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New oncology patients at BC Children’s Hospital, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority, now receive state-of-the-art testing for genetic variations that increase the risk of serious complications from two common chemotherapy drugs. With the results of this testing, each child’s care team can develop a personalized treatment plan that balances the risks of side effects with the therapeutic benefits of these life-saving drugs.
“We’re very pleased to treat the 150th patient through this innovative program” says Dr. Bruce Carleton, the Director of the Pharmaceutical Outcomes Programme at BC Children’s Hospital and a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia. “Genomic testing allows us to create an individual genetic risk assessment for every patient that helps doctors and families make more informed decisions about treatment.”
Disturbing new numbers show that in some areas of Metro Vancouver the number of kids getting vaccinated has fallen to surprisingly low levels, increasing the risk of an outbreak.
University of British Columbia researchers surveyed vaccination rates among kindergarten students across Metro Vancouver and found that some of the lowest rates were found in more affluent areas such as North Vancouver and West Vancouver.
Immunization rates of 90 per cent or above are needed to achieve “herd immunity” within a community or school. Some communities, like Richmond, achieved that. But other communities fell well short of the number needed to protect those who are – for various reasons – unable to get vaccinated themselves.
A record 111 vaccinated on the first day of the Free family flu vaccination clinic at BC Children’s Hospital!
Free family flu vaccination clinic at BC Children’s Hospital
BC Children’s Hospital is offering free flu vaccine for children, family members, pregnant women and visitors to patients in the hospital. Refer your patients and their families to our drop-in clinic located in the Ambulatory Care Centre. Please note that the clinic is not intended for staff members.
Both pediatric and adult flu vaccines are available. An on-site nurse vaccinator will advise about who needs flu protection and which vaccine is best suited for each person.
Why is BC Children’s Hospital providing a free flu vaccine clinic at the hospital?
Children experience the highest rates of seasonal influenza (15% – 25%) of any age group and are at highest risk of complications of influenza (especially those patients with chronic medical conditions). Since many “high risk” children pass through the ambulatory clinics of BC Children’s each day, this provides them a convenient opportunity to receive influenza vaccine. Providing influenza vaccination to family members and visitors to patients in the hospital also maximizes protection of high risk children.
Who should attend the flu vaccine clinic?
Please refer your patients and their families, friends and visitors to our drop-in clinic.
Clinic Location and Hours
Drop by our clinic in the Ambulatory Care Centre (main level) across from Unit 7. Signs will be posted in the main lobby giving detailed directions to our clinic.
Dates: November 1 – December 9, 2016
Hours: Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Ambulatory Care Centre at BC Children’s Hospital; Main Level
For more information, visit: http://www.vaccineevaluationcenter.ca
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Dr. Szpurko will be working as a locum in the department of Paediatric Hematology/Oncology/BMT until June 2016. She is from Ontario and she completed her medical school at McMaster University in Hamilton, followed by her paediatrics residency at the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Szpurko was a fellow at BCCH in paediatric heme/onc from 2013-2016.
Welcome Dr. Szpurko!
Magnetic resonance imaging scientist Dr. Christian Kames from Dr. Alexander Rauscher’s UBC MRI lab has won the 2016 International Quantitative Susceptibility Mapping (QSM) Reconstruction Challenge for creating the best method currently available. QSM is a technique that turns an MRI scan into a high resolution map of magnetic properties of biological tissues. Due to its high sensitivity, QSM promises to become a marker for tissue damage and repair in the central nervous system.
Congratulations to Dr. Kames!
Dr. Dianna Louie is one of the recipients of the inaugural UBC Postgraduate Faculty and Staff Wellness Award that honours faculty and staff members in Postgraduate Medical Education who demonstrate leadership in resident wellness. All residents across the province were invited to nominate a staff or faculty member for the award. This award recognizes faculty and staff members at any site across the province who:
– display commitment to promoting and advocating for a healthy residency experience;
– consider all aspects of a resident’s well-being;
– lead by example and model wellness in daily life;
– take a leadership role in influencing the culture of wellness in their department/program.
“Dr. Louie goes above and beyond for the pediatric residents, and is more than deserving for this award. She is our staff, our mentor, and most importantly, a strong advocate for the resident body.” – Resident
“Over the last 2 years that Dr. Dianna Louie has been staff, she has shown continued dedication and commitment to resident well-being. She is the staff liaison for the pediatric wellness initiative, and provides staff support for the quarterly ice-cream rounds, and the bi-annual wellness dinners. More recently, she hosted a wellness journal club and organized yoga for 60 residents in the park.” – Resident
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The Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism (CSEM) has awarded Dr. Daniel Metzger the DR. HARVEY GUYDA EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD.
CSEM will be recognizing Dr. Metzger’s excellence in teaching and his significant contribution to the teaching of endocrinology on:
October 29, 2016
12:45PM – 1:30PM
Westin Ottawa, Governor General III
Congratulations to Dr. Metzger!
Pavan was born and raised in Vancouver. He completed medical school at the University of Sydney. From there, he went on to complete his pediatric residency at the University of Saskatchewan at Royal University Hospital. Thereafter, he returned to Vancouver where he completed his pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at BC Children’s Hospital. His areas of interest include critical care, resuscitation, and point of care ultrasound in the emergency department. Outside of work, Pavan enjoys hiking and exploring local parks with his wife and 2 kids. He is thrilled to join the team at BC Children’s Hospital.
Welcome Dr. Judge!
The Vancouver Summer Program in Medicine is a unique opportunity for aspiring health professionals to learn with their peers from around the world. Having over 140 medical students from 11 countries and 30 different universities leads to an enriching environment that develops culturally sensitive physicians and scientists. This international aspect allows our leading clinical and research medical center at UBC and BC Children’s to improve worldwide health care practices through innovative knowledge translation.
Mixed Learning Methodology
The Vancouver Summer Program in medicine prides itself in its mixed methodology teaching style, allowing for multi-faceted growth in students. Not only do students hear lectures from leading academic clinicians, but every concept taught has a practical, hands-on application during group-based workshops. This group-learning environment fosters critical thinking as students create self-developed research projects, presented at the end of the course. During the clinical course, students actively learn how to do physical examinations, accumulating in a high-fidelity simulation lab experience.
Being situated in a high traffic hospital means that students not only hear, but also observe the real-time action that occurs in a health care center, enriching the learning experience. Students see first hand how the concepts taught in the classroom apply to the real-world setting. We believe this can teach students skills far beyond what is heard in lecture. To maximize the clinical setting experience of this course, students tour various wards and research labs and observe the day to day running of the hospital.
The summer of 2016 was a monumental year for the program as it almost doubled in size and offered two cohorts due to demand. The Clinical Research and Clinical Skills course is the largest Vancouver Summer Program offered by UBC Medicine. This interest from the around the globe speaks to the course’s caliber for high quality teaching. This year we hosted 140 international students from 30 different universities and engaged over 30 physician educators and scientists from BC Children’s Hospital, BC Children’s Research Institute and UBC.
For more information, see: https://vancouversummerprogram.ubc.ca/
The Spring 2016 edition of the Pharmacy Informer is hot off the press!
The Pharmacy Informer is a quarterly newsletter that contains important updates and highlights from the Children’s & Women’s Health Centre of BC, Department of Pharmacy.
The Fall edition includes:
- Medication Use in Lactation Resources
- Empiric Antimicrobial Guidelines Update
- Chlorpromazine Injection
- FloraBABY® for NEC Prevention