Name Change and Invitation to Specialist Symposium Jan 21/22

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Specialist Services Committee/Consultant Specialists of BC Symposium 2022 A New Day: Emerging Priorities in Specialty Care Friday, January 21, 2022 The Westin Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver   We have rebranded as the Consultant Specialists of BC and redoubled our efforts around conserving the Specialist space and keeping the term meaningful. Please join us for a full-day symposium… Read more »

President’s Bulletin, September 2021

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September 2021 SBC Snapshot: Specialists of BC is the unifying organization representing and advocating for all specialists in the province. Despite summer vacation season, your SBC has been working hard on your behalf.  Here’s a quick snapshot of what the SBC has been doing for you over the summer: Council of Specialists Meeting Planning –… Read more »

President’s Bulletin, June 2021

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Dear Colleagues,   I would like to begin by thanking Dr. John Falconer for his five years of service as President of the Specialists of BC.  I am honoured and humbled to take over from him as your new SBC President. During my time in this role, it is my goal to foster an organization… Read more »

President’s Bulletin, April 2021

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The Specialists of BC (SBC) was created thirty years ago to be a forum for all Specialists to meet and shareideas, successes and problems. The SBC continues to this day serving that function and advocating forSpecialists and their patients. Although there are many flavours and varieties of specialist physicians and surgeons, we all focus on… Read more »

President’s Bulletin, December 2020

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Pandemic year in review An eventful year is drawing to a close, though clearly not without problems carrying on to the New Year. The Specialists of BC (SBC) has been very active in 2020. We transitioned to virtual SBC Council meetings because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and our attendance numbers have increased considerably. Avoiding the need… Read more »

President’s Bulletin, October 2020

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Your priorities in the pandemic Like so many things since the beginning of the pandemic, this president’s bulletin is going to be a little different. I’ll be directly asking for feedback on several issues, topics and questions. We can’t help specialists if we don’t know what is happening to you! Please feel free to answer… Read more »

President’s Bulletin, December 2019

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The rise of virtual care The topic of virtual care, also referred to as telemedicine, has emerged in fits and starts over the past decade. Virtual care promises increased convenience for the patient and potentially the practitioner. It can allow improved access to services for patients in remote and rural areas and with mobility issues…. Read more »

President’s Bulletin, May 2019

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The Work of Specialists of BC Continues… Thank you for the opportunity to serve as President of Specialists of BC. I am a pediatric rheumatologist practicing primarily in North Vancouver in a community-based clinic. I have a special interest in pediatric sport and exercise medicine. Over the past four years, I have served as a… Read more »

President’s Bulletin, March 2019

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Physician Master Agreement drafted As you know, Paul Straszak, the Doctors of BC chief negotiator, has drafted a tentative Physician Master Agreement with the government. He has presented this agreement in detail to the Specialists of BC Executive, and at a recent section heads forum.  It does seem this is the best contract that any… Read more »

President’s Bulletin, February 2019

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Specialist’s Symposium a Success The first ever Specialists’ Symposium was held on January 18 and 19, 2019, presented jointly by Specialists of BC and the Specialist Services Committee (SSC).  There were around 200 participants from most sections, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Doctors of BC. We had small-group discussions on patient access to specialist… Read more »