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Are you interested in or currently working in healthcare? Are you wondering how you can contribute to meaningful change in the Canadian Healthcare System?  Join us for a full day of workshops on advancing health equity and accessibility through innovations in technology, sustainable health systems and interprofessionalism! Plus, build valuable skills in the foundational concepts in quality improvement (QI)!

In addition to our keynote presentations by Dr. Kedar Mate, Dr. Granger Avery and Dr. John Pawlovich, attendees will participate in 3 interactive workshops throughout the day. Take a look at the options and choose what works for you. These are geared to accommodate both students and professionals!

Note: Many of our workshops are IPE Credit Approved! Eligible sessions are denoted by [Session is IPE Credit Approved] beside the title. Students will receive 30 IPE Credits by attending a minimum of 1 eligible workshop throughout the day, and completing required feedback forms.

WORKSHOP A (10:15 – 11:30 AM) – choose from the following

1. Minimally Invasive Surgery: The Evolution of Laparoscopic Procedures

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Presentation by: Rohit Singla, Student in Master of Applied Science in Biomedical Engineering at UBC
Session Summary:
Little did he know, when Wilhelm Roentgen took the first ever X-ray image of his wife’s hand in 1895, he would start a revolution in medical imaging and surgery. This lecture style presentation provides an overview of the progression of surgery over the decades, from open to minimally invasive. It further discusses the advent of robot-assisted surgery. It discusses key principles of image-guidance and its role in revolutionizing surgery as we know it.

Session Objectives:
1. Introduction to minimally invasive surgery and challenges associated with design and development of surgical instruments
2. Foster interest and appreciation for the role of technology in improving surgical safety and outcomes


2. A Prescription for Meaningful Measurement in Clinical Practice and Research [Session is IPE Credit Approved]

Presentation by: Skye Barbic, Centre for Health Evaluation & Outcome Sciences
Session Summary:
Patient-oriented care refers to a continuum of service delivery that engages patients and focuses on patient-identified priorities and improves patient outcomes. A challenge to health providers is that many patient priorities, such as quality of life, function, and mood are difficult to measure. This workshop will describe innovative diagnostic approaches to measuring these types of outcomes in medicine, so as to ensure greater quality, accountability, and accessibility of care.

Session Objectives:
1. Describe the role of patients and families to conceptualize and prioritize outcomes
2. Apply a process for selecting outcome measures that are fit purpose across clinical settings and patient groups
3. Understand how to incorporate performance measurement and patient-centred evaluation as integral components of evidence-based medicine


3. Sustaining and Transforming Our Health System(s)

Presentation by: Paul Gallant, Gallant HealthWorks
Session Summary:
Is financial sustainability of health care possible and is financial sustainability sufficient? What do we sustain and what do we throw out? This interactive workshop encourages participants to contribute their knowledge, views and experiences as health system(s) stakeholders to answer these question and others based on the concepts and trends presented.
P.S. No experience necessary only an open mind.

Session Objectives:
1. Introduce the concepts of cost, efficiency, effectiveness in the health system
2. To understand trends in costs and their impact on the future of health systems
3.  Learn how to incorporate this knowledge in effecting change


4. BC Patient Safety & Quality Council Session (Part 1): Getting Started with Quality Improvement [Session is IPE Credit Approved]

Presentation by: Fatima Al-Roubaiai, BCPSQC
Session Summary:
If you are you new to quality improvement (QI) and interested in learning what it’s all about – this is for you. This session will define and articulate the dimensions of quality. You will also examine the Model for Improvement, one of the frameworks used to guide and accelerate improvement efforts, and learn about the importance of small tests of change like Plan-Do-Study-Act cycles. All improvement is change, but not all change is improvement – let’s explore this together.

Session Objectives: 
1. Define quality and articulate the dimensions of quality (based on the BC Health Quality Matrix)
2. Examine the core premise and key features of the Model for Improvement
3. Appreciate the importance of small tests of change and development of PDSA cycles


WORKSHOP B (1:30 – 2:45 PM) – choose from the following

1.Health Systems in Different Contexts: A Help or a Hindrance to Improving Health?

