Tropical and Geographic Medicine Intensive Short Course (2019)

 

Date: May 6-10, 2019
Time:

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

(7:45 am start on May 6 Monday. Course adjourns at 5:00 pm on May 10 Friday.

Locations:

Main classroom:     UBC Vancouver campus; location to be announced

Laboratory:    UBC Life Sciences Centre, Multi-Purpose Lab,  2350 Health Sciences Mall, Vancouver BC

Photo credits: Getty/smuay (l); Susan Hollenberg (c); Shutterstock/Pixelbliss (r)

Purpose

The main purpose of this Tropical and Geographic Medicine course is to train health professionals to learn an approach to preventing, diagnosing, evaluating, treating and managing tropical diseases. This course is the first of its kind in western Canada.  Over 250 physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals have successfully completed this course.

Course objectives

Through interactive lectures, small-group case-based discussions and practical laboratory teaching, attendees will meet learning outcomes pertaining to:

  • 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.

NEW!

 Two new lectures: Snake bite; Tropical viral encephalitis
  One 2-hr Outbreak Investigation small-group session

Course brochure – view here

Sample (2018) course lecture – Leishmaniasis 

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

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. UBC will not issue formal letters of invitation for visa purposes.

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

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The 2018 course was approved for the following accreditation (shown for reference only). This section will be updated once 2019 CME information is 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 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 approved by UBC CPD. You may claim a maximum of 39.25 hours (credits are automatically calculated). This Group Learning program 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. Each physician should claim only those credits he/she actually spent in the activity.

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 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/

(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
Eric Eckbo, MD Resident, Medical Microbiology, Pathology Laboratory Medicine, UBC, Vancouver BC
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
Andrew Kestler, MD, MBA, DTMH, FACEP, FRCPC Clinical Associate Professor, Chair, ED Opioid Response Lead, 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
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,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, 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; Medical Epidemiology Lead for Antimicrobial Resistance, BC Centre for Disease Control, Vancouver BC
Katherine Plewes, MSc, MD, DTMH, DPhil, FRCPC Course Co-Director, Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, 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
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 2019 course faculty*:

(in alphabetical order of last name)
Eleni Galanis, MD, MPH, FRCPC
Physician Epidemiologist, Enteric, Zoonotic, Vector-borne and Environmental Infections Program, BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), Vancouver BC
Wayne Ghesquiere MD FRCPC
Infectious Diseases/Tropical Diseases and Internal Medicine Consultant; Clinical Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine, UBC, Vancouver BC
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
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 Instructor, Dept. of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UBC, Vancouver BC
Andrew Kestler, MD, MBA, DTMH, FACEP, FRCPC Clinical Associate Professor, Chair, ED Opioid Response Lead, 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
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
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
Katherine Plewes, MSc, MD, DTMH, DPhil, FRCPC Course Co-Director, Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, 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

* This list reflects information as at October 31, 2018

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.

NOTE: Supply of on-campus lodging is very limited due to a large conference that will be taking place with some overlapping dates as this course. You may have a better chance to secure off-campus lodging at nearby AirBnB accommodations or contact Lydia Ma for Vancouver hotel suggestions. 

Carey Centre 5920 Iona Drive (UBC) - 5 mins. from bus terminal
- Find on Google Map
To book, please go to Carey Centre room booking portal.
Green College 6201 Cecil Green Park Road (UBC)
- Find on Google MapTo inquire about availability and to book:  please call 604-822-8660 or e-mail gc.accommodations@ubc.ca
St. Andrew's Hall 6040 Iona Drive (UBC)- Find on Google Map
St. John's College 2111 Lower Mall (UBC)
- Find on Google Map
TRIUMF House 5835 Thunderbird Blvd), UBC - across the street from classroom
- Find on Google Map Reservations link:    https://us01.iqwebbook.com/THBC715/
West Coast Suites 5961 Student Union Boulevard UBC
- Find on Google MapReservations link: http://suitesatubc.com/accommodations/west-coast-suites/


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.