections within a community using modalities such as immunization and environmental health intervention;
  • Practice in application of community infection control problem-solving exercises.

New lectures in 2018!

  • International Maternal Health
  • Climate Change and Emerging Infectious Diseases

Course brochure – view here

Target Audience

  • physicians, 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

 

Prospective participants from outside of Canada must have valid entry document and visa (if applicable) to enter Canada to take this course. Participants are responsible to procure such documents; it is advisable to have these documents in hand prior to registering in our course.

Information on visitor visa is available at the Government of Canada  Immigration and Citizenship website.

This course was approved for the following accreditations in 2014-2017. Information for 2018 will be posted here when available.

 

College of Family Physicians of Canada

 

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

 

Accredited by UBC CPD

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 course has been reviewed and approved by the UBC Division of Continuing Professional Development.  This Group Learning course meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by UBC CPD for up to 39.25 Mainpro+ credits. This course is an Accredited Group Learning Activity eligible for up to 39.25 MOC Section 1 credits as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Each physician should claim only those credits he/she actually spent in the activity.

College of Pharmacists of BC Completion of this course qualifies for 39.25 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 requirements. Nurses can find information about the CNA Certification Program at http://www.cna-aiic.ca/en/professional-development/specialty-certification/

To view details concerning Course Faculty, Planning Committee, and On-campus Accommodations, click on the headings below and the corresponding section will unfold for viewing.

 

(in alphabetical order of last name)
Suni Boraston, MD, MHSc Director, Travel Clinic, Vancouver Coastal Health; Associate Medical Health Officer, Vancouver Coastal Health, Vancouver BC
Eric Eckbo, MD Resident, Division of Medical Microbiology, UBC Vancouver BC
Jan Hajek, MD, FRCPC, DTMH Course Co-Director; Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, UBC, Vancouver BC
Linda Hoang, MSc, MD, DTMH, FRCPC Clinical Associate Professor, Medical Microbiologist and Head of Bacteriology, Enterics and Mycology Program, Provincial Health Services Authority; BC Centre for Disease Control, Vancouver BC
Susan Hollenberg, MD, MCFP, Certificate in Travel Health 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
Andrew Kestler, MD, MBA, DTMH, FACEP, FRCPC Clinical Assistant Professor, Chair, Global Emergency Medicine Initiative, Dept. of Emergency Medicine, UBC and St. Paul’s Hospital, 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
Sylvain Lother, MD, FRCPC Fellow, Division of Infectious Diseases, UBC 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; Chairman, Tropical Medicine Expert Group of BC
Gina Ogilvie, MD, MSc, FCFP, DrPH Professor, School of Population and Public Health (SPPH), UBC; Medical Director, Clinical Prevention Services, BC Centre for Disease Control, Vancouver BC
David M. Patrick, MD, FRCPC, MHSc Professor, School of Population and Public Health (SPPH), UBC; Medical Epidemiology Lead for Antimicrobial Resistance, BC Centre for Disease Control, Vancouver BC
Michael Payne, MD, FRCPC, DTMH Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Medical Microbiology, Dept. of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UBC, Vancouver BC
Katherine Plewes, MSc, MD, DTMH, DPhil, FRCPC Course Co-Director, Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, UBC, Vancouver BC; Clinician Investigator, Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit, Nuffield Dept. of Medicine, University of Oxford, UK
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); Pediatric Residency Program Director, Dept. of Pediatrics, UBC Faculty of Medicine, Vancouver BC
Ted Steiner, MD Professor and Associate Head, Division of Infectious Diseases; Associate Member, Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Medicine, UBC, Vancouver BC

List of 2018 course faculty*:

(in alphabetical order of last name)
Jan Christilaw, MD, FRCSC Clinical Professor, Division of General Gynaecology & Obstetrics, BC Women's Hospital, Vancouver BC
Wayne Ghesquiere, MD, FRCPC Infectious/Tropical Diseases & Internal Medicine Consultant, Clinical Assistant Professor, Dept. of Medicine, UBC; Section Chief, Vancouver Island Health Authority, Victoria BC
David Goldfarb, MD, FRCPC Medical Microbiologist, Dept of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, BC Children's & Women's Hospitals; Assistant 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
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
Andrew Kestler, MD, MBA, DTMH, FACEP, FRCPC Clinical Assistant Professor, Chair, Global Emergency Medicine Initiative, Dept. of Emergency Medicine, UBC and St. Paul’s Hospital, 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
Kelley Lee, BA, MPA, MA, DPhil, FFPH, FCAHS Canada Research Chair Tier 1; Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver BC
Sophie Low-Beer, MD, CCFP (EM) Clinical Assistant Professor, Dept. of Emergency Medicine, UBC, 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; Chairman, Tropical Medicine Expert Group of BC
David M. Patrick, MD, FRCPC, MHSc Professor, School of Population and Public Health (SPPH), UBC; Medical Epidemiology Lead for Antimicrobial Resistance, BC Centre for Disease Control, Vancouver BC
Michael Payne, MD, FRCPC, DTMH Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Medical Microbiology, Dept. of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UBC, Vancouver BC
Katherine Plewes, MSc, MD, DTMH, DPhil, FRCPC Course Co-Director, Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, UBC, Vancouver BC; Clinician Investigator, Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit, Nuffield Dept. of Medicine, University of Oxford, UK
Manish Sadarangani, BM, BCh, MRCPCH, 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); Pediatric Residency Program Director, Dept. of Pediatrics, UBC Faculty of Medicine, Vancouver BC
Craig Stephen, DVM, PhD Executive Director, Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre; Clinical Associate Professor (Public Health), Faculty of Medicine, UBC; Adjunct Professor, Western College of Veterinary Medicine (Large Animal Clinical Sciences) and University of Saskatchewan, and in Biological Science, Simon Fraser University; and a special Graduate Faculty Member of the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Guelph ON
Ted Steiner, MD Professor and Associate Head, Division of Infectious Diseases; Associate Member, Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Medicine, UBC, Vancouver BC

 

* This list reflects information as at October 10, 2017

The following list is in alphabetical order. Please book as early as possible since availability is limited. Click on names below to visit websites to check room rates, reserve online, or to make inquiries:

Carey Centre 5920 Iona Drive (UBC) - 5 mins. from bus terminal
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To book, please go to Carey Centre room booking portal.
Green College 6201 Cecil Green Park Road (UBC)
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St. Andrew's Hall 6040 Iona Drive (UBC)- Find on Google Map
St. John's College 2111 Lower Mall (UBC)
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TRIUMF House 5835 Thunderbird Blvd), UBC - across the street from classroom
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TRIUMF House will accept reservations for the week of May 1, 2017 in early March.
West Coast Suites 5961 Student Union Boulevard UBC
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If you have questions about the course in general or wish to inquire about off-campus accommodations (e.g. in downtown Vancouver), please contact Lydia Ma for lodgings that offer special rates to our course participants.