Presentation by: Dr. Sherril Gelmon, Professor of Public Health, OHSU & PSU School of Public Health
Ranjit Dhari, Public Health Nurse and Lecturer at UBC School of Nursing
Session Summary:
This session will illustrate the driving forces that affect the delivery of health services within the Canadian and US health systems. Comparisons will be developed using the pillars of Canadian health services delivery (public administration, comprehensiveness, universality, portability, accessibility, accountability). Participants will then identify opportunities to pursue improvement-focused activities within the contexts of these systems, articulating system-level challenges to health equity.

Session Objectives:
1. Describe driving forces within the Canadian and US health systems that affect the delivery of health to all
2. Identify opportunities to pursue improvement focused activities that are facilitated by these systems
3. Discuss system-level challenges to health equity


2. Redefining Leadership for Interprofessional Success! [Session is IPE Credit Approved]

Presentations by:
Kelsey Priest, MPH, MD/PhD Student at Oregon Health & Science University – Portland State University School of Public Health
Emileigh Canales, Chapter President of IHI Open School Chapter at OHSU&PSU
Cally Johnson, Public Health

Rebekah Bally, Public Health

Session Summary:
Join public health professionals including former and current IHI Open School Chapter leaders for a session focused on recognizing, reflecting on and building your personal values, leadership philosophy and goals. After this session, you will understand the value of relational leadership which can be used by anyone regardless of role or stature to inspire interprofessional action in your community. This session includes short theory bursts, reflection activities and exploring tangible takeaway skills that will be practiced and ready for use after the session.

Session Objectives:
1. Introduce concepts of relational leadership and it’s applications in interdisciplinary healthcare settings
2. Introduce the IHI Open School’s “Change Agent Network” (I-CAN): how to launch an interprofessional healthcare project with weekly online training from teachings of Harvard Kennedy School’s Marshall Ganz on leadership, organizing, and action.
3. Student Testimonials: the trials and triumphs of student led projects including a Choosing Wisely Project from Oregon Health Sciences University/Portland State University and the Union Gospel Foot Care Clinic from the University of British Columbia.


3. Reflection and Meditation: Building Resiliency for Health Service Providers [Session is IPE Credit Approved]
Presentation by: Dr. Nitasha Puri, Family Physician with Vancouver Coastal Health, Fraser Health, UBC, and Board Member of Vancouver Division of Family Practice
Matthew McAdam, UBC Medical Student
Session Summary:
Health care professionals must often deal with great complexity while under high stress. At times, managing the interests and needs of multiple parties in a large, interconnected and evolving system can feel overwhelming. In this situation, practitioners can be at risk of burnout. Burnout is on the rise and has widespread consequences for healthcare providers, patients, and society at large. Fortunately, reflection and mindfulness training can be effective preventative and corrective measures. Using a combination of individual, small group, and didactic learning strategies, this workshop will offer participants strategies to address burnout in health practice. The facilitators will guide participants in developing their own reflective processes, and offer training in several mindfulness techniques.

Session Objectives:
1. Define burnout and it’s consequences
2. Understand various models and theories of reflective practice, and try reflective exercises that help build resiliency and meaning in health care work
3. Learn some mindfulness meditation/techniques that can be carried forward in daily life to help mitigate stress through the understanding of mind-body phenomena


4. Creative Disruption of Healthcare in the Era of Big Data: Lessons from the Field.
Note: workshop was formerly entitled: The Role of Big Data in Disruptive Thinking. If you had already registered for this session, we’ve got you listed as attending under the new heading! The title has since been updated on our registration form.

Presentation by: Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, Cardiologist at St. Paul’s Hospital and Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of PHEMI
Session Summary:
Healthcare is currently transforming at a pace never witnessed before. This is fueled by population needs, scientific discovery and  the technology revolution within the context of global collaboration networks, and models of individualized care along the life course. A consequence of this is the  deluge of phenotypic, omic and other data types from multiple sources.

This session will provide a personal account of the local innovation landscape from a personal perspective, and examine future challenges and opportunities in healthcare in the era of big data.

Session Objectives:
1. Provide an overview of big data technology, and describe its potential to transform healthcare
2. Share personal experience of the healthcare innovation space in BC
3. Facilitate an interactive discussion about future opportunities for data – driven healthcare innovation


5. BC Patient Safety & Quality Council Session (Part 2): Are We Making a Difference? Using Measurement to Guide Improvement

Presentation by: Eric Young, BCPSQC
Session Summary:
A measurement strategy that tells us how we are progressing is vital to any improvement effort. This session will compare the different purposes of measurement and explore the elements of a measurement plan, including choosing a set of indicators (outcome, process and balancing measures) and creating operational definitions. You will also learn some fundamentals of effective data display and use of run charts to understand and share results.

