Agenda

Time Topic Speaker
7:45 - 8:15 a.m.

Registration, Breakfast & Networking

8:15 - 8:30 a.m.

Welcome & updates from WorkSafeBC

By the end of this session, the participant will:

  • Incorporate changes at WorkSafeBC in care of family practice and specialist patients
  • Contemplate and integrate learning objectives for this conference into personal learning needs

Dr. Peter Rothfels
Chief Medical Officer
WorkSafeBC

8:30 – 9:15 a.m.

Chronic pain and addiction

By the end of this session, the participant will:

  • Define addiction using the ASAM criteria and the DSM-5 criteria for diagnosis of substance use disorders
  • Outline the contributions of agent, host and environment in the development and mitigation of addiction
  • Define the role of dopamine in addiction
  • Explain the effects of various substances on neurotransmitter systems and influences on pain and mood

Dr. Launette Rieb

9:15 – 10:00 a.m.

Cannabis and the workplace: One year after legislation

By the end of this session, the participant will:

  • Explain the extrapolation of relevant risk data to safety-sensitive work settings
  • Apply latest findings related to the occupational risk of cannabis in safety-sensitive/safety critical settings

Dr. Paul Sobey

10:00 - 10:15 a.m.

Refreshments & Networking

10:15 - 10:55 a.m.

Short snappers

By the end of this session, the participant will:

  • Develop an approach to the diagnosis of neck vs. shoulder vs. mixed neck/shoulder pain
  • Request and understand results of diagnostic imaging and electrical studies with increased confidence

 

Orthopedics – Shoulder

Dr. Derek Plausinis

Orthopedics – Spine/neck

Dr. Paul Thompson

Physical Medicine – Electrical studies

Physiatrist TBA

Diagnostic imaging

Dr. Paul Kurkjian

10:55 - 11:15 a.m.

Q and A panel

Drs. Paul Kurkjian, Derek Plausinis, Paul Thompson and Physiatrist TBA

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Workshops

 

A. Physical examination of the adult shoulder

By the end of this workshop, the participant will:

  • Demonstrate a shoulder examination that can be completed during average primary care visit
  • Integrate shoulder history and findings, including special tests for dx/management

Dr. Derek Plausinis

B. Persistent symptoms post concussion

By the end of this workshop, the participant will:

  • Appraise recommendations for vision therapy in patients with persistent symptoms post concussion
  • Distinguish contribution from the neck in persistent symptoms post concussion
  • Provide advice regarding activity at home, work and sport

Dr. David Rhine

C. Managing a mental health injury with WorkSafeBC: Best practice for supporting your patient

By the end of this workshop, the participant will:

  • Recognize the unique features of a mental health claim, including how legislation affects system decisions and an update on new legislation for first responders in British Columbia
  • Identify the mental health team at WorkSafeBC and how they manage mental health injuries
  • Describe accepted mechanism of injury for mental health injuries: traumatic events, significant stressors, and bullying and harassment as they relate to the workplace
  • Identify the variety of comprehensive treatment providers and programs available for your patients with an accepted mental health injury through WorkSafeBC

Dr. Tanya Fairweather and Tim Cheng, Case Manager, WorkSafeBC

D. Musculoskeletal imaging for the injured worker patient & physical medicine workshop on EMG/nerve conduction studies

By the end of this workshop, the participant will:

  • Identify when to order imaging and what type
  • Describe the risks and interpretation of non-pathological imaging findings
  • Interpret incidental-omas
  • Describe when it is useful to refer patients for EMG/NCS
  • Interpret the meaning of nerve conduction studies/EMG at a level useful for the primary care physician

Dr. Paul Kurkjian and Physiatrist TBA

E. Physical examination of the adult neck

By the end of this workshop, the participant will:

  • Demonstrate a neck examination that can be completed during average primary care visit
  • Compare neck history with clinical findings, including special tests for diagnosis to inform management

Dr. Paul Thompson

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

Lunch & Networking

1:15 – 2:15 p.m.

Workshops

 

F. Managing a mental health injury with WorkSafeBC: Best practice for supporting your patient

This is a repeat workshop. Please see learning objectives above.

Dr. Tanya Fairweather and Tim Cheng, Case Manager, WorkSafeBC

G. Physical examination of the adult neck

This is a repeat workshop. Please see learning objectives above.

Dr. Paul Thompson

H. Physical examination of the adult low back

By the end of this workshop, the participant will:

  • Demonstrate a low back examination that can be completed during average primary care visit
  • Compare low back history with clinical findings, including special tests for diagnosis to inform management

Dr. Prenesh Govender

I. Work related asthma and COPD

By the end of this workshop, the participant will:

  • Differentiate between the different forms of work-related asthma & COPD
  • Recognize exposures that contribute to work-related asthma & COPD
  • Describe the clinical methods for evaluating work-related asthma & COPD
  • Describe the challenges in determining work relatedness

Dr. Shelley Perlman

J. Advances in the treatment of depression

By the end of this workshop, the participant will:

  • Describe how to screen and diagnose major depressive disorder
  • Adopt the best practices in the pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic management of depression
  • Appreciate recent advances in the treatment of depression

Dr. Wei-Yi Song

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

Workshops

 

K. Persistent symptoms post concussion

This is a repeat workshop. Please see learning objectives above.

Dr. David Rhine

L. Musculoskeletal imaging for the injured worker patient & physical medicine workshop on EMG/nerve conduction studies

This is a repeat workshop. Please see learning objectives above.

Dr. Paul Kurkjian and Physiatrist TBA

M. Physical examination of the adult low back

This is a repeat workshop. Please see learning objectives above.

Dr. Prenesh Govender

N. Work related asthma and COPD

This is a repeat workshop. Please see learning objectives above.

Dr. Shelley Perlman

O. Advances in the treatment of depression

This is a repeat workshop. Please see learning objectives above.

Dr. Wei-Yi Song

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.

Refreshments & Networking

3:30 - 4:15 p.m.

Concussion/MTBI: Typing treatment

By the end of this session, the participant will:

  • Improve diagnostic accuracy of concussion
  • Differentiate concussion phenotypes and implement treatment accordingly
  • Translate latest recommendations on management of concussion in the workforce

Dr. David Rhine

4:15 - 4:30 p.m.

Summary of learnings and evaluation

By the end of this session, the participant will:

  • Summarize the learnings from the various day’s sessions
  • Identify one thing you plan to incorporate into your clinical practice

Dr. Peter Rothfels