“3D” Medical Conference organized by the medical staff and community in Tumbler Ridge, the Northern Health CME program and the Therapeutics Initiative
When: May 31st – June 2nd, 2019
Where: Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia
Who should attend: physicians, pharmacists, residents, nurse practitioners, medical students, nursing staff, and allied health professionals.
What: CME plenary sessions and workshops, with outstanding speakers from UBC’s Therapeutics Initiative, Eastern USA, and from the Peace Region.
Bring the whole family for a family-friendly fun filled weekend of hiking, dinosaur trackway tours, palaeontology, pig roast, and many other activities. Children will enjoy Dinosaur Camp and other activities offered through the Tumbler Ridge Museum and the Tumbler Ridge UNESCO Global Geopark.
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Trend Mountain Hotel & Conference Center
375 Southgate St.
Tumbler Ridge, BC V0C 2W0
There is a block of rooms at a group rate held for this conference. Please reference Northern Health Tumbler Ridge Medical Conference when booking.
Lions Flatbed Park / Campground is located 1.5km southwest of Tumbler Ridge, BC just off Highway 29 … on Flatbed Creek.
14 campsites have been reserved and can be booked by calling 250-242-4609 before April 1st, or 250-242-1197 after April 1st. (A site booked in advance must be secured by credit card).
All gravel campsites are pet friendly and wheelchair accessible, both campers and tenters are welcome.
- Opioid substitution
- Practical deprescribing
- Antibiotics for common infections
- Stoppable blockbusters
- Non-drug management of T2DM
- Diet changes for frail people
- Tom Finucane is Emeritus Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins. Tom has called attention to drug overtreatment of diabetes, dementia, stomach ache, “UTI,” delirium, insomnia and more, and to overuse of feeding tubes and CPAP. He has focused learners on the wide divergence between their goals and the goals of Big Pharma. He and his wife Dr. Robin McKenzie, also senior faculty at Hopkins, have worked together in Dominica British West Indies, Guadalajara Mexico and Kampala Uganda. They have 5 children.
- For two decades Robin McKenzie has been an Infectious Diseases specialist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. During this time she has focused on vaccines, patients with HIV infection, and overuse of antibiotics. Robin and her husband (Dr. Tom Finucane) moved to Boston last fall to be close to their four daughters and their growing families. The most spectacular family vacation they have taken was backpacking in the Canadian Rockies, and she is delighted to be back in such a beautiful part of the world.
- Charles Helm has been a family doctor in Tumbler Ridge for over a quarter century, and has been involved with the Tumbler Ridge Museum, Tumbler Ridge UNESCO Global Geopark, and building hiking trails. His dream is for Tumbler Ridge to become a global example of a healthy lifestyle community. In his spare time, he researches fossil trackways in southern Africa.
- Rita McCracken is a family doctor and a primary care researcher at UBC. Her dissertation examined possible harms from too much medicine, particularly in the elderly. She is also keen to better describe primary care service delivery in BC (MAAP-BC.ca). Rita and her daughter, Norah, attended the 3D conference last year and loved the opportunity to learn from the community in the present and 100’s of millions of years ago. When not researching or doctoring, she can usually be found in her garden, cycling with her daughter, or knitting Norwegian dolls.
- Edwina Nearhood is a local leader involved in the community at many governance levels. She is the owner of a successful real estate appraisal and consulting business with over 30 years’ experience. Edwina has been managing congenital heart disease that has progressed into severe heart failure since she was a teenager. Her passionate articulation on patient and family centered care is deeply rooted in a strong understanding of the progression of her condition. In 2015, she was placed in a life threatening reactive health care crisis as a result of systematic stresses. Her goal is to bring awareness to the challenges and opportunities to improve a complex care patient experience. Building bridges and relationships is her specialty.
- Onyema Ohiaeri came to Fort St. John in October 2016, from Dublin, Ireland. He is a psychiatrist working in the community setting at Fort St. John, in collaboration with the Inter-Professional Team. In 2018, Dr. Ohiaeri was appointed the Addiction Medicine Lead to the North East. He runs an Opiate Agonist Therapy Clinic, where he serves 55 patients across the North East while supporting other communities via telemedicine. He is married to Dr. Chinwe Ohiaeri and they have 3 boys, residing in Fort St. John.
- Tom Perry is a general internist/clinical pharmacologist who chairs the Therapeutics Initiative’s Education Working Group. Tom is retired from hospital medicine but still treats people with chronic pain, high blood pressure, and multiple medical issues. His teaching encourages understanding the limits of “evidence” and appreciating what drugs do to individual patients. He likes the 3D conference for its opportunity to meet new people, learn with them, and see some of B.C.’s best scenery – not to mention the food.
- Stephanie Song is a recent graduate in pharmacology from UBC and is currently pursuing a hospital residency. She has an interest in research and has been working with the Therapeutics Initiative team to review optimal lifestyle management for type 2 diabetic patients. Stephanie is looking forward to attending the 3D conference to meet and learn with new people.
- Charissa Tonnesen grew up in South Hazelton, and has an appreciation of the healthcare needs of small, rural communities. She obtained her BSc (Pharm) from UBC and will begin work on her PharmD in 2020. She has been a shareholder and pharmacist in small community pharmacies in BC. Her main clinical interests are lung health and addressing polypharmacy. In her spare time, she enjoys running and hiking, is the president of the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation, and a reigning world champion in kumite for the karate style Chito Ry.
- Jamie Wilkie is a resident in Fort St. John, and has signed on to join the FSJ Medical Clinic. Jamie will be providing emergency and obstetrical coverage once he has completed his residency.
Social Program and Activities:
- Dinosaur Discovery Gallery Tours
- Guided hikes to dinosaur tracksuits and waterfalls
- Dinosaur camp for children ages 6-12
- Jet Boat Trip to Kinuseo Falls
- Pig roast (non-pork and vegetarian options available)
- 5 km run to Tumbler Ridge Point and 5 km run to Lost Haven Cabin
- Shipyard – Titanic hike
- Zumba classes daily
- Pool and weight room open daily
If you have any questions, please contact Heather Gummow at 250-565-5814 or Heather.Gummow@northernhealth.ca
Cancellations and Refunds Policy
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