Conference Objectives

PEIP is a forum targeted at family physicians, allied health care providers, residents, and students to learn, discuss, and share the latest studies on evidence-based medicine and new drug therapies in order to equip health care professionals with the best, unbiased information to provide better clinical experience and patient care. Our objectives are:

  • To raise awareness for the evidence-based discipline of practice and research in order to further educate family physicians and health providers on how they practice,
  • To present a continuing professional development (CPD) event focused on evidence-based medicine for ACFP members, CFPC members, and allied health care professionals,
  • To present a positive and well-received CPD event experience in order to build brand awareness and equity to continue the event on an annual basis.

Session Objectives

Session topics for the 2018 PEIP conference are tailored, primarily, from the evaluation feedback received from attendees of the 2017 conference. Topic suggestions are collated and chosen based on frequency of request; the topics represent common clinical scenarios where new information or an evidence-based review could potentially change practice.

Session Title During the session, the presenter(s) will: Presenter(s)
What’s New, What’s True, What’s Poo
  • Review recent research relevant to primary care and discuss whether its implications are practice changing or should be ignored.
Mike Allan
Mike Kolber
Tina Korownyk
Adrienne Lindblad
What to Expect When You’re Done Expecting: Best tips for new moms
  • Discuss the efficacy and potential harms of galactogues, and
  • Provide a review of the management of post-partum mood disorders.
Adrienne Lindblad
Itchy, Scratchy, Red, and Patchy: Derm tips for primary care
  • Give examples of evidence-based dermatologic interventions for common conditions (e.g. eczema, psoriasis) that can be utilized by primary care physicians,
  • Describe common dermatologic concerns that may present in primary care,
  • Demonstrate, through case examples, principles of treatment for common dermatologic concerns in practice (e.g. ointments, steroid holidays), and
  • Demonstrate worrisome rashes not to be missed by primary care physicians, including HSP, meningitis, erythema nodosum, lyme.
Robert Gniadecki
A Swell Talk: Rheumatology labs and clinical pearls
  • Provide a short review (with clinical pearls) of common rheumatological conditions and the evidence surrounding supporting laboratory tests (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis and evidence with anti-cccp, RF; SLE and ANA), and
  • Review when it is appropriate to order ESR and provide specifics for CRP in treating conditions when ESR has traditionally been used (e.g. polymyalgia rheumatia).
Kam Shojania
A $trategic $ummary of Biologic Agent$: A penny for your thoughts?
  • Describe common biologics/biosimilars currently being prescribed with a description of associated benefits/adverse events,
  • Discuss current evidence surrounding frequently used biologics and their biosimilars (e.g. RA, IBD),
  • Explain primary care monitoring of patients on biologics/biosimilars,
  • Review the efficacy and safety of biologic and biosimilar agents in a variety of conditions relevant to primary care, and
  • Compare and contrast the use of biologics and biosimilars to other standard treatments.
James McCormack
Verifying The Evidence for VTE Prophylaxis: An ounce of prevention or pound of harm?
  • Describe the risk of VTE in medical inpatients and the goals of therapy,
  • Describe the evidence used to justify VTE prophylaxis as an Accreditation Canada Required Organizational Practice,
  • List all the current VTE prophylaxis evidence (in medical inpatients) and outline the limitations, and
  • Identify a risk stratification tool that could be used to reduce unnecessary and unsafe VTE prophylaxis use in medical inpatients.
Aaron Tejani
Arteries Too Wide or Too Thin? We’ve got vascual surgery tips for that
  • Provide a brief review of the evidence toward AAA screening, progression, and when to consider operating,
  • Provide keys to the investigation and treatment of claudication or peripheral vascular disease, and
  • Provide guidance around carotid disease and as to when to order carotid ultrasound and who to consider for operating.
Yaasin Abdulrehman
It’s Okay to Get ANALgesic About Pain: Non-opioid solutions for chronic pain
  • Discuss the benefits of tricyclics and SNRI drugs in the management of varying chronic pain conditions,
  • Explain the benefits of gabapentin (or pregabalin) in the management of varying chronic pain conditions,
  • Discuss the efficacy and safety of various non-opioid agents in the management of chronic pain, and
  • Compare and contrast the efficacy and safety of non-opioid pain medications with opioids in a variety of chronic pain conditions.
Danielle Perry
Joey Ton
The Fast and the Furious? Insights into driving in at-risk populations
  • Describe the population of drivers who are most likely to be medically at-risk/impaired,
  • Describe the licensing and reporting legislation related to medically at-risk/impaired drivers in their respective jurisdictions,
  • Provide information on and access to resources for identifying, assessing, and reporting medically at-risk/impaired drivers,
  • Provide information about community supports that can facilitate the transportation mobility of drivers whose licenses have been revoked,
  • Discuss office assessment tools for prediction of driver ineligibility, and
  • Discuss strategies to approach families with concerns about elderly drivers.
Bonnie Dobbs
How to Help When Others Say They Can’t: Practical tips for palliative and end-of-life care
  • Give examples of five key “tips” for healthcare professionals caring for patients being treated palliatively (e.g. medications),
  • Identify and explain how primary care physicians can access palliative care resources for their patients (e.g. hospice, palliative home care), and
  • Provide practical advice for treating commonly occurring medication or condition AEs in palliative care.
Dinesh Witharana
“A1c” = “Any 1 care … About Patient Outcomes?” Finding sweet simplicity in diabetes medication
  • Review the recent evidence in regards to new long-acting injectable meds (including insulin),
  • Review the cost effectiveness of the newest classes of DM meds, including DPP4 and SGLT-2 inhibitors and GLPs,
  • Review which DM meds actually change clinically important (patient-orientated) outcomes,
  • Discuss if the standard progression of metformin, sulfonylurea, and insulin is still the best approach given new evidence, and
  • Review the evidence around A1c targets.
Mike Allan
Tina Korownyk
Painful, Prolific, or Problematic Pee: Phorgot what you learned in urology?
  • Discuss the best approach to approach to managing microscopic hematuria before referral,
  • Review a simplified approach to recurrent urinary tract infection symptoms with negative cultures, and
  • Outline the best approach for men with frequency: sorting irritable bladder from BPH.
Gerry Todd
Discharge From the ER: PEs, PAIN, P.O.O., oPIOIDS, and other PEIPable pearls to put in your pocket
  • Discuss the top three emergency medicine-related topics relevant to primary care,
  • Review two new studies that will change practice in emergency or urgent care settings, and
  • Review the evidence based approach to common overdoses, particularly opioids and acetaminophen.
Allan Pickard
Chewing the Fat on Fatty Liver
  • Discuss the appropriate work up for fatty liver and evidence for monitoring,
  • Discuss the evidence for treatment/physical activity/diet and prognosis, and
  • Review when referral for fatty live might be required.
Mike Kolber
Game Over or Play Again: New advances in medical oncology for cancers seen in primary care
  • Discuss recent advances in skin cancer therapy,
  • Identify conditions in which chemotherapy changes long term outcomes of cancer patients (ex. Stage C colorectal cancer), and
  • Provide practical advice for treating chemotherapy-induced adverse events.
John Walker
Begone Evidence Nihilist: Some primary care interventions that really work
  • Discuss how well common treatments in prevention of cardiovascular disease work when people are at high risk like BP of 180 or systolic heart failure,
  • Explain how well common treatments to manage or prevent long term pain, like preventing headaches, and
  • Understand the benefits of key therapies like corticosteroids for multiple conditions (from rhinitis to Rheumatoid Arthritis).
Tony Nickonchuk