Dr. Edward Auersperg with Ridge Meadows Hospital will be talking about Clostridium Difficile: Challenges and Solutions at the upcoming Chronic Disease Day hosted by the Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation. (THE NEWS/files)

Regional conference tackles topic of chronic diseases

Family physicians invited to register to attend Chronic Disease Day event in Pitt Meadows.

A successful conference geared towards furthering the education of doctors in the community is returning to Pitt Meadows.

The second annual Continuing Medical Education event will feature seven speakers and is free for family physicians to attend.

This year the event will centre around Chronic Disease Day.

“It’s a really good venue because it’s a non-biased venue for the pharmaceutical industry to interact with doctors without causing any ‘troubles,’” said Sayed Atthari, director of the Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation.

“We are trying to connect three communities. The communities of doctors with the community of pharmaceutical companies and the foundation to make it a really three-way-win situation,” said the pharmacist at Medlandia Compounding Pharmacy in Maple Ridge .

Atthari explained that doctors in Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows and the surrounding region are far from the core downtown Vancouver area, where these conferences are normally held, so it is difficult for them to attend a quality CME.

“We think that our population will be best served, and I am talking the patients, is to have doctors (with a) good education so they get updated on everything,” continued Atthari who added that it is a win for the pharmaceutical industry as well because their representatives have a place to mingle with doctors and talk about their product.

Pharmaceutical companies will have sponsored booths at the event and money from the booths will go to the Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation to purchase much needed equipment for the hospital.

Last year, $30,000 was raised.

Topics were picked by the Chronic Disease Day management committee. Atthari along with fellow foundation director Dr. Cilliers Marais and development officer Kristina Murray asked doctors throughout both communities what topics they felt they required more education on and what speakers they would like to hear from.

This year speakers: Dr. Edward Auersperg, on Clostridium Difficile – Challenges and Solutions; Dr. May Ong, on Mechanism Based Diagnosis and Management of Chronic Pain; Dr. Matthew Chow, on Advanced Pharmacology for Children and Teens with Common Mental Health Problems; Dr. Monica Li, on Dermatology in Family Practice – Tips, Pearls and Insights; Dr. Shaun Tregoning, on Osteoporosis in Family Practice – What Do I Need To Know?; Dr. Jordanna Kapeluto, on The Underlying Causes of Obesity and All The Management Options; and one other speaker to be determined on Billing Codes for Family Physicians.

Atthari is hoping the number of attendees at this year’s event will double. There were 87 doctors who attended last year.

“We will have established a very credible record of unbiased continuing medical education and pharmaceutical companies will be even more eager to participate and therefore raise more money for the foundation,” he said, adding that they have already had doctors register from as far away as Vancouver Island and Kelowna because of the quality of information that is being offered.

Atthari says he is really proud of this event because he wants to give back to the community.

“I am happy that this is happening in this professional way that is affecting positively a wide range of people, patients,” said Atthari, adding that a better educated doctor means a better diagnosis and better health for the community.

Chronic Disease Day 2018 takes place from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 7 at Meadow Gardens, 19675 Meadow Gardens Way in Pitt Meadows.

The event is free for physicians to attend and attendees can earn six Main Pro Credits.

• All delegates must register for the event at rmhfoundation.com/cme.Donations to the Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation are welcome.

Just Posted

Island Health project targets hepatitis C in northern Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island has one of the highest rates of hepatitis C infection in Canada

2019 FEDERAL ELECTION: North Island-Powell River candidates address other issues of importance

“Other than the topics already discussed, what is the most important issue in your constituency?”

B.C.’s rural paramedic program expands, with home support

Advanced care ambulance staff added for six communities

‘Uninsured minor’ allegedly destroys Tyee Club property with truck

Youth flees scene, found nearby and now faces ‘numerous charges’

New lights at Maryland/Highway 19A intersection are now operational

A new set of traffic lights at at the Highway 19A and… Continue reading

VIDEO: #MeToo leader launches new hashtag to mobilize voters

Tarana Burke hopes to prompt moderators to ask about sexual violence at next debate

VIDEO: Trudeau, Singh posture for ‘progressive’ votes while Scheer fights in Quebec

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, whose party has been on the rise in recent polls, is campaigning in Toronto

Advance voter turnout up 25% for first two days: Elections Canada

Two million people voted Friday and Saturday

Okanagan principals told to confiscate vaping products from students

Vaping is up 74 per cent in youth over the last two years, according to one Canadian study

‘Rather mild’ winter expected in B.C. this year

Northwestern B.C. will be the worst hit

Court action in Trail acid spills may take years

B.C. court case involves a number of defendants and a number of plaintiffs

In the news: Sprinting to the election finish line and anger amid Manitoba storms

First Nations residents forced to evacuate their Manitoba homes after a recent snowstorm

BC Ferries sees steady traffic of post-Thanksgiving weekend travellers

Ferries filling up fast, sailing waits at some terminals

‘Save the kids!’ Dorian survivor tells the harrowing story of his Canadian wife’s death

Family held a funeral and placed Alishia Liolli’s remains in a niche at a cemetery in Windsor, Ont.

Most Read