Family Medicine Forum live on-demand virtual education


Welcome to the all-new FMF Live On-demand Virtual EDucation platform (FMF LOVED).


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This innovative virtual space provides top-notch continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities in family medicine in a broadly accessible format.

Mainpro+® certified
Access thoroughly vetted, peer-to-peer, evidence-based, education that is timely in the field of family medicine and aligns with current learning needs that members of the College of Family Physicians of Canada have identified.
Direct credit entry
You are required to submit post-reflective questions for each session to earn credits. A direct link is provided below each session video. You will earn one Mainpro+ certified credit per one-hour session. These credits will be uploaded to your Mainpro+ Holding Area automatically.
Extraordinary quality
Experience the best of FMF. Enjoy our professional videos from the most engaging and popular sessions at FMF.
Bilingual content
Each on-demand session is available in English or French via simultaneous interpretation.
Interactive engagement
You are welcome to submit your comments or questions before, during, or after viewing each session. As questions are answered the responses will be posted, and content experts will address new queries at their earliest convenience.
Ultra convenient
With family physicians’ busy schedules in mind, we’ve made it possible for you to take part in FMF at your leisure. Start and stop, pause and review, take notes and gain invaluable knowledge from the comfort of your home, in your office, or even on the go.
Easy to use
Our list of available sessions is easy to navigate. Choose the topics most relevant to you and register accordingly. You will have unlimited access to each of your registered sessions.
Instant access
Upon registration you will instantly receive an email confirmation with unique access codes for each of your sessions.
Program concludes September 30, 2020


Event Selections

Approach to Anxiety Disorders in Primary Care wit Jon Devine video still

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the use of screening questions to make rapid diagnoses of specific anxiety disorders
  2. Describe psychotherapeutic techniques to deal with anxiety disorders
  3. Describe psychopharmacologic treatments for the different anxiety disorders

Description: In this session, we will present an overview of some of the DSM-V diagnoses for anxiety. This will include panic disorder, agoraphobia, obsessive compulsive disorder, and related disorders, generalized anxiety disorder, and social phobia. We will discuss how to use specific screening questions to facilitate making the different diagnoses in a time efficient manner. Psychotherapy techniques that are applicable in the primary care sector will be presented. We will then go on to present principles for the psychopharmacological treatment of these disorders in primary care. The pharmacologic data for this session will be based on the most recent 2014 guidelines for anxiety disorders.

Approach to Depression in Primary Care with Jon Devine video still

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the psychiatric differential diagnosis of the 'sad state'

  2. Describe the psychopharmacological principles to optimally treat depression, using the latest treatment algorithms

  3. Describe methods to increase patient compliance with medications in the depressed population

Description: In the workshop, we present the psychiatric differential of the 'sad state' and will comment on different treatments for the different diagnoses. We will then focus on the diagnosis and treatment of a major depressive episode. The use of psychotherapy will be commented on. We will focus on the current literature of the psychopharmacologic treatment of depression. This will include optimal choices of antidepressants, based on the literature. We will then go on to discuss how to optimize the antidepressant dosing, commenting on starting dosages, and methods of increasing dosages. We then go on to discuss the use of augmenting techniques, as well as switching from one antidepressant to another. Dealing with the side effects of antidepressants will be addressed. Other issues such as the use of antidepressants in the pediatric population, the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), and the use of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) will the discussed. This will be an interactive session, encouraging audience participation. Much of the evidence we will present is linked to the CANMAT 2016 Guidelines for the treatment of depression.

Breakthrough to Become a Leader With Dr. Evan Adams video still

Learning Objectives:

  1. Examine FNHA’s approach to service excellence, an example of a First Nations governance structure established by and for First Nations

  2. Illustrate how Indigenous worldviews could be central to a new, holistic, mind-body-spirt perspective on physician-hood and leadership 

  3. Explore the interfaces of health and wellness leadership and physician-hood in a First Nations context 

Description: Family physician, actor, and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Evan Adams will present different aspects of health and physician leadership. representing the First Nations Health Authority in British Columbia, Dr. Adams will share his experiences and keen perspective on First Nations’ health and wellness. And how self-reflection as part of Cultural Safety and Humility, and the arts have brought forward the possible narratives of physician as leader and healer!

