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Northern Doctors Day – Practical strategies for better patient outcomes


A presentation on ethical decisions at Northern Doctors Day
A presentation on ethical decisions at Northern Doctors Day, 2024

On November 26, 2023, the 47th Annual Northern Doctors Day was held at Uda Dune Baiyoh (House of Ancestors) in Prince George. With a goal of bringing specialists, family physicians, and residents together to share practical strategies focused on improved patient outcomes, while also improving provider satisfaction, this professional development day welcomed care providers from across the NH region.

A few of the exhibitors at Northern Doctors Day.

During a full day of diverse presentations, participants gained insight on topics including:

  • Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) / Asymptomatic Bacteriuria in Long-Term Care: A review of morbidity and an outline of the evaluation and therapeutic management of UTIs in long-term care residents.
  • Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD): Legislation changes, practical considerations and limitations, and a discussion of organ donation.
  • Information on Northern Health’s Indigenous Health team and its strategic priorities.
  • Winter Vaccines: The epidemiology of common respiratory viruses, an outline of available vaccines, and recommendations for immunizing at-risk populations.
  • Wound Care: Management and dressing types.
  • Northern Health’s Ethics Practice Model and its application.

Additional topics were covered in sessions on:

  • Support for children and youth with mental health and substance use concerns
  • The expansion of the Northern Medical Program
  • Psoriasis
  • Terminations of pregnancy
A panel discussion on winter vaccines at Northern Doctors Day.

Several exhibitors attended the event and provided information on a variety of areas including: cancer screening in the North, Northern Health’s Physician Quality Improvement and Spreading Quality Improvement Programs, the Northern Medical Program, the Northern Interior Rural Division of Family Practice, the Rural Coordination Center of BC, Child Health BC and the Northern Health Child and Youth Health Program, Northern Health Recruitment, and Facility Engagement. Thank you to the exhibitors for sharing resources and information!

To round out the event, there was an evening celebration gala for participants recognizing their dedication and commitment to the North. Attendees enjoyed line-dancing facilitated by Dr. Dymond and a live band called the Schokktails, which included some physicians from UHNBC. A heartfelt thank-you to everyone who contributed to making the 47th Annual Northern Doctors Day a success!