Session Objectives:
1. Compare the different purposes of measurement
2. Explore the basic elements of developing a measurement plan for quality improvement, including choosing a set of indicators (outcome, process and balancing measures) and creating operational definitions
3. Analyze basics of data display and analysis using run charts to share results

WORKSHOP C (3:00 – 4:15 PM) – choose from the following

1. Entrepreneurship / The Opioid Overdose Crisis and Technological Innovations (Rapid Fire Presentations)
Presentation by: Min FitzGerald, Nutrigene
Perneet Sekhon, Mark Trinder, Sampath Satti, and Anderson Chen of UBC’s Hatching Health
Session Summaries:
Nutrigene: Exponential technologies are enabling completely new ways that patients and consumers can engage with their health. Health is getting personal, putting more power in direct consumer’s hands from telemedicine to wearables and biosensing. Nutrigene formed from Singularity University, with the mission to eradicate nutrient-related diseases that affect nearly half of the world’s population. They are optimizing personal nutrition for consumers, with a vitamin subscription delivery service.

Opioid Crisis: The audience should expect to engage in an interactive discussion around the opioid overdose crisis. Participants are encouraged to discuss and share their thoughts around the epidemiology, demographics and socioeconomic impacts caused by the opioid overdose crisis. The audience will participate in a brainstorming session around technical solutions to the crisis and will learn about the developmental steps in our opioid detection device. The audience will leave with a deeper understanding of the challenges and pathway to implementing technical innovations in healthcare.

Session Objectives:
1. Describe trends in personalized health and nutrition
2. Outline Innovating health: Journey of a startup
3. Discuss Next Steps: What you can do to get involved

Opioid Crisis

1. Obtain an understanding to the severity of the opioid overdose crisis
2. Understand some avenues for how technology can make a difference in the opioid overdose crisis


2. Transforming Healthcare in BC – An Interactive Workshop Exploring Current Activities & the Opportunities for Healthcare Education

Presentation by: Dr. Dan Horvat, Family Physician in Prince George and  Clinical Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia
Session Summary:
Healthcare in BC (and many other places!) is undergoing significant change. This highly interactive workshop will inform participants about efforts taking place which aim to transform BC’s healthcare system to become amongst the most effective ‎internationally. Discussion regarding the concepts and activities presented will be encouraged with the aim of informing transformation efforts in BC and the education of those who will work in the health sector.

Session Objectives:
1. Describe the key activities of highly effective healthcare systems
2. Describe concepts which aim to assist with transforming BC’s healthcare system to become among the most effective internationally
3. Link these concepts to the training of health professionals
4. Foster dialogue regarding the application of this information to:
– Healthcare in BC
– The training of people who will work in the field of healthcare


3. Activating Healthcare Trainees for Change using Quality Improvement Tools

Presentation by: Dr. Andrew Carson-Stevens, Patient Safety Lead at Cardiff University and UBC’s Peter Wall Institute Scholar
Session Summary: details coming soon!
Session Objectives:
1. Be able to explain to colleagues what is quality improvement and why it matters to you
2. Understand the characteristics of a QI leader (from student to professor)
3. Realize opportunities to undertake QI are all around you, and feel ready to start improving right away.


4. BC Patient Safety & Quality Council Session (Part 3): The Power of Positive Deviance: Leveraging Behavioural & Social Change [Session is IPE Credit Approved]

Presentation by: Fatima Al-Roubaiai, BCPSQC
Session Summary:
In every community or organization there are certain individuals or groups whose uncommon practices or behaviours enable them to find better solutions to problems than their neighbours or colleagues who have access to the same resources. Join us to learn more about Positive Deviance, an approach that unleashes this creative action in a team, and have hands-on practice using one of these liberating structures.

Session Objectives:

1. Examine the core premise and key features of Positive Deviance
2. Appreciate the role of alternate problem solving and unleashing creative action in a team
3. Apply new knowledge using a liberating structure

Please Note: Workshop titles/descriptions may be subject to change.