COPD Management 2019 with Suzanne Levitz video still

Learning Objectives:

  1. Compare the currently available medications for optimal COPD management 

  2. Identify the challenges in managing different patient populations with COPD  

  3. Optimize management to decrease exacerbations and improve patient quality of life  

Description: The proliferation of new bronchodilators and new respiratory guidelines over the past few years has made it difficult for the physician to determine the best management for their COPD patient. Using a case-based approach, this session will explore the non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic management of different COPD populations, examining not only stages of disease, but also the difficulties in management in the presence of co-morbidities.

Emergencies in Special Populations with Dr. Rahim Manji video still

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize emergency specific to special patient population  

  2. Treat emergencies specific to special patient populations  

  3. Anticipate and prevent emergencies in special patient populations 

Description: Some emergency presentations are specific to or present differently in special patient populations. This session will review emergencies associated; with addiction patients, psychiatric patients, patients on dialysis, oncology patients. Pregnant patients, spinal cord injured patients and many others. The approach will be a concise and "pearl" based strategy. This session is intended for physicians who occasionally work in the emergency department not those who spend a significant portion of their time as an emergency physician.

Jeopardy by PEER: Rapid-fire pearls for common primary care presentations with Michael Allan video still

Learning Objectives:

  1. Be aware of high-level evidence for a number of clinical questions

  2. Incorporate best evidence in the management of a number of clinical questions in primary care

  3. Differentiate between interventions with minimal benefit and those with strong evidence for patient-oriented outcomes

Description: This talk will be presented by the PEER group and is a fast-paced review of answers to common clinical questions. The audience will select the questions from a list of 32 possible topics. For each answer the audience will be asked to consider a true or false question and then one of the presenters will review the evidence and provide a bottom-line, all in less than five minutes. Topics will include management issues from pediatrics to geriatrics including a long list of medical conditions that span the breadth of primary care.

Jeopardy for Pain (by PEERCFPC) Rapid answers to pain questions with Michael Allan video still

Learning Objectives:

  1. Be aware of high-level evidence for a number of pain related clinical questions (like options for management of OA)  

  2. Incorporate best evidence in the management of a number of clinical questions in primary care  

  3. Differentiate between interventions with minimal benefit and those with strong evidence for patient-oriented outcomes

Description: This talk will be presented by both PEER group and the CFPC. It is the traditional fast-paced review of answers to common clinical questions but in this session we'll focus on Pain Management.The audience will select the questions from a list of 24 possible topics. For each answer the audience will be asked to consider a true or false question and then one of the presenters will review the evidence and provide a bottom-line, all in less than five minutes. Topics will include a wide variety of interventions for pain conditions including osteoarthritis, back pain, and neuropathic pain. The sessions will also draw attention to a free online pain tool co-sponsored by the CFPC, the ACFP and the PEER group (and without industry support).

Odd and Scary: Approaching and treating unusual skin conditions with Lawrence Leung video still

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand and adopt an efficient approach to skin conditions in Family Medicine

  2. Be aware of skin conditions that are odd and scary

  3. How to arrive at differentials and diagnoses with the most appropriate management plan

Description: Dermatological conditions comprise up to 1/7 of all consultations in family medicine. When confronted with skin lesions that are odd or scary, practising family physicians often feel unprepared to make a diagnosis, let alone managing them. This may lead to either unnecessary dermatological referral or inappropriate prescription of steroids cream in a reflex-arc manner. This presentation will give a bird's eye view to these possible odd and scary skin conditions and equip attendees with a logical flow-chart approach for diagnosing and managing these conditions.

Practical Tips for Managing Adults With ADHD in Your Practice with Nick Kates video still

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize the ways in which ADHD in adults can present in primary care

  2. Learn about the common medications used in adult ADHD and their introduction

  3. Become familiar with non-pharmaceutical approaches to managing ADHD in adults in primary care

Description: Over 60% of children with ADHD will continue to have symptoms as adults, making it one of the most commonly encountered mental health problems seen in primary care but also one that is frequently overlooked. This workshop reviews the prevalence of ADHD in primary care and the different ways it can affect an individual’s life, the uses case examples to describe ways it can present in primary care, and how to recognize when it may be a comorbid condition, often accompanying a mood or anxiety disorder. It reviews the specific criteria required to make a diagnosis of ADD with or without hyperactivity, and screening tools to detect its presence. It presents an overview of treatment approaches including the importance of psychoeducation and support, providing structure and routine, family involvement, cognitive approaches and the use of medication. It outlines the different medication options and guidelines for their initiation, maintenance and discontinuation and provides links to reading materials and resources that can be provided to patients.

Relationship Matters The ecology of family practice with Robert Woollard video still

Learning Objectives:

  1. Consider how the pioneering work of Ian McWhinney applies in today’s world

  2. Anticipate the role of primary care and generalism in healing planetary health and advancing equity as a primary determinant of health

  3. Embrace the joy and fun of family practice 

Description: Primary care, in our case Canadian family practice, is the fulcrum wherein the forces of individual and population health meet—where differences are made in the course of human lives, in the course of health and disease. This applies at scales from the individual in front of us today, through the family that is a prime determinant of their health and disease and beyond that to the society and ecosystems (beyond the human) that allow us and our grandchildren to survive. The fundamental question we must ask is :”Are we to content ourselves with the cumulative impact of all the lives that we have the privilege of relating to—of having shared a portion, no matter how long, of the pathways that they and their families have offered to share with us?” Or must we ask for more? Must we not peer upstream to understand, and even influence, the factors that have brought them to see us this day, of all days? Must we not take the privilege of having a front row seat in the pageant of birth, life and death to shape the world that shapes their experience of that brief transit from birth to death?

Scienceploitation and the Rise of Science-y Unproven Therapies with Timothy Caulfield video still

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define and recognize the phenomenon of scienceploitation and how it is adding to the spread of misinformation and unproven therapies and health products

  2. Evaluate, critique and explain relevant pop culture representations and marketing strategies

  3. Mobilize to help fight this harmful phenomenon

Description: These are exciting times in biomedicine. Research areas like stem cells, personalized medicine, and the microbiome are leading to promising new developments. But too often the language of real science is used to market unproven therapies and health concepts. Indeed, from quantum physics to regenerative cell therapy, science-y marketing strategies are increasingly used to push pseudoscience and potentially harmful bunk. This has made it more difficult for both the public and professionals to tease out the real science from the nonsense. In this presentation, Timothy Caulfield will argue that “scienceploitation” has emerged as a significant health policy issue, one that is having an adverse impact on both individuals and healthcare systems throughout the world. He will also argue that in this era of health misinformation, the physicians community needs to take a leadership role in combatting this problem.

Sexual Health 2019: An update from contraception to STIs with Charlie Guiang video still

Learning Objectives:

  1. Apply recent changes in STI guidelines to primary care practice

  2. Explore recent changes in the landscape of contraception in Canada and apply that knowledge to clinical practice

  3. Implement updated sexual health information and incorporate that in day-to-day office-based practice  

Description: Primary care providers (PCPs) are often the first point of contact for sexual health diagnosis, and management. This presentation is intended for PCPs involved in Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) and contraceptive care (including family physicians, allied health care, residents, and medical students). Knowledge of basic STI and contraceptive care is expected. We aim to explore contemporary topics in sexual health and have chosen what’s new for 2019 of relevance to office practice and highlight the take-home messages for each. We will focus on clinically relevant and up-to-date topics that occur in the office setting. BEYOND the basics of sexual health care, this inclusive list will provide you the tools for effective sexual health care. The format of this presentation will allow for a succinct overview of specific STI and Contraceptive Care topics as well as an interactive online and open mic portion. Participants can use their smartphones/tablets/computers and web-based technology to initiate discussions relevant to today’s practitioner around STIs and contraception. Medical students to experienced PCPs will leave this this session with an enlightened approach to the ever-changing landscape of sexual health care in Canada. Contemporary topics include: Lymphogranuloma Venereum (LGV); Nucleic Acid Amplification Testing (NAAT) testing; Self-collected specimens; HPV vaccination; New contraceptive options; Up to date Gonorrhea treatment...and more!

