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Northern Doctors Day 2019 roundup

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Two women stand behind a table. A sign says "welcome."
Physicians attending Northern Doctors Day were greeted by the smiling faces of Jayleen Emery (left), Continuing Medical Education Coordinator, and Kirsten Quinlan (right), Assistant, Continuing Medical Education, Medical Affairs.

This year marked the 43rd annual Northern Doctors Day, a chance for physicians from across the North to come together, socialize, and engage in training and development.

Two women sit behind a table that is covered in health care pamphlets.
Heather Walker (left), Coordinator, SSC QI / Primary Care Assistant, Medical Res - RQI SSC / Medical Clinic; and Shelly Movold (right), Special Services Committee Quality Improvement Coach, Physician Quality Improvement Special Services Committee were on site giving away socks, swag, and ensuring that physicians knew about the opportunities available through Physician Quality Improvement.

This annual event was held on November 1 and 2 and brought together 111 physicians from across Northern Health. The first day was held at the University Hospital of Northern British Columbia’s Learning and Development Center. It provided physicians with an opportunity to talk to Northern Health’s various physician support departments and to attend a variety of training sessions on everything from cervical cancer screening to vaping.

The Courtyard by Marriott played host for the second day of the event, which featured an all-day course on strategies to reduce compassion fatigue and burnout in physicians, a vital and often overlooked aspect of our health care system. Francoise Mathieu, Executive Director at TEND, led an interactive and evidence-informed presentation. TEND offers resources and training for high-stress, trauma-exposed workplaces.

A woman sits behind a table with Indigenous Health pamphlets on it.
Shelby Petersen, Lead, Knowledge Translation and Community Engagement, was representing Indigenous Health, a key partner for our physicians.

Thanks to everyone who was able to attend the 43rd annual Northern Doctors Day and we’ll see you next year!