Tropical and Geographic Medicine Intensive Short Course 2020


  Date: May 4-8, 2020
Time:

8:00 am – 5:00 pm (7:45 am start on May 4 Monday.

Course adjourns at 5:00 pm on May 8 Friday.

  Location:

University of British Columbia

Vancouver campus – classroom TBA

Laboratory: Life Sciences Centre, Multipurpose Lab, 2350 Health Sciences Mall, Vancouver BC

 

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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.


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!

 

Clinical vignettes: Short clinical presentations of key tropical diseases
Rickettsial infections: From scrub typhus to African tick bite fever
Debate!  Azithromycin mass drug administration – saving lives or strengthening superbugs?

 

Sample (2019) course lecture – Schistosomiasis


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 on their own; 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.


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This course was approved for Canadian CME credits in our 2014-2019 courses. Information for 2020 will be posted here when available.

(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
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
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; Interim Executive Lead and 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 2020 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; Consultant, Island Health, Victoria 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
Srinivas Murthy, MD CM, MHSc Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, UBC, Vancouver BC
David M. Patrick, MD, FRCPC, MHSc Professor, School of Population and Public Health (SPPH), UBC; Interim Executive Lead and 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
Wingfield Rehmus, MC, MPH, FAAD Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Pediatric Dermatology, BC Children’s Hosital, 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

* This list reflects information as at October 21, 2019

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.