Sports Medicine Pearls for the Family Physician with Lisa Fischer video still

Learning Objectives:

  1. Diagnose common sports medicine conditions

  2. Treat common sports medicine conditions

  3. Apply recent evidence to their sports medicine patients

Description: Sports and exercise related complaints are common in family medicine. Participants in this session will learn to diagnose and treat common conditions. They will also review recent evidence which suggests that our understanding and approach to some sports medicine complaints need to adapt to current evidence. In this session family physicians with a broad practice and a full- time sports medicine physician will provide different perspectives.

The Opioid Overdose Crisis Harm reduction, treatment, and community impact with  Christy Sutherland video still

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize the mortality caused by the opioid overdose crisis

  2. Provide harm reduction interventions in their primary care practice

  3. Explore the role of opioid agonist treatment for opioid use disorder 

Description: Dr. Christy Sutherland will discuss harm reduction, and opioid agonist treatment in the context of the overdose crisis. She will speak about the national opioid use disorder guidelines, and how to incorporate these into clinical practice. She will be joined by a mother who lost her son to opioid overdose, as well as a person who is in recovery. These voices will provide different viewpoints on the impact of the opioid overdose crisis in Canada. Physicians will learn about how to incorporate harm reduction into their clinical practice, as well as learn about how to diagnose and treat opioid use disorder.

To Screen or Not to Screen Cancer screening outside organized programs with Genevieve Chaput video still

Learning Objectives:

  1. List the risks and benefits of cancer screening outside of organized programs

  2. Appropriately counsel patients, select tests and follow-up on results when the evidence is not clear

  3. Participants will be provided with a list of resources that can help patients make an informed decision about cancer screening

Description: Using a case-based approach, this workshop will provide evidence-based approaches to cancer screening outside of organized programs. Emphasis will be placed on human papilloma virus (HPV) testing, high-risk low dose CT lung scans, colonoscopy, prostate specific antigen (PSA) and Ca-125 for ovarian cancer. Each case will start with typical requests for cancer screening that primary care physicians encounter in their office. Updated evidence will be provided to clarify variations in current practices.

Weeding Through the Evidence for Cannabis for Medical Use 4.0 with Lisa Graves video still

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the evidence for the use of cannabinoids including CBD in the treatment of medical conditions

  2. Determine key factors in the use of cannabis in specific populations including pregnant/breastfeeding women, people living with mental health conditions

  3. Plan clinical decision-making including recommendations for CBD and various product strengths 

Description: This workshop continues from last year’s well-attended “Weeding through the evidence for medical marijuana 3.0 ”. During this presentation, participants will continue use the updated Preliminary Guidance document to guide clinical decision- making surrounding the authorizing cannabis use in chronic pain particularly neuropathic pain. With the emergence of legalized marijuana, this workshop will also address the evidence and risks associated with CBD products and the challenges presented with varying

What’s New, True and Poo: Top studies of last year with Michael Kolber video still

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Briefly review evidence that highlights a new diagnostic test, therapy or tool that should be implemented into current practice

  2. Briefly review articles and evidence that may reaffirm currently utilized diagnostic tests, therapies or tools

  3. Briefly review articles that highlight diagnostic tests, therapies or other tools that should be abandoned  

Description: In this session, we will review ten studies, which can impact primary care, from the past year. Topics will vary depending on recent studies. The presentations are case based with questions and article reviews that focus on clinical application of the newest available information. We will discuss whether the research implications of these studies are practice-changing or re- affirming or whether they should be ignored.

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