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2019 PROGRAM

This Group Learning program has been reviewed by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Alberta Chapter for up to 6.25 Mainpro+ credits

If you would like to download a PDF copy of the program with areas to take notes during the course, you may do so using this link.

Saturday, April 13

7:00 - 8:00 AM

Breakfast and Registrations

8:00 - 8:10 Am

Welcome and Introductions

8:10 - 8:35 AM

Lecture #1: “I Got the Burn” GERD: Medical and Surgical Management
Dan Sadowski and Aryan Modasi

Learning Objectives:

  • Determine how to diagnose GERD; outline need for any investigations

  • Review medical therapy and pathway for GERD

  • Identify indications and current surgical techniques for the treatment of GERD

Click here to download the pathway.
Click here to download Dr. Sadowski’s handout for this lecture.
Click here to download Dr. Modasi’s handout for this lecture.
Click here to download Dr. Sadowski’s presentation slides for this lecture.
Click here to download Dr. Modasi’s presentation slides for this lecture.

8:35 - 8:40 AM

Room Change

8:40 - 9:20 AM

Workshop #1: Dyspepsia Cases
Facilitators: Adriana Lazarescu, Stephen Ip, Marilyn Zeman, Clarence Wong

Learning Objectives:

  • Determine which patients with dyspepsia require early endoscopic evaluation

  • Describe a stepwise approach to the management of dyspepsia without alarm symptoms

  • Utilize the Alberta Enhanced Primary Care Pathways for dyspepsia management and referral

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Click here to download the notes to this workshop.

9:20 - 9:25 AM

Room Change

9:25 - 9:50 AM

Lecture #2: Abnormal LFTs: Is There Really Something Wrong With Me? (with a quick review of: What’s New in HepC)
Marilyn Zeman

Learning Objectives:

  • Determine appropriate investigations for abnormal liver enzymes

  • Determine which patients should have liver enzymes performed

  • Understand the updates in Hepatitis C treatment

Click here to download the handout for this lecture.
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9:50 - 10:15 AM

Lecture #3: Pancreatic Update
Clarence Wong

Learning Objectives:

  • Update the pathways for referral for pancreatic cancer

  • Identify the criteria for when a patient with pancreatic cyst should be referred

  • Understand the common causes of pancreatic cysts

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10:15 - 10:30 AM

Break

10:30 - 11:10 AM

Workshop #2: The ABC’s of LFTs
Facilitators: Clarence Wong, Marilyn Zeman, Adriana Lazarescu, Dan Sadowski, Lana Bistritz

Learning Objectives:

  • Provide a rational approach to abnormal liver enzymes including hepatocellular and cholestatic patterns

  • Determine appropriate next steps in approaching the above abnormalities

  • Determine which clinical scenarios/LFT abnormalities can be cared for in primary care and which should be referred to hepatologists

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11:10 - 11:15 AM

Room Change

11:15 - 11:40 AM

Lecture #4: The Ds to Zs of Dysphagia
Adriana Lazarescu

Learning Objectives

  • Differentiate benign from malignant causes of dysphagia

  • Select appropriate investigations for the patient with dysphagia

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11:40 - 12:10 PM

Full Group Discussion / Ask the Experts: AM Session

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the morning’s presentations with expert faculty and peers

  • Analyze their comprehension and ask questions to reinforce key points from each session

12:10 - 12: 40 PM

Lunch

12:40 - 1:05 PM

Lecture #5: Colorectal Cancer Screening, Primary Care Audit Cases
Amy Morse

Learning Objectives:

  • Review colon cancers in younger individuals and higher risk groups

  • Review recent guidelines for screening if there is family history of colon cancer

  • Outline how high risk patients can be seen through the SCOPE Program

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1:05 - 1:10 PM

Room Change

1:10 - 1:50 PM

Workshop #3: Colorectal Cancer Cases
Facilitators: Amy Morse, Ali Kohansal, Naseem Hoque, Lana Bistritz, Clarence Wong

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify cases of rectal bleeding that may risk colon cancer

  • Review the management of anemia and selecting those at higher risk for CRC

  • How to use FIT to screen younger patients

  • Discuss the clinical use of a fecal blood test

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1:50 - 1:55 PM

Room Change

1:55 - 2:20 PM

Lecture #6: “Baby Got Gas” Approach to Pediatric Constipation
Rabin Persad

Learning Objectives

  • Identify children who may have an organic cause for constipation

  • Select appropriate therapies for children with chronic constipation

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2:20 - 2:35 PM

Break

2:35 - 3:15 PM

Workshop #4: IBD vs. IBS Cases
Facilitators: Ali Kohansal, Naseem Hoque, Lana Bistritz, Clarence Wong

Learning Objectives

  • Select appropriate investigations to rule out organic pathology in a patient with chronic diarrhea

  • Provide symptom based therapy recommendations for patients with irritable bowel syndrome

  • Develop an action plan for patients with known inflammatory bowel disease with symptoms of a disease flare

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3:15 - 3:20 PM

Room Change

3:20 - 3:45 PM

Lecture #7: “I Know This One Will Work” - Ketogenic & Other Diets Your Patients May Be Doing
Jennifer Jin

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the role of the ketogenic diet in weight loss and diabetic control

  • Outline the elements of alkaline diets and paleo diets

Click here to download the handout for this lecture.
Click here to download the presentation slides for this lecture.

3:45 - 4:00 PM

Full Group Discussion / Ask the Experts: PM Session

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the afternoon presentations with expert faculty and peers

  • Analyze their comprehension and ask questions to reinforce key points from each session

4:00 PM

Wrap Up & Conference Closes



Planning Committee

  • Lana Bistritz, Associate Professor, Division of Gastroenterology, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta

  • Michael Kolber, Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta & Assistant Director - Evidence and CPD Program, Alberta College of Family Physicians

  • Clarence Wong, Associate Professor, Division of Gastroenterology, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta